AV Milestone Timeline:

AV Milestone Timeline

Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence From Audio Interiors, Inc.

Starting with the establishment of our "audio" roots in 1982, and for the many years since that we've been providing quality audio, home theater and automated installations, the world has seen a revolution of new technologies. In celebration of our 30th anniversary, Audio Interiors has put together this timeline of AV milestones--each was the first of its kind, and AI has been there first to integrate each into your home.

  • 1982

    The first CD is released in Japan (Billy Joel's “52nd Street”).

  • 1983

    The first CD titles are sold publicly in the US in June.

  • 1984

    The first television program with stereo sound is broadcast by NBC.

  • 1985

    LP sales drop 25% due to wide adoption of the CD format.

    The first satellite receivers for home use go on sale.

  • 1986

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reports that CD sales overtake LPs in the U.S.

  • 1987

    Sony launches DAT, or Digital Audio Tape, as a new digital audio tape standard.

  • 1988

    CD's overtake LP sales globally.

  • 1989

    MP3 audio file format is debuted.

  • 1990

    Phillips introduces the digital audio tape recorder (DAT).

    Dolby Audio Labs proposes a 5-channel surround-sound system for home theater.

  • 1991

    MP3 audio file format develops into an international standard, eventually becoming the most popular format for distributing digital audio over the Internet.

  • 1992

    Sony's MiniDisc and Philips DCC are offered to consumers as home digital record/play hardware and software.

  • 1993

    HDTV, or High-Definition Television, is developed for the U.S. market.

  • 1994

    Television sets are outsold by personal computers for the first time in the U.S.

  • 1995

    Intel, Microsoft and Radvision initiates standardization activities for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) communications system.

  • 1996

    The first DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) players are sold in the U.S.

  • 1997

    The first plasma TV screen for the general public is sold for approx. $15,000 by Fujistu.

  • 1998

    The first regular transmissions of HDTV (High-Definition Television) begin in major U.S. cities.

  • 1999

    Audio DVD formats DVD-A and SACD (Super-Audio CD) are introduced, both of which offer superior sound than conventional CDs.

  • 2000

    Internet music-sharing web site “Napster” is created, sending shock waves through the recording industry.

  • 2001

    VHS cassette recorder/players are outsold by DVD players for the first time.

    In October Apple Computer introduces the original iPod portable music player.

  • 2002

    Requirement established by the F.C.C. that all new U.S. T.V. sets include digital receivers to help the transition to digital transmission by Feb. 17, 2009.

    Sirius Satellite Radio debuts

    The F.C.C. approves a digital radio broadcast standard in October.

  • 2003

    Apple Computer opens the iTunes Music Store, a software-based online digital media store.

    Late in the year, production of consumer HDMI products begins.

  • 2004

    Worldwide sales of CD audio, CD-ROM, and CD-R reaches about 30 billion discs.

  • 2005

    Major retailers (Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and Circuit City) announce they will no longer sell VHS Video Cassette tapes now that DVDs are the medium of choice.

    YouTube is introduced.

  • 2006

    iTunes sells its one billionth song.

    The first Blu-ray Disc prototypes were unveiled in October 2000, and the first prototype player was released in April 2003 in Japan. Afterwards, it continued to be developed until its official release in June 2006.

  • 2007

    Apple debuts the iPhone.

    Nintendo's Wii is the top selling video console in the US

  • 2008

    SIRIUS and XM merge on July 29

    Netflix announces a partnership with Starz Entertainment to bring over 2,500 new movies and television shows to Watch Instantly in what is being called Starz Play on October 1, 2008

  • 2009

    Microsoft demonstrates Project Natal, which enables video gamers to control games using only body movements and voice commands - no controller required.

  • 2010

    3D TV is introduced to the public.

    Apple debuts the iPad.

  • 2011

    LP sales hit 3.9 million, continuing the resurgence of the format.

    According to a 2011 report by Sandvine, Netflix is the biggest source of North American web traffic, accounting for 24.71% of aggregated traffic