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You Don't Need to Spend A Lot to Achieve Great Sound

Groundbreaking Products from Magnepan and Paradigm Prove Performance Can be Had for Less

You Don't Need to Spend A Lot to Achieve Great Sound
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get excellent performance and value from your music playback system. We were recently presented with two perfect examples of this reality – by two different manufactures – in two completely different product categories.
TAGS: Audio Den | Hamptons | Hi-Fi Audio | Long Island | Magnepan | Paradigm | speakers | Value | Wireless Speaker

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

Wilson Audio's Wares: Now Available At Audio Den

Audio Den is Long Island's only Wilson Audio Dealer

Wilson Audio's Wares: Now Available At Audio Den

Scientists have long understood the extensive health and psychological benefits of listening to music, and Wilson Audio is committed to spreading these benefits as widely as possible. For the past four decades, Wilson has invested in developing the best audio equipment available, providing its customers with an ever increasing standard of music quality. Audio Den is now an Authorized Wilson Audio Dealer, selling premium Wilson Audio products such as:

The Alexandria XLF

The latest in the acclaimed Alexandria speaker line, the XLF doesn't just improve upon its predecessors, but takes sound quality to a whole new level. Designed to eliminate any disparity between live music and recordings, it is one of the first products on the market to use passive bass technology. It has 14% more bass enclosure volume than its predecessors as well as improved bracing and thicker walls. The Audio Beat calls these speakers "unifying forces" marked by "coherence in both the frequency and spatial realms."

The MAXX Series 3

Since their introduction in 1998, MAXX speakers have been some of Wilson's most popular products. Customers praised the MAXX Series 1 and Series 2 for their pristine audio and durable equipment, but rave reviews didn't stop Wilson from trying to do even better. The MAXX 3 incorporates Wilson's new Midrange driver. With one of the broadest bandwidths in the music industry, the Midrange plays music in such intimate detail as to resemble a live event. Along with improved crossover and other updates, this allowed the MAXX Series 3 to win Stereophile's 2009 Loudspeaker of the Year Award.

The Duette Series 2

Loudspeakers are best placed out in the open, but if limited space forces consumers to mount them near a wall, Wilson still gives them options. The Duette line is designed to provide the highest quality music under less than ideal conditions. Walls, bookcases, and other boundaries interfere with frequency response and dynamics, compromising sound quality, but the Duette's external crossover counters this problem, providing pristine music in tight spaces. The Duette Series 2 improves on the original Duette, incorporating a rear isolation chamber and a front baffle to further improve sound quality.

Thor's Hammer

Named after the legendary thunder god's most powerful weapon, Thor's Hammer is only 5 feet in height yet is one of the most powerful subwoofers on the market. The Hammer picks up a broad spectrum of sound, making even 16 Hz notes easy to hear. Its dual-spider driver minimizes distortions, allowing you to hear every detail of even the most elaborate movies and musical performances. The subwoofers possess dynamic speed capabilities, allowing them to adapt to changes in pace and continue playing audio clearly. Thor's Hammer is perfect for both home theater and music systems, and won The Absolute Sound's 2013 Editors' Choice Award for Subwoofers.

 

Music is necessary for good health, so don't rely on sub-par equipment to play your favorite tunes. Visit Audio Den today for Wilson products and other state-of-the-art music equipment.

TAGS: Audio Den | Hi-Fi Audio | High End Audio | Long Island | Wilson Alexia | Wilson Audio | Wilson Sabrina | Wilson Sasha

Clearaudio Concept Turntable

A Clean, Contemporary Turntable that's all Business

Clearaudio Concept Turntable

Clearaudio's Concept turntable complements any high end audio system with a clean and contemporary design. This award-winning turntable is an affordable product that delivers high-end output and is stress free. It delivers extraordinary sound all-around for an enjoyable music experience.

You'll enjoy pure sound from this revolutionary Clearaudio turntable. The chassis on the Concept turntable is crafted with a core of natural wood fiber inside an aluminum surround, thus eliminating any effects caused from vibrations. The DC motor on this belt drive table is separate from the chassis, preventing mechanical interference when a record is playing. The Verify Direct Wire Plus tonearm has a friction-free magnetic bearing to reduce distortion. And everything is setup, including the MM Concept cartridge, in the factory by Clearaudio. All you have to do is open the package and connect the turntable and it's ready to rock, literally. Just put on your favorite record and enjoy the music. It plays 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm with the flick of switch.

A breakdown of the Clearaudio Concept Turntable Technical Specs:

    Made in Germany
    Resonance-optimized chassis
    Friction-free tonearm
    Speed ranges of 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm selected by a switch on the table
    Precision belt drive
    Decoupled DC motor, low noise bush bearings
    Platter: POM, 1.2-inches thick
    Dimensions are 16.54-inches wide, by 13.78-inches deep, by 4.92-inches high

With a German Design Award and a “Best Turntable” award under its belt, the Concept is an affordable option in the high-end spectrum. Not only does it look good, but it's easy to set up and just as easy to use. It delivers superb sound quality and comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty. The Clearaudio Concept Turntable is German engineering at its finest. At the time of its release, the Concept set a new benchmark for tables in its price point.

TAGS: Analog Audio Long Island | Audio Den | Clearaudio Long Island NY | Clearaudio NY | Hi-Fi Audio | Turntable Long island