San Diego, Los Angeles and Cabo San Lucas
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The HARMAN Luxury Audio Group is proud to have some of the best high-end consumer electronics partners across the globe. Each month, we have the pleasure of learning a little bit more about one of our dealers or distributors. This time we’re featuring Audio Impact, which was founded in San Diego by Ryan Lipkovicius
How did Audio Impact get its start?
At the age of six, our Founder, Ryan Lipkovicius, found a passion for electronics when taking apart his first telephone to create booby traps throughout his home. At 10 years old he installed his first AI phone for his grandparents.
During his high school and college career, Audio Impact began with car audio upgrades including speaker improvements, addition of equalizers, LED lighting, security systems and custom speaker box fabrications. Audio Impact expanded into the world of home theater, multi-room audio featuring FM and 5-disc CD players and analog security cameras. As technology evolved and there was more of a need for residential home networks, iPads, smart homes and automation, this was second nature for Audio Impact as Ryan graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in computer information decision systems.
Today, Audio Impact maintains a steadfast hold in the Southern California and Baja markets where we serve our clients backed with 24/7 support and a team of 30+ members each sharing a passion, care and enthusiasm in the various segments of our industry.
Our average project allows our client to interact with Audio Impact as one vendor who has in-house specialists for IP video distribution, streaming multi-room audio, architectural planning and drawings, documentation, system design, smart lighting control systems, motorized shades, enterprise grade networks and surveillance systems, all with single smart home app simplicity. Audio Impact’s clients benefit from our involvement from the beginning of the design to their first night’s sleep in their intuitive, easy-to-use smart home.
How many people are on the Audio Impact team?
We have over 30 employees, with dedicated in-house programmers, dedicated network specialists, in-house shade design team and installation, in-house lighting design team and installation and dedicated 24/7 support staff.
Thoughts on the importance of training?
Audio Impact prides itself on the importance of training with all of the manufacturers we provide, in particular from the HARMAN Luxury Group as it touches on so many parts of our industry. We have found that using a combination of in-person training, online training, video conference-call training and good old hands-on training serves our various team members’ needs. This includes being informed of new releases, features and options, most reliable installations, and best practices to help our team be creative on projects and prepared for any curve balls that might arise on any project.
One of the amazing things about our industry is it is rapidly and constantly changing. This is where training becomes an important component to ensure we design and install systems that operate with ease and reliability.
What do you like most about HARMAN Luxury Audio products and which lines do you feature?
The first and most important is our personal relationship with various parts of the HARMAN Luxury Audio Group. The quality, service and support that we receive enable us to design, install and support all of our systems from the average home audio system to the custom home and theater audio systems.
Eric Leicht and Martin Byrne of AV Partners have become our true friends that offer unparalleled support on all aspects of our project implementations, and help ensure we have everything we need to go above and beyond to provide the best solution for our clients.
We enjoy the harmonious end-to-end solution that the HARMAN Luxury Audio Group offers from their speakers, subwoofers, cabling, audio matrixing, and Dolby Atmos surround sound processing.
The results are award-winning systems for Audio Impact’s clients and an audio-visual ease-of-use experience that clients have never had before.
How do you think the luxury audio industry is currently doing?
What used to be only available in large commercial spaces, is now being designed and available for residential properties with very diverse customization that allows for great quality audio throughout a home, but can still be seamless and invisible.
The quality of luxury audio even on a small scale allows for calibration that was once only available in movie theaters and concert halls to now be available in the luxury of our clients homes and allows them to share this experience with their close friends and they are more accessible for the average music enthusiast.
What is Audio Impact’s mission?
One of Audio Impact’s core principles is to evolve, educate and deliver to our clients state-of-the-art systems without compromise, while exceeding their expectations.
You have the floor. Anything else you want to share with us about Audio Impact that you would like the world to know?
Audio Impact is a truly one-of-a-kind establishment comprised of passionate, driven, old-fashioned teamwork. We take care of our team and community, creating a cohesive second family environment and openness to continue to better ourselves and the systems we deliver and the support and education of our customers.
We pride ourselves on being there for each other and offering our clients unprecedented around-the-clock support and concierge service like no other company. We enjoy being fast and agile and always working to improve our results in all areas of our business, and evolving with new trends and technology.