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Don’t make these 6 AV receiver mistakes

A must-read before you start your next pro AV project.

August 05, 2019

Whether you’re new to commercial AV or a seasoned vet, overlooking something as seemingly simple and straightforward as an audio receiver can ruin an entire project and lead to upset or lost customers. During your next installation, make sure you and your team aren’t making the following AV receiver mistakes.

  1. Ignoring the application—One product doesn’t fit all when it comes to audio receivers, so it’s critical to take into consideration the meeting space. A small meeting room with a handful of speakers requires a different strategy and solution set compared to an auditorium. Additionally, if you’re used to home/residential projects, know that they are much different than what you’ll find in the commercial market.
  2. Under- or over-powering—Underpowered systems won’t be able to adequately fill the space with sound. Overpowered systems could be a waste of money that could be reallocated to other pieces of the AV solution. Measure the room size and use a wattage calculator to determine the optimal power needed to drive the speakers.
  3. Incorrect number and placement of speakers—The number of speakers and their placement isn’t arbitrary and can result in poor uniformity of coverage and tonal quality. Use AVIXA standards to calculate the optimal speaker coverage patterns and spacings for every project you tackle.
  4. Incorrect inputs—Speak with all your customer’s key stakeholders to understand the usage of the solution you’re putting in place. Does the receiver simply need a few HDMI inputs, or will you be required to use a digital amplifier? Regardless, make sure the receiver can accommodate the customer’s needs. It’s also recommended that you ask about potential future needs to extend the life of the hardware being purchased.
  5. Compatibility with other technology—Don’t assume that all the pieces of your pro AV solution will play nicely together. Check for compatibility before purchasing and test all components early to confirm proper functionality.
  6. Not configuring—All too often, new pro AV solutions are implemented with little or improper configuration. Professional-level configuration is a must. Also, don’t leave fine-tuning up to a human ear. Decibel meters and other tools take the guesswork out of configuration and allow you to “tune” a room for bass, treble, reverb and more. 
If any of this is outside your comfort zone or you lack the staff to properly spec and configure a receiver or a full pro AV solution, don’t forget that Ingram Micro offers a complimentary pro AV design service to its partners.

For more information on the design service or anything else related to pro AV, contact Ingram Micro’s pro AV expert, Tom Jones.