The Difference Between an Audio Visual Installer and an AV Design Consultant

What’s in a name? Members of the audio visual industry have a number of names for ourselves, from audio visual dealers to systems integrators. In Sound & Communications’ Annual Audio Visual Integrators survey, published this summer, one survey question asked respondents what they call their business. While it’s true that different names reflect, to a…

Does Your Audiovisual Guy Know IT?

Past generations of audio video contractors tried to stay out of the IT (Information Technology) department’s way. Cable runs might have coincided in the walls, but, for the most part, audio ran on its own wires, video ran on its own path, and all of it had absolutely nothing to do with the computer network.…

IT and AV Integration Made Eas(ier)

Ask any audio visual contractor today, and we’ll all tell you there’s nothing “easy” about the convergence of IT and AV. For many AV contractors, it meant essentially learning an entirely new industry and trade or bringing in IT experts to help. For the “next generation” guys, those of us who’ve grown up on networking…

The Convergence of IT and Audio Video: What Does It Really Mean?

Have you heard the buzzwords: IT and AV convergence? If you’ve picked up an industry trade publication that deals with audio video installations, attended a trade show like InfoComm, NSCA, CES or CEDIA, or follow #AVTweeps on Twitter, you probably have. But what exactly does IT and AV convergence mean to commercial AV customers? Back…