In business, commercial audio and video systems rarely work separately and independently from one another. They work together, so it makes sense that in order to have a great video system, you need a great audio system as well.
A new display or projector loses its effectiveness if the sound is poor or unclear. Commercial audio is very important to the overall presentation for a business. I have been to many businesses and seen firsthand the frustration that can come to participants in a meeting when the audio system is insufficient.
In order to determine what would be the best equipment installed, we first determine what the requirements are for the particular space. Is it for a conference room, boardroom, training facility, multipurpose room etc.? Each of these spaces can have different requirements and needs, so finding out what is required is very important. For example, is the space going to be used mainly to project an individual’s voice or will it be used to project music or sound coming from a video source?
The two main types of speakers used in commercial applications are surface mount speakers and ceiling mounted speakers. Surface mount speakers are typically a better option for music or if you are going to use the space for more video type presentations. Ceiling mounted speakers are commonly used in conference rooms and board rooms where the look of the room is important, as they are non-obtrusive and hidden in the ceiling. They can be used for video and music as well, but they are most commonly used to hear the presenters voice or for audio conferencing when a business is having a meeting with a different branch or office and their voices need to be heard.
The correct speakers are a big part of the system and are the most visible, but in order to get the best sound, you need to have good equipment to drive the speakers. The number of speakers you have and the requirements of those speakers determine what type of amplifier you will need. Most commercial audio installs require a multichannel amplifier because they have different zones where the requirement calls for different audio played in these different areas.
Of course, new high quality speakers and equipment don’t mean a thing if you do not have an integrator that has the ability to EQ and test the audio quality to make sure you are getting the best sound possible. Many businesses overlook this critical process and find that even with top of the line equipment, they still end up with poor sound. Often, all that is needed is a professional audio video installer to make the proper adjustments in order to get the most from an existing system.
There are many benefits of having a professional integrator come in and design a system specifically for you. They have the tools to make sure that you will have the correct coverage pattern for the audio. A professional installer will do the necessary tests to make sure that the equipment proposed will give the customer the performance desired.
The video part of the design is always the most visible because of the nicer displays and projectors that are now available, but don’t make the mistake of not putting just as much thought into a good commercial audio system. Both are essential to giving a business a creative leg up on the competition.