What Is Smart? 

January 14, 2021

Defining the word that has had so many meanings over the past one hundred years. By: Kate Couch Audio Visual Bend “Okay, Einstien.” “That was smart!” “Your baby is so smart.” These are all common sayings we’ve heard that center around the idea of smart or intelligence. But what is smart? As we progressed further […]

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Service Recovery — Lessons Learned from an AV Guy

December 28, 2016

How do you fulfill service recovery when you are guilty of poor service? This a very viable topic even if you think you are perfect. Yeah, I was wrong once last year… I think. Right. Seriously though, great customer service is a cornerstone for any successful business. I can be an expert in my industry, […]

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Riverhouse Renovation and AV System Featured on SVC Podcast – Part 1

November 29, 2016

We are so pleased to share that the Audio Visual Bend team has been featured on another national media site – Sound and Video Contractor.  The following is the transcription from the SVC Podcast from Sound & Video Contractor Magazine with Tony Sprando of Audio Visual Bend. This is the first part of a two […]

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Best Uses for AV Equipment During a Trial if on a Shoestring Budget

November 16, 2016

By Guest Writer:  Tim Williams of Dwyer, Williams, Potter Attorneys, LLP Edited by:  Lauren Breslin, AV Bend Social Media Coordinator This past week, Tony had the pleasure of connecting with Tim Williams who shared some of his writings regarding the use of technology in the courtroom. The following highlights areas he addressed that specifically refer […]

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The Similarities of Sound and Light

November 2, 2016

Written by Audio Visual Bend Guest Blogger: Isaac Imig, Owner of Integrated Audio/Video Light and sound are both waves. The propagation, or distribution of sound, is actually very similar to light, just a whole lot slower. The waves of sound or light both reflect, refract, and attenuate depending on their environment. For example, you may […]

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Sell and Stay Within Your Scope of Expertise

October 12, 2016

An article by guest blogger for Audio Visual Bend, Erik Beyer – regional VP of sales – CLAIR Solutions How do we, as professionals in the AV industry, help small businesses recognize the opportunities that are better serving of their needs? Systems that will better serve them in the long run and, in some cases, […]

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Holding 10,000 Lumens in Your Hands

October 5, 2016

A Mix-up for Movie Night This past Friday, the PTO of Lava Ridge Elementary in Bend, Oregon decided to host an End-of-Summer Movie Night in the playground.  What a good idea to bring parents together with the kids to enjoy one more good community event before the cold sets in. Everyone loves a movie night […]

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Breaking Down Sightlines in Worship Centers

September 6, 2016

In a recent article in Church Designer Magazine, author and design leader Chuck Hultstrand, provides an excellent overview of the key elements required to create visual experiences through the use of integrated sightlines.  As a review… Just what are sightlines again? Sightlines are hypothetical lines from someone’s eye to what is seen (used especially with […]

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Creating Visual Experiences Through Sightlines — Part 1: The Need for Collaboration

August 31, 2016

In a recent article in Church Designer Magazine, author and design leader Chuck Hultstrand provides an excellent overview of the key elements required to create visual experiences through the use of integrated sightlines. With this article as our inspiration, we will use his writings as a launch pad for a series of upcoming blogs. The […]

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Project Highlight – Worthy Brewing’s Hopservatory

August 18, 2016

Look up there!   In the air! Do you see it?  It looks like a brewery.  No, wait.  It looks like an observatory? What is it?!?!  It’s a Hopservatory! Our local paper, the Bend Bulletin,  featured an article on it. Check it out. Worthy Brewing to erect a “hopservatory” as part of their two-story expansion. Owner: […]

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Image Colors Matter — Choose an Inorganic LCD Projector

August 5, 2016

In a side by side comparison of color display, the Inorganic LCD Projector was far superior to a single chip DLP projector.  This is most noticeable for customers who are creating marketing materials for display use.  Just imagine spending hours on creating a new brand with a variety of colors, handpicked by you and your […]

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Vertical Portrait Displays versus Horizontal Landscape Displays – Which is Better?

July 27, 2016

In the Audio Visual industry, choosing and mounting display screens is a large segment of our business and services.  And upon conducting research for this blog post, other industries including marketing, psychology, and photography, have a lot to say about which type of display, vertical or horizontal, is better.  And the winner seems to be… […]

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TV Placement for a Fitness Room in a Hotel Chain

July 20, 2016

This week, I am working with a hotel chain and the placement of a TV in a Multi-Purpose Room/Fitness Room. The typical math behind TV placement is to place the center of the TV screen approximately 10-15 degrees above eye level.  Of course, we have to consider the distance of the TV from the viewer. […]

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Selecting a Microphone for the Right Application

June 7, 2016

The History and Uses of Microphones The microphone was first invented in the 1870s and has advanced over the last 140 years as technology has allowed. The type of materials, circuitry and tools these days have made precision microphones of all types and for all uses imaginable. Microphone options for live environments are so numbered […]

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Less is More – Using Apple as an Example to Apply Minimalism in the AV Industry

June 1, 2016

This week, I would like to explore the crossroads we often come to when we want to add technology to a space.  It is so easy to get all “wound up” on all the AV technology possibilities we could do with a space. However, when all is said and done, that space could easily end […]

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Saltwater Kills!

May 12, 2016

Saltwater kills. These are two words that should never be in the same sentence when you are trying to get your wireless microphones to work. What do Saltwater and Radio Frequencies (RF) have in common? Answer: Nothing, really. But, I have a scenario for you that may help you make a connection. Imagine you are […]

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I will not fail.

May 4, 2016

“I will not fail.” This thought just came to me recently and it flows from my recent post about building and maintaining “Forever Customers.” Then, I found this meme which says it all.  The point is, you have to go into every opportunity and be able to say to your customer, in one way or […]

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Building and Maintaining “Forever Customer” Relationships

April 27, 2016

The truth is, “You will always be remembered.” But, the question is, “How will you be remembered?”  As a business owner and service/product provider, I recommend the following principles to establish good customers because of your good reputations: Focus on being relevant, but realistic, in your offerings. Just because your customer does not want to […]

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Tony’s Rants: Tone Down the Tech!

April 21, 2016

The stack of publications was piling up on the corner of my desk. I thought it was about time to read them.  There were so many articles about using tech in our schools; tech to collaborate, tech to teach, tech to produce content, on and on. I had to stop and ask myself, “What did […]

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Light ’em Up… with Front of House Lighting!

April 7, 2016

In all my years of doing audio visual rentals and designing installed systems, Stage Lighting seemed to be one of those requests that were few and far between. Like projection, it is a controlled beam of light, so I used to think this was pretty straight forward.  Well, I was wrong; it actually takes a […]

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