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Our Trip to the Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Associations ( CEDIA ) Yearly Conference in Indianapolis was the Bomb !!

Our Trip to the Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association in Indy was the Bomb ๐Ÿ˜€

I recently have developed a relationship with a friend who does Custom Installs of Smart Home Technologies and Corporate A/V. We met on the phone one day and his customer needed a big screen repair. That very same day, a high school buddy of mine need a video projector installed and cabling to the unit and we have been sharing customers and knowledge ever since.

I got my beginnings in audio,video,computers and communications with such technologies. Yes !! You all know me as the Bad Ass ,BBB, Angie’s List Superman Big Screen Repair Specialist for the Consumer. who does NOT have ,a so called .Ralph Nader Rep anymore. But Yep !! I am more than that and we are Evolving to other individuals of need !! Rest Assured !! I am Committed to our beginnings and the prime Person of interest ,when it comes to repairing TVs for the family home. I am Cleveland Classic TV Forever ๐Ÿ˜€

Now , Back to CEDIA, the Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association. CEDIA is a global institution committed to educating and training Professionals in the areas of best Practices and technologies for home theater, automation, lighting,control and surveillence/ security and total home sound systems. The conference in INDY was the first I had visited in years and it was a fun and informative event.

Now you know, repairing big screens, my first focus was Video displays and projectors. Hands down the Big Daddy on the block was the Light Cannons by Digital Projection systems. An old and good friend of mine , who is the Head of Design/Build for Systems Integration for the new Eaton Corp HQ, says some of these units will be installed for CEO Sandy Cutler. These are powerfull projection systems capable of 30,000 lumens and up. True Hollywood they are. I also liked on the more reasonable consumer side the Panasonic booth with a 103 inch Plasma, Sharp and the Pioneer incorporated Elite system for mondo sound re-enforcement. Sony and JVC also rang in with great displays and interactivity of the digital home convergence. I really liked Runco too. They and the parent company Planar are doing wonderous things with video display technologies, such as off board electronics that keep the LED panels cool and when failure does occur, and it will ,with all manufactures tvs, one can swap out the electronics without removing the display from the wall…..Brilliant !! American Made out of Beaverton Oregon. Oh Yeah !!

My main focus on this trip was to learn more about inhome installations and the latest technologies that are available and credible to offer my customer base. We started with audio and the ability to maximize surround sound in any given environment. Yamaha blew my sox off with various solutions for making you feel, the sound, was all around. Hands down, best Audio Still from Yamaha, There was another company that played RTF’s Romantic Warrior as my demo. How did they know ? One of the most complexed and Intricate performances to duplicate and they nailed the essence and the sound was true. Now if I was home, I would have turned the bass up more, but I’m sure the other vendors would have frowned, for it would leave one speachless. Romantic Warrior !!!

Lutron had some of the most innovative and creative solutions for lighting controls and energy savings ,hands down !!They had a battery operated ,remote controlled shading system that was way too sweet. This has to come to the masses. They also had some of the most beautiful architectural lighting fixtures for the home and office and they were too, also energy compliant to the new California standards of energy savings. Thumbs up to another great product that is American made out of PA ๐Ÿ˜€ Bravo Lutron !!

There was also a nice wall mount for plasmas,lcd and leds, that had a subwoofer in the back and sides and center speakers all in one. Yep A wall mount with a built in surround sound system !! Remind me to share the manufacture with you for, I will have to dig thru 2 bags of literature to find it now…..Ooops ๐Ÿ˜€

Lastly and one of the prime reasons for me and my friend, Mike Komlosy of SmartHomeInnovations.net, to go to this show, was to analyze and test control systems for all of the various medium. To be able to control any tv,sound,camera,lighting,ect from a remote control,touch pad,cellphone,ect is the key. The importance of critical factors such as wiring and and distance is most important.

We learned a bunch and am already implementing knowledge from the trip into jobs today.My Friend Mike and CEDIA has been a great awakening and learning for Cleveland Classic TV and our Client Base. Investing in Our Knowledge to Service you Better. Thank You Friends and as Bruce Drennen would Say ” I Love You Cleveland !”

From Downsize to Angie’s List !!

From Downsize to Angie’s List !!

I came to Cleveland from Dayton Ohio in May 2004. I struggled to get work, but finally
got, I thought the job of a lifetime with HH Gregg as the head shop tech. I supported 10
inhome techs and the management with the toughest of problem solving solutions. After one
year on the job, HH Gregg, decided to close down service company wide and out source to
Electrosound.

Lucky me, I get hired on at Best Buy’s facility in Glen Willow with over 200 employees.
Jack Pot !! I thought. I was only there 3 months before they started talking downsizing.
What ? The new plasmas and LCD and DLP are failing within 18 months to 3 years and you
are cutting techs ? I got laid off 4 months later )-:

After 25 years of repairing bigscreens for consumers and commercial accounts. I decided
to start Cleveland Classic TV !!
Cashed in my 401k and 4 weeks severence = 5200.00……Ouch !!

I started with ads on the backpage of Scene magazine. I then bartered a HD bigscreen to my
ol’ friend web guy Bri for a website build using WordPress. It was and still is an
awesome design with much traffic.

It was shortly after that, I bought a mac mini and discovered social networking and free
online classifieds. I started posting on Craig’s List,Merchant Circle and many more FREE
online classifieds. It took me about a year to realize that you do not leave an email
address, phone number or anything…….but a link to your website !! I posted ads and
drove them to my website !!

We are now tops in SEO when googling,binging,ect for tv or bigscreen repair in Cleveland
Ohio, We are actually getting hits globally. We went from 25 hits a month to over 500. We
are local and most hits are in NEO

One of the most wonderful things to develop lately is our new storefront on 9854 Lorain
Ave and is my Dr Jeckyl/Mr Hyde A Storefront !! For we specialize in repairing large tvs and bigscreens inhome.
Now we have a brick and morter where we buy and sell refurbished bigscreens and take flat
screens in for repair. We have a home now. Yes !! All mentioned before was run out of my
apt,van and storage.

To finish I would like to thanks all of those who have supported the business internally
and customers. We are member BBB, NESDA and Just Recently awarded the Super Service Award
of the year 2010 from Angie’s List !! Thank you So Much Cleveland ๐Ÿ˜€

CES Update

CES Update

I really have enjoyed reading info for this site. A lot of info on the state of display technology and what to look for from the retailers soon: Flatpanelshd.com

New Mac Mini and Friends

Just got my new Mac Mini !!

Whew !! Like a kid in the candy store and to boot my good friend Will is in from my home town of Dayton Ohio.ย  Setting up and learning iLife and imported pictures from the shop, customers home and views of Cleveland into iPhoto. Bri the Web Guy was with me when I bought the 799.00 version with dvd burner and faster processor.Brian showed me various techniques, but he types and teaches so fast, we’ll have to start recording his sessions.ย  He is a Mac Godย  ! Got pix for both and will start a weekly confession and awakening to our new Apple experience. TVSLEWIS has rang in from Cali and will be assisting on developing skills thru social networking and image and sound sharing.

Would love to hear your input on the subject matter and grow and empower each other on this amazing technology

Having friends to participate in the cause…………Priceless !