Our staff may still be feeling InfoComm, but fortunately for you (less fortunate for our editor’s sanity) the news does not stop. And so we must trudge on, to bring you the latest stories from the residential side of the AV industry. Joining us to discuss just that are two people who at this point have made an unwritten contract to appear on the same show each time. And yet half the time off-camera they spend taking jabs at each other. It is Founder & CEO of Home Theater Advisors Mark Feinberg and CEO of The Source Home Theater Todd Anthony Puma.
First, a quick, quick recap of InfoComm! Insanely fast because these three didn’t go. Everyone who did is either in the midst of returning and possibly might have brought something back with them. But contrary to Matt’s words, there was plenty to see on the show floor. Mostly pertaining to the commercial side. If you are interested, AVNation’s coverage of InfoComm 2022 can be found right here. Last week we were in our studio talking to some familiar faces right before the show, so check that out as well.
Another event that took place recently was Apple’s WWDC, showcasing the latest innovations from the company. One such feature was the Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos support. And even Apple was in the game of conferencing through Collaboration and Free Form. Are these new features mostly a gimmick, or is it something that integrators should be looking at for their customers?
Next, CE Pro asks if the labor shortage is finally easing? Betteridge’s law of headlines might say no, but the data provided by the Home Builders Institute has showed that an increase in trade skills in secondary schools might be a glimmer of hope. They are reporting more than a 300% increase in the number of schools licensing their trade skills curriculum since the start of the pandemic. While this is good for the construction side, will this trickle into the AV market? Looking at what this change could mean for the AV industry.
Finally, we get an article from both of our guests talking about the shrinking middle market for integrators. It has become increasingly difficult to appeal to the middle-market client just by the nature of our contemporary economy. Prices are being balked as solutions become even more expensive, turning instead to DIY solutions. Is there any hope for a integrator outside of those big clients? We get it straight from authors who are in this situation, and see what has to happen to make that shift.