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  • Paradigm Speaker Company

    By Clay Hankins // Jan 16, 2012

    This is the 3rd article written in a series that addresses why we choose the manufacturers we do.  Many times in my blog, I have written glowing editorials on the value and performance of the Focal/JM Labs brand of speakers. If this were a race, in my book, they would finish first. Shortly behind them at the finish line though would be an exceptional speaker company that is truly a great value...

  • The "Green" Room

    By Clay Hankins // Aug 15, 2009

    Earlier this year, I wrote a blog in which I laid out some goals for The Audio Guy for this year and one of those goals was to develop an area on our website dedicated to environmentally friendly, or "green", products and services. I have been watching manufacturers develop more and more green products this year and am sure that we will see more roll out next month at the CEDIA show. So this seemed...

  • Now Carrying Pioneer Elite

    By Clay Hankins // May 27, 2009

    Audio Guy is proud to annouce that is we have just added Pioneer Elite to our list of manufacturers. If you have a request for a Pioneer Elite product please feel free to contact us with your questions or requests.  To learn more about the Pioneer products please click here: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Products/HomeEntertainment -Clay Hankins is the CEO of The Audio Guy, LLC located...

  • A look into the future.

    By Clay Hankins // Jan 14, 2009

    We can probably all agree that 2008 was full of challenges and that 2009 will probably bring a lot more. So, with that in mind, I'd like to let you know what we have in store to help you answer the challenges that lay ahead. With the tough economic conditions that we are in right now, businesses will compete even more fiercely for your hard earned dollars. With the competition for consumers' discretionary...

  • A Time for Giving Thanks.

    By Clay Hankins // Nov 20, 2008

    By Clay HankinsLast week, during the usual pre-holiday scramble we go through to meet deadlines to finish work so families can gather and enjoy their new media room equipment; I sat down late one evening after a long day, put on the new bluray dvd of the latest concert of my favorite band, Rush, and enjoyed a fine glass of wine and incredible sound and video and thought, "man, it don't get no better...

  • The business of Goose Bumps

    By Clay Hankins // Nov 12, 2008

    In my last blog, If you must go digital, I quoted Snell Vice President Bob Graffy saying, "We're not in the audio business; we're in the goose bump business." Assuming he didn't mean that his job is to turn down the air-conditioning, he was referring to taking the act of listening to audio and transcending it to an experience. Before I started The Audio Guy, I remember the first time I heard an "audiophile"...

  • Dallas Home Theater Projects.

    By Clay Hankins // Oct 29, 2008

    By Clay HankinsOccasionally, I enjoy writing about some of the projects we've done in the Dallas home theater market. In this blog, I'd like to write about a project that included one of my favorite new toys, the Sooloos music system.I got a call from a general contractor that I work with often about doing a home remodel for an executive of a national chain store headquartered here in the Dallas area....

  • The next wave of HDTV

    By Clay Hankins // Oct 22, 2008

    By Clay Hankins So we've all heard the question plasma or lcd, right? That 's so yesterday. What about OLED, laser, LED DLP????? Well, we certainly know that electronics age in dog years, times 700 or so. And that makes your 3 year old TV, oh, about 150. The good news is, that manufacturers are still pushing to get better and better. I remember one of the first 50" plasma televisions I installed....

  • Who is the Audio Guy

    By Clay Hankins // Aug 28, 2008

    Welcome to my first blog. So the question is, "what do I write about?" Good question. What indeed? Well, I guess I should probably start with a little bio about me, a subject I am an expert on. First, my name is Clay. I am in my late 30's, 46 to be exact, but who's counting? Certainly not me. That's probably enough personal stuff so what about me as The Audio Guy. I started the business in 1999...

  • How custom audio video retailers pick the manufacturers they represent.

    By Clay Hankins // Sep 24, 2008

    By Clay Hankins We often get asked if we have a preference on the products we recommend. Well, the short answer to that is no. If we represent a product, we already like it. However, unlike traditional retail stores that can only carry so many brands, custom home theater stores can offer a larger variety of products to choose from. Generally, we try to recommend the right equipment for a specific...

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