Conference Room Tech: Which Projector Type Is Best?

If your business is like most, you have at least a handful of digital projectors in your tech arsenal. Maybe your only use for projectors is in your conference rooms, or perhaps you use projectors for all sorts of interesting digital displays. Wherever you are on the spectrum, it’s helpful to understand the different types of projectors available today. The team at Experience Audio Video is here to help with a quick guide.

Two Projector Types: DLP and LCD

The first thing to understand is that there are two main types of projectors: digital light processing (or DLP) projectors and liquid crystal display (LCD) projectors. Both perform similarly, but there are several distinguishing factors.

DLP Projectors: Great for Video and Theater Applications

DLP projectors are the best choice for video-oriented applications. They excel at producing smooth motion and deep blacks, and they produce a great high color contrast. However, they are noisier than the competition and can’t get quite as bright.

LCD Projectors: Sharp and Bright for Business and Data Applications

LCD projectors tend to be the go-to for more traditional business-oriented applications. They can produce a brighter and sharper overall image, perfect for cutting through the industrial lighting found in most offices.

A Third Premium Option: LCoS

There’s a third technology available, though it’s not as widespread. Liquid crystal on silicone is a premium projector technology that combines the advantages of both DLP and LCD technology. If you have some headroom in your budget, LCoS can be a great way to upgrade your projected visuals to a truly impressive level.

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This overview just scratches the surface of all the considerations that go into choosing the right projector. Do you have additional questions? We can help. Get in touch today!

 


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.

 


How Often Should You Evaluate Your Conference Room Tech?

If your hospital is like most, you’ve got a conference room or two as a part of your facility. And every conference room has some smattering of A/V technology. As with everything tech-related, your conference room tech has a finite lifespan. Eventually it needs to be replaced.

We do everything A/V related your healthcare facility could need here at Experience Audio Video, from entire new facility installs to small in-place updates (like a conference room refresh). When it’s time to evaluate and update your conference room tech, we’re here to take care of you.

Perhaps you’re wondering how frequently healthcare facilities like yours ought to go through this process. We can help with that, too. The Experience Audio Video team has the experience necessary to help you evaluate how often you should evaluate your conference room tech.

General Rule of Thumb

Our general rule of thumb is that you should take a conference room tech audit every three to four years. This is about the right time frame where you can keep things fresh without any one piece of equipment looking too outdated.

Now, we’re not suggesting that you’ll need to gut your conference room A/V tech this frequently. This is simply an audit. You want to evaluate what’s come on the market since you last checked and consider what equipment is getting sluggish or unreliable.

Adjust for Your Industry and Style

Industries and businesses differ, we realize, so our rule of thumb may need customizing. We recommend you start with our rule of thumb — an audit every three to four years — and then scale it up or down based on business factors.

For example, if you’re a tech-forward business with gleaming, futuristic office space, three to four years is too long. And if tech isn’t a big part of your office culture, it’ll be ok to wait more years between evaluations.

 


Why Your Conference Room Needs a Dedicated Sound System

Have you ever been to a meeting where the presenter needed to play an audio or video file, and the results were less than stellar? Or have you been to a meeting where either the main speaker or someone attending via conference call could hardly be heard?

If so, you’re not alone. You’ve run into a problem that’s far too common in healthcare spaces today. Too many conference rooms are not equipped with even a basic dedicated sound system, leading to poor presentations and ineffective outcomes.

Here’s the bottom line: your conference room needs a dedicated sound system. Here are a couple reasons why.

A Dedicated Sound System Bypasses Lackluster Results from Tiny Onboard Speakers

Sure, the projector in your conference room can technically output sound. But it’s lousy. All it has is a tiny onboard speaker that is somehow too quiet and yet distorted and fuzzy all at the same time.

The same thing goes for monitors and display screens. Some of them have some kind of audio capability for playing the audio that goes with a video presentation, but they just don’t sound good. Beyond that, they can’t help you with any other needs you may have.

A Dedicated Sound System Gives You the Most Capability

Of course, playing videos with an audible audio track is only one way that you could need sound capability in a conference room. There are plenty others, such as amplifying a soft-spoken presenter, having greater control over volume of virtual attendees, and having an easier way to record audio in your meetings.

Whatever scenarios you encounter, a dedicated sound system in your conference room gives you the capability and flexibility to succeed with sound.

