Showcasing the Many Components of Professional Sound Systems Like the One in Paul Brown Stadium

We know the architects of ancient arenas and stadiums understood how sound traveled. That’s why many of these are designed in a bowl shape with stadium seating. When creating a sound system as large and complex as the Paul Brown Stadium, understanding how sound travels and why is essential. 

When you have a large space that needs the highest quality sound and video, look to the example of the engineering and electronic excellence found in the Paul Brown Stadium. In today’s blog from American Sound, we explain why. 

Ancient Principles

Sports have always been considered an essential part of not only American culture but societies around the globe. There is evidence in ancient Mayan, Roman, and Egyptian cultures that sports played a huge role in their daily life. 

Part of the experience is sound. To be able to enjoy the games entirely, attendees must be able to hear announcers and players. The Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an excellent example of refined sound engineering. 

Home to the NFL Football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, the stadium’s sound system was completed in three phases.

The Q Values 

One of the first things the engineers had to identify were the Q values of the speakers within the stadium. 

A Q value, or Q factor, is the amount of output or distance a speaker can carry the sound away from itself. Understanding this is crucial when designing sound systems for large spaces like stadiums and concert halls. 

If improperly designed, the speakers will not distribute appropriately, creating echoes and sound displacement. This produces an unpleasant experience for the attendees, precisely what the sound engineers at Paul Brown Stadium were trying to avoid. The result was custom-building speakers to fit the specific needs of this stadium. 

The Speakers

The first phase was completed in 2018, consisting of new delay loudspeakers on the upper deck and canopy sections. A year later, 120 new loudspeakers were added to the lower level and another 70 to the canopy to go along with eight dual subwoofers. 

While many things during the pandemic of 2020 came to a halt, the third phase of the project continued. 

To complete the transformation of the stadium’s sound system, hand-assembled loudspeakers were part of phase three. We installed Italian-made horizontal coverage cabinets along with narrow coverage speakers. 

The result is described as a ‘moving experience.’ The sound was appropriately dispersed, giving attendees a clear sound at the correct acoustic levels. 

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If you have a space that needs expertly engineered sound and video, coupled with the finest state-of-the-art equipment, contact American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more.

Hardware to Use for Your Zoom Conference Room

Finding the proper hardware for your conference room or workstation can be the difference between hours of wasted time and consistently hosting productive and collaborative meetings. And with remote work becoming more of the norm today, it’s more essential than ever to have remote conference capabilities that provide high-quality sound, video, and interactive capabilities. 

To ensure that your conference room is up to the challenge, here are a few devices that American Sound recommends installing because their design is a natural pairing to Zoom Rooms, Zoom Phone, and Zoom Meetings. 

Neat Bar

The Neat Bar is a compact meeting device. It provides high-quality audio and video and comes with a built-in intelligent room sensor technology known as Neat Sense, which monitors the meeting space environment’s air quality, humidity, CO2, and the number of people in the room.

Logitech Rally Bar Appliance

This video bar is excellent for a mid-size conference room. Ideal for video collaboration, you can plug and play Rally Bar with any PC or Mac or run the Zoom Rooms on the device itself without a computer. It also features calendar integration, touch-to-join, instant content sharing, and more.

Neat Board

This collaboration device features a 65” 4K multi-touch screen, wide-angle camera, and powerful audio capabilities. Set up is easy, and you can choose from a floor stand, wall, or table mount to fit your conference room. It also offers Neat Sense technology so you can monitor your meeting space.

Yealink MeetingBar A30

Practical and straightforward, the Yealink MeetingBar A30 is an all-in-one video collaboration bar, ideal for a medium-sized conference room. It’s based on Android 9.0 OS and features a dual-camera system, enhanced smart video and HD audio, and more. 

If you’re using the A30 meeting bar, no PC or Mac is required, and you’ll enjoy a convenient and fast setup because it combines a computing unit, camera, speaker, microphones, Wi-FI, and Bluetooth.

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Want more details on conference room hardware installation?

Contact American Sound & Electronics. The above hardware recommendations are all great additions to any conference room, but if you’d like to know which meeting room systems we install, please call (859) 261-9024 or contact us online.

Microsoft Teams Conference Room Basics

As we begin to emerge from the COVID remote working era, the future of the workplace is yet to arrive. Many employers may continue to work remotely full-time, others may return to their in-person office, and some may do a bit of both. 

To meet worker needs, conference rooms need to serve as collaborative spaces where in-person and remote employees can feel engaged and productive. 

