Since 1950, we’ve been driven by a passion for excellence in Sight and Sound. Today Century Stereo is the oldest and one of the last independent custom integrators of audio visual solutions.
The Audiophile Years
In 1950 after serving in World War II and finishing college, Phil Sunseri emerged with a deep love and appreciation for European classical music. His goal was simple – provide a place where people could come to talk about, learn and listen to high-fidelity audio. Soon a modest 600 square foot location was chosen and Century Stereo was born.
In those days reel-to-reel, records and tube amps were state-of-the-art, but getting realistic audio reproduction and perfect staging meant you needed a helping hand. Back then it would have been common to visit Century Stereo with your gear and have it scoped and tested to make sure it still met factory specifications. You also would have been very likely to see Dave O’Brien, who often visited to conduct McIntosh tuning clinics.
It wasn’t long before Century Stereo established its reputation for professional service and as an enthusiast destination.
The Videophile Years
Through the years Century Stereo grew, gradually adding more and more square feet to showcase our many showrooms and unique equipment. The arrival of audio and video discs with increasingly larger televisions drove much of that need for growth as our enthusiastic customers were early adopters who wanted to experience the power of heart-stopping cinema at home.
In the late 80’s, CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association) formed with Century Stereo as one of the earliest members and together we have worked to create high standards for the custom installation industry. As a result, the home theater and whole-home A/V distribution movement boomed and Century Stereo’s custom installation and design team has thrived. Many of the original members of our team including Rick Bronner and Gary Lawson are still with us today. It was also during this era Phil retired and transitioned the business to George “Buzz” Armanini.
The videophile years were known for spawning a fleet of Century Stereo service vehicles you may have seen in your neighborhood!
The Technophile Years and Beyond
In recent years Century Stereo has further expanded its services beyond audio, video and custom installation; helping our customers incorporate the ever-expanding world of networking, digital media streaming, home control systems and the smart devices of the post-PC era into their home and office. We have also added a Design Center and Commercial Services division that reflect the growing capabilities and complexity in today’s projects.
But even though technology keeps evolving, what brings people to Century Stereo has not — the desire to create the best possible experiences. Just like 60 years ago, at Century Stereo you expect to share, discuss and learn about today’s technology with professionals and enthusiasts who can share the passion and help realize your goals.
Here’s to the next 60 years!