Audio High sells and installs music, theater, and automation systems for home and commercial use.
We are experts in home theater, two-channel music (high-fidelity stereo), multi-channel music, whole-house audio & video distribution systems, blinds and shades, lighting systems, home automation, automated ceiling fans, security systems, computer networking, computer and network security, high-end wine storage, high-end barbecues, security shutters, and more. We are the number one dealer in the country for many of our lines, and we offer more products and services than any other store in the US or México.
Our store in México also sells and installs hurricane shutters, solar panels, and generators.
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- CEPro Top 20 Integrators in the US: 2015
- Chosen to introduce MQA into the US: 2015
- Top Meridian Dealer in the US: 2009-2015
- CEPro Top 100: 2010–2015
- “Best of LA” 2012 – Los Angeles Magazine
- Best Audio/Video Company – Mountain View Voice
- Best Green Business – Mountain View Voice
- CE Pro Best Showroom
- County of Santa Clara Proclamation (commendation): September 9, 2008
- City of Mountain View Proclamation (commendation): September 27, 2007
In the Press
- Stereophile “I’ve Heard the Future of Streaming…”: December 2014
- Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital: Feature Article
- Stereophile “Estelon Extreme”: June 2014
- CE Pro Showroom – December 2009
- Stereophile “Headphone Heaven at Audio High”: February 2012
- Stereophile “Silverman’s Beethoven Cycle…”: January 2011
- San Jose Business Journal: June, 2010
- Residential Systems Magazine: April 2008
- CBS Sunday Morning (TV Show, February 10, 2008)
- Associated Press: “Digital Music Libraries and devices portend death of hi-fi sound” (2007)
- Steinway & Sons Owner Magazine Feature Article 2005
- Post Magazine (featuring a home we did in Hong Kong — October 7, 2007)
- PC World: “Digital Music: Here, There, and Everywhere” (September, 2004)
- Tone Audio – December 2010
- Best Showroom – Luxury CE Magazine
- Stereophile – January 2011
- San Jose Business Journal
- Best Green Business & Best Audio/Video Store – Mountain View Voice
- Stereophile – September 2010
- Best Audio – Electronic House Expo
- Steinway & Sons Owner Magazine
- Best Overall Demo – Electronic House Expo
- Most Informative Demo – Electronic House Expo
- CFRI (Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.)
- The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium
- The Elf Foundation
- The Tech Museum of Innovation
- MVLA Music Program
- Caring for Kids (NFL Alumni Association)
- South Peninsula Community Teen Youth Group
- The American Red Cross
- Environment California
In 1997, the owners of Audio High founded Silver Lining Giving, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of those affected by illness.
Audio High donates a percentage of its profits to “Silver Linings,” who in turn supports projects such as the refitting of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital’s “Forever Young Zone.” Audio High also provides Silver Linings with office space, staff, and other operational support, meaning that 100% of any donations made go to the charities Silver Linings supports and the projects they do.
If you have old equipment you would like to donate or simply want to make a cash donation, please call us or send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stanford University: Certified to work with Radioactive Materials
- NREMT EMT Certification (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians)
- California State Fire Marshal: EMT Certification
- NBDHMT DMT Certification (National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology)
- USC EDAM Certification / Chamber Ops (University of Southern California)
- American Red Cross: Instructor
- American Red Cross: Emergency Responder / CPR for the Professional Rescuer
- Trade-Ins: Audio High has a generous trade-in program. Ask us about how this can help you.
- Auditions: In-home auditions are available for select items.
- Returns: Many stock items may be returned within 30 days for a full refund if the item is still in new condition. Sale items and special order items may be returned for store credit only with prior approval. Headphones and opened software are not returnable unless defective and will be repaired or replaced with the same unit. If you have any questions about our return policy on a particular item, please ask before purchase.
- Shipping Charges: Customers are responsible for shipping charges from Audio High to the manufacturer or service center for returns or repair. Customers are strongly advised to keep all original boxes for shipping.
- Defective Units: Although a product’s warranty is between the consumer and the manufacturer, Audio High will always do our best to help with defective units and warranty issues. Please call us first if you have any questions or problems. We can resolve almost any issue directly and can generally get you better service than going directly to the manufacturer.
- Clerical Errors: Although we endeavor to be perfect, occasionally clerical mistakes, such as typos, are made on the web site or an item is misquoted. We cannot be held accountable for these clerical errors.
Meet the Audio High Leaders
Michael began playing the piano at the age of four and has been deeply involved with music ever since. He has sung and played a number of instruments professionally, wrote and directed music for three years for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, performed in the west coast premiere of Nixon in China under the direction of composer John Adams, and won several piano competitions.
Michael studied music for five years at UC Santa Cruz (with a minor in art) and later graduated as valedictorian from St. Mary’s College of Moraga with a degree in management. He has worked as a composer, arranger, musician, musical director, and teacher. He has also been a disc jockey for a large classical music station (KBOQ), worked for PG&E as a state-licensed home inspector and auditor (and energy conservation specialist), and he taught mathematics at a community college (when he was still in high school). Michael currently holds an active C-10 electrical license.
Before founding Audio High, Michael was involved with a number of technology companies in the Bay Area. For seven years, Michael was a development manager at Apple Computer, overseeing three groups concurrently. During his tenure at Apple, he wrote and published a programming book; wrote the telecommunications code that sent the first e-mail from space and supported the astronauts during that mission; and re-architected America Online to support other languages, cultures, and writing systems. In addition, he co-designed the telecommunications language used by AOL, Apple, CompuServe, GE, and others; and he designed the Unicode compression algorithm used by Apple and AOL. Michael also designed the user interfaces for several Apple products, wrote a suite of online content-publishing tools, and was the technical editor for numerous publications.
