Conference Room Table Flip Tops

A table Flip top is a tabletop cable management system. It makes it easier for presenters to come in to the conference room and set up, they can easily connect. Flip tops come in different brands and have different functionality. Depending on what you are needing a flip top to do or where you want your flip top placed depends on what flip top you should get.

 

1. Crestron FT2 FlipTops

The FT2 FlipTops offer a whole other layer of smart functionality that everyone is sure to love, especially if you’re a facility manager. As a facility manager I am sure you or your staff have wasted a number of man hours every night checking every meeting room and resetting them and doing maintenance checks of the cables and connectors.

The FT2 has programmable buttons not only to switch between any connected source with one touch, but you will also have the ability to automate the cable retraction. You could have the FT2 programmed to have all the cables retracted at a certain time to help reduce man hours and reduce the number of broken cables.

 

2. Extron Hideaway

The Extron Hideaway is a compact, tilt-up, table mountable enclosure for inconspicuous access to you connectivity. The HSA 300 features pass-through connectors for HDMI, VGA, Stereo Audio, Network signals, one unswitched AC outlet, and two USB power outlets.

Unfortunately the Extron Hideaway FlipTops doesn’t have the smart functions like Crestron, it won’t automatically retract your cables and you won’t be able to switch between your connected sources.

 

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Conference Rooms

There are a lot of different conference room setups, whether you have a small meeting space, a medium conference room or a large boardroom there is a setup for you. Contact Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County and we can help you determine what equipment you will need for your room.

Are you currently using Zoom rooms or Microsoft Teams? Whichever one you are using Crestron has a set up for you that connects to a Logitech camera, depending on the size of your room.

All of the kits come with either a touchscreen kit, UC-C160-T or a UC-C160-Z, depending on if you want a Zoom Room or Microsoft Teams, and either a Logitech MeetUp, Logitech Rally or a Logitech Rally Plus camera (all depending on the size of your room).

Check out Crestron’s website for more information.

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Microsoft Team Room

Does your office already implement Microsoft Team Rooms? Are you having issues with fetching the calendar? Have you asked your IT department and they can’t figure it out? Well now is the time to call Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County  to help. 

 

The most common cause of the calendar fetch issue is it being setup for the first time or a recent update to your system. Thankfully Crestron has a blog that tells you how to fix it called, Microsoft Team Rooms – Cannot Fetch Calendar. If after reading the blog your IT department can’t figure it out give us a call and we will come and fix it.

 

In the blog Crestron states, CHECK YOUR SETUP

Make sure that you have looked at the setup of your account and you have followed the suggested setup per the Microsoft Documentation found here. There is even a PowerShell script to enable making the account correctly even easier and it can be found here. You can also find a full article on making the account by Jeff Shertz found here.

 

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Is It Time to Update Your Conference Room?

When was the last time your conference room had an update? What did you update it with? Is your conference room actually up to date with the times? Commercial Audio Video Installation Orange County can help you choose the correct conference room audio/video equipment. 

 

Have you heard of Microsoft Teams Rooms? With Microsoft Teams Rooms will transform your meetings.

 

Our friends at Crestron have made a post, What is in your Conference Room? Why isn’t it a Microsoft Teams Room yet?

 

There have been studies commissioned on how prevalent technology in conference rooms are and studies many times often prove what is known by many conference room users. The technology that is inside of the room rarely satisfies the entire need for the meeting being held and often presents challenges that inhibits the intended use of that space.” 

 

Upgrading your meeting rooms to include Microsoft Teams Room can help your employees collaborate effectively. Check out Crestron’s blog for more information about Microsoft Teams Room and then give us a call to get your upgrade started.

 

 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Still Relying on Speaker Phones and Whiteboards? Bring Your Business Meeting Space Into the 21st Century

Meetings today cannot handle the technology from 40 years ago. If you still have plain whiteboards and speakerphones, you need to upgrade your conference space to accommodate more interactive meetings. Upgrades will make it possible for people to offer more vibrant, engaging presentations.

Why Speaker Phones Don't Work

In the business world, you know that people often say as much with their body language as with their words. Using only a speaker phone does not allow you to see the reactions or posture of anyone who connects remotely to the meeting. However, you can upgrade your meeting space to include screens that allow for video conferencing.