Microsoft Teams Rooms are an excellent solution that provides many critical benefits for collaborative teams in all industries. Let’s take a closer look, with our experts at American Sound, at what it is and what you need to make it work in your conference room.

What Are Microsoft Teams Rooms?

Microsoft Teams Rooms are a meeting room solution that provides a Microsoft Teams experience with HD audio and video on Teams-certified hardware. It offers reliable, high-quality audio/visual meeting experiences and is available on select devices. Teams Software enables a person to manage a meeting with a touch-panel control in the center of the room for convenience and ease of use. The touch-panel control can also be paired with certified A/V components that allow you to customize the setup to fit the size of your conference room.

Hardware Requirements for Teams

Of course, you’ll want to ensure that your equipment meets all the necessary hardware requirements for Microsoft Teams Rooms before implementing it in your conference room. Below are basic hardware requirements for Teams on Windows PC, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS mobile devices.

Hardware Requirements for Teams on a Windows PC

For video calls and meetings, you’ll need a 2-core processor. However, a 4-core processor (or better) is necessary with 4.0 GB of RAM and 3.0 GB of available disk space for higher resolution. You’ll also want a display with at least 1024 X 768 screen resolution. Your operating system should be one of the following:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 on ARM
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Hardware Requirements for Teams on a Mac

You should use a device with an Intel Core Duo processor with 4.0 GB of RAM and 1.5 GB of available disk space. Your display’s resolution should at least be 1280 x 800 for optimal results, and one of the three most recent versions of macOS is necessary.

Hardware Requirements for Teams on Linux

For video calls and meetings, you’ll need at least a 2-core processor (although a 4-core is preferred) with 4.0 GB of RAM and 3.0 GB of available disk space. Your display’s resolution should be at least 1024 x 768. The ideal Linux operating system should be capable of installing DEB or RPM.

Hardware Requirements for Teams on Mobile Devices

You can use Teams with Android phones and tablets, but it is limited to the last four major versions of Android. Likewise, Teams is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but support is limited to the two most recent major versions.

Want More Details About Outfitting Your Conference Room for Microsoft Teams Rooms?

American Sound & Electronics can help. We install a variety of conference room hardware systems. Please call (859) 261-9024 or contact us online to learn more about our installation services.

How American Sound Optimizes Your Conference Rooms

Having the right conference room equipment and setup makes it easier to connect, collaborate, and produce great things! If your conference room is lacking, there are many ways you can optimize your setup for the best results. Here are some of the ways American Sound & Electronics can take your conference rooms to the next level.

More AV equipment

Your computer’s microphone and a set of speakers simply aren’t going to cut it in a modern setup. With more employees working these days remotely, conference rooms demand much more, and poor sound quality can significantly disrupt your company’s ability to be productive. 

We can help you improve by outfitting your meeting space with microphones specifically designed for video conferencing, so everyone can easily hear one another without having to pass a mic around the room.

We can install several microphone pickups for larger conference rooms to fit the space better and ensure the best sound quality possible. Ceiling and wall-mounted microphones are even an option. 

These will significantly improve your meetings, so you’ll spend less time trying to decipher what team members are saying and more time making progress on projects and tasks.

Room scheduling with smart speaker integration

For large organizations, room scheduling gives employees the ability to book conference rooms for meetings or workspace. With high-quality room scheduling technology, individuals can quickly locate the space that best serves their needs and reserve it right away.

At American Sound & Electronics, we can help you implement this technology and combine it with smart speakers and a virtual assistant so you can verbally book your meeting in the fitting conference room without having to type a thing. (Talk about convenience!) A room scheduler can also connect with remote workers for easy collaboration.

Interactive video conferences

Remote video collaboration can do wonders to build your team and boost productivity. With an interactive display, you can host highly engaging and inclusive meetings with employees who work remotely and on-site. 

Whether you favor Zoom, Go To Meeting, Slack, or some other conference call software, we can install an interactive video display that will enable you to include things like polls, quizzes, and virtual whiteboard annotations in meetings and presentations.

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Find Out How We Can Optimize Your Conference Rooms Today

Having the right reliable equipment can genuinely transform any conference room into a well-used space that produces fruitful meetings and enhances collaborative efforts. If you’re ready to update your conference room with new hardware installation, call us at (859) 261-9024 or contact us online to learn more about our services.

Conference Room Technology Design Trends to Watch

With many companies fully embracing remote work opportunities, conference room technology design trends are quickly changing. To stay competitive, look at some of the top trends to watch for in 2021 from American Sound & Electronics.

