Planning a great AV system takes a bit of know-how, and it's a good idea to sit down with your AV installation technician and go through several steps of planning before deciding which equipment to buy. Here are some things to consider when you're planning a brand new AV installation. 

Decide What Features You Need

When you're just starting to plan, it's a good idea to sit down and brainstorm the features that you need, now and in the future. Then you can begin the process of choosing equipment to meet your needs and leave room for future additions. Many AV systems have similar and overlapping features, so you may need to do some research to find a set of equipment that doesn't have a lot of redundancies. And you'll want to make sure the equipment you choose is going to be compatible with any equipment you'd like to add in the near future. 

Figure Out Whether Your Space Can Handle the System

Once you know what kinds of equipment you're planning to install, take a good look at your space to make sure it can handle your AV system. Check out things like the number of outlets and potential power capacity, the number and types of hookups on your computer, and the compatibility of your equipment and speakers. You may need to consult your options for hooking up equipment remotely (such as through wireless or bluetooth means) if you don't have enough capacity to wire everything together. Another option is to add additional cable hookups to your space. You may need to consult electrical contractors to see how much added power and capability can be added with new electrical wiring. 

For issues with power supply, extensions and additional outlets may be considered. It's important to note the safe voltage of each outlet and be sure that you don't exceed this, even with power cord extensions; doing so could cause a short circuit that may be dangerous. 

Consider Additional Expenses

Before you purchase your AV equipment and begin installation, the last thing to think about is whether you can truly afford this system. There are some additional expenses that can come with AV system maintenance. For instance, if your equipment is hooked up wirelessly, do you need to purchase additional bandwidth from your internet supplier? Walk through the system with your AV installation specialist and hash out the details of your ongoing expenses. If you find that this last step is in order, then you can begin installing your great new AV system!

For more information, contact professionals like B Electric Inc.

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