A 2020 Resolution: Upgrade Your Audio

Ah, the new year. Fresh off a holiday season full of too much eating, people everywhere are resolving to do better in 2020. Gyms are filling up — for a month or two, anyways — and fast food drive-thrus are feeling a little lonely.

The team at Experience Audio Video can’t help you with those kinds of resolutions, but we do have a suggestion for you! Why not make a 2020 resolution for your business? This could be the year you finally get around to remodeling that space or upgrading that piece of tech that’s a little long in the tooth.

Our recommendation? Make 2020 the year that you resolve to upgrade your audio systems.

Upgraded Audio Aids in Communication

One great reason to consider upgrading your audio systems is the way it can help in communication. Speaking of drive-thrus, we’ve all had the experience of going through one where the speaker was just a disaster. You could barely understand the distorted, tinny voice that was coming through.

If your business involves a large space (perhaps a retail, warehouse or manufacturing floor), you likely have some sort of intercom system in place. (If you don’t, we think you should, by the way! And we can help.)

But what good is an intercom system if subpar audio quality makes it hard for people to understand what’s being said? Upgrading your audio can aid in communication throughout your facility or business.

Upgraded Audio Improves the Customer Experience

Second, upgraded audio improves the customer experience. It’s hard to quantify this difference, but you’ve probably felt it before. It’s the difference between visiting a tired chain coffee shop with a run-of-the-mill sound system and enjoying immersive music at a high-end local shop. One is just OK, while the other is truly impressive.

Ready to learn more? Contact us for a free quote.


2020 Trends: Conference Room Technology

As the new year kicks into full gear, it’s time to take a look at the trends that are heading our way. Here at Experience Audio Video, we’ve been keeping up with trends in healthcare audio-visual technology for multiple decades. We continue to serve our valued clients in this way in 2020.

Today we’re talking about conference room technology. These are a few of the conference room technology trends we expect to see in 2020.

Smart Tech Keeps Getting Smarter

We’ve talked before about how smart conference room technology can simplify your life and power up your conference abilities, and we expect this trend to continue in 2020. Smart conference room tech will keep getting smarter. We also expect it to continue getting smaller while at the same time getting more capable and more powerful.

The bottom line here is that if you’re still manually controlling all aspects of your conference room tech, it’s time to take a look at what’s available today. You could save time and work smarter by implementing a piece or two of smart conference room tech.

Miniaturization Continues in the Conference Room

Miniaturization isn’t new for 2020, but it’s poised to be a big theme of the year.

What do we mean by miniaturization? A few years ago, you might need a half dozen devices to cover all the conference room functions you need. Today, you likely only need one. And it’s half the size of any of the old ones. Smart all-in-one conference room controllers can handle your landline conference audio as well as internet conference audio. They can push a video feed to your projector (even wirelessly!). They can even dim the lights and pull the shades, provided you have the right automation equipment in place.

We offer smart conference room tech from multiple vendors, including Crestron. Want to learn more? Schedule a consultation and demotoday.


2020 Trends in Audio Visual Technology for Healthcare Facilities

As we begin the new year in earnest, Experience Audio Video is looking ahead. Audio visual technology continues to evolve, and savvy healthcare facilities know how important it is to keep up. With that in mind, here are the top trends we’ve identified for healthcare audio visual technology in 2020.

Trend #1: Digital Display Prices Continue to Drop

Digital display prices have been dropping, and we anticipate this trend continuing strong in 2020. The changes are staggering, really. In the consumer space, just a few years ago 4K TVs were cost-prohibitive for nearly everyone. Now big box stores are regularly selling them for under $500. The same goes for computer displays.

Of course, commercial grade digital displays will always command a premium over bargain-brand equipment for home use. But whatever the level, the trend remains the same.

As prices keep dropping, reevaluate whether your budget will allow you upgrades in this area. These could include digital signage, conference room video and even customer-facing TVs (if those are relevant for your industry).

