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SpaceCoast AV invites you to Embrace and Share the Power of AV as we continue to partner with you, our friends, working together as we:

1. Continue to be your “go-to” experts when it comes to providing exceptional designs, equipment and installation for Home Theater/Cinema Systems, Commercial Audio Visual and conference room design,  AV for Houses of  Worship and audio video furniture.

2. Create Exception AV Experiences to you and those who matter most in your lives... 

We hope you enjoy the AV news stories and find them entertaining, educational and informative.

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Some Audio Video Basics


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Home audio and video equipment are available in a wide variety, such as stereo, home theater systems, music systems, surround systems, DVD and blue ray disk players. These appliances are manufactured by various manufactures such as Sony, LG, Phillips, Samsung and creative among others.

Regardless of the manufacturer you choose, most of the features are pretty much the same and the appliances will serve you well. The choice of a home audio and video appliance depends on personal taste and preferences as well as financial status. Most of the entries level electronics are very cheap, while high end powerful home audio equipment are very expensive.

Most first time buyers choose entry level product that cost less, although such items are priced reasonably, they will serve you well and can last for a very long time. Some of the cutting edge technology in the recent past includes the release of light weight TVs, the plasma TVs, and the LED TV sets. These television sets are known to offer high quality video and a good quality sound output. Most of the entry level buyers opt for smaller screens such as 32 inches or 42 inches, while the other shoppers opt for high end TV sets that are expensive and have a huge screen.

Some of the most popular features in most of the TVs released in the recent past include:

– Internet browsing capability via Wi-Fi connection

– USB port

– HDMI port

– AV in AV out port

– 3.5mm Audio jack

Remote control

– Plasma or LED screens

The ability of a TV to connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi connection means that you can stream movies from the internet right into your TV and enjoy the movie on a big screen. In addition, you can connect the TV to your home theater system to boost the sound systems and enjoy a high quality sound output.

About SpaceCoast AV

SpaceCoast AV is an all-in-one solution for your audio video, theater, telecom, automation, and home networking needs. We handle all size jobs at all levels. Whether you are building a new home, remodeling, or just want to add a new flat-panel television in the living room, our experienced staff has a solution for you. SpaceCoast AV is a full service company providing design consultation, full installation, programming, and sales of equipment at competitive prices.

 

Not Your Grandfather’s Library…


When Sheri McNair, library media specialist at James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls, NY, came to her district four years ago, she stepped into a very traditional space that was mostly taken up by free-standing stacks of books, traditional wooden tables, and eight computers that “needed to go,” she laughs.

Talking and collaborating are encouraged at the James I. O’Neill High School library.

McNair quickly realized that she was spending most of her time scraping the heavy wooden desks across the floor, rearranging the space to encourage classes to come in. So the first thing she did was move the freestanding stacks. “I put the books around the perimeter, which opened up a ton of space. Instant improvement!”

Over the next three years, McNair completely renovated the space, adding carpet tiles, rolling chairs and tables with whiteboard tops, 50 computers, and 60 Samsung Chromebooks. She converted an old classroom into an innovation room by attaching white frosted acrylic panels to three walls and adding pub tables, chairs, banquettes, a TV, and acoustic panels. There are mini makerspace stations with Legos and craft materials, board games, puzzles, a SMART Board, and an 80-inch monitor that’s used for movie nights.

Westlake High School students love hanging out in their library’s Juice Bar.

“I inherited an outdated space with lots of rules—no talking, no food, no backpacks, no devices,” says McNair. “Now it’s a multifunctional space where students socialize and collaborate. They bring their lunch and their work. It’s theirlibrary.”

Need any proof that a library transformation is worth the time and money? In 2011–12, the year before McNair came on board, students chose to visit the library during study halls, lunch, and after school a total of 6,784 times. Last year, after the library was renovated, students came to the library, on their own time, a total of 24,610 times.

