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.

Speaking of first impressions, Sebastian Corporation published a thought-provoking blog post titled, “8 Reasons Your Conference Room is Creating a Negative First Impression.” I digress for a few moments to share a summary of their list of potential problems.

There are exposed audio visual wires throughout the room.
Projector screens have to be manually set up.
Video conferences are held via unreliable free services that oftentimes lag or cut out.
Conference call participants huddle around one side of the table in order to speak into one microphone.
Portable computer speakers are used for presentations.
The temperature in the room is constantly fluctuating and you never know what to expect.
Only one person within the company truly knows how to set up the AV equipment.
The conference room is constantly double booked and meetings are always being shuffled to smaller office spaces.

Many of the preceding reasons can easily be addressed with the expert help at Audio Visual Bend.

2. Think usability and tech friendliness.  Don’t buy the latest and greatest toy if everyone is not on board to use it all the time. It’s easy to get sold on something new or get caught up in the one feature that works for one person but not the other, i.e. Apple versus Google compatibility. Get everyone to chime in on how they want to use it. A good example are the Large Flat Panel Touch displays, which are the choice of many millennials.
Did you know a reason that Large Flat Panel Touch displays are so popular with millennials is because many university systems are using them in classroom settings? Mimio published a very informative electronic document titled, “A Helpful Guide to Interactive Flat Panel Displays in the Classroom” which provides excellent resources for business professionals, as well. The following is a list of easily transferable benefits for your professional settings:

Engagement is dramatically heightened.
Collaboration is brought to a new level.
Individuals with disabilities can enjoy significant advantages.
Increased involvement, self-confidence and expression skills.
Increased benefits for kinesthetic learners.

Audio Visual Bend currently offers the InFocus Mondopad for your purchase or rental. Present, annotate and collaborate on a giant tablet with meeting participants in the room and around the world. An InFocus Mondopad puts everything you need to visually present, capture and share ideas at your fingertips – all beautifully integrated into a single device. It’s a perfect complement to your audio visual system.

3. Think Hassle Factor. This is the most important tip I can share with you. Eliminate the hassle factor by hiring an AV professional who has experience with AV in the business world. The business sector is much different than home theater installations. Leverage that person’s knowledge to present the options and give you a demonstration of what it will take to solve problems. Of course, the AV Bend team would love to work with you and for you. Please visit The AV Solutions Provider (AVSP) 10 Standards of Excellence to read the guide we follow to serve you.

So, in summary, your New AV Gear resolutions are to make sure you invest in top quality audio visual equipment that every AV user in your company feels comfortable with, and contract an AV professional to help guide you during the process.

Cheers and welcome 2016!

Tony, the AV Guy

Tony, the AV Guy