The Television Timeline
The one-eyed monster invaded our homes after World War II. Perhaps the disintegration of the family had already begun long before that time as we had become more and more modern and industrialized and urbanized and mobile. The War certainly did its damage and changed the nation forever. But before the commercialization of television, families still had to interact in order to entertain themselves.
They ate their meals at the family table. TV trays and TV dinners hadn’t been invented yet. They had to talk or sing, and to play games or music, and to work puzzles, or at least sit together in a room and read. Or they would gather closely together around the radio, and together would watch the screens of their imaginations as storytellers painted word pictures over the airwaves.
It was still difficult not to be a family. Television changed that. Tiny at first, the flickering screen caused living rooms to become theaters, with sofas and chairs all lined up in rows and folks all sitting side by side, the kids sprawled on the floor: Not looking at each other, but staring blankly while some stranger told them what to think and what it should look like. There was little room for imagination, nor any time for conversation. The images were no longer created in the mind, woven in words by storytellers, but were prefabricated and pre-imagined and delivered along with their intended meaning by “talking heads” owned by Madison Avenue: “The medium is the message” became the dictum of the day.
Very quickly the monster grew in size, and in clarity, and in voracity, for primarily it was a very successful marketing tool. Soon enough its deliveries came in living color and ever more titillating packaging. Its benefits and its capacities to exploit the best, and the worst, in our human nature were scientifically discovered and blatantly promoted, as quickly as the society could be conditioned to accept the changes: Almost all of the changes have been for the worse. We, of course, have more than embraced it: We revel in its magical abilities to inform and entertain us, and in its capacities to keep us from having to actually think.
But all the while we have watched in horror as our families and our society have collapsed around us, even as we enjoy the highest standards of living that the world has ever known. The medium and its mechanisms have evolved beyond anything that could have been imagined a bit over half a century ago. We now have plasma screens, and hand-held smartphone computers, and a world wrapped with an Internet that we can access at the touch of an icon.
At the same time, our families are shattered. Our lives are so busy trying to keep up with the world we have created for ourselves that we barely have time to live. Our children walk around like zombies plugged in to their I-phones texting each other because they have forgotten how to hold a conversation. When we are home we live together alone, eating microwaved fingerfoods in our “spaces” while we are each attached by some USB umbilical cord to whichever electronic device is delivering to us our necessary data fix for the moment. Or we sit together watching movies or games on our wonderful screens, but not communicating with each other beyond trivialities and monosyllables. This ought not to be!
Video and the Internet and television are here to stay: There is no question about this. Our world cannot work without our technology, and we are addicted to it. Therefore, the solution to the cascading catastrophe with our families, at least so far as this technology is concerned, has to be for us to take control of it, and to at the least require that in our homes and with our families it behaves itself and offers to us the absolute best that it has to offer.
Now that the Internet and Apple TV and ROKU are putting the nail into the coffin of cable television and the insipid drivel that cable and the networks tend to spew into our lives on their 24-7-365 schedule, the authority to control what comes into our homes and when it may visit has been returned to us. And the medium of television is at last beginning to become the dynamic audio/visual family-building technology that it potentially has always been. If only someone would explain to us how to actually do this and get us past the seemingly impenetrable wall of disinformation and hype that prevents almost everyone from actually discovering the incredible wealth of resources that is actually available to them on the Web.
Eight out of every ten young people walk around plugged into a MP3 player or a smartphone listening to “their music” and somehow avoiding obstacles. Every third car that passes you is blasting music through subwoofers so massive that the ground is shaking. Every store you walk into at the mall is trying to soften you up with music so you spend more money. The Internet is reinventing the recording and music world. The music industry is a mega-billion dollar a year part of the economy. Never before in human history has there been so much music available to so many people in so many ways. Good or bad? I don’t really know. But we love our music. And music is a universal language that can connect our rapidly shrinking world.
The Audiolier Digital Theater is the only Internet integrated speaker system presently available specifically engineered to bring all of this music into your home with perfect fidelity and clarity. Your family is listening to music all of the time. There is no reason why, at least when they are gathered together under one roof, you should not be able to enjoy that music together as a family, hearing it played as clearly as if the musicians were in the room with you. And if there is a DVD or Internet video feed that accompanies that performance, why not be able to experience this on your Ultra-HDTV more personally and more vividly than you would if you had paid your $100 to be in the concert hall live?
The Audiolier Digital Theater is designed for this purpose. William C. Dodenhoff has lived and breathed sound and audio engineering for over six decades, since the loudspeaker was born, and has spent the past twelve years creating this multi-channel speaker array with the goal of bringing full concert hall quality sound into the home and into the worship and auditorium environment. He has accomplished this, even beyond his own expectations.
The Audiolier Digital Theater is a 5.1 multi-channel speaker array consisting of three pairs of the finest available mid-range speakers, each with its own high-range tweeter, and a twelve-inch separately amplified sub-woofer. These professional speakers are contained in a hand-built solid wood cabinet that is perfectly engineered for flawless sound reproduction. The array is configured in the same way as a commercial movie theater sound system. All of this is optimized to work seamlessly with any components you choose and with the Internet either through a very straightforward wiring hookup or wirelessly, as is desired. Whether listening to the full 5.1 sound of a Blu-Ray recording or the digital mix coming in from Pandora or other online sources, you and your kids will be dancing together in the family room until you drop as you enjoy the concert-quality music of an Audiolier.
Very few of us really understand what the Internet has to offer. A twelve year old probably is more savvy than we, as parents, ever will be.
But we do know that this global network is very real and is not going away, and that it is shaping the lives and the minds of our children and of the future that they are facing. The Audiolier Digital Theater is not going to solve our entire dilemma about this wonderful and frightening creation of ours. But it certainly can help us get some control back over our little “kingdom” of our own homes, and over our contribution to the future that our kids will build.
Apple TV and ROKU and, I am sure other competitors, are going to be offering the world to our families in increasingly convenient “on demand” packaging. You will be able to have, at your fingertips, anything you desire at any time you want it. This can be wonderful or it can be not so good. You can watch “Les Miserable”, you can study Dark Energy and black holes with Neil deGrasse Tyson, you can listen to a TED talk or to “American Idol” or news on demand, you can watch less profitable things. So can your kids.
The Audiolier Digital Theater will offer you the best incentive to watch high quality programming and to listen to the best material available. Its flawless audio/visual reproduction makes any movie, concert, documentary, or educational program a pleasure to watch. Your children will find serious programming more interesting because of the incredible quality of the sound and picture and because of the interactivity available through the Apple and ROKU interface. You will have a superior weapon in your arsenal against boredom and the tsunami of mediocrity that the world is hurling at your family through every electronic door and window it has available.
More than a musical instrument and a window on the world, with Apple 4 TV or with the latest gaming systems, an Audiolier Digital Theater joined with a modern HDTV is a motion sensitive fully interactive group activity device. The Audiolier Digital Theater is the perfect center for family-building fun. With a 70” or 80” screen to play on and full theater quality sound, any game you play will be the best game you and your family have ever enjoyed together.
Please contact us today to make an appointment to experience the Audiolier Digital Theater at our showroom.
The Audiolier Digital Theater is not the answer to the world’s problems. But it can certainly help by drawing you and your family back together around fun and music and the companionship of snuggling together on a stormy night watching a movie on a piece of technology that lets you enjoy the entertainment to its maximum.