The CEDIA Podcast

A 60-minute roundtable discussion on issues surrounding new and emerging tech, business practices, and other topics impacting the CEDIA channel (primarily residential applications of “smart home” devices and networks).
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Dec 11, 2017

Nope, this isn’t about the cult film! In this episode, CEDIA Board Chairperson (and President of the Erskine Group) Dennis Erskine and Anthony Grimani, President of PMI, Ltd (and more audio bona fides that you can list) join Walt Zerbe to talk about home theater room design. Gear is great, but in the wrong room, the experience will suffer mightily.

Dec 1, 2017

CEDIA stalwarts Guy Singleton and Ken Erdmann join Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck to talk power management (and jobsite nightmares).

Nov 24, 2017

In this episode first broadcast in April, Dave Pedigo and Ed Wenck from CEDIA® HQ had a chat with Michael Heiss, Tech Council stalwart and one of our TV and video experts who's long been of fixture of the association. Mike dug into the intricacies of the next generation of broadcast (yep, as in over-the-air) television, ATSC 3.0. (It's gotten the FCC green light.)

Nov 17, 2017

Eric Bodley, President and CEO of Future Ready Solutions and Bodley and Associates, (and 2017 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award winner) joins CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, David Meyer, Walt Zerbe, and Ed Wenck to talk cables and HDMI.

Nov 10, 2017

A.I.: Two little letters -- and a universe of implications.

Rich Green, Alex Capecelatro (, and CEDIA’s Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck discuss the opportunities – and dangers – presented by artificial intelligence (A.I.) for the home tech industry and beyond. (Spoiler alerts: Yes, machines can become paranoid, and yes, your Fitbit knows who you’re being intimate with.)

Some books and articles are mentioned in the discussion, including:

Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

by Michael J. Sandel

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Max Tegmark

“How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence,” NY Times, Sept. 1, 2017


Nov 3, 2017

SMPTE's held their annual conference, and we've got the info on what's next when it comes to 8K, HDR, ATSC 3.0 and more -- and how it's definitely going to impact your business.

Oct 27, 2017

Julie Jacobson (CEDIA Fellow and CE Pro Editor) joins Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck for an overview of what the Council's all about: How the Council acts as an "early warning system" by identifying tech that can create both challenges and opportunities, and what's on the Council's radar right now.

Oct 20, 2017

The KRACK Attack. Breach insurance. The non-binary nature of cybersecurity. All of that's covered -- as well as what FIREFX's Larry Allhands experienced during the Houston floods as a member of the Texas National Guard.

Oct 6, 2017

Michael Heiss joins Dave, Walt, and Ed to unpack the latest gadgets and notions from Google, Amazon, and others -- and talks about selling experiences as opposed to stuff.

Sep 22, 2017

Seven candidates have been nominated for the CEDIA Board. We asked each candidate the same questions (with time limits on their answers) -- here are their responses. Voting for the CEDIA Board of Directors ends Oct. 16, 2017. Find more info at

Sep 15, 2017

Friday's Talks included Henry Clifford on "selling to the customer's pain points," Futuresource Consulting's research on the custom industry, and Jay Miller on working with architects, builders and designers. we also check in with Mike Maniscalco on the CEDIA classes he was teaching, and Walt Zerbe weighed weighed in with some big-picture thoughts.

Sep 8, 2017

Enjoy highlights from CEDIA's Talks at CEDIA 2017, including Laura Mitchell on aging in place, Joe Whitaker on guerrilla marketing, Rich Green on AR, VR, and MR, Sam Woodward on lighting, and Dave Pedigo on some fresh industry research.

Sep 1, 2017

Same Woodward of Lutron dives into lighting, new advances, all the acronyms -- and the stuff he blew up as a Hollywood special effects expert!

Aug 25, 2017

Peter Aylett (Archimedia) and Christiaan Beukes talk with CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck about selling the "experience" of tech as margins on gear get thinner and GAFA gets bigger. (This one even has a few sales tips from Mr. Aylett himself.)

Aug 18, 2017

Mike Mansicalco of Ihiji digs into all the trials and opportunities presented by remote monitoring, troubleshooing, and the recurring revenue these services can provide. He's joined by hosts Ed Wenck and Walt Zerbe of CEDIA.

Aug 11, 2017

Nathan Holmes, Technical Trainer at Access Networks, joins CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, Ed Wenck, and Walt Zerbe to talk about the issues facing integrators as residential networks grow more complex.

Aug 3, 2017

Peter Aylett (Archimedia) and Alan Sircom (Hi-Fi+ magazine) hit CanJam and came back with a wealth of knowledge on the most personal of listening devices. They share their info with CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck.

Jul 28, 2017

The hub is dead! Long live the hub! CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck are joined by Mitchell Klein (Z-Wave Alliance) and Avi Rosenthal (IoT Consulting) to talk about the "hub" -- that "traffic cop" that allows devices to communicate.

Jul 21, 2017

A conversation with Darren Reaman, MBA, CEDIA's Director of Government Affairs on how state legislatures can affect your business -- and how you can ensure your voice is heard.

Jul 14, 2017

Difficult clients with impossible questions. Legacy equipment that just won't work. Jobsite meltdowns. Frank White and Patrick Hartman will teach integrators how to answer the hardest asks and expected the unexpected with a course called "Hardballing" at CEDIA 2017. This incredibly informative -- and at times terrifying ("He drilled through a Renoir?") -- podcast previews the class with White, Hartman, and CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck.

Jul 7, 2017

Brighter brights, deeper darks, QLED, CLEDIS, and "quantum dot liquid on the rocks" -- the always-entertaining Michael Heiss joins CEDIA's Dave Pedigo and Ed Wenck for a look back at the Society for Information Display's Display Week.

Jun 23, 2017

68,000+ attendees? $5,000 soundbars? New boxes, gear, and games? Michael Heiss joins Dave Pedigo, Walt Zerbe, and Ed Wenck for a look back at 2017's E3 show.

Jun 16, 2017

Displays, projectors, screens, sound isolation, immersive audio -- the current state of home theater is examined by CEDIA's Dennis Erskine, Walt Zerbe, and Dave Pedigo. Your host is Ed Wenck.

Jun 9, 2017

Alan Sircom, Editor of Hi-Fi+ magazine, and Peter Aylett of Archimedia join CEDIA's Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck to review the 2017 Munich High End show.

Jun 2, 2017

Kris Hogg and Peter Aylett help hosts Walt Zerbe and Ed Wenck understand the implications of what's next as residential tech proliferates, devices become cheaper, and "GAFA" grows in impact.

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