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Lack Of Documentation: But Wait…There’s More!

Lack of documentation doesn’t stop haunting a system at its commissioning. It stays with the system throughout its life, and arguably, gets exponentially worse as time goes on.
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Earn Your Intermodulation Badge: Digital vs. Analog

Analog systems provide great quality, and their price is very attractive. But their non-linear circuitry creates a lot of interaction between their transmissions.
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AV Commissioning Nightmare: Voice Control

Realistic fears on integrating voice control into conference spaces. (Do not read before bed!)
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Harness Data: AV Analytics Analyst

A powerful tool to elevate the AV industry to its rightful position during the programming phase of projects, instead of just being an afterthought.
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DIY Or Store-Bought Solutions

The tech who can build adapters from job scraps is an AV god!"
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Who Needs Excellence?

We were recently commissioning a system for a large government organization. The project had been going on for years with …
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Scroll Right On By: Marketing That Sticks

It is difficult to predict what will go viral, but it is easy to predict what people will ignore.
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Quality Versus Quality

What does "quality" really mean to you?
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AVIXA: What’s In A Name?

Instead of just reaching out to designers, integrators and manufacturers, AVIXA wants to hit all stakeholders in the AV game.
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Revealing The Magic In AV

As an industry, we need to do a better job selling what's “magic” about AV.
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By The Power Of VLAN!

VLANs transformed fairly straightforward technology into something more complex, useful, capable and mysterious.
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Is That Device Really Set Up?

The tolerance for poor installation practices of an “operational system” has increased over the years, but the sweet spot for that exceptional experience still takes a bit of effort.
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Conference Rooms In A Box: Should We Worry?

I am just getting back into the swing of things after an incredible InfoComm. As I get older, my body …
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What Do Clients Need?: Painkillers vs. Vitamins

Should we, as the AV industry, focus on painkillers instead of vitamins?
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InfoComm’s Revised Audio Covfefe Standard

We all have that IT friend you can call when something is taking too long on the computer. Me: I …
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Throwing The DISCAS Out There!

The InfoComm V202.01:2015 DS1 Display Image Size for 2D Content in Audiovisual Systems, or DISCAS for short.
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Amazonian AV: Work Long, Hard & Smart

“You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three.” Jeff Bezos wrote …
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Buy Or Lease? Don’t Throw Your Money Away

The choice of buying or leasing is creeping into how we offer AV systems.
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Like a Bridge over Troubleshooting Waters

External effects muddy troubleshooting waters.
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Meeting Schedules Despite Progress

My reaction to someone telling me to “just do it” reminded me less of a motivation coach, and more of an inflexible senior executive.
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No DHCP? No reservations? No service!

IP address conflicts and system awareness.
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Fixing Someone Else’s Work: AV Witness Marks

Noticing the most common AV witness marks can help you finish the job quick.
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Gamers Driving Conference Room Technology

I’m not sure how many people will be reading this. I haven’t heard from several of my dear friends for …
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Last Minute Design Changes

Do NOT open that box.
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Do You Meet Or Exceed The Client’s Needs?

When I was a kid, the rumor was that if you bought a McLaren F1 (technically categorized as a “sports …
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Back to Basics: Polarity

As you may know, I am a huge fan of Good Mythical Morning. One of their new segments on the …
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In Defense of Cookie-Cutter AV

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
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Predicting Failure: The Five Keys To Maintenance

Minimize emergency calls by applying periodic, quick, documented preventive maintenance testing on systems.
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The Day HD-SDI Let Me Down

In projects I’m involved with and classes I instruct, whenever the possibility of using HD-SDI comes up, I jump at …
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Best Source of Commissioning Agents

A pool of undeveloped talent for AV Commissioning.
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My AV New Year’s Resolutions

I understand that you are probably sick and tired of resolutions. I understand that it is cliché. However, I really …
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The Project Team Deconstructed

The people we encounter on any given project.
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CRM Best Practice: It’s The Little Things That Count

Details that can make or break a successful system can't be ignored.
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Capturing Client Information The Right Way

This blog is about capturing notes during a commissioning, but the skill transcends just testing.
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Superman’s Pocket Planner Must Be Bulletproof

Heroes aren’t born; they’re made. One task at a time.
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When Displays Are Just Too Dang Smart!

