In the latest podcast, David Kitchener talks to Barry Sheldrick from DbM/Meridian regarding the remarkable growth of DbM as a spin-off distributor. Recently, DbM earned the title of Distributor of the Year at the recent Smart Building awards, just three years since its inception. Listen to the discussion about this incredible achievement.

David Kitchener and Dan Sait discuss the merits of advertising, what it can do for you and what benefits advertising brings to your company. Don’t let your company get left behind by thinking that advertising does not work!

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, David Kitchener talks to Melanie Malcolm, Amanda Wildman, Charlotte Oakman and Sophie Thomas on the latest Essential Install podcast. Celebrating the achievements and increasing the visibility of women in our industry – while calling out inequality – is key!

With this podcast we are concentrating on lighting, as we are joined by the award winning Rako Controls the UK’s leading smart lighting controls manufacturer, who recently picked up awards at the Smart Building awards for the “Best Lighting control” and to add to that Rako won the “Best Hardware” category award at the recent CEDIA EMEA awards, for their modular WK-MOD and RK-MOD keypads.

Power management with Gude systems. To the AV integrator, power is everything. The connection of a system to the mains fires up all sorts of solutions, from lighting and HAVAC through to cinema and music. But how much attention do we actually give to the power source? All it takes is a spike in power or power cut and all of the integrators hard-earned work requires service visits and, at worst, swapping out of kit. So, to discuss this important topic we are joined by Philipp Gude of Gude systems.

The Essential Install team talk to Snap One about products, rebranding and marketing.

The Essential Install team talk to Invision UK about their 20th anniversary, and their House Party to celebrate the fact on the 13th and 14th July 2022. Hear the brands that will be on show during the event. Listen and book your FREE tickets on the Invision web site.

David Kitchener and Daniel Sait discuss redefining how you experience sound, with John Buchanan the CEO of Meridian Audio and DbM.

This podcast is Part 2 – given that Chris Pinder has now completed the Marathon des Sables, this extreme effort was undertaken to raise money for a very worthy cause in the shape of the industry initiative Together for Cinema.

It’s a fascinating listen hearing how Chris ran through blistering heat and blistering feet and completed the 250km race!

The Essential Install team talk to Nick Fichte of L-Acoustics Creations on how sound and science define L‑Acoustics, through their dedication to innovation and product design excellence. What they do with sound is quite amazing.

Essential Install talk to Chris Pinder who is taking on the legendary Marathon des Sables, a gruelling multi-stage adventure in one of the worlds most inhospitable environments, the Sahara. All to support a wonderful and very worthy cause, Together for Cinema.

We talk to Charlie McLarron the newly appointed UK sales director for Steinway Lyngdorf, on their new products and the plans for the UK moving forward.

We talk EI Live! the only dedicated AV and Home automation show in the UK. Stuart Tickle and Chris Turner give us their thoughts and experiences from exhibiting at the show, we also discuss how it all began 11 years ago.

Together For Cinema is an AV industry good cause enterprise whose main focus is to design and install home cinema rooms in children’s hospices and other suitable locations across the UK. We talk to Ian Morrish who is heading up this important industry initiative, how it all began and where it is now.

Colin Urie, co-founder of Gallo Acoustics, joins the Essential Install team to discuss the evolution of this colourful, high-performance and inventive speaker brand.

David Kitchener speaks to Peter Huddleston from Devolo and Rod Slater from their distributor Exertis One. Devolo is the pioneer of powerline and Wi-Fi solutions. With over 45 million products shipped throughout Europe, Devolo provides high-performance home networking that supports any use from gaming and entertainment, to working and studying at home. Put simply “the fastest in the world”

Dr Shelley James is a consultant and international expert on light and well-being, a passionate advocate for public engagement with science. She is also Founder and Managing Director of the Age of Light Innovations, an initiative with a vision to build communities and ignite an enthusiasm for light and wellbeing in the new digital age. We were keen to draw on Dr Shelley’s knowledge and experience of humans and light to examine some key issues affecting our sector, we were also joined by Paul Wafer managing Director of Rako Lighting controls.

From Integrator to Distributor: Dizztribution was setup up to put fun back into the AV industry, no hidden agenda purely distribution by installers for installers by giving the best relationship with suppliers and integrators. David Kitchener and Daniel Sait talk to Dave Wilson of Dizzyfish Installations.

The future of AV distribution is all about three things – Bandwidth, bandwidth and bandwidth. The evolution of video signal quality has meant that even the most readily available sources require huge amounts of bandwidth to display at their native quality. The essential Install team discuss this with two experts from CYP Europe.

Let’s talk CI-FI? What is it? And why should you care? Is the industry going full circle as Hi-Fi and music only systems make a growing contribution to the custom install industry? David Kitchener talks to Andy Oattes and Danial Sait all about 2 channel.

The Essential Install team spoke to experienced Crestron Master programmer Cliff Stammers to talk programming, past, present and future, how has the role changed? How will it change in the future? Find out by listening to the very latest EI Pod Cast.

In the first of the Essential Install podcast series, ATM MD, David Kitchener, spoke with Matt Nimmons Managing Director of CEDIA EMEA Region to get the low down on what certification initiatives the organisation has planned for the rest of 2020 into 2021, in particular the CEDIA Certified Cabling & Infrastructure (CIT) Examination and the Smart Home Technician Apprenticeship.