Add Interactivity to Your Whiteboards

Plain whiteboards that required dry erase markers are rarely used in today's business meetings. Instead, workers want to be able to connect their computers to a projector or screen to show carefully created presentations. Instead of just a projector, provide an interactive whiteboard instead. These boards have a stylus that the presenter can use to digitally draw on images on the screen while interacting with webpages and PowerPoint presentations.

Boost Sound Systems

Because many presentations on whiteboard have audio, you will want to also upgrade your conference room to surround sound. Anyone in the room, no matter where they sit, can get full audio. You will hear fewer complaints from uneven sound output and get more accolades from great audio.

Get Started on a Better Meeting Space Now

Bring your meeting space into the 21st century. Phone us at Experience Audio Video, Inc. in Orange, CA, at (714) 744-4455 to take the first steps toward making your conference room productive.

 


2020 Trends: Conference Room Technology

As the new year kicks into full gear, it’s time to take a look at the trends that are heading our way. Here at Experience Audio Video, we’ve been keeping up with trends in business audio-visual technology for multiple decades. We continue to serve our valued clients in this way in 2020.

Today we’re talking about conference room technology. These are a few of the conference room technology trends we expect to see in 2020.

Smart Tech Keeps Getting Smarter

We’ve talked before about how smart conference room technology can simplify your life and power up your conference abilities, and we expect this trend to continue in 2020. Smart conference room tech will keep getting smarter. We also expect it to continue getting smaller while at the same time getting more capable and more powerful.

The bottom line here is that if you’re still manually controlling all aspects of your conference room tech, it’s time to take a look at what’s available today. You could save time and work smarter by implementing a piece or two of smart conference room tech.

Miniaturization Continues in the Conference Room

Miniaturization isn’t new for 2020, but it’s poised to be a big theme of the year.

What do we mean by miniaturization? A few years ago, you might need a half dozen devices to cover all the conference room functions you need. Today, you likely only need one. And it’s half the size of any of the old ones. Smart all-in-one conference room controllers can handle your landline conference audio as well as internet conference audio. They can push a video feed to your projector (even wirelessly!). They can even dim the lights and pull the shades, provided you have the right automation equipment in place.

We offer smart conference room tech from multiple vendors, including Crestron. Want to learn more? Schedule a consultation and demo today.

 


How Often Should You Evaluate Your Conference Room Tech?

If your business is like most, you’ve got a conference room or two (or ten) as a part of your facility. And every conference room has some smattering of A/V technology. As with everything tech-related, your conference room tech has a finite lifespan. Eventually it needs to be replaced.

We do everything A/V related your business could need here at Experience Audio Video, from entire new facility installs to small in-place updates (like a conference room refresh). When it’s time to evaluate and update your conference room tech, we’re here to take care of you.

Perhaps you’re wondering how frequently businesses like yours ought to go through this process. We can help with that, too. The Experience Audio Video team has the experience necessary to help you evaluate how often you should evaluate your conference room tech.

General Rule of Thumb

Our general rule of thumb is that you should take a conference room tech audit every three to four years. This is about the right timeframe where you can keep things fresh without any one piece of equipment looking too outdated.

Now, we’re not suggesting that you’ll need to gut your conference room A/V tech this frequently. This is simply an audit. You want to evaluate what’s come on the market since you last checked and consider what equipment is getting sluggish or unreliable.

Adjust for Your Industry and Style

Industries and businesses differ, we realize, so our rule of thumb may need customizing. We recommend you start with our rule of thumb — an audit every three to four years — and then scale it up or down based on business factors.

For example, if you’re a tech-forward business with gleaming, futuristic office space, three to four years is too long. And if tech isn’t a big part of your office culture, it’ll be ok to wait more years between evaluations.

 


TV or Projector? Which Is Right for Your Conference Rooms?

At Experience Audio Video, one question we hear every now and again from our commercial customers is about how to handle video capabilities in conference rooms. Are projectors and screens the right choice, or would businesses be better served using large TVs? It’s a great question, and the answer isn’t the same for every organization. Let’s look at the pros and cons of both options.