If you’re ready to pursue a dedicated sound system for the conference rooms in your workplace, give Experience Audio Video a call today to get started.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


TV or Projector? Which Is Right for Your Conference Rooms?

At Experience Audio Video, one question we hear every now and again from our health care customers is about how to handle video capabilities in conference rooms. Are projectors and screens the right choice, or would health care offices be better served using large TVs? It’s a great question, and the answer isn’t the same for every organization. Let’s look at the pros and cons of both options.

Projectors and Screens: Pros and Cons

The digital projector has been a conference room staple for a few decades now. It’s ubiquitous, and for good reason. You can get a pretty large projection in a relatively small space, and when properly configured a projector will mimic the experience of looking at a computer screen for a larger group. Excel files, for example, tend to display in a size that makes sense.

Projectors aren’t without their downsides. They tend to be a little bit dull/dim, and some models are hard to adjust when they go out of focus. Typically, their onboard audio capability—if it exists—is terrible. They also tend to be fairly pricey.

Large HDTVs: Pros and Cons

The price of large televisions has dropped drastically in the last decade, even as their quality has increased just as drastically. A good large TV will have a sharper display and a higher brightness than the average digital projector. If crisp visuals are a priority, a TV or two might be the better choice. They often tend to be much cheaper than projector/screen combos.

The downside is that they aren’t exactly intended to be used as business displays. Play a video or PowerPoint, and they’ll do great. But if you’re displaying a spreadsheet? Your attendees may have real difficulty reading. They also tend to be mounted in more accessible locations, increasing the risk of damage.

Get an Expert Opinion

So what’s the right choice for your health care conference room? Well, it depends. The team at Experience Audio Video can help you decide, and we’re happy to do so. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


How To Make Sure Your Small Healthcare Office Conference Room Makes A Big Impact

Conference rooms come in all different shapes and sizes, from the massive mahogany boardroom with leather chairs, to the casual space that allows start-up team members to get together on occasion.

But you don’t need a lot of size to make sure your healthcare office conference room makes an impact; especially nowadays when technological and audio-visual assets can be streamlined and hidden according to any space’s needs.

Whether your conference room has room for four people or room for ten, these are some essential components that will make it feel even bigger.

The Right Size Display Screen

You don’t want to overwhelm meetings with a display screen that is much larger than you need. For small rooms, you likely won’t need anything more than a 50-60” screen, but you’ll want to make sure that seating is positioned in a way that no visibility is lost.

The Right Speakers

Small conference rooms can typically get away with using the speakers on a monitor, but you may want to consider having an audio-visual installation team hide additional speakers in the ceiling or install an additional soundbar.

The Right Phone 

Conference rooms require the ability to connect via phone and nowadays, via digital display as well. You need something with high-enough quality that your voice, and those on the other end, don’t get lost to a poor connection. A small room helps with keeping audio clear, but you may also want to consider strategic additional microphone placement if needed.

The Right Connections

You never want any employee in your office, or even worse, an executive or client, to have trouble connecting their laptop or device to your room’s setup. Offer wireless connection so that everyone can get started immediately, and have cables available just in case something goes wrong.

 

 

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Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


The 3 Essential AV Needs For Any Healthcare Office’s Conference Room

When it comes to your healthcare office’s productivity, it is your audio-visual system that will help boost your employees’ motivation and attention. Incorporating these features into your entire office, whether by including touch screen check-in options for clients or multi-room music systems to create a particular mood, is guaranteed to keep your staff and visitors engaged and happy.

But when it comes to your conference room’s AV system, you’ll want to pay attention to the specifics of what the space is used for, and who will be using it.

These are three essential AV needs for any commercial office conference room, that will satisfy clients and increase overall productivity.

  1. Videoconferencing

In 2019, perhaps the most essential feature of a commercial office’s conference room is a quality video conferencing system. Whether you need to meet with clients abroad or pull in remote employees, you want the ability to connect quickly to enhance communication.

Some basics you need for a video conferencing system are:

  • A high-quality display screen
  • Effective microphones that allow for clear audio transmission
  • Strategically-placed speakers so anyone in the room can hear what’s being said
  • A software system that enables you to share documents and other resources during meetings
  1. Audio Options

While many of your conference room meetings may use video features, you also need to prepare for old-fashioned phone calls. Teleconferencing equipment is a must, as you want voices to be heard clearly on the other end of any call. When your system is hooked up to speakers and microphones spread around the room, you won’t have to worry about crowding over one table.

