Mixed Signals, What is the AV Future – Part I

July 6, 2013 in Tech Talk by Sam Davisson

Unclear future in avAbout every three months the question of the state of the AV – IT convergence pops up in places we AV types hang out. Invariably, you have those that think it is progressing smoothly, those that think it will never really happen and those, which is where I fit in, that while more and more AV will be traveling through products that were traditionally developed for the IT world, that a complete AV – IT convergence is still a very long way away.

It’s equally confusing if you try to find the answer on the internet. Some seem to believe that it really isn’t a convergence of technology but a convergence of responsibility. While that trend is certainly happening it is having the affect of “dumbing down” the AV art. It’s extremely difficult to be an expert in two complex fields simultaneously.

Rooms are being built with little to no consideration for sound or acoustics. People don’t fully understand the relationship between speaker and amplifier or really what the purpose of an audio
DSP really is.

While the quality of audio suffers the most, video is suffering as well. It’s a lot less noticeable because digital video simply looks good. But few really understand the relationship between the video and the viewer. The best example I can think of is the clamor of 3D and not the technology is considered almost dead.

3D is definitely cool But in order to rach that coolness factor it needs to be contained in an immersive environment. How many of you think the TV in your living room fits that. #D is cool in a theater not with dorky glasses in your living room.

Some feel it was the glasses that killed 3D. I don’t really think so. I think the problem is it needs to fill your field of view.

I’m sure everyone has heard the new buzz, 4k or UHD if you prefer. Sad part is it appears the industry hasn’t learned anything from the failure of 3D. 4K is also really cool. It should provide an enhanced experience if used properly. More resolution should mean bigger screens. Unless you watch your TV with your nose just inches away from the screen your not going to notice a difference between current HD and the improved UHD on a screen with a 55″ diagonal. A larger screen, say 80″ diagonal” you should be able to notice a difference and over 100″ you’ll wonder how you could have ever thought plain HD was good.

But I’ve traveled far down the path of being off track. Much of this has nothing to do with convergence… or does it. Probably not.

In part II, I promise the conversation will turn back to the question at hand, AV – IT convergence and how the industry can’t seem to decide on which direction it really wants to go.

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