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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Oct 12, 2018

John Penney barely scratched the surface in his keynote at CEDIA Expo 2018. Here the Executive Vice President of Consumer Business Development and Strategic Partnerships for 20th Century Fox digs deep into the ways content built for 4K, VR, AR, and more will change and inform the tech you integrate — and vice-versa.

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Oct 5, 2018

Andrew Jones may well be one of the most successful — and storied — loudspeaker engineers in the history of hi-fi. Jones, who’s designed speakers for KEF, Infinity, Pioneer USA, TAD, and now ELAC, takes us through:

The benefits of concentric driver technology,

His approach to enclosure design,

Active vs. passive speakers — and how he’s making the former more palatable to audiophiles,

And his take on what makes for really “great sound.”

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Sep 28, 2018

In this special episode, we give each candidate three minutes to tell us why they should serve on the CEDIA Board of Directors. (Each individual can use the time in any way they like.)

Here’s the critical legalese:

For the 2019-2020 term, there are four (4) open elected positions — one (1) to be filled from the EMEA region, and the remaining positions to be filled from the entire global membership. To implement this regional representation, the candidate from the EMEA region receiving the most votes will fill the EMEA-designated position and the top three (3) candidates from the rest of the world will fill the remaining (3) three seats. 

Voting will remain accessible until October 19, 2018. Each member company may cast one ballot. As CEDIA has transitioned to a single board representing the global CEDIA membership, it is important to note that all member companies are eligible to vote, regardless of where they are located. Company administrators may cast their ballot here.

You can find more info each candidate here.

Sep 21, 2018

The Mobile World Congress Americas Conference was held in Los Angeles Sept. 12-14. Michael Heiss was there, collecting the very latest info on 5G deployment. Here’s his report.

Sep 14, 2018

Did you miss any of our podcasts from Expo? We've picked some highlights from our daily Tech Council roundtables from the show floor and turned 'em into a quick, digestible overview.

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Sep 9, 2018

Spoiler alert: There were a LOT of packed classes at Expo, and Geoff Meads (Presto) put in some serious hours in the instructor's chair. Geoff joins CEDIA's David Meyer, Ed Wenck, and Walt Zerbe for this floor/education recap.

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Sep 8, 2018

Walt Zerbe was joined by a huge cast of characters for the Day Two Expo floor recap. There were a great many CEDIA volunteers aboard, including:

  • Peter Aylett, Archimedia
  • Rich Green, Rich Green Designs
  • Sam Woodward, Lutron
  • And Mike Maniscalco, formerly of Ihiji

And two other gents attending Expo dropped in as well:

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Sep 7, 2018

Friday's CEDIA Talks at Expo were full of info from:

Peter Aylett (Archimedia) on how autonomous vehicle tech drives home automation advances,

Alex Capecelatro ( on just what that AI can do,

Rusty Deeble (Digital Installers) on how virtual offices can expand your firm's reach,

And Heather Sidorowicz (Southtown Audio Video) on ensuring you're communicating with clients using the "human factor."


Sep 7, 2018

A group of Tech Council stalwarts shares their thoughts from Day One of CEDIA Expo: Mitchell Klein (Z-Wave Alliance), Alex Capecelatro (, Bill Skaer (Audio Design Associates), and Michael Heiss (M Heiss Consulting) join host Walt Zerbe.

Sep 6, 2018

Highlights from CEDIA Talks (and more) with Geoff Meads (Presto) speaking about data encryption via Blockchain, Joe Whitaker (The Thoughtful Home) on marking your firm with Alexa skills, and Jennifer Jolly on what it's like for a newbie at the show.

Aug 31, 2018

The CEDIA Designer (formerly "the Cinema Designer") is a tool that helps you design home cinemas, and CEDIA members now have preferential access to this award-winning software. We speak with its creator, Guy Singleton, and Peter Aylett of Archimedia who's very familiar with TCD.

Here's more info on TCD:

Here's the site for the software:


Aug 24, 2018

Ready for San Diego? Julie Jacobson of CE Pro joins us for a CEDIA Expo preview. What trends and new goodies is she excited about?

Sign up for Julie's webinar on Expo here.

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(Oh, and here's that song we mention in the show:

Aug 17, 2018

What's the genesis of an integrator's interest in residential tech? What makes them tick? What gigs are they suited for after they leave the world of home technology integration? Bruno Napoli and Kris Hogg — both on the cusp of new jobs — join us for this roundtable.



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Aug 10, 2018

He calls it "The Midsummer Mikey Report," in which the man behind M. Heiss Consulting brings us up to speed on a variety of TV topics. There's also a preview of what's to come at Expo from both Mike and the 2018 keynote speaker, John Penney.

