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1. Who We Are


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Audio Video Advisors designs and installs custom electronic audio, video and control systems. We are a team of experienced electronic technicians, installers and system designers with decades of combined experience in audio, video and internet technology. Our backgrounds in music, the performing arts, audio engineering and computer programming, enable us to create system designs that are exciting yet simple to use.


In addition, our previous experience as custom homebuilders uniquely positions us to understand the needs of the building professional and the requirements of the construction process.


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Completed project tours by appointment.


Audio Video Advisors is a BBB Accredited AudioVisual Consultant in Thetford Center, VT

Our Design Philosophy


  1. To connect each customer with the simplest, most appropriate technology.
  2. Make every system scalable and upgradable.
  3. Give each user intuitive access to all the functions and features of our systems.
  4. The most beautiful technology is nearly invisible.



2. What We Do


We have been designing and installing custom theaters with control systems and multi-room audio systems since 1996. With 20 years’ experience in homes and businesses throughout New England, our design philosophy is rooted in the belief that electronic systems must integrate seamlessly with the user’s environment.


We focus on technology that is easy to use, cost effective, and has the widest window of relevance. Window of relevance is the period when a product or system remains technologically relevant as other systems and technologies evolve around it. Our experienced team can design and install an exciting audio video system or effective control solution for the way you live.


Audio Video Advisors believes that an audio system that is acoustically rich, yet simple and intuitive to use, can do more to turn your house into a home than just about anything else we do.


At the center of our whole home audio designs is Sonos, a system so simple to use that the music will take center stage and the technology will disappear from view. A whole home audio system driven by Sonos will let you stream music to any room in your home. Music services like Pandora, Rhapsody,, Spotify, and others, will put a vast library at your fingertips. Creating custom playlists is quick and simple. Accessing your preexisting music collection is at the touch of a button. Adding personal Pandora channels has never been easier. Sonos in your home will change the way you listen to the music you love.

We believe the music you love is the soundtrack to your life


Audio Video Advisors can also design a space that is dedicated to more critical listening. The most important single audio element in a critical listening environment is the room itself. We will take into consideration the shape of your room and its construction, and we will propose room modifications and acoustic treatments as required. Our component and speaker recommendations will reflect your listening preferences. The final result will be a musical experience that accurately recreates all the excitement and drama of the live studio or stage.





Professionally designed and installed lighting and shading systems provide unparalleled ambiance for your home. Whether for a single room or an entire home, lighting control enhances your comfort, convenience and security.


In 2011 AV Advisors was awarded a Lutron Electronics design and installation dealership for HomeWorks QS lighting control systems and Sivoia QS automated shades and blinds. We now offer a complete Lutron solution for home or business combining energy efficiency with convenience, comfort, and security.


Lutron dimming also saves energy. Lighting can account for up to 20% of a household’s annual electricity. With options like occupancy sensors, daylight sensors, and automated dimming synchronized to time of day and time of year, a Lutron system can be “tuned” to match your lifestyle while reducing your energy use.

Lutron Sivoia home lighting solutions

Lutron Shades


By combining Lutron’s’ Sivoia automated shades with an effective lighting control design AV Advisors can create a total light control solution for your home or business that will save energy while enhancing the visual environment.


Sivoia QS can control the entire Lutron family of automated window treatments, including roller shades, traditional drapery tracks, the Kirbé™ vertical drapery system, tensioned shades, and Roman shades with CERUS™ safety technology. Its simplified wiring and common communication language allow for easy integration with Lutron HomeWorks QS lighting controls.


With near-silent operation (rated at less than 44 dBA at 3 ft), Sivoia QS roller shades allow you to manage daylight without disturbing the activity occurring in a space.



Life is better when everything works together. With more and more smart electronics playing a central role in our daily lives, they deserve an even smarter role at home.


Create the perfect movie ambiance in one touch. Tell your thermostat what to do from anywhere. Get a text when your teenager comes home and opens the mudroom door.


Audio Video Advisors is at the forefront of developing ‘App Based Control’ for residential and business environments. We design a control system by matching your needs with the most effective subsystems and iPad / Smart Phone Apps.


Now, instead of a relatively expensive and complex global control system for your home or business, we will recommend appropriate subsystems for controlling heating, humidity and cooling, door locks and garage doors, security systems, IP cameras, music and Home Theatre control. We make sure all the subsystems will work well together through the most effective suite of iPad and Smart Phone Apps.

Several iPads can be mounted in stands, on swing arms or installed in convenient locations flush on the wall. Lights, door locks, music, security system, climate control, IP cameras are all conveniently accessible through the familiar iPad or Smart Phone interface. 


An App Based Control System is easily updated. As Apps improve, the newer version is just downloaded onto the iPad or Smart Phone. New subsystems can be added along with their respective Apps making this type of design both infinitely upgradable and easily scalable.



Residential Cinema

A “Residential Cinema” is a space in your home that is dedicated to movie and television viewing. We will do an acoustic analysis of the space and create a room design that includes acoustic panels to control and enhance the sound. Speakers may be hidden in the walls or behind the screen. Lighting and seating are all chosen to maximize the viewing experience. Many Residential Cinemas have a design “Theme” that can be anything from New Orleans Bijou to Star Wars Redux.



