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CE PROFILE
Audio Breakthroughs
" We are
continually
surprised at how
often projects
grow simply
by presenting
customers with
better options. "
-Spencer
Clark, Audio
Breakthroughs
vice president and partner]. He gave me the
nudge I needed and a solid strategy to place
us on a trajectory for incredible growth and
protect us from future hardships akin to what
we experienced in 1987. "
From then on, Audio Breakthroughs
focused on much more than AV to become a
full-service systems integration firm. Naturally,
father-son disagreements ensued during
the transition. There to smooth things over,
as she still does, is Michele - Bruce's wife,
Spencer's mom, and resident peacemaker and
bookkeeper for the business.
Embarking on a
The company's showroom
today is a mix of both
audio and video equipment.
This room showcases
gear from GoldenEar,
Focal, McIntosh, Mark
Levinson, Audio Research,
Pass Labs, B&W, Martin
Logan, Revel, KEF, Rogue
Audio, Conrad-Johnson
and more.
New Home Tech Journey
Diversifying the company offerings was a bold
move, certainly, but one that Bruce, Spencer
and the rest of the Audio Breakthroughs
team embraced whole-heartedly. With
everyone on board, Spencer and Bruce set
out to break through (pun intended) the hi-fi
comfort zone to exploit promising new home
tech categories.
The overarching goal: reset and realign
its company mindset and culture, build and
maintain a remarkably varied product inventory,
expand and train its programming and
installation team, and establish new business
practices to build a broader customer base
without losing sight of Audio Breakthroughs'
hi-fi legacy and Bruce Clark's quest for perfection.
His audiophile mentality of settling for
nothing but the best serves as the mantra for
Audio Breakthroughs' entire operations, from
the products, to the installation, to support.
" Our goal from the start was employing
technicians with the expertise and products
with the performance features to deliver a
'Carnegie Hall' listening experience, a cinematic
viewing experience, and an unparalleled
level of simplicity, comfort and convenience, "
he says. " Audio Breakthroughs would do it all
... and do it all extremely well. "
Diversification Puts Audio
Breakthroughs on Path of Its Own
Spencer notes that one of the most important
lessons he learned at business school
was the importance of diversification. " If one
category of the company suffers, other categories
are there to pick up the sales slack, "
he explains of the lesson that is still proving
beneficial today.
Even the pandemic couldn't break Audio
Breakthroughs. Sure, it slowed some
aspects of the business, but categories like
home theater and networking compensated.
Diversification also helped Audio
Breakthroughs establish a unique and even
stronger reputation among existing and
prospective clientele.
" We are one of the last true hybrid establishments,
offering home tech solutions
through both retail and custom integration
channels, " Spencer says.
Into the Audio Breakthroughs' tried-andtrue
line of audiophile gear from McIntosh,
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