Trend #2: Artificial Intelligence Grows in Capability

Our second trend for 2020 is in the area of artificial intelligence, or AI. AI-powered applications are growing more powerful by the week, it seems, and audio visual technology is no exception.

In the business A/V space, smart conference room technology will continue to get smarter, more capable and more intuitive. Existing smart control systems may drop in price as new players or new versions hit the market.

Trend #3: HD Isn’t Cutting It Anymore

As prices for 4K and even higher resolution displays drop, people will get accustomed to seeing 4K and better imagery. Soon, HD will begin looking as dated as VHS tapes did when DVDs hit the scene.

If you want to keep ahead of these trends, consider making 2020 the year you upgrade. And if you’re ready to do so, we’re here to help.


Got TVs in Your Facility? Here's Why a Head-End System Makes Sense

Does your healthcare facility have multiple TVs throughout one or more of its facilities, TVs that are for patient use? If so, you should be running content to those TVs using a head-end system. Head-end systems powered by DirecTV are one of the technology solutions Experience Audio Video offers, so we want to help you understand why and when a head-end system might make sense for your business.

What Is a Head-End System?

Generally speaking, a head-end system is a means of receiving and distributing either cable or satellite TV signals (along with FM radio signals, if desired). The technologies differ for cable and satellite, but the general principle is the same.

In both types, content feeds from the cable or satellite distributor into a central unit (the head-end unit) and is distributed to many TVs throughout a building. Using a head-end system, many televisions can independently access pay TV channels without configuring each connection independently.

Common Uses for Head-End Systems

Head-end systems are commonly used in environments with lots of TVs, unsurprisingly. These include businesses in the hospitality and healthcare industries, educational institutions, and in some situations multi-unit housing (like a large apartment complex). Really, any business with multiple TVs in multiple spaces can benefit from this technology.

Why a Head-End System Makes Sense

The main benefit of a head-end system is simplicity. A 300-room hotel doesn’t want to configure 300 independent cable connections. It doesn’t make financial or logistical sense for them or for the provider. Imagine a high-rise apartment building with 400 satellite dishes decorating one wall of the building.

If your business needs more than 2 or 3 independent feeds, then a head-end system could be the right choice. If you’re not sure, we can help you decide. Get in touch with us today!


Lobby Looking Tired? Refresh It with Digital Signage

The lobby of your healthcare facility is vitally important. It’s the first thing people see when they arrive. It tells patients a great deal about you, and it sets the tone for what they should expect throughout their visit.

Far too often, though, healthcare facilities underinvest in their lobbies. Perhaps the thinking is this: lobbies don’t generally make money by themselves, and they don’t provide a ton of functionality for your staff.

Given how crucial your lobby is to the patient experience, though, you can’t afford to let it go. You need to keep it looking fresh.

If your lobby is looking tired, one extremely easy way to refresh your look is with digital signage. The team at Experience Audio Video has helped numerous clients do just this already, and we can help you, too. Here’s what you need to know.

Digital Signage Injects a Modern Feel Without Blowing the Budget

First, quality digital signage injects a modern feel wherever it gets installed. And it doesn’t have to be an overwhelmingly expensive upgrade.

Remodeling your entire lobby with a sleek, modern aesthetic may be well outside your budget right now. But have you seen the price of TVs these days? Large 4K displays are shockingly cheap compared to just a couple years ago. Adding digital signage can be a very cost effective way to modernize the look and feel of your lobby.

Digital Signage Allows for Customized Messaging

Second, digital signage allows you to easily customize the messaging in your lobby. Your logo and brand messaging get top billing, of course, but consider the possibilities. VIP clients coming for a visit? Give them a customized welcome (even incorporating their logo) using your digital signage. New branding initiative or ad campaign? Display elements from your campaign on a rotating basis using your digital displays.

The possibilities for engaging, dynamic display content are nearly endless when you deploy digital signage in your lobby. Contact us today for a customized quote for your space.