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These Are the 5 Business AV Trends You’ll Love in 2018

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Don’t Miss These Audio Video Installation Upgrades in the New Year

This year has been pretty exciting in business technology.

But with 2018 right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the kinds of tech that you’ll be using in the New Year to enhance the audio video installation in your Tampa, FL business.

With the increase in 4K Ultra HD content and lossless audio, the issue isn’t necessarily display technology, but how you and your staff will access it.

Here, we’ll show you some of the cool business trends that will help you view and manage all of the hi-res content you’ll be using next year.

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Video Projector Installation | My current favorite projector

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Obviously being in this business we do a lot of jobs that require the installation of a video projector. There are multiple issues we run into when we visit a job site to tale a look at the project. One major issue is, currently almost any laptop you'll buy is going to be a widescreen laptop. The widescreen has become, it seems the de facto standard. However, most companies that have had an AV setup for any length of time, seem to usually have the old 4:3 ratio screens. This presents a problem because the preferred "new" source is widescreen but the display area is not. Not every customer wants to change a perfectly good screen just because they are replacing the projector.

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How To Enhance Your Game Day Experience

With the NFL season fast approaching, it’s time to get your home ready with some of the latest equipment available to improve your gameday experience. If you’re looking to be the envy of your friends and neighbors, it’s important that you invest in the latest and greatest audio visual equipment.  If you enjoy being the host of the party, you want to ensure that your guests have a great time. Technology has improved the gameday experience dramatically, especially over the last few years.  From upgrades to televisions, surround sound, home automation and furniture, there are many ways you can guarantee your home becomes the place to be for premier sporting events.  

Visual: Sony 4k TV’s and Projectors

While both LG and Samsung have some excellent displays to offer, Sony is proving to be the industry leader.  With the advent of 4k technology, Sony has taken the gameday experience to a new level.  As more providers have begun to offer 4k programming, sporting events have taken on a truly life like appearance.  Sony’s 4k televisions and projectors have received nothing but great reviews, with customers stating the clarity and crispness actually provide a better experience than actually being at the game.  With 4k projectors also available, Sony has made bringing game to your home easier than ever. 1080p televisions were revolutionary when they first hit the market, however, in the same way Blu-ray outshines DVD, 4k televisions are making their 1080p counterparts appear outdated.

Home Automation: Control 4

Home automation is rapidly becoming a reality and has been installed in homes all over the world.  Control 4 offers the latest in home automation controls and has the ability to communicate with hundreds of different devices.  With wireless capabilities and the ability to control multiple televisions from one source, it has cut a significant amount of the unsightly wiring that used to clutter up our homes.  Home automation lovers also tend to want the latest television products.  With 4k televisions offering the highest quality on the market, this is where high end consumers have turned.  To keep up with this growing movement, Control4 created a new line of 4K Ultra HD multi-room video solutions including audio and video matrix switches. With the LU1082 4K AV switch, you can easily and quickly distribute content to any room in your home from 10 different sources.

Surround Sound: Marantz Receivers and Totem Speakers

Marantz offers a sound quality first product in addition to being one of the most reliable AV receivers available on the market today.  Not only are they reliable, they also provide sharp and clear sound to ensure your guests get a true gameday experience.  There are several different versions of the Marantz receiver so you’ll have some options to choose the best fit for your home.  A quality receiver can only go so far without the addition of world class speakers.  Totem offers speakers that can take your surround sound system to an unbelievable of level of detail.  The bass, tonality and clarity of these speakers are unmatched in the industry today.  There are several different types to choose from including in-wall speakers and with their solid build, they’re perfect to use in a party setting.

Furniture: Salamander

NFL games can last up to 4 hours and sometimes longer, so having quality furniture to keep your guests comfortable is essential.  Salamander develops furniture that is made by AV people as AV gear.  They are created to allow for air flow in order to keep your guests cool and comfortable.  These features also allow for better acoustics so that your furniture doesn’t negate the investments you’ve made in your sound system.  Salamander offers a variety of different styles to fit any décor, whether it is indoor or outdoor.

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House of Worship AV Installations: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

House of Worship AV Installations: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

If you’re considering giving your house of worship an AV upgrade, or perhaps preparing for installing a system in a new building, there are a few things you should know. The first thing is that the quality of the AV setup can make a big impact on the quality of the worship experience, so it’s important to make sure you’re doing it right the first time. We’ve been doing professional audio video installations throughout the Tampa, Florida area since 1995, and in that time we’ve learned a thing or two. Keep reading to learn the key to making your house of worship’s AV system perform well and reliably for years to come.

