AV Pro(fessional) vs. AV Con(sumer)

It seems anyone can install a display or audio system, right? In fact, you’re thinking that you can probably do it yourself!  “Yes,” you say , “that 65″ TV from the living room WOULD look great in your office lobby! Plus, it is less expensive than the professional display I was researching.  Surely the TV and a professional display are essentially the same thing, right?”

Well, if you mean they both display images on a screen and have a basic level of connectivity, then yes, they are pretty much the same.  As well, keep in mind depending on the application, that may be all you need.  However, when you need a solution for your commercial application, we here at Hillman AV would suggest something a little more robust.

Let’s quickly review the two main differences between consumer and professional products.

The first is the operation runtime of the product. Consumer products are designed to operate for a few hours at a time. Professional products are designed to operate up to  24/7, especially for applications such as digital signage or command and control centers.

The second difference is warranty. Most consumer products have a warranty of one year, where professional products have warranties that range from 1-3 years. This is important to note as most manufacturers – consumer and professional – will void the warranty if the product is used 24/7 and it is not rated for that amount of runtime.

So how does this relate to Hillman AV? We are a professional systems integrator. Our philosophy is to be at the forefront of the audiovisual industry and provide the most up-to-date and reliable system to our clients. One way we do this is by maintaining strong relationships with the top professional audiovisual manufacturers, providing us with both consumer and professional solutions.

Another way we separate ourselves from from other integrators is our industry knowledge and commitment to internal education. Technology standards are constantly changing, and we encourage our team to adapt and learn about them. The majority of our technicians carry an InfoComm CTS certification, which is recognized worldwide as a leading AV professional credential.  Learn more about the CTS certification here.

How we can help

At Hillman AV we take the time to get to know our clients and the challenges they want to solve. We take the time to provide the correct technology solution for our clients while adhering to industry best practice standards. Whether your audiovisual need is part of a new construction project or an upgrade to an existing system, Hillman AV can help.

Audiovisual Peanut Butter and Jam?

Audiovisual and Construction

Think of these two industries as a peanut butter and jam sandwich. The construction industry, the bread, and the audiovisual, the filling. Now, we all know how to make a PB and J sandwich, right? It would be weird to try and put the PB and J in the middle of the sandwich after the bread has been put together, with the crusts already cut off, sliced diagonally, right?

Well, in real-world projects, this is what happens more often than not. The audiovisual contractor is often brought onto site last after all of the other trades have been working for weeks or months, which can cause issues and project delays if ceiling tiles need to be removed for speakers and projector placements or if electrical outlets need to be moved to accommodate the audiovisual design. How can we get these two industries to begin communication in the initial phases of the build? One way to bridge the gap is for audiovisual companies to build awareness of the importance of audiovisual being involved further upstream.

One way that Hillman Audio Video is looking to do this is by attending the first-ever Saskatchewan Construction Week (http://www.constructionweek.ca/). This event is held from April 3-7, 2017 and will host many events and activities that focus on the construction sector.

Fun fact: 8,000 Saskatchewan-based businesses are involved in the construction sector.

How does audiovisual play into Saskatchewan Construction Week? Our very own President, Jarrod Hillman, will be part of an exclusive panel, speaking to around 120 people actively involved in the construction industry. Jarrod will lead the discussion about audiovisual and what the future of audiovisual is over the next 10 years.

Want to learn more about how construction companies, architects, interior designers, electrical engineers, and general contractors can get the audiovisual contractor involved in the beginning of a project? Read the “Is There Audiovisual?” (http://hillmanav.com/is-there-audio-visual/) that explains the importance of getting your project’s audiovisual needs incorporated early on.

How We Can Help

Whether your audiovisual need is part of a new construction project or an upgrade to an existing system, Hillman AV can help. We take what we do seriously and have a team of passionate and dedicated employees that work to provide a smooth and effortless result for you.

Working with a professional systems integrator like Hillman AV can help you incorporate the best solution for your audio visual technology needs, in the appropriate phase of the project.