 

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Cleaning Your Home AV Systems


home-theater-spring-cleaning-1If you own a Home Theater system you should have some basic do’s and don’ts when it comes to this invested area of your home.

Screens – there are many types out there and of course that means many ways of cleaning them, the number one word of advice we can give you is Windex is a big no and secondly refer to the manufacture website as to what can be used to clean these screens.

Projectors – they do get dusty and the lamps from time to time can dim…Canned Air should not be used to clean the dust out; the cold air can freeze components of the projector and create a costly mistake.  A dry dust rag is all you should use to take the dust off your projector and regular maintenance from your technician will assist with keeping the light brilliant from your projection system.

Equipment Rack – The more dust that collects on this costly equipment the harder it has to work to keep from overheating.  Customers commonly ask if vacuums are ok to suck the dust out, while most home vacuums do have the odd soft brush attachment for the hose it can be a little intrusive and end up sending dust into the equipment instead of removal.  Dust feathers and/or a Swiffter® without any oils will do an “ok” job of keeping the dust off, but you may want to keep away from moving your equipment around, as this could put strain on your wires and loose connection.

Sound Proof walls , Furniture & Curtains – these all can be done with typical home vacuum, but if any spills occur contact a professional cleaner to come assess the situation.  Most home theaters have special carpet and curtains to assist with acoustics and typical carpet/drape cleaning solutions can bleach out or burn the fabrics.

The basic components of any home theater need regular love and attention on a quarterly basis…and should have dedicated time and attention.

A cost efficient solution is to ensure your system has a maintenance contract. Just imagine using your home theatre the way you intended it to…a way to lock yourself in for “clean” entertainment

Trust–Don’t let it cost you.


Puma_Thinkstock_HomeRemember that big home project you were doing that turned out to be a disaster? Remember, the always faithful and trust worthy, “trusted advisor”? Was it the friend…mom…dad…or maybe the neighbor? It’s OK we’ve all done it and experienced the result.  If you don’t know much about cars, you ask a friend who does know a lot what his opinion is after you hear from the mechanic. It’s smart to get second opinions from people you trust, and it happens to us all of the time.

Miscommunication between you and the contractor can spell disaster for your home AV project. It usually surfaces late in the project where the client gets an idea or input from their “trusted advisor” and then presents it to the contractor. While a client may ask for a second opinion from a trusted advisor, SpaceCoast AV knows the products and processes better than anyone else and so, we assert and leverage our knowledge and expertise on your behalf.

A few great examples might look something like this:

You might insist on using some Amazon deal speaker your brother-in-law insists in the best thing since sliced bread, but when paired with the amp you’ve carefully selected and calibrated, it sounds like crap (maybe because it’s a crap speaker or maybe because it doesn’t pair well with the rest of the equipment). or you could purchase your own AVR, but it doesn’t play well with the HDBaseT extender you plan to use and a reliable signal becomes an issue. Maybe the neighbor has a Harmony remote and is ridiculing you for spending thousands on a universal remote, so now you’re insisting on a Harmony, with all of the risks of reliability and lack of discrete control that entails. Or the client is adamant about using an Apple Airport Extreme as their router. There goes the managed network and  remote access to troubleshoot. In the short term any of these things could save you a lot of money, but in the long run, it will cost you in service calls that didn’t need to happen.

SpaceCoast AV has been a trusted, knowledgeable and professional Audio Visual for residents, businesses and houses of worship in Brevard since 2008. When it comes to your money and time, turn to the AV integration company who knows the products and processes better than anyone else and leverage our knowledge and expertise for your next AV project.

Tips for Setting up Church, Classroom and Ministry Room Projectors, Part 4 of 4


Other Key Considerations

From 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD), which is four times the projectortable380resolution of full HD, to XGA, there are quite a few resolutions to choose from.  A key consideration is how much HD video content you plan to show.

Remote management is helpful in a classroom environment, especially if there are several classrooms. With remote management, lamp-based projectors can be powered off using a program timer built into the control software in order to conserve bulb life.

