Home Audio Evolution
I started selling audio gear in 1981 at a retail store in New Mexico. In those days these types of stores were generally known as “hi-fi” shops. (Hi-fi, short for high fidelity, was a term used by home audio enthusiasts to describe the high-quality reproduction of sound produced by quality equipment.) Our shop’s bread and butter were two channel receivers by Pioneer, Marantz, Yamaha and Sansui and loudspeakers, the bigger the better.
As time went on, there was a paradigm shift in the audio industry. Consumers started wanting the same big sound, but in smaller packages. This is when the satellite speakers and subwoofers came on the scene. This innovation allowed hi-fi enthusiasts a little more freedom in speaker placement, while maintaining the quality of sound.
I remember it like it was yesterday when Bose introduced the AM5 Acoustimass in the 80’s at the consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That system included satellite speakers and a subwoofer, and consumers went crazy for it. They brought groups of people into a listening room and they demoed the revolutionary subwoofer/satellite system with the small cube speakers concealed by larger looking box type speakers. After the demo, they revealed the actual source of the sound. Everyone was amazed that such big sound could come out of such a small speaker. This was just great marketing!
Fast forward to 2014. Today we sell in-wall speakers that blend in to the home. Components are rarely displayed and are usually hidden away in a closet. With RF controlled remote controls we can control components and don’t have to look at them. Literally all of the focus is on the sound and picture produced by the components. Stealth look, big sound with a great picture.
With a URC remote control, operation of your system is simple and very user-friendly. I remember making and laminating step-by-step instructions for customers to navigate between various components. This is no longer necessary. The remotes are programmed with simple icons that display various functions that execute multiple actions… and if the customer doesn’t want to know the nuts and bolts behind it all, they don’t have to. All they need to know is that it works. Simply.
From speakers the size of a small car, to speakers that are concealed beautifully in the walls of your home, the audio business has undergone a dramatic evolution.
At Ener-Tel we love new technology and are constantly looking for ways to use it to improve your lifestyle. If you have an outdated audio video system that you still don’t know how to use call us today so that we can help simplify things for you.