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Understanding Audio Visual Technology

The Basics of Understanding Audio Visual Technology

It’s likely that you have heard of audio visual (AV) equipment, and it’s even more likely that you have experienced what it’s capable of. But not everyone understands exactly what it is.

AV equipment has the potential to delivery a powerful user experience and, most importantly, make life easier and more enjoyable for the consumer. However, it’s a world of technology which is packed full of specifications and technical jargon. Therefore, we’re going to take a look at the basics of AV technology to help you get started on your AV journey.

The sheer amount of available AV technology is mind-boggling, but rather than get swept away in its almost infinite range, it’s best for a beginner to concentrate on the basics:

  • Visual displays: the most eye-catching area of AV technology is always related to all things visual, with the most prominent player in this area being visual displays. These can range from in-built tablets through to TV screens and even full ‘video wall’ installations.


  • Speakers: whether they are coupled to visual displays or used in isolation to provide pure audio, speakers are an essential component of AV technology. Thanks to their flexibility, speakers can be positioned almost anywhere and are available in a wide range of sizes.

AV system components may be numerous, but it’s this choice which makes AV technology such an exciting prospect for the user. AV system design takes advantage of this availability and ensures that consumers can have installations built which are perfectly tailored for their needs e.g a room’s acoustics can be measured to determine which AV equipment will deliver the best audio results in that specific space.

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Thanks to the rapid advancements in technology, the world of AV equipment is well placed to take advantage of these developments. The most important advances to be aware of are:

  • Video conferencing: as a direct result of the restrictions put in place by the Covid-19 pandemic, video conferencing equipment has seen a rapid rise in its popularity. Therefore, manufacturers are investing heavily in this area to provide equipment which is both reliable and delivers enhanced audio and visual quality.


  • Wireless: traditionally, AV equipment was a nightmare when it came to connectivity due to the metres and metres of cabling required. However, the advances of wireless technology mean that this is now a thing of the past. And, better yet, multiple devices can not only communicate with each other, they can all be controlled from a single control panel.


  • Smart buildings: in a move which embraces touchless technology, the emergence of smart buildings is redefining how AV technology can be used. If, for example, a smart building detects that a room is being bathed in sunlight, it can communicate with visual displays to automatically adjust brightness levels which best suit the environment.

AV technology is a crucial element of modern living and, given the advances taking place in AV equipment, it’s only going to get better and more satisfying. Nonetheless, when it comes to AV system design, it’s vital that you work with a team of professionals who will be able to combine the best AV system components to produce the maximum results.

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