New, Now and Next in Technology
The latest round of front projectors, with the picture quality they have, is also great. JVC’s D-ILA, with 30,000:1 contrast ratio, and the Sony SXRD are the two newest out there. Along with the new DLP projectors, they have enabled customers to look at a picture now that equals what you can get in a movie theater, in their own home. That’s exciting to people. We sell a tremendous amount of projectors, and that leads to everything.
Gary Yacoubian, President and COO, MyerEmco: What really has been driving a lot of our custom business lately is things you can do on a home network versus things we used to approximate trying to accomplish via proprietary connections. Now, we’re seeing solution upon solution that live on a person’s home network. Our networking expertise has helped drive a lot of custom installation business. It’s our number-one growth driver. We’re seeing control systems that live in the IP world such as Control4 and also A/V solutions such as receivers that live on a home network and can access media content. This has been going on for a couple of years, but the seamlessness of the applications of these technologies has reached a new level where anyone can enjoy it.
Internet radio used to be the province of people who used computers to listen, but now we’re seeing it [operational] through a high-end surround sound A/V receiver or a Sonos-type of solution. It’s still relatively expensive and a techy solution, but what I’m seeing now works extremely well. So normal folks enjoy it, whether it’s an iPod interface or interacting with their computer or an outboard hard drive. Things are now propagating into the custom installation world.