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Client Success Story: Episcopal High School

Longtime client, Episcopal High School, located in Alexandria, VA, needed A/V updates for a new renovation project they were working on in a couple of their classrooms. Looking to invest in robotics technology and education, EHS was transforming an existing classroom into a new robotics laboratory. And AVG was up to the challenge. The renovation project took a large, 50-seat lecture classroom with stadium-style seating and turned it into a multi-use open lab. The new open classroom could have two classes at once with a center divider splitting up the room, or an open-concept study/design space, depending on the need. AVG…

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Client Success Story: Church of the Redeemer

Church of the Redeemer is a multicultural and multigenerational church with five campuses in Maryland—Clarksburg, Frederick, Rockville, and two in Gaithersburg. Their large services always include live contemporary worship music, lighting, and video elements. For quite some time, Church of the Redeemer has been looking to upgrade their video display system in their main Worship Center at their main campus in Gaithersburg. This worship space has over 2,000 seats, and our main task was to provide an innovative and cutting-edge video solution that would not only help the congregation engage in the service, but also provide the church with the best…

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AVoIP: The good, the bad, the ugly

AVoIP, or audiovisual over internet protocol, has been top of mind recently for those of us in A/V industry. Not to be confused with VoIP, or voice over internet protocol, AVoIP gives users the ability to transmit and switch A/V data over a standard ethernet network. It opens almost endless possibilities for users in terms of system control and flexibility. But there are a few things to consider before diving headfirst into the world of AVoIP. What is AVoIP? To break it down, AVoIP is all about sending audio and video data over traditional IP mediums, like your home or…

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Blue Crabs and Blue Prints Event Rental

Blue Crabs and Blue Prints is the largest annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County. Each year, community members gather to enjoy a relaxing evening of great music, unbelievable food tastings from local Frederick restaurants and caterers, refreshing beverages, and one of Maryland’s best traditions, an all-you-can-eat crab feast! During the event, announcements are made, videos are presented, and live music is played. Audio-Video Group sponsors the event each year, providing A/V equipment and technicians to run the event. Here’s what we supplied this year: Two (2) wireless microphones Four (4) speakers Two (2) 82” displays for equipment…

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Tech Industry Tariff Troubles

The tech industry—as well as many others—is feeling the impact of the most recent proposed expansion of tariffs on imports from China. Computers, batteries, smartphones, projectors, speakers, and televisions are just a few of the products that could be affected by these changes. That means that production and delivery could be majorly delayed. As industry professionals with years of experience, we’re used to policies creating ripple effects in production. We’re prepared to adjust production timelines and reduce major impact to the overall success of a project because of these delays. But companies that take on A/V projects themselves might have…

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Products We Love: Direct View LED

If you’ve been in the market for digital signage or a large venue video screen, you’ve probably heard the term “Direct View LED” being thrown around. You probably know what LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are. But what does “Direct View” mean, and do you need it? We’ll help break it down for you! Direct View LED Overview A Direct View LED display is a flat-panel display that uses hundreds of tiny LEDs mounted directly onto a panel with no glass overlay. Instead of the LEDs working as a backlight behind glass, like in a traditional LED display, the LEDs produce…

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Client Success Story: Trinity United Methodist Church Installation

We install sound, video, and lighting equipment in houses of worship of all denominations throughout the year. These projects are some of our favorites because we know the positive impact quality installations can have on the congregations and we know we’ll be part of the church’s community for years to come. Our most recent house of worship installation took place at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Germantown, Maryland. This project included the installation of professional-quality sound reinforcement and video projection systems in the sanctuary, so it was split into two phases. One thing we had to keep in mind…

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Client Success Story: AOPA

AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, exists to protect and grow the skill and hobby of general aviation. They operate out of offices in Frederick and Washington, D.C., and have more than 100,000 members across 75 countries. Their Frederick headquarters was having issues with previously installed ceiling microphones in one of their meeting spaces, so they approached AVG for an upgrade. The main issue was that the ceiling microphones weren’t getting enough coverage for every person in the room. Because of the placement and the style of the microphone, some people would be loud and clear, and others were…

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Reflections from InfoComm 2019

By John Pierce Each year, nearly 50,000 attendees come from around the world to see the latest and greatest A/V products from 1,000 exhibitors at InfoComm. This year in Orlando, as I perused the exhibits and spoke with the exhibitors, I solidified my longtime fear that our industry has become commoditized. There were times where I spoke to several vendors who all had basically the same product at different price points, and I thought about how confusing that would be for someone without our experience buying directly from a manufacturer. The point is, there’s always going to be someone out…

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Products We Love: Contemporary Research Venue Vizion

These days, video is everywhere. It is undoubtedly the most engaging form of content, which is why bars, medical offices, houses of worship, stadiums, and convention centers are investing in HD video distribution. Integrating these AV assets can be extremely expensive, which was a roadblock for many smaller facilities trying to implement video distribution. But, Contemporary Research’s new Venue Vizion uses technology that already exists in most venues to deliver HDTV distribution and control for a fraction of the price. Venue Vizion gives users control over multiple TVs, including the channel, volume, and power. Think about a bar with multiple…

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