Audio/Video Network series: Design with simplicity

Audio racks

Designing a networked audio/video system is different than designing a traditional audio/video distribution system. Designing a network-based system means designing with simplicity. It considers the end user and the network requirements to handle data traffic.

The system revolves around IT infrastructure for distribution. This makes it easy to integrate into a corporate network infrastructure or create its own A/V network. The Audio/Video is transmitted over network cables rather than traditional HDMI distribution.

The result tends to be more efficient because there are fewer components within the design. Designers remove devices like matrix switchers and baluns. They consolidate the equipment into smaller spaces for a more energy efficient and flexible system.

This simpler design uses more programming and configuration on the front end. A majority of the work can be done before entering the field so it’s easier to work onsite.