Mike's got a new website, too. Find it at

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Aug 3, 2018

Joel Silver is the founder of the The Imaging Science Foundation — and the winner of the 2018 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award. This one-on-one conversation is practically a pair of master classes in both starting a business (and a wildly unique one at that) and the development of reference-quality video calibration.

You can help us honor Mr. Silver at the 2018 CEDIA Awards ceremony. Find tickets and more info here.

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Jul 27, 2018

It's a "Best Of" show, with highlights from our chats on Blockchain technology, the rollout and impact of 5g, and what builders think about smart home tech.

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Jul 20, 2018

Suppose a building could be "wellness certified" in the same way it might be LEED Certified? That's the concept behind Delos, and we speak to the CEO of that company, Paul Scialla. Scialla fills us in on what the potential here may be for the residential integrator.

Here are the URLs pertinent to the conversation:

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Jul 13, 2018

We talk HVAC, climate control, and indoor air quality in smart homes with Jon Fischer, HVAC Automation Sales Manager for Aprilaire.

PLUS: Nominations fore the CEDIA Board of Directors are NOW OPEN. Omar Hikal of the Governance Committee gives us the deets. Find more info here.

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Jul 6, 2018

"The lighting in Victoria's Secret is perfectly focused so that you'll spend $85 on a small piece of fabric." Matt Scott, OMEGA Audio Video

Something of a two-parter here: Matt Scott talks about serving on the CEDIA Board (and the importance of voting, nominating, and volunteering), and then dives into his experiences as an integrator with a focus on lighting design and making those projects look spectacular.

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Jun 29, 2018

"Innovate or vegetate." -- Mario Leone (Electronic Solutions Company) quoting the founder of Rowan University

Mario Leone is a CEDIA volunteer who also works at Rowan University in New Jersey. One of the projects he worked on with the students? MemSat, a four-inch cube satellite launched in May as part of a NASA project. He talks about this and other projects that inform the knowledge he brings to his integration projects.

Find more info here.

Here's the class Mr. Leone will be teaching at CEDIA Expo 2018.

(Also, remember Heathkit? We do!)


Jun 22, 2018

Mike Heiss (M Heiss Consulting), Rich Green (Rich Green Design), and Eddie Shapiro (SmartTouch) share their takeaways from InfoComm 2018 — and how those trends will impact the CEDIA industry.

Jun 15, 2018

CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, Walt Zerbe, and Ed Wenck are joined by Ian Bryant (ZenArray) to talk about all the goodies that are going into CEDIA's new HQ and training facility in Fishers, Indiana.

ALSO: DO NOT forget to take the CEDIA Size and Scope survey!

It only takes a few minutes, the info helps us help YOU, and there's free stuff involved. Here's the link.


Jun 8, 2018

A lot of new technologies directly impact the CEDIA universe, and this podcast covers literally EVERYTHING the Tech Council has been mulling over in the last few months. It’s a free-wheeling discussion that covers topics ranging from AI to AR to the latest developments in the labs at Amazon and Boston Dynamics.

A ton of links are mentioned in this one (they all make sense after a listen):

The CEDIA Size and Scope Survey:

“Uninvited Guests”

“What's Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a Global Useless Class”

"The Future of Jobs"

Amazon Skills

GoFundMe for Ella Whistler

Also, here’s the text of that DVR issue Walt mentioned: “An Argentinian security researcher names Ezequiel Fernandez has published a powerful new tool that can easily extract plain text credentials for various DVR brands and grant attackers access to those systems, and inherently the video feeds they're supposed to record. The tool named getDVR_credentials is proof of concept for CVE-2018-9995, a vulnerability discovered by Fernandez at the start of April.”

Jun 1, 2018

"We have a moral and ethical responsibility to deliver great music to people." -- Rich Green, Rich Green Design

As we move towards renting and streaming our music and combining that with files we own, how can one best manage all of this? What formats should we embrace and what’s going to handle the aspects switching between them? CEDIA's Ed Wenck and Walt Zerbe are joined by Green, Christiaan Beukes (Sphere Custom Design), and Wayne Hyde (CAVD).

May 25, 2018

This preview of CEDIA Expo 2018 includes education previews from CEDIA's Dave Pedigo, a dive into an "Architectural Cinema" class taught by John Bishop, a look at the additions Emerald Expositions is bringing to the table with Brain Pagel, and a rundown of content provided by CE Pro with Jason Knott.

Register here for CEDIA Expo 2018.

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