Michael has co-founded three technology companies and founded six other successful businesses. He has authored a number of patents. For his work with NASA on several projects, Michael was made an honorary Air Force Captain.
Michael also has a long history of doing volunteer work, starting at a young age raising money for Muscular Dystrophy. His volunteer work also includes teaching for the American Red Cross, doing emergency medical work at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, volunteering for the SPCA, and doing molecular biology research at Stanford University. He has also done volunteer work as an EMT and DMT. He is a Divemaster who specializes in both dive-related medicine and underwater photography. Using his background in molecular biology, Michael served for two years as the chair of the Research Advisory Committee of CFRI and participated as a member of this committee of doctors and scientists for some time before that.
Michael and his wife, Claire, founded Audio High to help raise money for a number of charities and eventually went on to found a separate non-profit organization (Silver Linings) that is dedicated to this endeavor. They have contributed to many causes, including donating over $200,000 in equipment and labor to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford to build a theater for sick children in the hospital, where they hold special events including preview showings of animated films before they hit the theaters. Michael has also produced 15 concerts over the past few years to raise money for various charities.
After ten years in the industry he took a two-year hiatus to commune with nature as an adventure tour guide: white water rafting, rock climbing, and backcountry hiking throughout Zion, Yosemite, and Yellowstone National Parks. It was a natural transition for Michael, a native Californian, who has been running competitively since the age of twelve. In 1980, Michael was ranked third in the nation for the 110m High Hurdles. Some of his records in Track & Field remain unmatched in Northern California to this day. Traversing much of North America enabled Michael to fundamentally reaffirm his ideals and sculpt his vision for the future.
But as amazing as this adventure was, given his entrepreneurial spirit and his drive to master everything he sets his mind to, it was merely a matter of time before he would start his own endeavor. So, in 1999, Michael founded a high-end home video and audio company in California. Michael loves to travel and found himself drawn more and more to the sleepy little Mexican fishing town of Cabo San Lucas where he did an increasing number of projects as time went by. Word of mouth spread quickly about his work, and by 2009, Los Cabos had become fraught with opportunity for a top-notch home automation company. So while other companies would only drop by in an attempt to grab the low-hanging fruit, Michael made the bold commitment to move to Cabo San Lucas and make this a full-time endeavor.
Michael was certainly in the right place at the perfect time, and through a lot of hard work and determination, he built a substantial business with a team of three dozen installers, an in-house design and engineering team, home lighting specialists, security and networking specialists, and licensed staff electricians.
In 2014, a project came along that required the combined expertise of Michael’s Cabo-based business and Audio High in California. Michael Koellsted and Michael Silver had been long-time friends with great mutual respect, and they realized their combined experience, skills, and entrepreneurial spirit could bring a business in Los Cabos to a new level, so they decided to partner and create a Los Cabos branch of Audio High with capabilities and customer service far beyond any other company, local or US-based.
And thus was born the perfect marriage from which you can expect the highest levels of service and expertise.
When he is not working long hours overseeing monumental projects on the distant, sunny shores of Los Cabos, Michael enjoys time spent with his wife at their second home, set amidst the beautiful vineyards of Sonoma County, CA. Together you may find them traveling, eating, golfing, eating, and drinking wine. And eating.
His passion for music and technology began in the third grade when he received his first Fender electric guitar. He then proceeded to learn every Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and Led Zeppelin song he could. In high school, his passion for music manifested with 4-track-recording improvisational jam sessions with his jazz bandmates. In Atlanta, at Emory University, he double majored in Computer Science and Economics, while his musical pursuits found new instruments, new recording technologies, and weekly DJ residencies in Buckhead and downtown Atlanta.
Immediately after college and before graduate school, Brad held an interim job at Stereo Exchange in Lower Manhattan, where he was first introduced to the world of high-end audio and home automation. He began installing and programming Crestron systems and racks of Meridian and McIntosh equipment. With a strong desire to work for the companies that created musical recording and production equipment — now all moving into the digital realm — Brad furthered his education at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research and Musical Acoustics, earning a Master’s in Music, Science, & Technology. The studies at Stanford included focuses on Digital Signal Processing, Recording, Electrical Engineering, and Human-Computer Interaction. In a program of fewer than 10 students, Brad was able to have close and personal interactions with professors that included Max Matthews, one of the founders of Digital Audio at Bell Labs, and Bill Verplank, who pioneered the invention of the computer mouse at the prestigious Palo Alto Research Center. Brad’s final thesis project included building a MIDI drum machine from scratch and using it to perform an original song on original software that allowed multi instrumental tracks (guitar, bass, and keyboard) to be recorded live, looped, and manipulated in real time while simultaneously performing a turntablist’s scratch track.
After graduation, Brad realized that everything he had learned both in college and in his hobby recording studios could be applied to this rapidly growing field of digital media technologies and automation systems. Working with the top companies in Palo Alto and Los Angeles, Brad programmed and managed the largest and most complex automation and theater systems for the highly discriminating clients. With guidance from a good friend who was both a supervisor and mentor, Brad returned to school to further his career beyond programming and project management and push himself into new challenges. Receiving a merit scholarship to attend USC’s Marshall School of Business made leaving his job that much easier, and he went back to school with the hopes that this move put him in the position where he could successfully run his own business doing what he most loved.
Brad used his business, technical, and musical knowledge to start his own company, and shortly after completing his full-time MBA program with Honors, Michael Silver and Bradley were introduced and decided to join forces in Los Angeles and create a branch of Audio High that could handle the most complex theater and automation systems from day one. And they did.