“Thank you all! So excited to try it out. We appreciate you keeping us current on theater technology. It is such an amazing experience to watch movies or sports in our new Theater.”


– Jon V.

“We are so pleased with our new Sonos system and the ease with which we can listen to great music through the house and at the hot tub!!”


– Christie & Bob

“App Based Control from Audio Video Advisors has given us access to all of our homes systems while we are away. We can see our cameras, control lights, lock & unlock doors and even control our security system- all from our phones or iPads.”


-Art & Cathy

3. Meet the Team

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Chuck DeVries



Chuck has owned and operated several businesses. Audio Video Advisors is the culmination of those experiences. As a partner in ‘Dennis-DeVries Builders’ Chuck built custom homes throughout the Upper Valley and Northern New England, giving him a hands-on appreciation of the construction process and the needs and concerns of builders, contractors and architects. Chuck’s love of new technology launched ‘DeVries Digital’ in 1995. He and his team subsequently installed over four thousand mini-dish satellite systems throughout the region.


In 2008 Chuck purchased Audio Video Advisors, expanding the already thriving business by focusing on the automation and control of residential energy and lighting systems. When not engaged in growing AVA, Chuck plays guitar, lifts weights and runs with his wife Carol and ‘Chelsea the Lab’ in the backwoods of Vermont.

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Debbie Higgins






Debbie has been working behind the scenes for 11 years answering the phone, doing AR/AP/Payroll and acting as a liaison with cable, phone and internet providers. Debbie anchors the day to day operations to Audio Video Advisors with her patience and constant upbeat attitude. When not working, Debbie enjoys baking, camping, sampling craft beer, traveling and hanging out with her family and pets.

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John Lomasney


John has been deeply involved with low voltage technology ever since his first job installing security alarms in 2001. Between then and now- John has obtained a number of certifications working with Hi Fidelity Audio, Lutron lighting, home data networking, surveillance cameras and smart home control systems, as well as running his own home theatre company out of Foxboro Massachusetts. In 2013 moved to the Green Mountains for a change in lifestyle and started working for AVA full time.


John has hung hundreds of TVs in every imaginable application, installed thousands of speakers, and programed hundreds of universal remotes- If it has wires and needs controlling, John is your guy. John enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and gardening with his wonderful wife Alana, young John Jr., and Haiti the yellow dog.

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Len Calandrella





Len’s background is in the world of Information Technology, as a systems analyst and designer, programmer, and project manager. He has worked with computers all of his life, and has been a music lover since he got his first transistor radio. He gets to combine both of these in his work with Audio Video Advisors, creating exciting systems for our clients. Len is an unapologetic winter lover, spending as much time as possible playing hockey and skiing with his family.

brandon baumann

Brandon Baumann



Brandon is our youngest and newest member of the Advisors Team, he is a 2015 graduate of Husson University where he got his Bachelors Degree in Audio Engineering. Brandon grew up as a musician, and has spent the last 7 years playing steel drum with Vermont’s very own largest steel drum band, The Panhandlers.


He is a techy at heart and loves all things audio, one of his favorite things to do is compare speakers/acoustics/pyschoacoustics in different homes and listening environments. His favorite flavor of pie is apple and in his spare time he loves exploring and snowboarding in the Green Mountains where he was born and raised.

Tom DeVries

Tom Devries


For decades Tom has been a key player in the New Hampshire seacoast alliance and common ground fair. Between 1998 and 2005 he helped install over 4000 mini-dish satellite systems with his brother Chuck. A master of organization, motivation, and encyclopedic knowledge of residential construction, Tom keeps AVA wiring projects moving along smoothly. 

Doug Phoenix

Doug Phoenix



Doug has been in the business for live sound and custom audio integration for over 35 years. Already having 15 years of experience, he became the Production Manager of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College for 21 years. In 2010 he was the General Manager and Sound Engineer for Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction. For the past 3 years Doug has been giving us a helping hand with audio installations and fine tuning homes to enhance the perfect listening environment for our customers.


If you are ever fortunate enough to catch Doug while he is tuning your system to perfection, he can keep you entertained for hours with all of his stories about celebrities & rockstars that he has shared a beer and bourbon with.


Founder of AVA, Pete Mayer



Peter Mayer founded Audio Video Advisors in 1996 using his experience in high-end two channel audio as the perfect background for starting a business focused on residential audio and video systems. Pete continued to grow Audio Video Advisors into New Hampshire and Vermont’s premier custom residential AV business until his untimely passing in 2008.
Today, Audio Video Advisors stands upon the solid foundation of knowledge and technical skills that Pete built into the business over the 12 years that he was at the helm.


Our Partners

Audio Video Advisors partners with various architects, builders, designers and electricians throughout New England. Here is a list of the talented people and exceptional businesses we have had the pleasure to work with over the years:




Brite-Lite Electric

ACN Electric

Tasco Security

Capitol Security

Eastman Electric

Cramer Electric

BMD Electric

Mike Mann





Lakes Region

Project: Barn theater

Project: App based home control



895 Five Corners Rd.

Thetford Center VT 05075

Phone: 802-785-4555