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Articles in Category: Custom Audio and Video Integration NY

How the Mighty Have Fallen – A Case Study

Via International's Recipe for Success Missed the Key Ingredient

The recent announcement that the giant A/V integrator Via International is shuddering it operations got us to thinking. How is it that a company boasting $73M in annual sales ($200M in sales projected within five years) can fail? The creation of Via International was touted as the portent for the future of audio video integration – the benchmark for how all custom A/V firms were going have to do business, if they want to survive.

Not so fast…

It’s easy to understand why all of the industry experts were falling all over themselves to pump up the Via International narrative. The story was quite compelling. Combine six of the CE Pro Top 100 Technology Integrators from all over the United States – with their capital, manpower, extensive customer databases, product knowledge and sharpened business practices. Centralize all operations under one gigantic tent, unify financials, operating systems and vendor relationships.

With a full-time staff of nearly 400 people, 20 locations nationwide and a customer roster comprised of the ultra-wealthy, Via International was poised for greatness. The only thing missing was the glass slipper.

Sadly for the Via International staff, whose employment was unceremoniously terminated, there was no fairy tale ending. All that remained was a case study in the scalability of successful A/V integration firms.

In theory, wildly ambitious plans to take over the world are all well and good – In theory. Just ask the Romans, the Mongols or the British Empire…

By contrast, for the past 40 years Audio Den has embraced a slow and steady, organic growth business model. Where it lacks in sex appeal and excitement, this methodology has helped Audio Den weather three major economic recessions. What started as a modest two-channel tweak shop in a strip mall, has evolved into a full-service technology integration firm – housed in its own 7,000 square foot facility and retail showroom.

Growth is good – but not when it comes at the cost of your founding principles – the very essence of what made your firm great in the first place. At its core, Audio Den is a customer service company – the electronics, speakers, accessories and programming just come along with that relationship.

There are countless places to buy A/V hardware these days, on-line and in-person. However, there is a rapidly shrinking number of companies who care about you after you’ve clicked “Buy Now” or walked out of their store with your hardware. Audio Den cares – walk into our showroom, call us on the phone or invite us into your home and let us prove it.

Audio Den is prepared to take over the world – one installation, one household, one relationship at a time. Steady as she goes…

TAGS: Audio Den | Control4 | Custom Installation | Hi-Fi Audio | Home Automation | Long Island | New York City

Outdoor Audio Brings High Quality Audio to Summer Fun

Outdoor Home Theater and Outdoor Audio Systems Bring Movies and Music to NY Homes

Outdoor Audio Brings High Quality Audio to Summer Fun

Transform the outdoor living space of your Long Island home into an entertainment lounge with pool speakers, deck speakers or even an outdoor home theater system. Outdoor audio and entertainment systems are the ideal ways to bring the tunes outdoors or lounge outdoors in your Hamptons home while catching your favorite TV show or taking in a classic movie. These additions to your home also add value. Many homebuyers are willing to pay a premium for home that is equipped for outdoor entertainment.

With deck, patio and pool speakers, Long Island homeowners can set the perfect scene for dinner under the stars or kick back and relax while listening to their favorite playlist. Take outdoor living to a whole new level of enjoyment with outdoor audio from Audio Den. We’re Long Island’s premier audio, video, automation and home theater specialist.

At Audio Den, we plan the placement of deck, patio and pool speakers carefully. For example, if there’s a wall, we place the speakers on the wall facing the home or underneath the eaves. This way, the sound is focused toward the outdoor living area. For larger yards, the speakers can be placed decoratively in a circle pointing toward the outdoor living space or discretly in landscaping around a pool or spa. Subwoofers can also be partly buried in the ground. All around, we arrange the outdoor speakers in a manner that adds to the aesthetics of the outdoor space. Plus, we install outdoor speakers for reputable brands such as Paradigm outdoor speakers, which are specifically designed to withstand temperature and weather extremes.

