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A Brief History of Audio

From the first tinfoil cylinder to today’s advanced equipment, the world of audio has come a long way. Think about what life was like before microphones, headphones and speakers were invented. How was anyone able to hear anything? Take a look below to find out how audio first began and how it has evolved over the years:

It all started with Thomas Alva Edison working in his lab in 1877. It was then, when he succeeded in recovering Mary’s Little Lamb from a strip of tinfoil wrapped around a spinning cylinder. This was the beginning of audio as we know it.

A year later, the first music was put on a record, you may know it by the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” Then, roughly 10 years later Edison introduces the first electric-motor driven phonograph and the first “talking movie” comes around in 1913. Edison used his Kinetophone process to make this work – a cylinder player mechanically synchronized to a film projector.

In 1941, commercial FM broadcasting comes to fruition in the United States just before the first stereo tape recordings were created by Helmut Kruger in Berlin. For the next few decades, major advancements are made in the audio world which brings us to the Winter Olympics in 1998. The opening performance begins with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” which was masterfully played and sung by synching live audio feeds from five continents across the globe. Pretty amazing!

At CitiView Audio Visual we are always looking forward to the future of audio. But for now, you can count on us any time you need audio services for your live event! Give us a call at 212-632-5196 for more information!

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Make The Switch To LEDs!

Why switch to LEDs? The days of incandescent bulbs are over as more and more people are trading them up for LED bulbs. Longer lifespan, less energy and less heat are just a few of the many reasons to make the change. We switched, have you?

Less Energy 

LEDs produce far less heat than standard incandescent bulbs, therefore they endure much less heat loss. As a result they are more energy efficient, sometimes up to 85% more than the vacuum/filament method used in incandescents.

In addition to using less energy, you’ll use fewer bulbs. Tired of replacing your bulbs multiple times per year? Well, some LED bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours. That’s a long time if you ask us!

The Green Choice

We think the decision is simple, but if you’re still not convinced here are a few more benefits. Even though you may have spend a few more dollars upfront, LEDs can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Consider this: even if you spent $100 for a single bulb, you’ll only need one every 10-20 years. Spending less money on home lighting can save you about 7% on your electric bills which will be far more than the initial $100.

At CitiView Audio Visual, we’ve made the switch to LEDs. While still providing the quality and brightness you expect from exceptional stage lighting, LED lighting is not only the green choice, it’s the best choice. So give us a call the next time you’re hosting an event, and let us take care of the lighting!

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Testimonial Spotlight: April

When you want to be heard, put on a spectacular display or need expert video solutions, there’s one company you can count on – CitiView Audio Visual. No matter what the event entails, the size of the audience or the memories you want to create, we have the answer! But you don’t have to take our word for it, see what some of our satisfied customers have said about our work below:

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“The Ford Foundation has used Citiview Audio Visual services for the past two years.   We often host high visibility events and screenings at the foundation headquarters that require additional staffing.   Many of these programs incorporate everything from lighting, camera and audio services and we needed a company that could provide us with professional staffing and experience with live events.  CitiView has exceeded all of our expectations in these areas.  One thing I particularly like is that they often handle last minute requests and they always arrive well in advance of the “call time”.  I would recommend them to any business that needs reliable, experienced AV staff and can work under pressure with grace and a cool head.”

– Bob Kreizel (Senior Audio Video Services Technician, Ford Foundation)

 

“CitiView AV is a trusted AV provider in the greater NYC area. Their ability to execute event details and solve event issues is unmatched! If I want it done right, if I want peace of mind, I call CitiView. Plus the people are fantastic and that makes my experience so much better as a customer.”

– Adam C. Teasdale (Meeting Tomorrow)

 

Planning an event? Be sure to call on CitiView Audio Visual for all of your audio and visual needs. We cover everything from crystal clear audio solutions to projection screen rentals, streaming and much more! Give us a call at 212-632-5196 to learn more today!