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.