Shawn Byrne

 

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Shawn Byrne

Theater Design & AV Calibration

Shawn began his audio-video industry career while working for an electronics retailer in 1990. Dolby Surround ProLogic had just hit the market and Shawn instantly fell in love with the pursuit of excellence in the AV reproduction experience. This was an exciting and evolutionary time in the history of residential AV systems, with fast-paced innovations and early standards for the home cinema environment that included the introduction of THX Certified Home products as well as major advances in digital sound field processor technology. It was then that Shawn began his relentless journey of exploration into an in-depth knowledge and understanding of these emerging technologies, products and his imminent mastery of AV system performance analysis methodologies by exploring the science behind superior audio reproduction and room acoustics, conducting experiments with variations in loudspeaker placement, listener positioning and acoustic treatment strategies.

Shawn has a BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas. He is a THX Certified Professional Video Calibrator and is a Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA) Level III Design Certified Audio Calibrator.

In 1995, after serving in the U.S. Air Force since 1991, Shawn was appointed as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

In 2008, Shawn graduated from the University of Kansas. While enrolled in the university, Shawn undertook rigorous mathematics and physics courses, which lead to his understanding of the “why” behind his previous explorations while employed as an AV retailer. In 2009, Shawn established Sound Advice in Topeka, KS.

Despite his coursework in the physical sciences, he realized that he needed more advanced, specific training in the fields of audio and video engineering and performance analysis practices to gain a further understanding of small room acoustics and performance video systems. He attended the Home Acoustics Alliance training sessions and workshops and also achieved THX certification. His insatiable ambition to become one of the best custom AV system integrators in the business soon led to his introduction to Dennis Erskine of the Erskine Group.

Having always been interested in architectural design and engineering of high-end home theaters in particular, Shawn’s 3 years of formal training in architecture was instrumental in appointment as Master Home Cinema Design  Engineer and AV Calibrator under the personal instruction of Dennis Erskine.

 

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