Ask the Board – July 25, 2016 | DAVE TAYLOR


With so many flat-panel display options now on the market, what is the best approach to making the best choice for a project?

There are quite a few options for flat screens at this time, which makes it pretty easy to find something that will fit into the architecture of a project. I have taken the approach to have a couple standard panels that we use for our video walls. This makes it easier for our store design team to lay the standard sizes into a drawing without the need for a lot of collaboration between us. It also helps with the requirement of having a large pool of spares and replacements. Using a couple of standard sizes helps with keep the amount of spare monitors to a minimum.

I have been working on a couple of special projects that are outside of our standard model, and there are so many great options. The addition of larger monitors is helping replace four 46-inch monitors with one large 90-inch monitor, and this is simplifying the system and keeping the colors consecutive. You only need to have control going to one monitor. You do not need multiple cables looped between monitors, and most importantly, you do not have bezels in the middle of your content.

As more and more indoor LED products are coming out, the sizes are getting down to a pixel pitch that looks great close up. You do not need to work with the bezels. The cost is coming down relatively fast but still has a way to go to compete with LED/LCD panels. The nice thing is that you can customize shapes and such and work on a curved wall much easier with an LED.

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