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Part 1: What Makes an A/V Expert?

There are a lot of A/V companies out there, but not a lot of great A/V companies. And we know that figuring out the difference and finding the right company for your project isn’t always easy. So, we’re here to help make that choice a little easier. We’ve developed a series of articles explaining some of the intricacies of our industry and what separates the good guys from the okay guys. Throughout the series, you’ll hear from our manufacturers and clients, and learn a little more about the various components of our industry, Main Components of Industry Audio – We…

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Codec: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

When videoconferencing was first introduced, it was a game changer for businesses. It became a cost-effective way to hold company-wide meetings by reducing the need for travel expenses. And it allowed global offices or telecommuters to connect on a more personal level, without the need for airline tickets or hotels. Since its introduction, teleconferencing systems have improved, and the features are almost limitless. But, if you’ve tried to update your teleconferencing set-up recently, you might have been confused by some of the finer details. ‘Codec’ is one of the terms we get a lot of questions about, so we’re here…

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Client Success Story: Calvary Chapel in Ellicott City

Time for another great audio project brought to you by the team at Audio-Video Group! AVG was called upon to help design and implement a new sound system for Calvary Chapel in Ellicott City, Maryland.  Like many growing churches, Calvary Chapel had recently transitioned from a portable meeting space to a permanent space. This space, like many, was previously occupied and required some changes to make it functional. One major need—an audio system! Lead Pastor Dan Sexton is big on quality—so much so, that he wanted to ensure that everything was done right from the start. We can appreciate that,…

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Client Success Story: Farm Credit

In late 2017, AVG was approached by the financial organization and lender Farm Credit to help design and implement a new A/V system for their Board Room. Farm Credit was planning a refresh of their main Maryland office located in Westminster. A main component of the refresh consisted of the addition of two new wings off their existing office building. One of the wings would incorporate their new and updated Board Room. AVG went to task, and started working on a design to incorporate audio, video, and control systems for the new space. It took almost a year to implement…

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Client Success Story: Organization of American States

Lately, we’ve been telling you everything you need to know about conferencing microphones—what they do, how they work, and why they’re effective. So now, we’re going to show you how one of our clients has had success with conferencing systems. The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together 35 independent states of the Americas to establish peace and justice, promote solidarity, strengthen collaboration, and defend sovereignty. Their Washington, D.C., office often hosts large member meetings, where all delegates need to be heard, be translated, and be able to vote. That’s where AVG comes in. For this project, we used Brahler…

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Conferencing Mics: To use or not to use? That is the question.

Conferencing microphones can be used for any number of events, but their most popular use today is for political meetings. That’s because they give you the option of turning the mic on and off depending on who’s speaking, they have the option of adding a voting feature directly on the mic stand, and the features can be scaled up or down depending on your specific needs. Additionally, most microphones of this nature, like Brahler’s line of conference technology, are very high quality, with crystal clear audio. So, the big question most clients have is whether or not they need conferencing…

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Tricks of the Trade: Conferences

According to Merriam-Webster, the word ‘conference’ means “a meeting of two or more persons for discussing matters of common concern.” But if you ask us, that seems a little vague. The word ‘conference’ can mean many different things. So, let’s break down some of the conferences that we can help you with! Conference Rooms Let’s start with one you probably already know about. Most offices, no matter the industry, probably have some sort of conference room. This is where your team holds meetings, presentations, or conference calls. Conference rooms can range in size, from a small room with just a…

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Frederick Memorial Hospital Roundup

With a wide range of services—from A/V installations and equipment servicing, to day-of event coordination and rentals—we find that many of our clients stick with us for years, utilizing our varying services for different occasions. One of those clients is Frederick Memorial Hospital. For years we’ve worked with the hospital for installations and event rentals, and even joined their Corporate Honor Roll program in 2016. Here’s a look back on some of our favorite FMH projects! FMH James M. Stockman Cancer Institute Groundbreaking In March of 2016, Frederick Memorial Hospital broke ground on a $21 million expansion of their award-winning…

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Client Success Story: Stauffer Funeral Home

For more than 45 years, Stauffer Funeral Home has been providing funeral arrangements and services for the Frederick community. Their funeral home originally utilized an analog audio system that we installed more than a decade ago. The system is used to route audio, like background music or services, to different areas within the building. At the time of installation, the system was intuitive, easy to use, and cutting-edge technology. Since that time, technology has evolved, and new products have become available to make systems like this easier to use. We started by upgrading the digital signal processor and a control…

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Make Your Conference Call Better!

Most businesses, no matter the industry, take advantage of conference calls or virtual meetings on a regular basis. Believe it or not, but conference calls, in some form, have been around since the early 1900s. Luckily, we’ve come a long way since then in terms of technology. Apps and internet services have made this process much easier, but they’re useless if your equipment is outdated and outside distractions dominate the call. Here are a few things to consider when planning for your conference call equipment. 360-degree room microphone coverage One of the best ways to improve your conference calls is…

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