Home Audio the Way I See It
Hi everyone welcome to my blog. I run an Audio Visual and technology consulting business here in NYC. It is my belief that to run any successful business you first need to have a genuine interest and passion for what you’re doing; I recognize that I have this desire so I’ve decided to start my blog and share these things with you. 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 because my opinions come from 17 years of character building experiences designing and selling high end home automation systems and award winning custom theatres and listening rooms.
Prior to entering the world as a professional AV designer I never really knew what a quality play back system was or how it would forever alter the course of my life. In the early 90’s I found an ad in a localnewspaper advertising a hi-fi show at an exclusive hotel in the city where they booked out the entire floor. For some reason it spiked my interest and I decided to go. Before this I only owned a $400 ghettoblaster but I enjoyed my tunes just like anyone else. I never really understood the term musical artist; I thought it was just a term they gave musicians to make them sound cool on the radio to sell more albums.
Needless to say I got to this show and was blown away. I had never seen such elaborate setups or speakers that were 6 feet tall. Within minutes I finally understood the term artist because these systems delivered music I had listened to a thousand times in a new light. All of a sudden I could understand what the singer was trying to convey, I could feel the emotion, the struggle behind their journey it was as close to a spiritual experience as I had ever encountered. Entering Room after room I continued to be swept away by this alluring magic and I stayed all night until I was politely shown the door. It changed me in a way I never expected and I was never going to be the same again. I needed a career change but how could I share with people what I had just encountered? I knew working at Best Buy wasn’t going to cut it so on weekends I swept the floor and took out the trash for free at a number of exclusive audio boutiques in the hope I would learn a thing or two and get the chance just to be around it again. Little did I know in my naivety I was in for such a steep learning curve and the challenges that lie ahead.
Sufficed to say 20 years later I emerged from humble beginnings that included countless late nights pulling cables through ceilings on job sites for my local retailer. My head was often buried in text bookslearning about acoustics from pioneers like Floyd Toole and someday I would be acknowledged by my industry peers Cedia and awarded 1st place for my cinema designs.
I’m often asked if I consider myself an audiophile. Well 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 and choose to purchase their gear through me but 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 you need to have a $20 000.00 turntable or a power amplifier that requires a hand truck to move then you can count me out. In my youth I was impressed by such things but not anymore.
I hear the term audiophile now and it brings back distant memories of self-appointed audio gurus who were educated beyond there intellect, the elitist jerks that peddled AV gear so expensive that it was beyond the reach of normal people and they would judge you as you entered the store. 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 choose to embrace emerging technologies and not be persuaded to audition equipment on recordings I have no interest in. Don’t misunderstand me a lot of esoteric audio equipment is outstanding and I personally enjoy my share of vinyl too. Taking the time to invest in the synergy that’s right for you 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.