Conferences Need to Adapt to the New Normal

Over the past couple of months, we have seen some in-person conferences begin to resume. The biggest in our industry, InfoComm, is coming up in just a few weeks. AVIXA has been very clear that unless it is told by authorities to cancel the show, the show will go on in person. Yet, there are […]

Conferences Need to Adapt to the New Normal

What’s Up With LAVNCH: October Events

THE rAVe Agency has been busy planning and preparing tons of new LAVNCH & LEARNs and events. These events are educational and informative to help out both the new and experienced AV pros in our industry. From educational sessions on the newest tech to encouraging series on getting hired, we’ve got something for everyone. Let’s […]

What’s Up With LAVNCH: October Events

Checking In With InfoComm 2021 Attendees 

After a year and a half of living on video calls and turning guest bedrooms into home offices, signs of a return to pre-pandemic working life are finally upon us. With InfoComm 2021 approaching, many have chosen to make the pilgrimage to Orlando to learn about the latest AV technology, trends, and of course, connect with other […]

Checking In With InfoComm 2021 Attendees 

See You at InfoComm!

If we’ve learned nothing else from this pandemic, we’ve certainly learned the importance of adaptation in the face of ever-changing circumstances. Like any crisis situation, countless times we’ve needed to quickly assess a situation, measure risks and make the best decision possible with the information available at that particular moment. Even once decisions were made, […]

See You at InfoComm!

Things To Consider About Audio/Video Control Desks

By: Richard Honeycutt SynAudCon Recently I overheard a discussion between a couple of church AV techs about booths and desks. Both seemed uncertain about several issues: Is an enclosed booth a good idea? If an enclosed booth is used, how big should the opening be for sound to enter? How big should the desk be, […]

Things To Consider About Audio/Video Control Desks

5 Things to Know About Digital Signage Ahead of InfoComm 2021

Digital signage is poised for strong revenue growth, with a forecast of $32 billion in 2021, increasing to $44.7 billion in 2026, according to AVIXA’s 2021 Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis. With this in mind, it’s no surprise Digital Signage will be a major focus at InfoComm 2021. To start, AVIXA (producers of InfoComm), along […]

5 Things to Know About Digital Signage Ahead of InfoComm 2021

How Can You Make This a Season to Remember?

It’s that time again. It hardly seems possible, but the Holiday Season is on the horizon. I’m not kidding! Canadian Thanksgiving is Monday, then comes Halloween. After that, it’s American Thanksgiving, immediately followed by the anticipated/dreaded retail bonanza of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Before you know it, it will be Christmas, and then the weird […]

How Can You Make This a Season to Remember?

5 Things to Know About Extended Reality Before InfoComm 2021

Extended reality (XR) is cool, there’s no denying that. AV professionals should all want to get their hands on this technology and experiment with its possibilities. And not just for fun … it makes financial sense to do so. According to an August 2021 report by Market Research Future, the XR market was valued at […]

5 Things to Know About Extended Reality Before InfoComm 2021

3 Tips for Using Projection in Visualization Environments

I haven’t written a technical piece in a while, but I’ve been moderating AVIXA ‘s Control Room Power Hour series of webinars, and a subject that has come up a lot is the use of projection in data visualization environments. Projectors are still viable in these types of rooms. With the advent of laser projection, […]

3 Tips for Using Projection in Visualization Environments

Trick or Treat: Facing the Fear of Growing a Business

As you step up to your door, you feel the cold wind blow on your face. We are deep in the fall season, and we know what that means: Halloween. Memories of the creepy, scary monsters take the chill at our backs and send it down the spine. Sure, there is candy to sweeten the […]

Trick or Treat: Facing the Fear of Growing a Business

How MicroLED Is Set to Change Screen Technology in the Home — The Emerging $50 Billion Opportunity

By: Ted Romanowitz Futuresource Consulting MicroLED is on track to displace LCD and OLED in consumer TV applications. That’s according to a new MicroLED report from Futuresource Consulting, which predicts global players will invest more than $10 billion into the technology over the next few years, creating a $50 billion + cumulative market opportunity over the […]

How MicroLED Is Set to Change Screen Technology in the Home — The Emerging $50 Billion Opportunity

5 Things to Know About UCC Ahead of InfoComm 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing for much longer than anyone expected, it should come as no surprise that conferencing and collaboration is a major focus for AV professionals. According to one report, the unified communication and collaboration (UCC) market size is expected to grow from USD 67.4 billion in 2021 to USD 127.5 billion by […]

5 Things to Know About UCC Ahead of InfoComm 2021

The Great Resignation in Higher Ed

For the past 18 months, firms in most industries have struggled with the dual challenge of hiring new employees and retaining current employees. Retaining employees has become a major issue across our country as the number of people quitting their jobs has been dubbed “The Great Resignation.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that […]

The Great Resignation in Higher Ed

5 Things You Missed During the Mimo Monitors LAVNCH & LEARN

So you missed the Mimo Monitors LAVNCH & LEARN, did you? If only there were a way you could watch it on your own time, at your own pace … wait a second, there is! In fact, you can tune in right now to rewatch the event. In case you want a quick overview of what […]

5 Things You Missed During the Mimo Monitors LAVNCH & LEARN

Professional Microphone Market Back on Track After Year of Mixed Fortunes

By: James Kirby Futuresource Consulting The professional microphone market experienced diverging fortunes in 2020. Some manufacturers struggled to satisfy accelerating demand, while others faced a market in freefall. That’s according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting, which reveals the data behind the highs and lows and forecasts the future opportunities. “As a result of lockdowns, […]

Professional Microphone Market Back on Track After Year of Mixed Fortunes

How to Get the Job You Want — Selling Your Value: Part 2

This is the second article in my “How to Get the Job You Want” series. To view the other articles in this series, click here. I had been working in data storage and backup for about 10 years when I got a Dell catalog in the mail. When I opened and skimmed through it, I […]

How to Get the Job You Want — Selling Your Value: Part 2

Part 3: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Use QR Codes

In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021,” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. In Part 2, I explained why showing only one product in your booth is critical to success at InfoComm 2021. Today’s blog is all […]

Part 3: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Use QR Codes

It’s All About Your People

Last week, I was fortunate to go on my first overnight work trip in 18 months. Also — and these two things are related — that trip was the farthest I’ve been from home in almost two years. One of my biggest dealers held their first Customer Appreciation Day in over two years, and I […]

It’s All About Your People

A Little Service Over Here!

