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In business, commercial audio and video systems rarely work separately and independently from one another. They work together, so it makes sense that to have a great video system, you need a great audio system as well.

Does Your Business Need a Commercial Audio Sound System?

A new display or projector loses effectiveness if the sound is poor or unclear. Commercial audio is essential to the overall presentation of a business. I have been to many companies and seen firsthand the frustration that can come to participants in a meeting when the audio system is insufficient.

To determine the best AV equipment installed, we first decide the requirements for the particular space. Is the AV system 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, will the area be used mainly to amplify an individual’s voice, or will it be used to project music or sound from a video source?

The two main types of speakers used in commercial systems are surface and ceiling-mounted. Surface mount speakers are typically a better option for music or if you will use the space for more video-type presentations. Ceiling-mounted speakers are commonly used in conference rooms and boardrooms where the look of the room is important, as they are non-obtrusive and hidden in the ceiling. They can also be used for video and music, but they are most commonly used to hear the presenter’s voice or for audio conferencing when a business is 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 to get the best sound, you need 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 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 can EQ and test the audio quality to ensure you get the best sound possible. Many businesses overlook this critical process and find that even with top-of-the-line equipment, they still have poor sound. Often, all that is needed is a professional audio-video installer to make the proper adjustments 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 ensure you have the correct coverage pattern for the system. A professional installer will do the necessary tests to ensure that the proposed equipment will give the customer the desired performance.

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.