1. Don’t Skimp on Equipment Quality

The projectors, microphones, screens, speakers, etc. that make up your audio video installation should be able to work reliably for years to come, and in order to ensure that happens, it’s best to choose reputable brands. Not sure which brands to trust for your equipment? Ask your AV installer. They’ll be able to recommend the best brands for your budget and specific needs.

2. Plan the System around Your Congregation’s Needs

One of the biggest factors that will impact the type of audio video installation you’ll need is what you plan on doing with it. For informal sermons and intimate music sessions in a small auditorium, an over-the-top AV system won’t be the right fit. If you’re planning on having hymn lyrics up on the screen or speaker notes during a sermon and you have a large auditorium, then it makes sense to have large, easy-to-see screens to accommodate everyone. Weddings, teaching sessions, choir performances…think about all the ways you’ll likely use the AV system, and then your AV installer will be able to design a system that’s a perfect fit.

3. Don’t Forget the Room’s Acoustics

Room acoustics are often overlooked when installing AV equipment, and it’s a facet that can really hamper the performance of the overall installation. Speakers that sound amazing in one room could sound echoey and hollow in another, especially if your house of worship has a lot of hard surfaces. During the system design phase, your AV installer should assess the space for the installation in order to see if acoustic panels will be needed. Acoustic panels are sound treatments that install on the walls in order to absorb sound waves. If you’re concerned about aesthetics in the space, don’t worry. A lot of sound panels are designed to look like artwork or blend into the room’s overall décor.

4. Cluttered Equipment and Cords are a Bad Idea

It goes without saying that having cords running across the stage, connecting to microphones, speakers and amplifiers is probably not a good idea. Not only is it a safety hazard, but it also distracts from the overall ambiance you want to project with your house of worship. Cable management and uncluttered, clean design are what sets a professional installation company above subpar contractors.

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Consider Structured AV Wiring for Your Audio Video Systems

With recent advances in technology more and more people are able to afford the luxury of upgrading their home entertainment capabilities. However the upgrade to your audio video systems experience comes with more wires and clutter. Many people desire a “wireless” appearance, and this is something that is not easy especially with devices in multiple rooms. Unfortunately, the issue goes deeper than mere aesthetics, according to the U.S. Fire Administration there are 26,100 fires annually within residential areas. It is estimated that half of these fires are caused by faulty wires, poor maintenance, and dangerous handling. A great solution for people who want to improve the safety of their home and still enjoy a great home entertainment system is structured wiring.

A structured AV wiring system can easily been installed in a home that's under construction or undergoing renovations. Some structured wiring systems may even be installed in an existing home. The system is very simplistic and organized, making it easy to be maintained and upgraded. It starts with a structured networking panel (SNP) which is similar to an electricity box. It accepts and distributes signals throughout your home. The signal travels from the  structured networking panel to a wall plate that has been installed in the room with your devices via the appropriate cable to the receiving device. Adapters are available for Ethernet cables allowing for Internet capable devices to perform at much faster speeds than Wi-Fi would allow. There are also connectors available for standard coaxial cable and fiber-optic cables.

Functionality and versatility are constantly in demand and a structured wiring system provides exactly this. Once the system is in place you will be able to enjoy your media on a whole new level. Whether you are entertaining for a party, having a movie night with the family or just relaxing on your night off from work you should have the option to do it in any room of your home. With a structured wiring system you can play a Blu-ray DVD, Netflix or Apple TV from your main system to any other television in the house. You can also enjoy your stereo from any location without the hassle of having to reorganize your home or move a single thing. With your media collection at your fingertips you'll never have to switch rooms to watch your favorite movie.

With the availability of professional grade programs on home computers many people are undertaking business and work from home. With a structured wiring system in place you can turn your cluttered home office into a spacious and organized work area. A separate telephone line can be installed for those that do not want the extra expense of an additional cell phone line. You can also network printers and facsimile machines within the system. There is no need for you to be tethered to a short device cable. With the ability to position the wall plate and connect your devices where you want them you have greater control over the layout of your office.

Luxul networking offers high quality network  easy to administrate,  really well performoing wireless, one signal all over the house sop no lapses going from one to the other.  

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