Audiovisual (AV) systems have the power to optimize business, revolutionize learning, inspire new marketing techniques, and change the way consumers see a brand. AV technology is breaking new ground around the world and inspiring innovation in numerous industries, from healthcare and retail to education. Here's what you need to know on AV design.
The Essentials of Great AV Design
There are many factors that affect the mechanical, electrical, and structural aspects of a great AV system. AV design encompasses these requirements, from the placement of the screens and loudspeakers to the control system deployed. Of course, these requirements vary from industry to industry—and even from venue to venue. However, even as these requirements change, the fundamentals of good AV design remain the same across projects.
What You Need to Know
An AV system is only as good as its design. Different rooms and usages require different AV designs to work seamlessly for their intended purpose.
Classroom AV design, for example, should focus excitement and engagement, as well as learning and enrichment. The design could include document cameras, electronic whiteboards, and video conferencing technology to connect with global students
A retail outlet, on the other hand, may require distributed sound systems to create a specific ambiance through music, paging systems for emergencies, and digital signage for branding.
Even with the differences in mind, most AV system designs must take the following into consideration:
Display size, type, and placement. Determine the most appropriate screen size for the location and viewing angle. Bigger isn’t always better. Keep image resolution in mind, too. You can extend the life of your systems by moving toward higher resolution LED screens or projectors.
Assess your project’s audio needs. While the visual aspects of AV design tend to be the most exciting, you can’t forget the “A” in AV. Think about speaker locations, microphones, amplifiers, processing, and the level of audio quality you need.
Keep power requirements in mind. Hire an experienced AV Integrator to help you with the location of outlets and power connections to ensure your system will work for your room.
Optimize control panels. Great AV systems have easy-to-use control systems for all components. Your AV system could include complete automation of the systems, along with remote monitoring. The system should have an intuitive touchscreen user interface for easy adoption, perhaps even with mobile control from a smartphone, iPad or tablet.
Remember, even the most high-quality AV components can offer poor returns if the equipment isn’t part of a well-conceived and executed design. But with expertly designed AV, you’re in the position to create a connected, collaborative world.