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How Old Is High-Resolution Audio?

If somebody told you the first consumer high-res digital audio format was made available all the way back in 1948, would you believe them? Some say it wasn’t until the Super Audio CD (SACD) came around in 1999 and others will argue that as well.

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I’m sure we can agree that both the SACD and The DVD-Audio (DVD-A) both sound better than the CD, but when was the first real consumer high-res audio made available to the public? You can listen to LPs from the 1970s and be convinced that this is where it started. Many recordings were filled with deep textures, synths, guitars, horns and percussion that were full of detail and most true music fans will tell you that it sounds better than anything produced in 2015.

But what’s the definition of high-resolution audio anyway? It sounds clearer and more like real music in simple terms. So this could be attributed to the vinyl LP that debuted back in 1948 with much better sound quality than the previous popular disk format.

We think the clearest answer is that there is no clear answer. It’s more about how the music makes you feel. If you can engage with the music and it makes you feel great, that’s all that matters.

Keep that in mind when you’re looking for professional audio solutions for your next live event. CitiView Audio Visual has what it takes to make it sound spectacular! Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more.

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Bose Makes Push To Enter Kitchen Appliance Market

You’ve probably heard the name associated with high-quality speakers and audio equipment, but kitchen appliances? That’s right, the Bose Corporation seems to be interested in expanding their line of products to include cooktops. What does that mean for the audio giant? See below to learn more:

Bose has been a top name when it comes to the audio speaker and sound system industry for years, but who would have thought they could enter the kitchen appliances industry? They have recently filed a patent application for a “cooktop power control system” that has the ability to change the power of the burners based on desired and actual cookware temperatures.

If they do in fact create an induction cooktop, they will have to face competition from top appliance manufacturers like Samsung and GE.

We’d like to see the outcome of their desire to enter the kitchen appliance industry, but for now we’ll continue to focus on their quality sound systems and speakers.

With state of the art equipment and technology, we provide the crystal clear sound you have been searching for. So when you’re looking for audio equipment for your next event, call on the experts at CitiView Audio Visual!

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How To Clean A Projector

Tired of looking at dark, blurry images on the screen? A projector is a great way to display presentations and can be very effective unless you have a dirty piece of equipment. While some cleaning steps are simple, others require a bit more attention.

  1. The first thing you’ll need to do is remove w the air filter assembly from the projector housing. If you are unsure how to do this, be sure to read the manual.
  2. Use a vacuum to suck out any dirt or debris that may be causing the image to look dirty or blurry. If you can’t get all of the dust, you can use warm soapy water to rinse it.
  3. Replace the air filter and put the housing back in place.
  4. Using a lens brush or a dry lint-free cloth, wipe the outer surface of the lens or lens cover. Be very gentle because if you rub too hard you can scratch the glass.

Need to rent a projector or projection screen for your next event? We can provide innovative solutions to help reach any size audience and set you apart from the competition. Call CitiView Audio Visual today at 212-632-5196.

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How To Get Better Sound From Your Speakers

When it comes to listening to your favorite song, there’s nothing worse than having crappy speakers or headphones. While you can spend hundreds of dollars on top-of-the-line equipment, there are a few solutions that won’t cost you a penny. Say goodbye to the days of muffled, distorted sound.

  1. Get Closer: the closer you get to your speakers, the better they will sound. Why? It minimizes the destructive effects of room reflections and tunes out some of the background noise.
  2. Change the Volume: if your speakers or headphones can handle music at high volume, try it out. Sometimes, playing music louder will make it sound better but make sure not to listen at high volume for more than 30 minutes at a time.
  3. Position the Speakers: did you know that positioning speakers with their tweeters at or very close to ear-level can make the audio sound better? If you’re setting up for an event, try to position the speakers so they will be close to the audience’s ear level.

When it comes to audio solutions in the NYC area, there’s nobody better than CitiView Audio Visual. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

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Brief History of the Microphone

How does a microphone work? When was it invented? Why do we use them today during just about every live event? See below to find out the answers while we dive into a brief history of the microphone.

How Does It Work?

Sound waves need to be converted into electrical voltages and then converted back into soundwaves so an audience can hear the message through speakers. The microphone is a device that makes this all possible and they were first used with early telephones and radio transmitters.

How Did It All Begin?

Sir Charles Wheatstone was the first person to coin the phrase “microphone” in 1827 but it wasn’t until 1876 when Emile Berliner invented the first microphone used as a telephone voice transmitter. Soon after, the Bell Telephone company purchased the patent from Berliner for $50,000.

In 1942, the first ribbon microphone was invented for radio broadcasting and in 1964, Bell Laboratories received a patent for an electret microphone. This revolutionized the microphone industry with close to one billion produced each year. As technology continued to advance, more dynamic microphones were created which leaves us with the clear sound we hear today!

Have questions about microphones? Feel free to leave us a comment or give the experts at CitiView Audio Visual a call today at 212-632-5196.

