A Brief History of Audio

May 20, 2015 by Steve Rick in  Uncategorized

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!

How Old Is High-Resolution Audio?

Jul 22, 2015

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.


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.

Turn Your Ideas Into Beautiful Productions With CitiView Audio Visual

Jul 29, 2015

When it comes to live events and corporate meetings, we have everything it takes to make you stand out. Our highly-skilled audio engineers and video technicians love turning your ideas into beautiful productions.


CitiView Audio Visual is a full service event production and conference room integration company, started in 1998 at 30 Rockefeller center in order to service the high end clientele of the Rainbow Room.

Over the years, CitiView has grown and is now supporting the entire North East of the United States with their event production needs. With the new, larger New Jersey warehouse, a fleet of vans & trucks, and road ready experienced technicians no event is out of reach. 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.

Meetings pop up and presenters needs can change on-site. Our staff will respond quickly and professionally.We also offer Video Conference Systems integration for your office or company headquarters, as well as speaker installation, display mounting, rack building and infrastructure wiring.

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. Contact the pros at CitiView Audio Visual today to start planning your next event!

How To Project The Best Image

Sep 10, 2015

Not happy with the way your equipment is projecting images? There are lots of factors that determine the quality of the image on the screen, including resolution and the size of the room. But if you want to display the best image possible, it may be time to give up that old bulb and switch to a laser light source or wireless connectivity.

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Why Switch to a Laser?

Laser light sources offer a number of benefits when compared to standard lamp models. They have a much longer lifespan, up to 20,000 hours, and require much less maintenance. This will help you keep costs down and you won’t have to purchase new equipment as rapidly as before.

In addition to the lifespan and maintenance costs, laser light source technology also offers “brighter, purer, more intense images.”

Ditch The Wires

Another aspect that’s making a big impact in the projector market is wireless connectivity. During a time when technology is changing just about every single day, it only makes sense to be able to connect a projector to smartphones, tablets and laptops without the use of wires.

Make sure you’re putting on a crystal clear display with help from CitiView Audio Visual. We have the latest equipment that will make your next event stand out. Give us a call today at 212-632-5196 to learn more.

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