On November 30, 2018 at 19:04, osiris said...
Big, involved home automation systems have never been in any homes but ultra high end residential.
The people you are encountering that are doing Costco TV's with Sonos Beams and using AppleTV remotes were never the same people buying Fujitsu plasma's, Kaleidescape, and Crestron...they were buying Samsung LCD's, Onkyo HTIB's, and fumbling with 5 remotes.
Our bread and butter was:
Panasonic Pro or Pioneer Elite plasma
Integra DVD or
Escient DVD-M with Sony changer
Paradigm 5.1 speaker system
Panamax surge pro
URC or RTI remote and gateway/processor
Middle Atlantic SRSR rack(s)
Labor was to retro tv and speaker/sub wiring, cut in speakers, build/install rack, mount display, program remote etc.
So, a bunch of products that all had margin on them and had a pretty profitable amount of labor.
These weren't $300k Crestron systems but day in and day out they kept the doors open/lights on/bills paid in between big customs. Like I stated before I did tons of this exact system in condos and upper middle class tract houses.
That is what got replaced by no margin, low labor, high frustration streaming boxes, disposable tvs, soundbars and little circles that you yell at.