If AV install companies stick around long enough, they reach a point where they have a large installed base of legacy systems out there. That’s great for a number of reasons: repeat upgrade business and new referral business from satisfied clients. Not to mention — you survived and prospered, while others may have not. But, there […]

A Little Service Over Here!

Create Opportunities for Young People to Enter the AV Industry

One of the reasons I advocate for internship and apprenticeship opportunities for young people is because of the opportunities that I experienced myself as a young person starting out. When I graduated from high school, I enrolled in the tech program in college to become a chemical engineer.  I applied for and joined an organization […]

Create Opportunities for Young People to Enter the AV Industry

Privilege in the AV Industry

I recently attended a graduation where the keynote speaker addressed the topic of privilege. Unfortunately, like so much of our dialog these days, the term was taken far out of context, and that out-of-context interpretation was then politicized. As I walked away, I was disheartened at the misinformation all the new graduates had just received. […]

Privilege in the AV Industry

In Latest Interview, Dave Labuskes Says He Is 99.999% Sure In-Person InfoComm Will Happen

THE rAVe Agency’s own Megan A. Dutta, director of emerging markets at LAVNCH, virtually met with Dave Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA, to discuss the many recent cancellations of in-person events in the AV industry and the expectations around InfoComm 2021. As of Sept. 15, 2021, both NAB Show 2021 and Enterprise Connect have been canceled due to rising […]

In Latest Interview, Dave Labuskes Says He Is 99.999% Sure In-Person InfoComm Will Happen

Is This a Test?

Yogi Berra said the following quote: “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.” The difference between theoretical and practical is apparent to any AV pro who’s spent their time in the field. And while you can learn either by doing or by observing, lessons are generally internalized better […]

Is This a Test?

When Your Digital Signage Is Out of This World

It’s genius, really. If we have a Digital-Out-of-Home industry, why can’t we have Digital-Out-of-This World? Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) will soon create a new category of advertising space. Outer space. Based in Canada, a GEC subsidiary (Geometric Space Corporation) has several space projects and is now in the process of building a satellite, a CubeSat. […]

When Your Digital Signage Is Out of This World

Adapting to Agile: Workflow Changes to Project Management

When customers come to AV resellers and installers to ask them to provide an AV installation, part of the service is project management. Someone has to communicate with the customer and stay on top of the progress and any changes that are made. Customers are familiar with project managers; they usually have a whole set […]

Adapting to Agile: Workflow Changes to Project Management

Those Popular ‘3D’ Signs Explained in Seven Easy Steps

If you frequent LinkedIn or YouTube and you’re into audiovisual tech, you’ve likely seen the videos of the signs on a street corner with a lion jumping out, a spaceship landing or a Jeep spinning brodies where the subjects of the video seem to escape the edges of the screen and break the fourth wall. […]

Those Popular ‘3D’ Signs Explained in Seven Easy Steps

Devices Developed Due to COVID-19

Since this pandemic is new to all of us and technology is being designed to aid in coping with this relatively horrible situation, I thought some information and things I have observed or read about over the past 18 months would be helpful. I am not specifying one technology over another nor one vendor over […]

Devices Developed Due to COVID-19

Making the Case for Cellular Connectivity in the AV Space

Mobile connectivity is indispensable in our personal lives. Our phones are our lifeline — our conduit to virtually every aspect of our digital lives, from social networks to email to countless apps and other web-based portals. There’s no denying that cellular connections are our on-ramp to the connected world, especially when we’re outside our homes […]

Making the Case for Cellular Connectivity in the AV Space

When the Volume Knob Goes to the Right

When the Volume Knob Goes to the Right By: Hadi Sumoro SynAudCon In this article, we’re going to ask: how do we turn the volume up properly? This article will explore this question while also discussing some of the basics of sound system design in layman’s language along with easy analogies. Due to the nature […]

When the Volume Knob Goes to the Right

The LED Will Bring You Opportunities You Never Knew Existed

Most houses of worship are only used a few hours a week. The rest of the time, the worship halls are either empty or barely visited. And, even with the accelerated concerns about COVID-19 or future viruses, the openness of the typical worship hall offers an amazing opportunity for uses that will help both future […]

The LED Will Bring You Opportunities You Never Knew Existed

Women in CT Hosts 13th Annual CEDIA Expo Luncheon

On Thursday, Sept. 2, over 150 industry professionals gathered together at the Women in Consumer Technology’s (WiCT) 13th Annual CEDIA EXPO Networking Reception and Luncheon in Indianapolis. “To be able fill this room when we really had no clue how the show would go is spectacular,” Carol Campbell, founder, WiCT, said in her welcome address […]

Women in CT Hosts 13th Annual CEDIA Expo Luncheon

Bridging the Gap: ITSM Tools for AV and IT

Over the past several months at my institution, we have been implementing a new Information Technology Service Management Tool (ITSM). After looking at several different products, we chose to go forward with TeamDynamix. The cost is reasonable (not cheap, but reasonable), even for small higher ed institutions (like us). Cost was a factor in our […]

Bridging the Gap: ITSM Tools for AV and IT