Projectors and Screens: Pros and Cons

The digital projector has been a conference room staple for a few decades now. It’s ubiquitous, and for good reason. You can get a pretty large projection in a relatively small space, and when properly configured a projector will mimic the experience of looking at a computer screen for a larger group. Excel files, for example, tend to display in a size that makes sense.

Projectors aren’t without their downsides. They tend to be a little bit dull/dim, and some models are hard to adjust when they go out of focus. Typically, their onboard audio capability—if it exists—is terrible. They also tend to be fairly pricey.

Large HDTVs: Pros and Cons

The price of large televisions has dropped drastically in the last decade, even as their quality has increased just as drastically. A good large TV will have a sharper display and a higher brightness than the average digital projector. If crisp visuals are a priority, a TV or two might be the better choice. They often tend to be much cheaper than projector/screen combos.

The downside is that they aren’t exactly intended to be used as business displays. Play a video or PowerPoint, and they’ll do great. But if you’re displaying a spreadsheet? Your attendees may have real difficulty reading. They also tend to be mounted in more accessible locations, increasing the risk of damage.

Get an Expert Opinion

So what’s the right choice for your business’s conference room? Well, it depends. The team at Experience Audio Video can help you decide, and we’re happy to do so. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


Why Your Conference Room Needs a Dedicated Sound System

Have you ever been to a meeting where the presenter needed to play an audio or video file, and the results were less than stellar? Or have you been to a meeting where either the main speaker or someone attending via conference call could hardly be heard?

If so, you’re not alone. You’ve run into a problem that’s far too common in commercial spaces today. Too many conference rooms are not equipped with even a basic dedicated sound system, leading to poor presentations and ineffective outcomes.

Here’s the bottom line: your conference room needs a dedicated sound system. Here are a couple reasons why.

A Dedicated Sound System Bypasses Lackluster Results from Tiny Onboard Speakers

Sure, the projector in your conference room can technically output sound. But it’s lousy. All it has is a tiny onboard speaker that is somehow too quiet and yet distorted and fuzzy all at the same time.

The same thing goes for monitors and display screens. Some of them have some kind of audio capability for playing the audio that goes with a video presentation, but they just don’t sound good. Beyond that, they can’t help you with any other needs you may have.

A Dedicated Sound System Gives You the Most Capability

Of course, playing videos with an audible audio track is only one way that you could need sound capability in a conference room. There are plenty others, such as amplifying a soft-spoken presenter, having greater control over volume of virtual attendees, and having an easier way to record audio in your meetings.

Whatever scenarios you encounter, a dedicated sound system in your conference room gives you the capability and flexibility to succeed with sound.

If you’re ready to pursue a dedicated sound system for the conference rooms in your workplace, give Experience Audio Video a call today to get started.

 

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


How To Make Sure Your Small Commercial Office Conference Room Makes A Big Impact

Conference rooms come in all different shapes and sizes, from the massive mahogany boardroom with leather chairs, to the casual space that allows start-up team members to get together on occasion.

But you don’t need a lot of size to make sure your commercial office conference room makes an impact; especially nowadays when technological and audio-visual assets can be streamlined and hidden according to any space’s needs.

Whether your conference room has room for four people or room for ten, these are some essential components that will make it feel even bigger.

The Right Size Display Screen

You don’t want to overwhelm meetings with a display screen that is much larger than you need. For small rooms, you likely won’t need anything more than a 50-60” screen, but you’ll want to make sure that seating is positioned in a way that no visibility is lost.

The Right Speakers

Small conference rooms can typically get away with using the speakers on a monitor, but you may want to consider having an audio-visual installation team hide additional speakers in the ceiling or install an additional soundbar.

The Right Phone 

Conference rooms require the ability to connect via phone and nowadays, via digital display as well. You need something with high-enough quality that your voice, and those on the other end, don’t get lost to a poor connection. A small room helps with keeping audio clear, but you may also want to consider strategic additional microphone placement if needed.

The Right Connections

You never want any employee in your office, or even worse, an executive or client, to have trouble connecting their laptop or device to your room’s setup. Offer wireless connection so that everyone can get started immediately, and have cables available just in case something goes wrong.

 

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.