8 Tips to Setting Up the AV System in Your Sports Bar

So, your dream has always been to open a sports bar. Now, you are about to realize that dream. This is a wonderful thing. There are a lot of things you need to do and decide to make your new spot the success you have always dreamed about. Of course, you want your video and sound systems to be top notch. There are some things you can to do get the most of them once the video and sound system installation is complete.

  1. When it comes to video, it is all about location, location, location. This real estate saying works in setting up a sports bar. The space you have is also valuable real estate. When you are looking at places to put your screens and sound systems, you need to make sure you do not put them in blind spots. Avoid placing them too close to the service area or bar. The goal is to get these systems to help you sell more food and drink. In the best case scenario, your patrons can watch in comfort.
  2. If it is too loud, you are too old. When you are positioning your sound systems, make sure the speakers are in a spot where they can augment the sound. For many sports bars, this means pointing the speakers in the direction of the walls. When they are there, they are generally placed over the top of the screens.
  3. Get all the channels you need. It is impossible to overstate the importance of being able to alternate between different kinds of stations. You may want music some nights, sports events at other times, and even some news channels depending on your customer base. When you are working out your AV design, make sure the professionals who do it for you put in a source selector. This will give you the ability to set and change remotely what is being watched, what audio is being used and what the volume level is. This can be really great, especially if you hold special events such as karaoke or trivia nights.
  4. One size does not fit all. People want to be able to see what they are watching. In some places in your establishment, the largest screens will be the best. At other spots, you may want to get some smaller TVs so people who are at the bar can view their game from where they are sitting. When you are working out your audio and sound systems, try to look at your space and see what works in it rather than just going for the biggest screens around.
  5. Buy all of your own equipment. If you are planning to be open a long, long time, buying your audio and sound systems is much better than renting them. The cost for these systems has come down over the last few years while the quality has gone up. Experts say that it would be “insanity” to not want to own the equipment.
  6. Do not scrimp on the quality of the cables. When you have top of the line audio video systems, you may think you do not have to spend too much on the cables but that is not at all true. Your audio video systems are only as good as what connects them. If you want high-quality images and sound, you simply must use the best quality cables.
  7. Put in a high definition matrix. Matrices allow you to have a number of high def screens. You or your staff can then pick what content from what source will play on the screens. This makes that a lot easier. Getting everything in HD just makes the quality better for whatever content you are looking to show.
  8. Variety is the spice of life. By having packages and programming options that give you the ability to change up what you are showing, you make your spot a more fun destination. There are a lot of spots out there. There are also a number of other kinds of programming that may bring more people into your establishment.

These tips can make your place, the place to be and be seen.

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