AV Technology

It's hard to believe now, but there was a time when the 8-Track Tape was the height of audio technology. Or when Quadraphonic Sound was all the rage. In fact, several AV technology failures over the years make us cringe just thinking about them! If you want to ensure your next conference or event goes off without a hitch, it's essential to work with an expert in AV technology. At AVEX, we've seen it all – and we can help you avoid making the same mistakes.

8-Track Tape

The 8-Track Tape was introduced in 1965 as a way to improve upon the existing 4-track format. Unfortunately, the 8-track had several issues that made it unpopular with consumers. The sound quality was often poor, and the tapes were prone to breaking. As a result, the 8-track tape was largely overshadowed by the cassette tape, which was introduced just a few years later.

Quadraphonic Sound

Quadraphonic sound was introduced in 1973 to create a more immersive listening experience. However, the technology has yet to really take off. The main problem was that only a few Quadraphonic recordings were available, so most people just ended up listening to their music in stereo.


The Betamax was introduced in 1975 as a competitor to the VHS format. Unfortunately, Betamax lost the format war, and by the early 1980s, most people had switched to VHS. However, the technology behind Betamax was sound, but the VHS format was chosen as the industry standard.

El cast

Elcaset was introduced in 1977 as a high-quality alternative to cassette tape. Unfortunately, the format never caught on, and by the early 1980s, it was all but forgotten. What exactly was Elcaset? It was a tape cassette that used a different type of Tape, which was supposed to offer better sound quality. However, the format stayed the same, partly due to the high cost of the recordings.


LaserDisc was introduced in 1978 as a way to improve upon the existing vinyl record format. LaserDisc offered better sound quality than vinyl, but the design stayed the same. One of the main problems was that LaserDiscs were large and bulky, which made them difficult to store. They were expensive, and most people stuck with their trusty vinyl records.

Digital Audio Tape

DAT (Digital Audio Tape) was introduced in 1987 to improve the cassette tape format. DAT offered higher sound quality than cassette tapes, but the design has yet to catch on. One of the main reasons was that DAT tapes were expensive, and most people just stuck with their trusty cassettes.


3D TV was introduced in 2000 as a way to improve upon the existing 2D TV format. However, 3D TV never really took off due in part to the high cost of the hardware and the glasses required to watch 3D content. Additionally, many people found the 3D effect to be nauseating. As a result, most people just stuck with their trusty 2D TVs.

If you are a corporate looking to invest in the latest AV technology, it's best to pick a winning format. An expert can guide you through what's hot now and on the horizon.