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ResiWeek 283: On The LAN

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Allergic To AV

It’s a Tuesday edition of ResiWeek! What does entail, exactly? Mostly just that Matt’s wearing a different shirt. It’s still the same look at the residential side of the AV industry as you know and love. Joining us this week is Head of Channel Development for Orro Patrick Gall and Founder of ProAudio Georgia Steven Brawner.

SnapAV is no longer calling themselves AV. Instead they have rebranded as Snap One. According to CEO John Heyman, this discussion started as early as 2019 when they acquired Control4. To take from Shakespeare, what’s in a name? Was the “AV” part something that turned away potential consumers or is this the start of a larger change in the AV (or named otherwise) industry? Looking at what this change means for Snap One and their partners moving forward.

The makers of the professional-grade Orro Smart Living System are adding Sonos integration into their solutions as a way to control speakers in the home. This new integration is part of the Works with Sonos program, looking to deliver a seamless experience for both consumer and integrator. And we just happen to have the Head of Development from Orro to get the full picture! We ask what lead to this partnership and what this means for both companies in the home control space. And we take a side path to discuss Matt’s tastes in music for some reason.

VOXX International and Sharp have begun acquiring assets from Onkyo Home Entertainment. This includes the brands, intellectual property, engineering and manufacturing rights of the Onkyo and Integra brands. Since we were talking brands before in the rebranding process, what does a move like this mean for a brand that has not shared quite a positive light in the past few years? Is it a “race to the bottom” like Brawner says, or a chance to pick things up? Looking at where this acquisition and the effects of it could be headed for the industry.

Host: Matt Scott
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