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!

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.

Testimonial Spotlight: April

Apr 28, 2015

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!

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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