If anybody wants to know who "he" is, well my name is Don Newquist, and I started and (unsuccessfully) operated HTIQ a few years back.
I guess I don't have to mention that HTIQ is out of business. The reason why HTIQ failed was because I didn't fully comprehend what was going to be required in running the overall business, doing the marketing, delivering an easy to install product, providing outstanding customer service, while I was also was trying to perform R&D, production, sales, AND keep an outside full time engineering job. Quite frankly, I was overwhelmed. But, I learned a lot from that experience. I also learned a lot about myself.
About 2 years ago, I decided to call it quits, and focus on my corporate engineering career. But I had this nagging feeling that I had left something unfinished, and left some customers "holding the bag". So, I decided to re-design the systems, and come up with something that was truly affordable, well built and easy to install.
I have since left my outside engineering job in order to start and manage Somis Systems. Call me crazy, but I just had to finish what I had started. I am doing this full time, and I am very focused on making this business successful.
The new masking systems I have designed were 2 years in the making. They are VERY well engineered, use quality components, and are VERY easy to assemble. I have spent considerable time on the manuals to insure this. A friend recently put together a non-motorized system in less than an hour.
What's unique about these designs is that you can buy a manual system now, and upgrade it to a motorized system with a motor upgrade kit anytime in the future. The motor upgrades will hopefully be available in June of 2010.
Meanwhile, I am going through my HTIQ customer database, and contacting people that have previously purchased systems. Of those I have contacted thus far, I have had some positive feedback, and some negative feedback. Of those folks that have non-working units, I have agreed to upgrade them to the new systems at no charge.
While I am disappointed that my first start was less than successful for my customers and me, I feel very good about of what we have designed and produced and the plans we have put into place to effectively and efficiently deliver and support a quality product. I'm very passionate about this industry. My goal is to build the trust of the home theater community.