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1. LED Video Walls

LED video walls are more common now, and thus, they’re also more affordable. They offer better quality visuals than projectors or monitors do, with bright and vivid colors and high-quality, clear and sharp images. LED video walls can also save you money down the line because they are extremely energy-efficient. (For reference, they use about half as much energy as projectors.) They also boast lower operational and maintenance costs when compared to monitors and projectors.

2. Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards give you the ability to create more dynamic presentations and keep people engaged. This conference room technology makes meetings run more smoothly by enhancing video conferencing with premium features that allow you to do several things.

Interactive whiteboards can:

  • Record video conferences.
  • Spotlight a particular area on the whiteboard (drive attention there instead of elsewhere).
  • Zoom in and magnify images.
  • Screen shade (hide particular information and reveal it when needed).
  • Take screenshots (to use later as handouts).
  • Run files, programs, and apps that are designed for computers.
  • Surf the internet.
  • Play videos.

3. Custom-Branded Conference Rooms

With video conferencing becoming the new norm for many businesses, more organizations are jazzing up their conference rooms to spark creativity and inspire employees. Adding custom-branded signage, painting an accent wall with branded images and design, is a great way to transform a boring conference room, enhance a team’s company culture, and make online conferences more interesting and engaging. However, you’ll want to be careful that you don’t go overboard. Too much signage or paint might also be distracting, so balance is key.

4. Full Automation

When your conference room technology fails you and refuses to work well together, company leaders and employees get equally frustrated and annoyed. Not to mention how it hampers your productivity. Instead, many organizations are beginning to install an intuitive automation system in their conference room. This type of automated system ensures that lighting and audio/visual gear all work efficiently and cohesively.

Need Conference Room Technology Installation From the Pros?

If you want to take your conference room technology to the next level, contact American Sound & Electronics for installation. We can help you transform your conference room into a more useful and effective space.

What Microphone Types Are Available for Hybrid Classrooms?

When choosing a microphone for hybrid classrooms, teachers have to consider a variety of factors, such as cost, convenience, comfort, and most importantly, audio quality. To help you sift through the options, here are some details about the different types of microphones available for teachers in today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics.

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1. Wearable microphones

Wearable, hands-free presenter mics are ideal for live or pre-recorded lectures. They feature clip-on mics so instructors can have their hands free while teaching and also move around the classroom easily. 

Generally speaking, there are two types of wearable mics:

  • Battery-operated wearable mics. These types of microphones require teachers to carry a battery pack while they navigate around the classroom. They also have to recharge the batteries every so often. 
  • Cordless battery-free wearable mics. If instructors prefer a wire-free and battery-free option, many wearable mics can deliver on those promises. These types of wearable mics usually include a USB base station and charger that has a built-in receiver. They typically provide a range of 65 feet or more, ensuring clear communication as the instructor moves around the classroom.

2. Speakerphone microphones

Speakerphone mics are another great option for instructors who are teaching primarily online. A portable speakerphone is ideal for interactive hybrid classrooms and can help ensure a collaborative experience. Some speakerphones also utilize a special sound technology that eliminates background noise outside a specific range. This is a great solution to ensure that students can hear the instructor’s voice over any other distracting classroom sounds like papers rustling or side conversations.

3. Wireless portable microphones for students

Wireless portable microphones improve remote learning by encouraging student discussion and interaction in hybrid classrooms. Instead of struggling through the clunky logistics of muting and unmuting speakers via your video conferencing platform, classroom participants can pass around a wireless portable microphone to easily discuss topics and contribute to the conversation. Many of these portable microphones easily integrate with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other video teaching platforms for a smooth and superior hybrid teaching experience.

4. Plug-and-play microphones

There are many different brands and types of plug-and-play microphones available, but essentially, they just plug directly into your laptop via USB and instantly provide clear and accurate audio recordings (with no additional driver installation). Many of these microphones also come with an adjustable desktop stand so instructors can position the microphone as needed. Compatibility varies depending on the brand, but many plug-and-play mics are compatible with Mac OS, Windows, tablets, and other mobile devices, which make them very practical for travel and use in the classroom or at home.

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Need Equipment Installation for Hybrid Classrooms?

Contact American Sound & Electronics for help. We offer professional installation of audio equipment for hybrid classrooms to ensure that instructors and students have the best learning environment available during these challenging times. Call (859) 261-9024 today for more details.

Tips and Tricks for Optimizing Your Classroom Sound Reinforcement System

If your room has a classroom sound reinforcement system, you already know the basics of how it works. The team at American Sound & Electronics teaches you how to use the system. However, it may need some fine-tuning after a while. 

