For any AV set-up, audio plays an equally significant, if not more, role than video. Audio quality determines the depth and intensity of any collaborative experience. When people in a team or from different teams, located in different places, are able to hear each other with clarity and without any glitch, the engagement becomes meaningful and productive. An AV set-up that provides rich audio quality to local as well as remote participants enables a work experience that people find fruitful. On the other hand, if the audio is muffled or difficult to understand from different sources or locations, the collaborative experience becomes an exercise in frustration and disappointment where team members are wastefully tied up with figuring out the audio or other media broadcast rather than the important business issues at hand.
There goes a lot of consideration when designing an AV set-up. The AV integrator or service provider should have the expertise and advanced skills to design and implement an AV solution tailor-made for your specific requirement with the smoothest and enriched audio experience. With that in mind, here is the first and foremost of the many questions to answer when beginning the process of designing and implementing a new AV environment within your organisation.
Watch that buzz around the AV room
This is one deeply consequential part to consider when considering the location or the room for the AV set-up for business communications. Unfortunately, this becomes the least considered factor with most AV integrators and businesses.
So, first things first. Understand the room that has been selected for AV set-up. Take stock of the outside noise that prevails around this room like people on work stations, corridors, proximity to the kitchen, cafeteria, service ducts, lifts, etc. Spend some time in that room to understand the levels of distractions and noise seeping into this room at different hours in the day like in the morning when people are coming in, lunchtime or early evenings when people start leaving.
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Depending on the noise levels audible within the selected room, acoustics of the room have to be planned and designed to dampen the outside noise. In addition to the acoustics of the room, technology has also to be integrated that softens the distracting noise and cancels out the effect of intervening sounds of the lift, phones, alarms, etc., or constant low-decibel hum prevalent outside. Audio technology has become incredibly advanced to provide almost zero distraction and smooth transition between different sources with varying volume levels and background buzz.