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AMX Acquired By Harman Group: Any Effect On AMX Users?

For more than 25 years Advanced AV has been a partner to a number of the most popular technologies in the AV, IT and collaboration markets.

From Cisco to Polycom and NEC to Christie, we have long been loyal and committed to working with great vendors who develop great products.

In the 1990’s one of the product categories that really took off for audiovisual spaces was the integrated room system. Whereas before, carts supported many technology spaces and projectors (mostly due to price), with the lower prices and higher quality of projectors came a robust interest in permanent technology installed into meeting and learning spaces.

As more and more devices became part of the system. Items such as VHS, DVD, computers and more, the mere number of remotes became cumbersome and this drove the requirement of something intelligent that could offer easy control of all of the devices in the room.

With this came the birth of the logic based control system for audiovisual systems.

Over the next 20 years two companies would dominate this market, the first being AMX, which was the first and the second being Crestron, which is now the biggest.  Later on other entrants came into the market, most notably Extron, but as a whole the control market has evolved with the IT market and now much of the room control has moved from analog and IR to primarily IP control.

For the most part the players in the control market have stayed the same, but this past week for the second time in less than 10 years the first player in the control game has been acquired.

Back in 2005, AMX was acquired and taken private for the first time by Duchossois Industries. The group was best […]

By |May 27th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

5 Great Applications For 4K Video Projection

4K resolution represents the cutting edge of HD video. With 4,000 pixels, it dwarfs 1080p, while creating a picture so clear that it practically looks real. And now, 4K is available not just in screens, but projectors. A retractable screen is easier to deal with than a giant television, and 4K resolution lets you avoid the blurry, washed out images that often come from other projectors. So how can you use this technology? Here are 5 applications for 4K video projection.

Business Meetings. Video conferencing is becoming a staple of modern business. With a video linkup, you can meet with someone on the other side of the world as easily as if you were in the same room with them. But huddling over a computer screen to see someone makes things awkward and uncomfortable, especially when there are multiple people in the room. Using a 4K projector puts the meeting on a screen for everyone to see clearly and interact with just like they were face to face.
Conferences. When addressing a conference room full of people, it’s important that everyone be able to see the presentation clearly. Projection screens are often used to show the speaker close up. They can also be used to present visual aids, or even to teleconference a speaker in from a remote location. With 4K video projection, you can give everyone a clear view of everything that’s going on, even if they’re sitting in the very back of the room.
Trade Shows. When you go to a trade show, one of your main goals is to get people’s attention, so they stop by your booth to see what you have to offer. One of the best ways to do that is to play a video. […]

By |May 14th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Pushing Products or Solving Problems

One of the hardest things about being an AV integrator is the mere number of products that do the same thing.  I suppose that could be called out as a challenge in most tech industries, but in our industry there is no doubt that this is a problem.

With customers doing more research on their own than ever before and this aforementioned glut of similar products, we hear regularly from customers who are asking about a certain piece by name whether it be a projector model “X” or a video conferencing unit model “Y.”

As a reseller it is easy to get caught up in these requests and therefore find a price and quote our customers on every single product that they inquire about, but as an integrator it is important that we hold close to something more.

Perhaps best phrased as a question, are we pushing products or solving problems?
Why We Must Focus On Solving Business Problems
For a long time high tech presentation equipment was more of a nice to have than a need to have for businesses.  That is why for a long time there was a few “Tech” spaces with all the fancy toys and the rest of the organization was left to flip charts, easels and whiteboards.

Today we are connected 24/7/365 and that change which is being driven by our desire to have technology on demand is finally imposing its will on just about every business and institution on the planet.  Schools, government and business all seek to be more connected and collaborative.  The way we see it technology is a vehicle to solve a problem, not just another widget to make a space just that much cooler.

In the world of technology, it is […]

By |April 1st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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