Speakers and microphones are excellent additions to your room as part of a sound reinforcement system, but there are other considerations to think about as well. Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics offers tips on how to optimize your investment and give you and your students the best possible learning and hearing environment. 

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Having a Great System

The speakers are installed and your wireless microphone is working. It seems like the students are hearing better. They are engaging more throughout the day and test scores are improving. Not to mention your voice isn’t strained at the end of the day. All of these are excellent benefits to a good system. However, there are small things you can do to complement the system, ensuring an even greater quality of hearing. 

Reducing Ambient Noise 

While the sound inside the classroom has improved, there may be external factors that can impact your students. This can include the sounds from traffic in the hallway, such as loud voices, footsteps, slamming lockers, and doors. These can all be distractions from focused listening. The same can be said for outdoor traffic like cars, horns, sirens, and pedestrian movement. There are ways to decrease these noises, allowing your classroom sound reinforcement system to work to optimum capacity. 

Sealing doors. Sealing large spaces between floor and door can dramatically reduce incoming noise. By installing a bottom door seal or bottom door stopper, it can reduce outside noise and stop drafts as well. If there are windows in the door, seal them with caulk to also reduce hallway noises. 

Soundproof fabrics. You have a few options to block external sound. Purchasing soundproof or noise-reducing sheets or curtains over windows can absorb and filter noises from outside coming into the classroom. These items can also be placed over doors. 

These items can be found at many home improvement stores or online. 

Reducing Lost Sound in High Ceilings 

Sound travels. We know this. But in large rooms, it has to travel further. When this happens, it becomes lost in the “dead spaces” of a room or ceiling. The further it has to go before it comes into contact with a hard space, the more reverberation the sound has. The more reverberation, the more distorted the sound becomes. This results in poor hearing. When 75 percent of a student’s day is from listening, it’s vital that the distance sound travels is as short and direct as possible. American Sound & Electronics will show you how to optimize the classroom sound reinforcement system by placing the speakers properly 

Many classrooms have high ceilings, particularly in larger rooms or older buildings. This is great for offering feelings of space, but it can make speaking and hearing difficult, even with a good microphone and speaker system. 

Acoustic ceiling panels. Installing acoustic panels is a great way to give sound a hard space to bounce off of and travel back down to the ear. These panels are made from various materials like polyester fibers, fabrics, and foam that are hard enough to bounce sound and soft enough to absorb ambient noises. Many companies now make these out of recycled materials, reducing your carbon footprint. 

Room dividers. Room dividers are another way to stop sound from travelling into parts of a room where it doesn’t need to go. Like the acoustic panels, room dividers can be purchased in a variety of sizes, styles and materials. Strategically placing these in the back of the room can increase the quality of hearing your students need. You can even place student’s artwork inside the panels to add color and showcase work. 

Area rugs. If you can’t afford to carpet the whole room, placing area rugs around your desk, in large play areas or in open spaces will stop noise from bouncing off the hard floor. 

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These are great additions to your new sound reinforcement that don’t cost much and create a huge value to you and your students. Contact American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about the classroom sound reinforcement systems we install.

What About Classroom Sound Reinforcement for Outdoors?

American Sound & Electronics understands that teachers need to be heard above the din of an indoor classroom setting. But what happens when you take the class outdoors? Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics talks about classroom sound reinforcement for outdoor spaces. 

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Megaphones

Megaphones represent the most common method teachers use for outdoor classroom sound reinforcement. However, megaphones can distort voices, create feedback, and might scare kids too close to the device. Plus, communal megaphones can spread germs if the people using them are unmasked. Megaphones offer great range and volume.

Wearable Wireless Microphone Systems

Portable wireless microphone systems offer decent sound amplification. A teacher might wear a microphone and speaker at the same time. But this type of classroom sound reinforcement has a limited range as people need to be relatively close (50 feet or so) to hear the small portable speaker.

Portable Sound Reinforcement

A portable sound reinforcement system is the way to go when you take your class outdoors, whether it’s for recess, lunch, PE, or science class. American Sound & Electronics can create a custom setup that allows you to sync your microphone with portable outdoor speakers that are robust enough for students to hear clearly. Our technicians will show you how to operate the system correctly and effectively for best results.

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Contact American Sound online or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about our classroom sound reinforcement solutions. Not only will we install each system, but we’ll train your teachers on how to use them.

Three Main Considerations for Choosing a Classroom Sound Reinforcement System

A classroom sound reinforcement system helps save your teachers’ voices, reduces the spread of germs, and enhances learning in your school. You’ll need to select the right system based on classroom size, acoustics, range, and the type of instruction. 

