Yet, over time three things happen:
- Components wear out.
Audio visual components were never designed to last forever. With age, parts of your system will see a loss of performance, or they will stop working altogether.
- Technology changes.
We are in an exciting time for audio visual systems. Each year brings new technology to the industry. Many of these improvements can drastically improve and enrich user experience, and lower the cost and time for maintenance.
- Needs change.
Well-designed av systems are usually perfect for the needs of the organization at the time of installation. However, needs change. Users are starting to expect things like wireless connectivity, brighter and sharper images, and more dynamic sound. Often rooms are now being used for video conferencing and interactive collaboration when the systems were not initially designed for these purposes.
A Limited Budget for Change.
While budgeting for a new conference room may be a priority, conference room upgrades and updates often need to be completed under budget constraints. Rarely do we find ourselves with the funds for a complete audio-visual renovation for a room.
What can we do?
Even without a complete system replacement, the replacement of a few individual pieces of the system can lead to drastic improvements to the quality and usability of the room.
For instance, a room designed when VGA was the standard, can see a marked improvement with an upgrade to HDMI. This doesn’t require a complete renovation. With the replacement of the display or projector and new wiring, the resolution and clarity of presented media will see a drastic improvement. The good news is that a VGA connection can be maintained to serve legacy equipment until it can be replaced.
Start with the Big Picture.
Even if the budget only allows for one or two new components, consider how this will fit into an overall upgrade plan for the room. This is where it can be especially helpful to work with a pro. Even if you can’t afford a full upgrade now, it will be essential to add components that will work with future updates. This will protect your financial investment and make the overall upgrade process much more straightforward.
That is why the HDMI upgrade makes such a great example. If you come back later and add more screens, upgrade other components, or add additional features, they will all connect seamlessly over an HDMI connection.
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