Jan 1, 2003 12:00 PM
A Nice Balance
I want to commend you on your articles that continuously offer technical insight and problem-solving. However, I find myself ripping the pages out to keep as reference, and I am wondering if you offer any sort of archive, either printed or electronic. Furthermore, I find it difficult, in general, to find printed instructional material on matters relevant to the audiovisual contractor. It seems as though books are either Electronics for Dummies or take an extremely technical- and physics-based approach. Your articles offer a happy medium; do you know of any other good sources of reference? I would like to find material on everything from basic to moderate audio/video matters (how to use waveforms and vectorscopes to calibrate cameras and signals, power design for systems, cabling facts, calculations, and so on) to component topology and advantages (what makes a $2,000, 500W amplifier better than a $500 one, for example). Thank you for your help, and keep up the outstanding information.
system sales manager, Sirtage
Thanks for the letter. We always love to hear from readers that we are hitting the mark.
A while back, S&VC did a “Contractor's Toolbox” by Glen Ballou that covered some great books that fit the bill of what you are looking for. It was the April 2000 issue, and the column was called “Suggestions for the Contractor's Library.” If you saved your back issues, you can now find it, or you can check our Web site atwww.svconline.com.
Other great resources for this kind of information are audio and video company Web sites. Many companies publish white papers on technology and other great information. Also, check out the Syn-Aud-Con Web site (www.synaudcon.com), the ICIA Web site (www.infocomm.org), as well as the NSCA Web site (www.nsca.org). There is lots of information about their course offerings and publications.
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