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By Llanor Alleyne
With the advent of wireless microphones and conference systems, the most obvious advantage has been freedom from cable runs, which can cost both time and money. The ensuing design flexibility can be a godsend to consultants, integrators, and clients.
“There are instances where table-installed microphones are just not possible,” said Alicyn Frenchman, sales engineer for West Chester, PA-based integration firm, Advanced AV. “Additionally, ceiling microphones are not ideal due to ambient noise created by HVAC systems. There are times where running cables are not possible or add too much cost to the project. Wireless microphones provide the flexibility for motion without the interference of cables. When designing for audio conferencing, wireless microphones that have been properly set up work wonderfully.”
The embracing of wireless mics and conference systems does come with caveats, however. Due to transmission issues (interference, white noise, etc.) these systems can be lacking in the performance department.“
That wireless microphones have improved in sound quality and reliability is certainly true, but they still can’t match the performance and reliability of a $30 mic cable,” said Ray A. Rayburn, principal consultant for K2 Audio in Boulder, CO. “We use wireless where appropriate to the needed functionality of the system, but don’t view this as simplifying the system design and implementation. Simplicity at the expense of lower reliability and higher cost (both initial and running costs) is usually not a trade-off that is an advantage for our clients.”
The bane of wireless technology is interference. Wireless microphones and conference systems are no different. Signal degradation can make a perfectly working system conk out at the most inconvenient time—a consequence the client will not be interested in understanding when they are in the middle of a […]
By Llanor Alleyene
For technophiles and technophobes alike, nothing beats the ease of pressing or touching a button and having something happen. Able to pull disparate devices together by collating background processes and presenting them up front, dressed in easy to read labels and commands,control systems are one of the most accessible gateways toa variety of technologies. For systems contractors, control technologies and their continuous evolution have expanded business opportunities and increased the level of creativity and flexibility they can bring to their installation projects.
“There has been greater education and familiarity with product integration and control for the end user,” noted Mike Crisci, VP of operations for integration firm, Altel based in Brewster, NY. “As new products and services are offered, the end users are expecting to have integrated control systems as part of their system design. The market, therefore, follows these needs and its growth reflects the end users’ awareness and acceptance of these products and services.”
Growing consumer awareness has allowed integrators to broaden the dialogue between control systems and the devices that come under their command. Moving beyond simple device on/off functionality, today’s control products are locking into networks and web-based interactivity, a progression that HB Communications VP of Communications,Kevin Collins calls exciting.
“AV and control systems used to be a luxury, but today they are a necessity,” Collins said. “Everything is on the network,and I can’t imagine an office, school or building being built today without ethernet, AV distribution, digital signage, and some sort of ability to control it all from a central location.
“In the past, clients may have wanted technology in just the larger boardrooms or auditoriums, but now every room needs to be connected on the network. IT managers and facilities […]