But there are other considerations to think about as well. Today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics discusses three things to keep in mind when investing in a classroom sound reinforcement system.

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1. Does it have enough power for everyone to hear the teacher?

The most important component of classroom sound reinforcement systems is the speaker set up. You’ll need speakers that can reach everyone in the classroom. Plus, technicians have to optimize the system to prevent feedback from the microphone, balance the decibel levels throughout the room, and eliminate echoes in the room.

2. How well does it reproduce sound?

Students must be able to hear the teacher intelligibly at all times. Not only does this foster learning, but it can help save a teacher’s voice. Being able to hear the teacher also comes in handy for emergency drills, weather emergencies, and other class announcements. 

The connections among the microphone and speakers need to be robust. Broken connections, lack of power to the microphone, and interruptions in the transmission all lead to lower volume and time spent troubleshooting instead of teaching. The team at American Sound & Electronics will show you how to use the classroom sound reinforcement system and ensure the equipment operates properly.

3. Is the classroom sound reinforcement system easy to set up and move around?

You may choose to alter your classroom configuration from time to time to foster better learning. There might be instances where a classroom undergoes a renovation or the class size changes. 

All of these instances might present a situation where you want to move the speakers for the classroom sound reinforcement system. We’ll demonstrate how to do this easily and effectively for optimal sound in your classroom.

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Do your teachers need a little extra help in their classrooms? Contact American Sound online or call (859) 261-9024 to learn more about the classroom sound reinforcement systems we install.

5 Ways Classroom Technology Enhances Your Students’ Learning

Classroom technology is continuing to evolve. When used the right way, interactive technology helps your students dive deeper into a larger world by helping them understand that what they learn in the classroom has real-world and practical implications. In today’s blog from American Sound & Electronics, we explain five key ways classroom technology enhances your students’ learning for more effective results.

1. Technology Is Everywhere

Kids love technology. They probably already know how to use Mom or Dad’s smartphone. Classroom technology helps kids learn how to use tablets, laptops, and computers responsibly and correctly in a supervised setting. In 15 to 20 years, elementary students will need to know how to use technology for their careers. Teachers set the parameters for connected devices used in the classroom. But this technology is so much more than having one device in the hands of each student.

2. Supporting Your Existing Curricula

Interactive whiteboards, with advanced video and audio, support your existing curricula. Imagine a lesson about the English alphabet, and today’s letter is Z. An interactive whiteboard displays several objects. Some of them start with Z, while others don’t. The teacher can ask students to come up to the board, one at a time, to pick out the items that start with Z. When the student picks one, that object moves and makes noise. A cartoon zebra starts galloping or a zipper opens or closes with a zipping sound. The other items on the screen also have the same effects, and the teacher can make a point to say what the items are and what letter they start with. 

3. Customization

Classroom technology also allows for customization. Back to the interactive whiteboard and a science lesson about animals. On the big screen are all kinds of mammals, from aardvarks to zebras. The teacher can call out to students to see what animals are their favorites or what animals they like the most. Let’s say Stacy really likes elephants. The teacher can tap on the image of the elephant and send a video about elephants to Stacy’s tablet computer. Steven gets excited with the sloth on the screen. The teacher can do the same thing with the sloth.

4. One-on-One Assistance and Communal Learning

Schools tout one-on-one assistance for students using the mantra “one computer for each student.” Yet communal learning also has its benefits. Classroom technology delivers the best of both ideals. Students get customized learning on their computers, while group projects and larger concepts can be handled on the interactive whiteboard. Students can still help each other out when taking care of group projects or classroom-wide lessons by calling out answers or adding to the discussion and collaborating with their peers.

5. Accountability

School districts tout the accountability of their curricula when appealing to parents and the public. Interactive classroom technology helps achieve that goal. Tablet computers and desktop systems for teachers record every aspect of lessons, learning, and assignments every minute of every day. These systems can track student progress each day throughout the semester. 

Classroom technology can also point to areas where students need improvement. A teacher can offer more assistance to a student who may not understand certain concepts yet. Computers help teachers identify opportunities and techniques to foster a more positive learning experience.

Classroom Technology by American Sound & Electronics 

Count on American Sound & Electronics for state-of-the-art classroom technology. We specialize in eBeam, a system that combines interactive boards, audio, video, and software supported on existing tablets and laptops. Contact American Sound & Electronics or call (859) 261-9024 for more information on our classroom technology, whether you need it for an elementary school, an entire school district, or a 300-seat lecture hall.