John Sciacca

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John Sciacca  |  Feb 02, 2008  |  0 comments

"World's first" is not a title that comes easily, but it is one that has been given to Austin, Texas-based NetStreams more than once.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 03, 2008  |  0 comments

I usually cover topics geared toward consumers, but this month's column is really meant for my fellow installers. (Of course, non-installers are welcome to read what follows; you might gain insight into how we choose to feature certain installs.)

John Sciacca  |  Dec 03, 2007  |  0 comments

Despite technological advances in every area, most homes are still limited to just two pieces of automation: garage-door opener and remote control. And while it's unfathomable to think of manually cranking a car's windows or locking its doors, people remain content to walk around their homes turning lights on and off - just like Thomas Edison did.

John Sciacca  |  Dec 02, 2007  |  0 comments

Giving consumer electronics as gifts used to be easy. You picked out what you wanted, wrapped it up, and were off the hook for another year. If you took the time to look at the package, you might have noticed the micro-sized print advising "*Batteries Not Included" and decided whether or not to toss in a pack of AAs for good measure.

John Sciacca  |  Nov 05, 2007  |  0 comments

Audio Design Associates might be unfamiliar to Sound & Vision readers, but this 30-year-old, New York-based company has a well-earned reputation as a top player in the custom market. In fact, it pioneered bidirectional control in 1989. And ADA's president, Albert Langella, is the first-ever recipient of CEDIA's Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Sciacca  |  Nov 05, 2007  |  0 comments

Cathedrals are almost preternaturally quiet havens where even the softest whispers, shuffling in the pews, or footsteps across marble floors can seem blasphemously loud.

John Sciacca  |  Nov 02, 2007  |  0 comments

Every September, thousands of the world's best custom installers converge at the CEDIA Expo - the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's big annual show - to check out the latest and greatest products. This year's event, held in Denver, offered an amazing array of things worth swooning over.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 07, 2007  |  0 comments

Having a new house built might be one of the most stressful endeavors you can go through. Practically every time you turn around, someone is there needing an answer to something - or waiting to deliver bad news. In fact, many people who go through the construction process swear to never do it again.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 05, 2007  |  0 comments

The 21st century is giving us numerous ways to listen to and control our music. Not only can we now distribute tunes around our homes with the touch of a button, but the wonder of metadata feedback actually lets us know what's playing as well.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 05, 2007  |  0 comments

the listThousands of users have chosen ReQuest servers to store their music collections through the years, typically feeding their outputs to audio-distribution and control products made by others.