HDMI Cable Categories: Understanding the Differences

In audio/visual installs of all types, from residential to commercial to healthcare, the HDMI cable has become ubiquitous. We at Experience Audio Video see it just about everywhere we work. This cable type gets run just about anywhere anyone might need a video signal, and it’s easy to see why. HDMI is a great, highly capable standard, and the cables are fairly inexpensive.

Understanding HDMI Cable Categories

When dealing with commercial installs, you’ll want to know that not every HDMI cable is created equal. There are three different categories of HDMI cable. They look the same, but they are capable of differing data transfer speeds.

Category 1 HDMI Cables

Sometimes called standard speed cables, Category 1 HDMI cables can transmit at speeds sufficient to carry a 720p or 1080i video signal. Both of these are below full HD.

Category 2 HDMI Cables

Category 2 is sometimes called high speed, and it has about five times the transfer speed of Category 1. With Category 2 cable you can transmit video at 1080p (that’s full HD) and at 60 frames per second. You can also transmit a 4k signal, but it’s limited to 30 frames per second. You’ll also be able to do certain advanced features with Category 2 cabling.

Both Category 1 and Category 2 cables support HDMI standards up to 2.0.

Category 3 HDMI Cables

Ultra high speed Category 3 cable has an even higher transfer speed. It can accommodate everything in the HDMI 2.1 standard, including up to 10k resolution and upscale audio formats transmitted over eARC. (See a couple blog posts back to learn more about eARC.)

Which Category Is Right for You?

All that said, which is the right category for your business? Experience Audio Video recommends Category 3 for most customers because it supports 4k and 8k and thus prepares them well for future upgrades. But the truth is every situation is different. Schedule a free consultation today for a customized answer to this question.

 

Can You Legally Install Security Cameras In A Commercial Space?

Having security cameras installed in your Orange County commercial office will help make sure your employees, customers, and important assets and data are protected. Modern cameras can provide you with a live feed that you can view at the office or even via an app when you’re away from it. Should something ever happen, you’ll have a full visual record to help resolve the situation immediately.

But having security cameras also means that your employees and every client who walks through your door are recorded as well. And that can lead to some tricky grounds to navigate when it comes to whether or not you can legally install cameras in your California office space.

Can You Use Security Cameras in U.S. Offices?

There is no explicit law in the US that prohibits you from installing cameras in your workplace. However, if the cameras aren’t clearly visible to employees and you haven’t told employees about them, you could be vulnerable in certain states.

Can You Use Security Cameras in California Offices?

You are allowed to place security cameras in your California office so long as you are doing so for security purposes, which means you cannot put cameras or use two-way mirrors in places like bathrooms, changing rooms, or other similar areas.

Keep in mind that California requires two-party consent for both audio and video recordings, so try to avoid installing cameras in areas where employees may gather for private conversation.

Where Can I Place Security Cameras At The Office?

It’s generally a good idea to keep your cameras in places where they will serve their purpose — security. Front and rear entrances and any other means of egress are potential entry points for theft. Your lobby is also an excellent place to monitor to ensure that no unruly person injures or disrupts everyone else.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Beef Up Your Home Theater System With One Easy Change

There are plenty of factors to consider when you’re designing a residential home theater. From seating to sound control, you have ample decisions to make when customizing your own space.

But there is one thing that will ultimately raise your home theater to the next level, and it doesn’t have to do with what kind of chairs viewers will be sitting on or what accessories you may have. Using a video projector instead of a large-screen TV for your theater display will make all of the difference anytime someone sits down to watch.

First of all, finding a flat-screen TV at movie theater screen size is impossible. The larger the screen you’re looking at, the more expensive and the less reliable it often becomes. With a projector, you can arrange your home theater so that you are giving viewers the absolute largest viewing space possible. Go as big as your theater space allows, recreating the theater experience at home. Or if you need to, shrink your screen down for more intimate viewings.

While projectors – even high-end ones – will ultimately cost less money and resources, they’ll also make the viewing experience easier on your eyes, literally. With a large screen, images and text are always big enough to be seen without squinting. Additionally, TV screens emit the light that hits your eye, which is harsher than projector screens, which only reflect that light. That means a more comfortable viewing experience for everyone.

Finally, using a projector means cutting down on space usage. Modern projectors hold a lot of capacity in a small device, which means you can quickly move or store yours when it’s not in use.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Audio Visual Solutions To Improve Commercial Office Communication

Is your commercial office missing something? Look around, do employees and customers look like they know where they’re going or who they need to speak to?

If not, it’s time to consider audio-visual solutions that will boost communication within your office walls and beyond. These are five ideas to get you started with a range of potential upgrades to make your facility more productive and professional.

  1. Intercoms: It’s helpful to have a way for employees to receive information quickly without needing to answer a phone or check an email. Intercoms can help you get information out to anyone, immediately.
  2. Video entry systems: If your commercial/health care office isn’t a storefront than you may be opening the door remotely each time someone arrives. But if you’re relying on sound rather than video, do you really know who will be walking through your door? With video entry systems you can see who is coming and be ready to welcome them when they arrive.
  3. Boardroom and conference room displays: Some of your most important work is done in boardrooms and conference rooms, whether it’s hiring a new employee or presenting to a new client. The right audio setup and video display will help your conference room look and perform at the level you want.
  4. Music and entertainment: Do you want your employees to feel better about the day? Or clients to feel happier while in your waiting area? Playing music throughout your facility is easy with the right setup, and can help bring new energy and productivity to everyone who walks through the doors.
  5. Directional displays: There’s nothing worse for a client than getting stuck on the wrong floor when trying to make their way around your office. Display signs prominently located near elevators, stairways, and doors will help everyone get around smoothly.

 

About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Video Distribution in the Boardroom: 3 Essential Tools

There are several kinds of communal meeting spaces in most commercial offices:

  • Huddle spaces provide intimate areas for employee collaboration.
  • Conference rooms offer a larger space for more people and more extensive meetings.
  • Board rooms are where the highest-priority meetings happen, which often require a setting conducive to presentations.

If your board room isn’t outfitted with the right audio-visual technology, both presenters and listeners will have a hard time communicating effectively.

The good news is, an expert audio-visual installation team will be able to help you upgrade your healthcare office’s board room so that you have the right tools on hand, every day. These are three things your board room needs in order to have an effective and efficient video distribution system.

  1. Immediate, Centralized Control

Depending on the size of your office, you may or may not have A/V staff on hand that are experts in your boardroom’s setup, and the members of any given meeting probably aren’t either. You want your room to be ready to go with the touch of a button, which is what you can get with a central video distribution system.

  1. Appropriate Connections

Whether the person presenting needs to connect their laptop or a camera, there should be multiple jacks available where your presenter sets up. There should also be a power cord, so no devices die during the middle of a meeting.

  1. Multiple Quality Displays

Ensure that everyone in the room can see what is being presented with multiple displays, and for larger spaces, pair screens with a central high definition projector.