Is it A State of Control takeover? Is it a family reunion? No, this is ResiWeek, your guide to the latest news and stories coming out of the residential side of the AV industry. But with Matt gone it does feel like an episode of SOC… Actually insightful! Digs to the absent aside, we have Rich Fregosa to take the helm alongside Southtown AV Owner Heather Sidorowicz and Control Concepts Founder Steve Greenblatt.
Of course, the big news this week is that the residential space has returned to the physical space. CEDIA Expo 2022 took place in Dallas, Texas. It has been as far back as 2019 that Emerald has had the chance to get the show back in this way. Shows like Integrated Systems Europe and InfoComm have made physical returns and while not as successful as pre-pandemic numbers, have shown that the industry have a desire to see each other in person again. And it just so happens that our panelists attended this show, so we get their opinion on the general feeling of the attendees and innovative technology being shown for the residential market.
But now CEDIA Expo is not the only show that Emerald will have for next year. It was announced that Commercial Integrator will be holding their own show alongside CEDIA next year in Denver. As the name matches the publication, this will be more focused on the commercial side of things. But as we discussed in AVWeek, the lines between residential and commercial are starting to thin out just a bit. What will this new show mean for integrators and the industry as a whole?
Nice has completed its transition from Nortek Control to Nice North America. The company acquired Nortek last year, expanding their presence in the North American market. As a result, the company is sunsetting Nortek Control as a company name and converting several brands to the CI channel. What does it mean for some brands like ELAN, SpeakerCraft and Panamax being rolled into Nice? Are we eventually going to be the same four or five mega-companies in the industry?
- Heather Sidorowicz – Southtown AV
- Steve Greenblatt – Control Concepts
- AVNation – Our Coverage of CEDIA Expo 2022
- Source2 – Commercial Integrator announces new show co-located with CEDIA Expo in 2023
- Article3 – Nice rebrands ELAN, SpeakerCraft, Panamax for Nice North America