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Category : AV Tips and Tricks

Light ’em Up… with Front of House Lighting!

April 6th, 2016

Final_Rigga-Tony_web_800pixIn all my years of doing audio visual rentals and designing installed systems, Stage Lighting seemed to be one of those requests that were few and far between. Like projection, it is a controlled beam of light, so I used to think this was pretty straight forward.  Well, I was wrong; it actually takes a bit more math than I left high school with.  Read more »

You’ve Got the Power…Now Respect it!

March 29th, 2016

volt&ohmies_web_3000pixEvery seasoned audio visual technician can relate to this. There are three things that cause a good working audio visual system to fail: #1 is a user cord, #2 is the power source (which is what I am covering today), and #3 is user error and I may cover that on a future post…maybe :). We love our customers. Read more »

Is More Speaker Really Better?

February 24th, 2016

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Pretty much the coolest thing you can do with audio is make a huge wall of speakers (or single huge speaker like Marty McFly in Back to the Future) by tying them all together and then, BLAST THE MUSIC! Well, at least that is what I thought years ago. Hey, it makes sense, right? Most people truly believe that the more speakers you have, the higher the chance you’ll get that euphoric immersive feeling of “surround sound.” However, in this post I will uncover three commonly overlooked points when plugging in all those speakers. Read more »

Noise Creates Office Monsters

February 10th, 2016

Stressed businesswoman covering her ears with handsJulian Treasure, the Sound Master, is a sought-after and top-rated international speaker. Collectively his five TED talks on various aspects of sound and communication have been viewed an estimated 30 million times. Click to watch Julian’s quick 1:49 video, “Office Monsters,” as he relates how sound effects human behavior and describes how Armstrong Total Acoustics™ ceilings can help you provide the right combination of sound absorption and blocking to make offices a more effective place to work.

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Seven “Bring Your Own Device” Considerations

January 28th, 2016

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Are you thinking about installing a new audio visual system?  Jonathan Blackwood, with Corporate Tech Decisions, explains seven aspects of “Bring Your Own Device” you need to think about before moving forward.  He shares the following in his original article: Read more »

HDMI Problems!

January 27th, 2016

HDMI_CoverWe are pleased to share and promote Corporate Tech Decision’s free download of “The Challenges of Interfacing HDMI in the World of Professional AV.”  At first glance, using HDMI as a professional AV display interface would appear to be ill-advised, as its copy protection overlay was never designed with multi-point video and audio signal distribution in mind. Read more »

CLEAR ADVANTAGE FOR LAMP-FREE PROJECTORS in the 21st Century

January 20th, 2016

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The use of the projector as a tool for visual communication and teaching has been restricted by performance limitations of the conventional lamp-lit projector including: Read more »

The Evolution of the Super Car and Top Projectors

January 18th, 2016

The Evolution of the Super Cars

A supercar is a very expensive and high-performance sports car or grand tourer. The term is used in marketing by automakers for unusual, high-end vehicles, and has been used to refer to at least four different sorts of cars:

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Your Business Needs Visual Content!

January 12th, 2016

Your Business Needs Visual Content

Adapted from Rachel Gillett’s FastCompany online article, “Why We’re More Likely To Remember Content With Images And Video”

Most communications experts agree that our brains are far more engaged when listening to a story than a list of facts —it’s easier for us to remember stories because our brains make little distinction between an experience we are reading about and one that is actually happening. And while storytelling is definitely important in promoting your business’ message, there is another element that can drive your point home even more—images. That’s because visuals add a component to storytelling that text cannot: speed. According to researched complied by 3M, the corporation behind Post-it Notes, visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text, which means you can paint a picture for your audience much faster with an actual picture.

Here are three visual tools you can use to connect with your audience even faster: Read more »

Making New AV Gear Resolutions!

December 29th, 2015

Audio Visual Communications

Are you planning on hosting an event or meeting in the upcoming New Year? Here are Tony’s top three tips for buying the right audio visual gear:

1. Think ROI.  Spend a little more on the right product to produce the expected results. If you are going to buy a projector, get a native 1080 HD unit, since most content presently being created is in that size [1920 X 1080]. Remember, whether it is presenting your product to your customers or an in-house collaboration, first impressions are powerful.

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