Testimonial Spotlight: June

Jun 02, 2015 by Steve Rick in  Uncategorized

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.

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.

What Can Your Light Bulb Do?

Jul 28, 2015

Don’t just switch to smart Wi-Fi light bulbs, switch to smart Wi-Fi light bulbs that can do a whole bunch of other cool things in addition to lighting up a room. Want a light bulb that can play music? Want a light bulb that can send notifications when you receive a text? This one can do it all!

The LightFreq Square2 is changing the smart Wi-Fi light bulb game as we know it. While it’s great to switch over to energy efficient LEDs, there’s now much more to light bulbs than just that. This bulb comes equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies along with a number of other perks.

You can control it from both inside and outside of your home and it also has a motion-activated feature so it will turn off when you leave the room. Don’t want to turn a switch on and off? Don’t worry, you can control the LightFreq Square2 from your iOS or Android devices and it will even send you notifications when you receive a text, email or incoming call. Pretty cool, right?

If you’ve ever dreamt of a light bulb that can play music, your dream just became a reality. Packed with a 2-inch, 20-watt speaker this gadget can stream all sorts of music. What else do you need in a light bulb?

At CitiView Audio Visual, we’re always providing the latest in audio/visual services for the entire New York City area. Contact us today at 212-632-5196 to learn more about our services.

Brief History of the Microphone

Jul 10, 2015

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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