Study With Steph — Lesson 2: CTS Exam Logistics

Welcome to episode 2 of Study With Steph! This one goes out to all my homies who have decided they want to take the CTS exam — but then get confused about what to expect of the test and what is expected of you. In this episode, I met up with two of AVIXA’s be […]

Study With Steph — Lesson 2: CTS Exam Logistics

Foolproof AV

What a month March was for big announcements, with jaw dropping trade show revelations and pioneering new product announcements. But that news pales in comparison to what you are about to read here as an AV Club exclusive. In fact, we’ve hastened to bring this scoop to you, only just learning of it earlier this […]

Foolproof AV

AV Project Overachievers

In a perfect AV world, a consistent work effort put into a project would net a consistently (and proportionate) successful outcome. Unfortunately, beyond what can be attributed to Murphy, some projects seem to be resource drains until they finally make it to completion. But with this being a new year and all, lets not focus […]

AV Project Overachievers

A Mouse Ate My Woofer

By Greg Bronson, CTS-D …Or so it seems, anyway. Last winter, my weekend “regular activities” were interrupted to troubleshoot the loss of low frequencies from the left speaker of my home workshop stereo system.  While I tried to initially ignore it — figuring the several-year-old transplant of an Altec Lansing woofer in these particular cabinets […]

A Mouse Ate My Woofer

What’s Next?

Just try and find a June ProAV publication that doesn’t talk about Infocomm 2010.  Not to mention actually being there (or lamenting the decision to not be) yourself!  Whether a “newbie,” or seasoned attendee, if you’re seeking communication on products that communicate; Infocomm’s show provided no shortage of news to consume.  And, for good reason […]

What’s Next?

What’s Yours?

This month’s topic is a bit personal; but no worries, it’s not that personal.  Actually, the full title should be: What’s your test media?  Of course there is no right or wrong answer; it’s a matter of personal taste and often seems to default to what ever is handy.  Sure, in the grand scheme of […]

What’s Yours?

Back to the (AV) Future

AV technology in Education has made big advances over the last couple decades.  It’s been (and continues to be) a great time to be involved with ProAV.  And with spring upon us and “renewal” in the air, it’s exciting to consider new possibilities. But as we all know, to get to May flowers, we must […]

Back to the (AV) Future

The Six Phases of an AV Project

The “six phases of a project” (see image, author unknown) is one of those humor file items that is funniest to those who have lived through such an experience (and are still willing to laugh about it).  It’s also a sanity check when you’re in the middle of one, and feeling like the working environment […]

The Six Phases of an AV Project

3D for Me?

If you watch developments in consumer AV, you’re likely picking up some of the buzz with the latest push toward 3DTV.  As such perhaps you’re also starting to give some serious thought to what that may mean to you as an AV consumer, and then, what the impact might be in education applications.  So when […]

3D for Me?

The AV Technologically-Challenged

As we wind down the calendar year, here’s a light-hearted column on one of the AV Club pet peeves.  That being, some end users just don’t get it — AV technology, that is. While their seemingly naive attempts at using AV technology may be innocent enough, the impact ranges from embarrassing (mostly for them) to […]

The AV Technologically-Challenged

The (Great) AV Treasure Hunt

By Greg Bronson, CTS-D The members of the AV Club should be relatively unphased by, and perhaps even thrive on, the myriad of technical idiosyncrasies that seem to come with working with AV systems in education.  We grumble when “others” phase out, or come up with new, promising technology, seemingly unaware of how their actions […]

The (Great) AV Treasure Hunt

What’s Old is New Again

By Greg Bronson, CTS-D Whether you are a technology manager, or vendor, for the education AV market, much of what we do is incremental improvements to an organization’s broader AV communications infrastructure.  This work is planned in the context of the latest and greatest technology and within a — perhaps, lately, not so great — […]

What’s Old is New Again

Get It Under Control

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with AV controls.  We love the power (think Tim the Toolman, grunting sound) of having room and AV automation at our beck and call.  But, we hate the frustration with not-so-easy planning and programming to make “easy to use” interfaces. For the most part, though, the end justifies […]

Fix This!

By Greg Bronson OK, so I’m really into AV stuff. And, along the same line, use of IT tools has long intrigued me. Whether AV or IT, new technology often gets my wheels turning on what’s possible. And, while it’s one thing to kick the tires to learn about (new) features, it’s a homerun when […]

Why Didn’t You Tell Me? [AV Club]

By Greg Bronson, CTS-D One of my Jr./Sr. High School math class teachers was also one of our school football coaches. At that time, his teams were very successful and, I suspect, learned a lot about football. I wish I could say the same about math class. I do have to say, though; prior to […]