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How To Test Speaker Wires and Connections

What’s one of the most common problems with speakers? Their wires get tangled up in a pile and the hardest part is figuring out where they are supposed to go. But you don’t have to spend hours untangling the mess, you can trace the wires with common household batteries.

Speakers and their wires have a positive and negative polarity and so do batteries. Therefore you can hold one speaker wire to one of the batter terminals (using AA or AAA) and hold the other wire to the remaining terminal to find out where they are supposed to go.

To do this, take one of the wires and repeatedly touch and disconnect it from the terminal. You should hear a static sound each time the wire touches the terminal and this will allow you to identify the speaker. It’s a good idea to label each wire with is corresponding speaker so you won’t get them mixed up again.

When you need professional audio solutions, you can count on the highly skilled technical sound engineers at CitiView Audio Visual. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 for more info!

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Why Is Audio Restoration Software Important?

Ever wonder what it takes for music, film and television to sound so clear and pleasing to our ears? We can guarantee that the first audio recording is not what you hear as the final product. Just think of how the air conditioning units, electrical buzzing from the power supply and car sirens or horns in the background would sound in the final production of your favorite song or movie. You can thank expert audio engineers and their restoration software for taking care of these undesirable sounds and creating “music to your ears”!

With home recording on the rise due to factors such as low budgets and little time, “dirty audio” is becoming more prevalent as well. Just think, while you may decide to belt out your latest song in your room it wasn’t built to filter out extraneous sounds.

That’s why you need to call in the experts who have a plethora of knowledge with audio restoration software. That’s where we come in! Our audio engineers have the latest technology and know exactly what it takes to make your event sound spectacular. We’ll provide you with the crystal clear sound you have been searching for!

For more information about audio solutions in the NYC area, contact CitiView Audio Visual today and don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter!

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The Future of Audio News

If you had to guess the most popular way people listen to audio in their cars which method would you choose? With so many options, from satellite radio to smartphone streaming, chances are you wouldn’t choose traditional terrestrial radio, right? After all, more and more new cars are making it possible to connect to the internet where you can access just about anything, and we mean anything!

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While some believe traditional radio news is on the verge of becoming obsolete, others “see an opportunity to reshape how news and information are conveyed,” according to Current. However, listening to traditional radio news may not be as traditional as you may think. Rivet Radio has created an app accessible via iOS and Android devices where users can set preferences and create news playlists based on what they want to hear as well as their location.

It’s important to keep in mind that we spend lots of time traveling via automobile and we all need something to keep us busy. Although advancements in technology are fast and ever changing, I’m sure we can all agree that we will continue listening to audio in our cars for years and years to come.

If you’re looking for professional audio solutions in New York City, there’s only one number to call: 212-632-5196. CitiView Audio Visual has the tools and expertise to make your event stand out!

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Why Switch To LEDs?

Still wasting money and energy with incandescent light bulbs? It’s time to switch to LEDs and reduce your carbon footprint. Find out how you can start seeing benefits almost immediately by making the switch:

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Did you know that lighting alone makes up about 12% of global grid based electricity consumption? That’s a lot of energy if you ask us. But if everyone makes the switch over to LEDs, you can see energy savings of up to 70%. Couple energy-efficient bulbs with smart lighting controls and savings could soar to 80%.

What’s more? Switching to LEDs can lead to an increased feeling of safety with white light, they provide a better working environment and increase performance both in learning and working! At CitiView Audio Visual, we have made the switch and boy are we glad we did!

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your live event and LED lighting is not only the green choice, it’s the best choice! Contact us today at 212-632-5196 to learn more!

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Testimonial Spotlight: June

Whether your live event is scheduled for a few months or years down the road, or a last-minute meeting pops up, the experts at CitiView Audio Visual have what it takes to create a one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to your standard AV, we provide theatrical lighting, as well as many other innovative solutions to help you make a lasting impact on any sized audience. See what some of our customers have said about our work below:

“I can’t say enough about CitiView. The company I work for is great for coming up with grand ideas at the absolute last minute and CitiView has come through every time.  The techs are very knowledgeable, courteous and always on time. I wish I had more work for CitiView.”

  • Louis C. (GREY Advertising)

“At Cooper Union we hold many public events in our historic Great Hall and in another smaller auditorium including the very popular “Herb Lubalin Lecture Series”. Inquiries from around the world for an online recording prompted us to find a sponsor and hire CitiView to record and edit our events. In April one of our latest video recordings became Vimeo staff pick in the art category. See it here: https://vimeo.com/124062807. The folks at CitiView are very responsive to the specific needs of our spaces and set ups and took great care to be sure the editing was fluid and professional. Every step of the way these guys are very easy to work with; they’re articulate, reliable and professional.”

  • Cara D. (Cooper Union)

 

No matter what service you need, we go out of our way to approach every project with the goal of making an experience that lasts forever. Call CitiView Audio Visual today at 212-632-5196 for more information about our A/V services.