The audiovisual trade has a long history, and AV companies have evolved with the technology and industry. The industry was born out of a desire by audiophiles and videophiles to get the most out of their audio visual experience. From the moment Lucasfilm created the THX standard, enthusiasts of high fidelity audio wanted it. When AV companies were first formed to meet the demand, the industry was a wild frontier. Adapting professional theater technology to the home was a new and novel concept. It took speaker manufacturers like Speakercraft to innovate the products like in-wall speakers, so that AV companies could meet the demand. It is difficult to imagine, now, but the technology had to be invented. Some standards were still evolving while others had yet to be created. In its infancy, the technology was expensive and not widespread. Integrated audiovisual systems in homes and businesses were reserved for ultra-wealthy companies and individuals. AV companies were niche, meeting a small but growing demand.
By the time flat panel televisions were reaching the mass consumer market, a multiplicity of AV companies had sprouted up to meet the growing demand. An unfortunate side effect to the falling costs and rising demand was the emergence of the ‘trunk-slammer’, a derisive term for AV installers, working out of their garages, whose exclusive expertise was the ‘hang & bang’, wall-mounting flat panels. Some individuals entered the market without any experience with the great variety of integrated technologies and lacked the skill to properly install all of them. If any good came from the troubles in the market in 2008, it was this; many of the AV companies, whose lack of skill tarnished the industry and diluted the market, vanished.
Today, audiovisual technology is more accessible than ever, and a few quality AV companies have weathered the market and risen to the challenge of integrating this technology in a very organic way with the lifestyles of families and brands of businesses. Indeed, a number of specialists have arisen in the audiovisual industry to address unique integration concerns. Some AV companies serve the production home market exclusively. Others exclusively serve the corporate boardroom environment. Some exclusively design and install high-end home cinemas.
Fulkra takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the integration of low voltage technology. Because the technology and products have evolved, they are now more readily adapted to integrate with one another and the built environment. As an AV company, our staff, our family, has a broad skill set. We have team members whose strength is installing audiovisual and control systems. We have team members whose strength is designing and installing security systems. We have team members whose strength is designing fully integrated automation systems. Together the Fulkra family is well equipped to meet the demands of the modern AV marketplace and the needs of its consumers.
Call 877.738.5572 today to learn more integration technology. Fulkra is one of the top AV companies in the world for automation services.