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How To Choose The Right Commercial AV System

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Enhance your restaurant or entertainment venue with an audio-video installation

Business owners have a lot on their plates, from owners of local sports bars to fine dining establishments. However, one important thing often forgotten is creating the perfect environment to set the right mood and attract new customers to a space. An audio-video system is a fantastic way to do this!

If you are considering upgrading your commercial space and entertainment venue, you must choose the right equipment. Discover three things you need to consider when installing a commercial AV system at your restaurant, bar, or entertainment venue in Iowa City, IA.


The Right Equipment

Restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues are much louder than inside our homes. Traditional residential audio video equipment cannot compete with a crowd of people talking, plates clattering, and other ambient noises. Business owners need a loud enough system to cover their space with clear and even sound, but not so loud that guests cannot have conversations or hear themselves speak. An expert will work with you to create a speaker design that provides consistent coverage and help you choose equipment that best meets the needs of your establishment.


Because more people are packed in a space with cooking equipment in your kitchen, most eateries and venues are also much warmer than homes. To provide coverage, audio equipment sometimes needs to be placed in these areas that generate more heat. Most audio video equipment uses convection cooling or holes that filter out heat instead of fans. While these work well in residential settings, they cannot prevent commercial AV amps from overheating. Professional amps combine variable speed fans and convection cooling to allow AV equipment in warmer areas, leading to devices that will last longer.


Commercial spaces are often much larger than the average home, creating open and reflective spaces with limited sound absorbers. When your venue is crowded, your guests’ bodies act as natural sound absorbers. As a result, there will be poor sound quality and an echo on a less busy night. An expert integrator will consider this when creating a custom speaker design for your space to ensure high-fidelity and clear sound, whether your venue is packed or empty. Stylish acoustic paneling can be implemented in areas where it is necessary to prevent an echo. To preserve your interior design, you can also install speakers in-wall and in-ceiling for a discreet yet powerful performance. Your audio will be heard but not seen.


Are you ready to install a new audio system or upgrade your existing one in your eatery or commercial space? Our experts are here to help you through every step of the process, from selecting the right equipment to carefully installing every component to your satisfaction. Contact Reference Audio Video & Security to bring an intuitive, clear-sounding distributed audio system to your commercial space. We would love to hear from you!

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