We can also set up multiple audio zones for outdoor spaces. With this flexibility, kids can swim in the pool with louder volumes while those dining outdoors can turn the volume down to conversational levels. Multiple audio zones allow you to control the volume and source independently. It’s a win-win for everyone outdoors and the key to summer fun.

Never miss a ballgame or your favorite TV show with an outdoor entertainment system. We install Sunbrite and Seura outdoor TVs that are built to withstand the elements, such as sea breezes to Hamptons homes, rain and snow. Even with high humidity from salty ocean air, these outdoor TVs are completely weather resistant. These outdoor TVs can be put on full articulating mounts to avoid the sun and positioned so the screen is viewable from multiple locations in the backyard. Totally adjustable, you can view a TV show from any location. Just keep in mind that screen size is a factor with outdoor TVs. Anything smaller than a 46-inch TV is likely too small, unless you’re sure that viewers will always be close to the screen. We also can add external speakers for the TV audio. This way, if you’re throwing a pool party during a major sports game, you can play the games feed on speakers throughout the yard.

With outdoor speakers and entertainment systems, you can turn your outdoor living space into a social summer retreat.

TAGS: Audio Den | Hamptons | Hi-Fi Audio | Long Island | New York City | Outdoor Audio | Outdoor Audio systems | Outdoor entertainment systems | Outdoor home theater | outdoor pool speakers | outdoor speakers | Paradigm Speakers | Seura | Sunbrite TV

Audio Den Becomes Authorized Parasound Dealer

Audio Den is Pleased to Bring Parasound's Quality HiFi Offerings to Long Island and NYC

Audio Den Becomes Authorized Parasound Dealer

Audio Den is Pleased to Bring Parasound's Quality HiFi Offerings to Long Island and Beyond

May 3, 2015 - Audio Den, Long Island's premiere audio, video, automation and home theater specialist, is pleased to announce to its customers that it is now officially an Authorized Dealer for Parasound HiFi components. Parasound HiFi components and products are now immediately available to purchase via Audio Den.

Parasound offers a few different product lines that are all aimed at different types of consumers, allowing the company to intimately fulfill the needs of the individual as opposed to attempting to create a "one size fits all" solution to home audio and video. Halo by Parasound, for example, is the premiere line that strives to continually raise the bar for both performance and value in one fell swoop.

The Halo JC 2 line preamplifier is one of the many Parasound products that has received rave reviews in both the print and online journalism communities. "The Halo JC 2's ability to reproduce space was even evident on monophonic recordings," said a reviewer from Stereophile magazine.

The Parasound NewClassic product line is a high value full line of electronics that is designed to bring a fresh new spin on old classic designs, delivering maximum value all without skimping on both performance and reliability. Some notable products in the NewClassic product line include the 2100 Stereo Preamplifier with L, R and Sub Bypass, for example. In addition to seven inputs and a front panel MP3 jack, this product also includes three distinct turn options: manual, 12v trigger and AC. The 2125 Power Amplifier is also part of the line and includes two 125 watt channels with a 35 amp peak current per channel.

Parasound Z is the company's custom line of ultra-compact components that are designed to deliver maximum performance, even in situations where space may be physically limiting. These options are great for people who demand high end performance from products like the Zamp v.3 two channel amplifier. The Zamp v.3 can be used with an A/V Receiver to power a second zone in a home, can be used to power a multi-zone audio system and more depending on the needs.

Founded in 1976, Audio Den has committed itself to providing its clients with the best quality audio and video solutions that are available. Helping the client to not only meet their needs but exceed them is one of the core tenants of the Audio Den experience. Even though technology continues to change at a break neck pace, the impeccable customer service and dedication to best of breed products has remained true for almost four decades.

To find out additional information about the high quality products that Parasound HiFi has to offer, or to get started creating the home audio or video system dreams visit Audio Den at their state of the art showroom on Long Island; 2845 Middle Country Road in Lake Grove.

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