Tony Sprando

Tony Sprando

Tony Sprando has worked in the AV industry since 1994. For the past 20 years, he has designed commercial AVL solutions, managed a design process team, on-site installations, and is well-known for his blogs and customer satisfaction reviews on Google and Reviewability. Connect with him on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonysprando and Instgram https://www.instagram.com/tonytheavguy/

Tony’s Faves from InfoComm 2018

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  InfoComm is the largest, most exciting event in North America focused on the pro-AV industry, with 1,000 exhibitors, thousands of products, and 44,000 attendees from 110 countries. I had the pleasure of attending this year, and it was a blast! The following is a list (not in any particular order) of my favorite booths, […]

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The Key Tools in AVL Design – Part 2

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By Erik Byer Guest Blogger for Tony the AV Guy & AV Bend In part 1 of our AVL Design series, we listed and summarized The Key Players in AVL Design including the architect, the consultants, the engineers, an owner’s representative, and a general contractor. And depending on the complexity of your AVL project, these […]

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AV vs IT – Who Touched It Last?

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As we all know, the IT world is converging with the AV world more and more every day. For most of us, this is quite exciting. For others, this can be daunting. In facilities where the IT and AV world are working together, if something goes wrong whom do you call? If you don’t have […]

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How to Help a Technophobe

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There are going to be moments when we all just feel dumb and clumsy…argh! And it feels so awful.  For me, this photo really brings those feelings to life. Whether it’s an ice cream cone or the latest technology, many people feel inept, gawky, and awkward when handling something potentially fragile and easy to drop. […]

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Dark Horse and Underrated Tech

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We live in society where newer equals better. Every month, if not every week, tech companies race to create and release newer, faster, sleeker, sexier gadgets. And while some of them really are worth their weight in gold, most are flash-in-the-pan trends. So, as AV experts looking to guide our customers to not just a […]

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AV and Speech Technology

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This past January, Las Vegas hosted the Consumer Electronics Show where Speech Technology was the bright shining star and a definite win in the consumer market. With examples like Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant, speech technology is sure to be a major player in the audiovisual industry soon. What is speech technology? According to […]

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Mobile Learning = Learner Engagement

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“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford There was an era when a person could expect a job to last a lifetime.  But this era is now long past and long over.  Today, the average worker changes jobs ten to fifteen times during […]

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Choosing the Right Piano Mic

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Over the years of designing AVL systems, I have had the pleasure of walking into many churches of all denominations, shapes and sizes.  It is always a treat because I get to see the wide variety of equipment used, both new and especially old.  Because digital pianos are quite good these days, I don’t get […]

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#Just Send It

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Just send it! It means, “Just Do It,” say yes to something, don’t think about it, have confidence and just Send It! I finished reading a book by Jonah Lehrer called, “How We Decide”, (spoiler alert!) and early on, Lehrer introduces his main theme: “Sometimes we need to reason through our options and carefully analyze the […]

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Need More Fiber?

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Everyone knows about fiber optic cables. The term is one that most people are very familiar with.  But unless you work within certain industries, chances are good that this same group of people really don’t understand what these cables are and how they work. This post will synthesize a few resources to share: What fiber […]

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How Acoustics Help Fulfill HIPAA and Privacy Laws

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“Notice:  To Preserve Confidentiality Please Wait Here for Service” I am certain that every one of our readers has seen this type of sign.  It is called a “Confidentiality Compliance Sign.”  And most likely, you have read a similar sign while in line at the pharmacy, the doctor’s office, the hospital waiting area, etc.  And […]

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New Avocor Interactive Touch Screen for Visitor Center

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The Lava Land Visitor Center needed an interactive display screen. So, we recently installed Avocor’s 65” Ultra HD 4K interactive touch screen. And then, we followed up with a customer satisfaction interview with Cristina Peterson, lead ranger with Newberry National Volcanic Monument. As one of the most popular stops for Central Oregon locals and tourists […]

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Features and Benefits of Digital Signage

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“Sign, sign everywhere a sign.” In 1970, the “5 Man Electrical Band” recorded a song that knocked “signs” for their “do this, don’t do that” tone. The song made The Billboard Top 100 charts (rating every song in popularity of times played by radio stations and singles purchased at record stores). That awesome rock song […]

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Tips for Having a Great Video Conference

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There is lot of confusion on proper use of the term, “Video Conferencing.” Words do matter, and so here is the proper terminology when requesting to do a video conference. There are two types: Enterprise Video Conferencing is understood to provide IP Conferencing, where you initiate a call between two or more other IP Concerning […]

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Conference Room Greatness

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I just love conference rooms. These rooms have such power in them and strengthen the attendees with a sense that “I am safe to share my ideas in private, with people who want to be here.” Then there are times I enter one, and I see all the possibilities of a space that could host […]

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Providing On Demand AV for Generation Z

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The January/February 2017 CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY issue is fascinating, thought-provoking, intriguing, and overwhelming.  Do you realize that the current generation, Generation Z, is now entering their college-age years? Soon, this group of approximately 60 million young people will be future employees, home owners, entrepreneurs, and economic decision makers.  For those of us in the AV industry, […]

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