Audio Visual Company – New York City based Audio Visual Consultant
Home Automation New York
Welcome to my blog. My name is Neil Kaye a New York City based audio visual consultant and owner of Elite AV Consulting. Thank you for stopping by, I’ve decided to start this blog and share my thoughts on AV products, smart home concepts and consumer tips for home automation and home theater enthusiasts.
I would like to start by saying that these are my opinions and thoughts and while some may not agree with me all of the time that’s OK. My opinions come from 18 years of experience designing and selling high end home automation systems and award winning custom home theaters and listening rooms.
I have had the privilege to learn from some of the best in the industry like Colin Whatmough of Whatmough monitors and acoustics gurus like Floyd Toole.
I am an outreach instructor for Cedia – Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association and a THX licensed installer.
My passion for the Audio Visual industry is undiminished after almost 20 years. I still get a kick out of providing solutions that enhance customers lifestyles bringing a practical approach to smart-home technologies and acoustic designs.
As an audio visual consultant I am often asked if I consider myself an audiophile. The word audiophile doesn’t sit comfortably with me anymore. Early in my career I hoped one day I would be considered an audiophile by my peers and that other like-minded enthusiasts would seek my advice.
What does that really mean to be an audiophile? I am certainly an audio enthusiast and YES I enjoy 2 channel stereo. I cut my teeth tweaking and positioning my gear to enjoy the fruits of the elusive sweet spot.
But if to be considered an audiophile means I need to have a $50 000.00 turntable or a power amplifier that requires a hand truck to move then you can count me out.
I hear the term audiophile now and it brings back distant memories of meeting snobby self-appointed audio gurus and elitist jerks that peddled AV gear so expensive it was beyond the reach of normal people. Not everyone can afford a Ferrari but they have the right to check one out.
I’m happy to say these influences today are few and far between and have since ceased to be relevant in the industry I know and love.
I will also say that I know several well respected hi-end audio retailers that serve their clients with the utmost respect and integrity.
I choose to embrace emerging technologies and examine what provides the best value to my clients regardless of price. Don’t misunderstand me a lot of esoteric audio equipment is outstanding and I personally have a have a few key components that work extremely well together.
I believe taking the time to invest in the synergy of a system not the price and getting the most from your listening environment is where my success and enthusiasm remains.
Welcome to my blog and the way I see it.