I Can Hear a Pin Drop

When an acoustical consultant walks into a room, the first thing they tend to notice is the acoustics. It can’t be helped, it’s second nature in much the same way a decorator would look at the furnishings. Occasionally someone else will make a comment such as, “The acoustics in that room were so good, I… Read more »

It’s Time to Take Control

All audiovisual systems have something in common, no matter how simple or complex they may be: a control system. A/V control systems can range from a simple wall switch to a complicated Visual Basic program embedded inside a Power Point presentation. The extent of the control system often depends on the audio and video system… Read more »

Comparing Themed and Corporate AV Systems

What’s the difference between a theme park and a corporate conference room? Not as much as you think. This might sound like some kind of bad joke at first, but when you look at the requirements and designs for their audiovisual systems you’ll realize that these opposite environments actually share some common ground. System Objectives… Read more »

TA Principal Wins ICIA Award

We’re proud to announce that Steven J. Thorburn received the ’96-’97 ICIA Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC) award at the 10th annual ICIA Achievement Awards Presentation. This year’s ICIA (International Communications Industries Association) awards ceremony was held during the recent InfoComm International trade show in Los Angeles. A note for anyone who attended that… Read more »

Fiberboard Facts

By whatever name you call it: Fiberboard, Beaver board, sound-deadening board, CelotexTM, or HomasoteTM, this material seems to be making a comeback with potential acoustical uses. But before you decide to add it to your next project, you should know that this compressed fiberboard does not add any positive acoustical effects in most constructions. We… Read more »

The Invisible Audiovisual System

One issue that we face with our projects is making technology transparent within the space it occupies. For many projects, the end users and owners want to see the audio and/or visual systems they spent their money on. They want to showcase their system and make it a visible focal point of the facility. But… Read more »

Growing Trends in Green Insulation

Insulation is all around us. Though we may not pay attention to the different types of insulation, we would certainly notice its absence. The main purpose of this hidden barrier is to secure a building’s interior temperature from the outside extremes, providing a savings in energy bills and a more comfortable atmosphere for those inside…. Read more »

Keeping Up With Multimedia Projection Technologies

Many people are familiar with Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) as the innovation which made it easier to read a watch. Since then, the original monochrome image has blossomed into the full color spectrum. The advancement of its color technology has allowed LCD to spread far beyond watches and into other fields. To find out how… Read more »

Resilient Channels – How Metal Absorbs Sound Waves

Anyone who’s ever shared a wall with someone else has probably wondered if the walls were intentionally thin, or the neighbors intentionally loud. Often the assumption is that the walls between dwellings simply need to be thicker to muffle sound. The fact is that the design of the wall, not the size, can be a… Read more »

Video Conferencing – What Does It Mean For You?

Canon saved about $200,000 during 1993-94…the US Navy’s distance learning network saved over $4 million over a four-year period…and Norfolk Southern Railroad saved $1,080,000 over an 18-month period. How? By video conferencing! A number of our clients are upgrading their systems, or reconsidering video conferencing. To paraphrase one of our clients, “…a person needs to… Read more »