Our Mission: To create superior audio experiences for music lovers
We are passionate about music! Our goal is to help you experience music like never before. With our expert setup and carefully chosen audio products, we can help you find your own audio element – your place where music inspires, excites and feeds your soul.
We carry the best sounding audio components for the novice listener all the way to the long-time audiophile. Our experience in selecting quality brands and our knowledge to help you integrate them with your current system, make Audio Element your essential audio store!
We proudly offer systems for all budgets. Get more out of your music with quality headphones for $99 or portable DACs for $149. Create the ultimate audio sanctuary in your dorm or home living room with complete systems starting at $995.
Turntables, they’re one of our specialties! Whether you’re looking to enter the turntable market or you’re a seasoned analog listener looking to upgrade your table or cartridge, we have you covered!
THE ART OF SETUP
BY BRIAN BERDAN
BY BRIAN BERDAN
Audio Element is the product of a well-established and respected tradition of quality in home audio.
Owner and founder,Brian Berdan began his interest in high end audio at an early age apprenticing from his late father Brooks Berdan, who was considered by many to be the master of turntables and home audio setup. Now, Brian is the master and has learned the essentials of quality music playback and the rare skill of proper setup of turntables.
“An inexpensive turntable properly set up will sound better than an expensive turntable improperly set up.”
This specialized knowledge catapults Audio Element into a new generation of home audio stores. Call us or come in to our Pasadena showroom, and let us put our expertise to work for you!
The Audio Element Team
Brian Berdan, President
Brian was born an audiophile, and his exposure to countless hi-fi systems and hours of listening have produced a well-trained ear. It was this experience coupled with his passion for mechanical precision that helped him excel in his turntable and system setup. With a desire to build upon the core of his dad’s successful roots, and a vision of what a current audio store should be, he opened Audio Element in 2013 to share great music and sound with the masses. When he’s not immersed in audio, he’s racing motorcycles, cycling, wakeboarding, and spending time with his family.
Home system:Wilson Audio Sashas, dCS Rossini Player, Grand Prix Audio Monaco 2.0, Cardas Clear cables, and whatever else he takes home that weekend
Favorite album: Spirit & The Blues – Eric Bibb and Needed Time
Jennifer Berdan, Dir Fin & Ops
A school choir gal, Jennifer sings to most anything and anyone. You can tell when she’s in a good mood by the volume at which she will belt out her tunes. When she met Brian in 1997, she happily accepted the life of hi-fi, listening to music in a way she never knew existed. She loves listening to loud rock and pop during dance parties in her living room!
Home system: Westone W40 Earphones and whatever else Brian has up and running at home!
Favorite album: Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos
Griffin Berdan, Shop Boy
Growing up in a hi-fi home, Griffin has an affinity for all things music and can recite the words to many songs. Singing in the shower, drumming lessons and breakdancing are all ways he is honing his musical skills. Outside of music, Griffin’s addicted to video games (like most kids these days) and loves sports especially soccer and football.
Home system: Music Hall de-be headphones
Favorite album: Blurryface – Twenty-One Pilots
Sean-Paul Williams, MGR Service & Ops
Sean-Paul grew up in Buffalo, NY and moved to California in 2014 where he met Brian and was introduced to the world of hi-fi. He is an avid fan and player of hockey, and brings his fierceness to the audio world. A lover of all things technical, he has also found a true passion in working on turntables, as well as modifying headphones.
Home system: Rega RP6 w/ Blackbird, Musical Surroundings Nova Phonostage, Rega Mira 3, Vandersteen Speakers, Cardas Cables, Grado HF-2s, Objective 2 Head Amp, Audioquest Dragonfly Red
Favorite album: Gorillaz (Self-Titled)
Ian Forte, Lead Sales
Ian is a musician and music hobbyist. He grew up all over California and developed an interest in music at an early age. After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, he went to Musicians Institute in Hollywood to study audio engineering. It was there that he gained an appreciation for high-end audio and began record collecting.
Home system: Music Hall mmf 5.3 turntable, Rega Brio-R integrated amplifier, Aktimate speakers, Audioquest & Transparent cabling, Audioquest Dragonfly Black
Favorite album: Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin
Lilah Smith, Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Lilah, named after the song from Don Henley’s I Can’t Stand Still album, was born into a musical family and grew up in Southeast Texas. After spending several years in the U.S. Army, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she graduated from SAE Institute Nashville with an Associates in Audio Engineering. Wanting to learn more about the business side of music, she also earned a Bachelors of Science in Music Business and a Masters of Science in Entertainment Business, both from Full Sail University. Lilah loves to sing, embroider, attend concerts, and tweak her gumbo recipe.
Home system: Audio Element Helium Package
Favorite album: Chet Atkins in Hollywood – Chet Atkins