Audio Visual Bend Blog

Building and Maintaining “Forever Customer” Relationships

April 27th, 2016

Businessman holding rocket and shooting to archery target.

The truth is, “You will always be remembered.” But, the question is, “How will you be remembered?”  As a business owner and service/product provider, I recommend the following principles to establish good customers because of your good reputations: Read more »

Tony’s Rants – Tone Down the Tech!

April 20th, 2016

Technology in the hands of businessmen

The stack of publications was piling up on the corner of my desk. I thought it was about time to read them.  There were so many articles about using tech in our schools; tech to collaborate, tech to teach, tech to produce content, on and on.  I had to stop and ask myself, “What did I do?”  I have three sons and they all watched their dad embrace technology, day after day and night after night, behind a glowing laptop screen in a trance-like state with a perpetual perm-a-grin.  As I looked at all the photos of the articles I was reading, I saw the same perm-a-grin.  The man has become the machine! Pressing buttons, turning knobs, data entry and compiling zeros and ones. The generation we enabled to use the technology for learning should consider using tech in moderation. Do not forget the human factor; find the balance.  The following is a short comparison of some related articles.  After you have a chance to read their summaries, I’d love to read your opinions regarding the use of technology. Read more »

Trending Now – Interactive Kiosks, Speech Mapping, and Projection Mapping

April 13th, 2016


This week, we enjoyed researching AV trends and the cutting edge of AV technology and uses.  After we share each trend, you will see us ask a series of questions for our readers.  Please share your experiences with these trends, whether locally in Bend, regionally in a big city, or nationally and internationally.

Trending Now – Interactive Kiosks.  In the March 16th blog of Integrated Computer Solutions, the writer shares how well interactive kiosks perform in retail sales areas because of the opportunity to use a variety of specialized content strategies.  Specifically, six multimedia categories that greatly affect the user experiences are shared. Read more »

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 »

Tony Sprando joins the Blogsquad at rAVe pubs – the #1 AV Publication

March 15th, 2016

social-network_110002957-012814-intAs I (Lauren Breslin) am writing this post at 6:23pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Tony Sprando’s blog post on “Is More Speaker Really Better?” is the featured picture, blog and link on the rAVe pubs website.  And I am thrilled to share with our Audio Visual Bend customers and colleagues that Tony has recently been invited to join the acclaimed and elite Blogsquad for rAVe publications.

What is rAVe pubs? To borrow their own words, Read more »

Is More Speaker Really Better?

February 24th, 2016

Back to the Future

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 »

Microphone Placement is Everything!

February 17th, 2016

woman public speakingToday I’d like share about best practices for where to place a fixed microphone when using one for speaking. These best practices apply to everyone including sports announcers for the Big Ten Conference, presidential candidates from a lectern, and also general handheld applications.

The speaking voice is a source, and like your radio or music player, it creates sound and it projects its sound to the listener. To increase the quality of your voice for listeners, you need to apply a sound system, i.e speakers and microphones. When using these pieces of equipment, a speaker must consider placement, which I will cover for you here. 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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Creating a “Customer First” Experience with Digital Technology

February 2nd, 2016

mondopad higherEd


Classrooms are changing! Students are changing! Colleges are changing! In a November 2015 report, Hanover Research explored a variety of trends that have developed in higher education marketing and branding, as well as in student recruitment, enrollment, and advancement. Specifically, they closely examined how technology will impact higher education in the future. Read more »