Don't cha just love how easy display manufacturers make our lives?
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STIPA & Intelligibility

The “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?!” Test
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Maintenance VS. Commoditization

AV systems are installed and operated with little thought given to maintenance.
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Begin With The End In Mind

The most important part for you to own as a leader is the outcome.
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♪ Rock The Sound Bar: The Buzzes & Rattles Test

A quick, grass-catcher test that should be performed on any audio system.
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AV MacGyver: Ghost Talkers

The goal is to float an amplified loudspeaker at a mouth position while it produces standard talker levels.
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Changer Danger

Successful or not, you have to respect those with the vision and the chutzpah to make an attempt at a different way of doing things.
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Stop Feedback At Its Source!

PAG-NAGs and why they rule.
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Let’s talk about Non-Linear Processing…

Wait! Where are you going?
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Deep Learning…and a look inside how my scattered brain works

“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever …
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Setting Mic Levels To Combat The ‘Yelling Crawler’

I had the privilege of watching an IT guy setting microphone levels the other day. It was a difficult room …
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DOH!

“What’s the login information for that mixer?” “Doh!” “Where does cable A3074 connect to?” “Doh!” “Just update the projector module. …
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Back to Basics: Image Size

I think it’s fair to say that flat panel installations are outpacing projector installations in conference rooms. They keep on …
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Slap Echoes: They Make You Sound Goofy

Imagine you are the CEO of one of the largest banks in the world. Imagine you just spent a boatload …
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Never Trust Crows

(Author’s note: This is meant to be read in Lt. Frank Drebin’s voiceover voice, as played by the late, great …
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Business Card Etiquette

I don’t know about you, but I am still organizing my InfoComm notes. I come back from the show with …
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Answering Questions On Differentiation: Integrators vs IT Departments

I am writing this post the day after instructing the CTS-D Prep class the weekend before the InfoComm16 tradeshow floor …
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IR Buds Aren’t That Friendly

Every person in the AV industry, at one point or another, has had to control something with an IR bud. …
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Serviceability: It’s kind of a big deal.

I was recently brought in on a multi-room project to commission the audio aspects of the systems. The rooms were …
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Audio: It always depends.

I always teach my colleagues, my students…heck, even my 2 and 5 year olds, that you should set the microphone …
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It’s Not Illegal: Turning Off HDCP

The Scene Huddled around a dark equipment closet, two figures are focused on a laptop screen. It’s late on Friday, …
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Color Coded Cables

I was recently involved in a project where a single audio DSP mixer resided on five different networks: AVB-Primary for …
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Not on Spec…What the Heck?

I always knew that manufacturers provided their impressive, incredible device specifications under the most ideal conditions. So, while it may …
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Checklists out the Wazoo

Whenever we are brought on board with a new project team, we get some version of this question: “What’s with all …
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The DSP Artist: A Few Words On Elegance

Coco Chanel once said, “Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.” I dig that. I dig …
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Why So Mean, Videowall?

There were five minutes left before the client showed off the new videowall to the higher-ups. We had been color …
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Never Assume Anything

In addition to Third Party Commissioning services, we also provide Third Party Field Engineering services. While commissioning, we measure and document issues …
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WireShark Week

I must have angered the AV gods. I came to a site without my USB to serial cable adapter, and …
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When to Pull the Plug

I’m sure we’ve all been there: Attacking the same problem for hours upon hours. Calling Tech Support and loading new firmware …
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Back to Basics: Signal to Noise

We’ve spent some time with test equipment, and that is a great thing. It removes ambiguity. It tremendously cuts down …
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Beyond The Essentials: Let’s get testy

Last week, I described what I typically take with me on a service call (or testing call). “The kit” fits …
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The Test Kit

I like to do some outdoorsy things and belong to a few backpacking online groups. One topic that never seems …
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Take Over the World…with CHECKLISTS!

In an ideal world, equipment would not be ordered until all drawings have been completed and the design formally reviewed …
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Test Gear Rules!

A great man once said, “The difference between a professional and a practitioner is the ability to put a number …
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An Introduction

Welcome to “From the Files of the AV Police Squad”! My name is Jim Maltese, and most of my business …

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