HDTV Update!

If you have been to your local electronics retailer lately, you likely noticed the explosion of HDTVs (High Definition Televisions). You might already own your own HDTV. With the FCC mandated conversion well under way, we felt it might be useful to re-visit this issue and discuss how it will affect AV presentation needs. In… Read more »

Restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

In response to the needs of the expanding Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee, Williamson Pounders Architects (WPA) also of Memphis, selected Thorburn Associates to assist with the acoustical and audio system design for the restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The restoration brought the cathedral into full conformance with contemporary Catholic liturgical standards…. Read more »

Invisible Loudspeakers

Stealth Acoustics produces a family of invisible, flat-panel loudspeakers, designed for flush wall or ceiling mounting that sound great! The new loudspeakers from Stealth Acoustics offer a truly invisible loudspeaker solution for whole house audio, surround sound, paging, masking, foreground music, board room audio and other applications that require a full-range loudspeaker with wide dispersion…. Read more »

“I Didn’t Know You Did That”

If we just had a nickel for every time we hear “I didn’t know you did that!”… Most recently, a very good client was sharing an elevator ride with us and mentioned he needed someone to do an audiovisual system design. He has used us frequently for acoustics, but never realized we also did AV!… Read more »

Riverside County Boardroom Replacement Project

Due to the explosive growth of the county of Riverside a larger County Building was required to support the needs of the county taxpayers. Part of the new County Building included a new County Boardroom. The new Boardroom functions were, in part, dictated by the existing 7 Member Board Dais, which needed to be translated… Read more »

Making Audiovisual Systems Easy to Use

As technology evolves it seems that it becomes harder to operate and control. Manufacturers are giving us features and options that while useful at some level are not needed most of the time. Control systems are what make systems easier to use. Complicated Systems In the project described below the control system was what allowed… Read more »

Loudspeaker Technology

Over the past few years, thanks to digital signal processing, audio designers have been able to develop arrays of loudspeakers. By grouping loudspeaker boxes with special signal processing the coverage area can be changed and controlled. This type of design can help minimize reflections off of walls at a concert or to direct sound to… Read more »

UNCA Highsmith Student Center

University of North Carolina – Asheville, Highsmith Student Center, Asheville, NC Architect: Lee Nichols Clark Patterson Located in Asheville, NC is the new 73,920 square foot Student Center for the University of North Carolina – Asheville. The project is a renovation and expansion of the old student center originally built in the early 1980s. The… Read more »

Presenting the Perfect Picture

Think about the last time you were at a presentation where it was difficult to see the images being displayed. While there was nothing wrong with the presentation equipment or the quality of the installation, something was still not quite right. That something detracted from the presenter’s ability to communicate their message. When we are… Read more »

ADA and Audiovisual Systems

Every time a sound or speech reinforcement system is designed and installed a hearing assistance system must also be included. ADA Section III-7.5180 Assembly Areas requires: Fixed seating assembly areas that accommodate 50 or more people OR have audio-amplification systems must have a permanently installed assistive learning system. Other assembly areas (not covered in above)… Read more »