Video picture quality varies a lot depending on make and model of the projector.  That is because scalar chips and video processors in the projectors are not created equally.  This is important because audience expectations are getting higher due to the amount of HD content available.

Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Don’t try to get by with a “floating” projector that goes from room to room
  2. Don’t plan on turning out the lights. Dimly lit rooms, at times, reduce the audience’s attention.  The brightness of the projector needs to be high enough to overcome lighting
  3. Don’t worry about LCD versus DLP vs. laser phosphor vs. LED light engines – they all perform well
  4. Do assess whatever multimedia sources and computer sources your presenters will want to connect to the projectors, and map that to available connectors before buying a specific projector model
  5. Do talk to presenters about how they can integrate more multimedia to get them thinking about improving classroom techniques
  6. Do look for models with “eco-mode” that will conserve power and bulb life for lamp-based projectors
  7. Do select projectors that have the compatibility with newer video signal protocols and higher brightness to suit your evolving needs over time
  8. Do examine your mounting challenges prior to buying mounts and projectors
  9. Go with a good brand name – it will generally equate to longer product life and better product reliability
  10. Do ask an expert for advice about your unique circumstances

A Better Facility

Projectors have a big impact on the image your organization sends.  You want to make presentations a memorable experience for parishioners, guests and administrators.  There are many different options out there for hardware, and up-front planning is the best way to ensure you are happy with your selection.  If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to a noticeably better facility.

Tips for Setting up Church, Classroom and Ministry Room Projectors


Choosing a projector model to suit your needs can be overwhelming; here are some key points to take into consideration as you make this important purchase.

Consider how far the screen will be from the projector, relative to the size of the screen.  In some cases, it makes sense to select a projector projectortable380with interchangeable zoom lenses (optional) for proper projector placement. Interchangeable lenses also affect image size from a particular throw distance.  The size and shape of the meeting room will help you decide.  Most manufacturers will state the image size range at specific “throw” distances to the wall, and that information is helpful as you plan.

Not all projectors are installed on a ceiling or wall. There are many users that place them on a cart to move them from room to room. Advances in technology have allowed manufacturers to design brighter projectors in a small cabinet size which makes this type of usage more favorable. For most customers, however, fixed mounting is much more preferable – for product security, less audible noise, and other logistical reasons.

In addition, ministry leaders change their entire approaches to presentations when projectors are always available to them in a fixed-mount configuration.  They can access materials, the Web and apps, annotate using interactive projectors/whiteboards, and capture images for later use.  The availability of affordable interactive technologies and apps are breathing new life into the ways that ministry leaders can share and highlight important information.  For example, DisplayNote Software, used in conjunction with an interactive projector, lets instructors, students and others present and share content across any device creating the ultimate collaborative environment; multiple people can annotate at the board or from a device, while sharing and saving for all those in attendance.

These techniques create a much more dynamic environment, keeping those attending services, classes or special events much more engaged.

Image and Screen Size

In many small to medium sized rooms, image sizes will fall into the range of 60 inches to 90 inches.  Medium to large sized rooms typically have screen sizes of 90 inches to 120 inches.

Generally, you can calculate optimal screen size by measuring the distance from the screen to the person furthest away.  That should be a ratio of no more than 4:1 – for example, if the furthest seat is 32 feet away, you would select an 8-foot viewable screen.

Connecting Video/Data Sources

You may have video/data sources that you want to show on the projector such as DVD players, laptops, tablets and other smart devices.  Common signal source connections can include composite video, s-video, component video, HDBaseT, DisplayPort, and HDMI with HDCP.

An established practice today is transferring data from a source to a projector using a network.  Some sources, such as HD video, are best sent via a cable because the bandwidth on wireless connections isn’t usually fast enough for good video quality.  But laptop images may work well via wireless and offer more ease-of-setup for the instructor.