There’s a delicate balance to strike with aesthetics when designing executive suite audio systems. VCA senior sales engineer Bryan Pass recently discussed some design best practices with AV Technology magazine.
Take Care of the Room
In the article, Pass emphasizes that first and foremost, room considerations need to be taken into account. Taking care of the executive suite audio environment requires proper sound absorption, followed by careful placement of audio devices. He always asks some pointed questions digging into the end-user needs.
The topic of networked audio is now prevalent when designing systems. There are several means of transporting audio over an IP network today, including Dante, AVB and AES67. As a result, the awareness of these transport methods has increased significantly among end users. It is not uncommon for a client to have a preferred method established. Sometimes enterprise standards dictate the networked audio protocol. In either case, it’s an important discussion to have when designing executive suite audio. There are many considerations to take into account.
The most consistent recommendation that Pass makes when designing networked audio systems is advocating for redundancy. While it’s not in every client’s budget, redundancy is ideal to provide a failover, especially in the mission critical environment of an executive suite.
Be a Champion
Pass believes that the most important role for an in-house AV or IT director to play in designing executive audio suites is to champion the importance of audio. It’s easy to overlook when the benefits are not seen but heard. Oftentimes a simple demonstration can effectively deliver the point. The simple of act of clapping or making some other noise can go a long way. There are technical measurement tools and software that can graphically demonstrate the effect and reinforce the point further.
The underlying message for an AV or IT director is that your voice matters. You’re uniquely positioned to underscore the value of acoustics to executives. While they might prioritize aesthetics for their boardrooms, their experience could be less than optimal if they don’t account for how the room will sound.