Planning for a Projector Installation in your conference room, training room or home theatre, etc. ??? Keep the following things in mind while you are at it.
1. Plan for Projector & AV equipments at the drawing stage itself.
2. Enlist a AV professional / vendor.
3. Make necessary provision/infrastructure like cables, mounts, etc. beforehand.
4. Set aside sufficient budget (not leftover budget) for a good system / equipments.
If you are not technically sound enlist the help of a AV professional or your AV equipment supplier right at the inception of your project and ensure that the required infrastructure like cables, mounts, motorized lifts, power supply provision etc. is done beforehand. Provision like conduits, raceways, etc. should be flexible enough for faulty cable replacement and any additional cables that you may need to install at a later date. Your inaction at doing the above may land you with wiring rework, breakage to your ceiling, walls and floors adding to escalation of your project time & cost. Remember the saying “A stitch in time, saves nine”.
Install good quality, performance cables and make sure the cables are well insulated from electrical and other signal interferences. Also make sure the electric supply for your equipments is clean, stabilised, spike free and with proper earthing. It is essential for the best performance & life of your projector, av equipments.
You can buy costly items like the projector, screen, audio video equipments & accessories at a later date or at the time of completion.
An AV consultant / vendor is probably one of the first person who submits his proposal but is the last one to get the order, mostly with AV project cost scaled down to a fraction of the original proposal. Most companies & individuals tends to give more importance to the décor, aesthetics and the kind of furniture or curtains, color, wall paper in the room rather than the AV equipment which is central to improving your productivity in the office or providing complete entertainment at home.
Don’t call your AV guy just a day earlier when you are about to move into your new office, home and corner him to start & complete your installation in a day. The situation may well be beyond his control (he is not a magician). You may have to live or work with compromises like
· Fever connectivity, unsatisfactory performance due to insufficient provision for proper cabling.
· Exposed cabling due to non-provision of concealed conduits, raceways.
· Breakages, cuts, poorly finished ceilings/walls/floors due to last minute alterations.
· Equipments with lower specification & performance due to insufficient budget.
· Project cost & time over-runs.
Your Projector & AV equipments are more important than your décor & furniture (good food is more important than good crockery). Give it top priority & due importance in the whole scheme.
Thanks & Happy Projecting