  1. Wireless Connections

The last thing you want is a conference room cluttered with wires, so it’s crucial that you minimize these distractions by going wireless. Laptops and other devices should easily and quickly connect to your other assets.

 

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Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


How To Improve The Audio In Your Conference Room For Remote Meetings

Whether you want to hold successful remote meetings or try creating videos as part of your marketing strategy, there’s one thing that can keep you back: poor audio quality.

You want people on the other end of your call to be able to pay attention to your ideas, not spend the call trying to figure out what it is you’re saying. And when you put some time into updating your healthcare facility’s audio resources, you’ll save more time in the future from frustration.

Prepare your conference room to be as acoustically-friendly as possible and stop wasting time on your calls with these simple changes.

Make Sure You’re Heard

If you’re sitting in a large conference room and trying to have a call on your laptop, the microphone might not be strong enough to pick up your voice clearly. Instead, you can have a microphone installed that will be strong enough to handle the room’s size.

Stop Competing For Noise

When ambient sounds are surrounding you, your audio quality won’t be clear on the other end. First, survey for things like fans, window cracks, and any other sounds, big or small, that can be amplified by a microphone. Make sure telephones are on silent and devices like printers are turned off to avoid any surprises.

Put Your Walls To Work

If you’re finding that ambient noise from outside of your conference room is negatively affecting your audio, you can have sound-dampening panels installed on your walls. Plus, for healthcare facilities, you’re adding an extra level of privacy for anything said in that room.

Check Before You Start

The best way to ensure you have no surprises with audio in the middle of your call is by making sure that sound, input, and volume levels are all ready beforehand.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Your Health Care Conference Room Needs Improvement – Here’s Where To Start

A conference room is one of the essential elements in an efficient workspace. It becomes a hub for gathering employees to share relevant information, and is necessary for confidentiality purposes and privacy needs, both internal and external.

But when your health care facility's conference room isn’t ready to perform to the standards you require, it’s time to think about where you can improve.

If your conference room is ready for an upgrade, these are some ideal areas to start. You’ll boost collaboration and efficiency, and your team and clients will always feel prepared to go.

Chances are you have an off-site employee or contractor you’re working with at any given time. When that person isn’t in the office, how do you make sure the whole team can communicate and collaborate? Make sure your room is equipped with a viewable screen, speakers and microphones, and other necessary resources to make remote meetings more comfortable for everyone.

But it’s crucial that you can see the people you are working with if you hope to increase efficiency in the office. You’ll have a choice between flat screen displays or projectors, and ultimately your decision will depend on your budget, layout, and needs. A TV display screen can get more expensive the bigger it is, so is often best suited for smaller conference rooms. While a projector may be more cost-effective, if your conference room has windows, you run the risk of sunlight washing out your display.

Your audio equipment should also be designed to cut down on outside sound or ambient noise. It’s important that both ends can hear and speak to each other clearly, or you run the risk of mistakes or errors. For bigger rooms, locate multiple speakers close enough to seating areas as comfortable possible.

 

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Is Your Health Care Office In Need Of A Morale Boost?

The new year has come, which means it’s time to get your healthcare facility back in business. But when you look around, do you see employees who look like they are up to that task?

Boosting morale and efficiency after the holidays can be tough; people have been traveling, partying, celebrating, and generally not thinking about getting work done. That transition back can make things even worse if your facility isn’t designed to encourage and support everyone getting back to work.

How can you help ease your employees back into work while making sure that your clients are getting the attention they need? Try some of these easy upgrades to your healthcare space to get your staff back into the swing of things.

  • Play music at reasonable volumes in open work areas to cut down on ambient noise and help relax and motivate employees.
  • Offer a huddle space that allows employees to get together away from their desks to strategize and brainstorm.
  • Place digital signage around the offices to share information with staff and to celebrate individual accomplishments, awards, or milestones.
  • Use digital scheduling to help employees reserve conference rooms and workspaces, and allow them to control elements like the thermostat and music when they are using them.
  • Allow employees to open or close blinds and windows throughout the office. Using motorized window coverings will let employees do so with the touch of a button, and can allow you to control which blinds can be open and when.
  • Make sure audio solutions in your conference room and throughout the office are allowing clear communication with employees or clients from elsewhere.
  • Help employees and clients feel safe at all times by installing security cameras in your facility, particularly in dark areas like parking garages or hallways.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.