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Mar 16

Shawn Byrne, Your Midwest Connection AV Calibrator

I began my AV calibration journey way back in the fall of 1990. I think we were still driving horse and buggies back then with snail mail and large telephones as our only means of correspondence. At that time, Dolby Pro-logic just hit the market, and I was lucky enough to be working for a large local AV retailer at the time. I got a chance to play around with all the newest and latest gear. This was actually a period of time when rapid growth in the home AV market was occurring. It was during this period as well when THX launched its product certification program. Shortly thereafter, I entered the U.S. Air Force, and spent a tour in Japan. With only one television station to watch (unless I was fluent in Japanese … which I wasn’t), the AV market among service personnel and their families was huge. AAFES had dedicated stores just for electronics. Everyone had a laserdisc player and surround sound in 1992 over there. In 1994, I came across a little known laserdisc called A Video Standard, and discovered technical periodicals called The Perfect Vision and The Absolute Sound. I appreciated that these magazines were a bit more technical than your average run of the mill coffee table picture magazine full of home theaters I could not afford. However, armed with my calibration laserdisc, I entered the world of video calibration in 1994.

I built my first home theater in 1999. This afforded me the first opportunity to experiment with sound absorption and placement. I became a bot of an audio enthusiast with this first experiment. As time, and kids, and college marched on I went into a bit of a hiatus. I slowly began to ease back into the industry. I decided to turn my hobby into a business. Armed with years of math and physics, I decided to get into the technical side of things. I wanted to know the ‘Why” behind everything. I took courses in THX Video Calibration, Home Acoustics Alliance and CEDIA. In the years that have passed, I have been lucky enough to meet some of the industry greats, one of whom I work with. It has been a great ride so far, and I look forward to what the future brings to our industry. However, one of the best things I enjoy in this industry is talking with people. Customer satisfaction is my number one priority.

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Written by Shawn Byrne