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What Does an Audio Visual Consultant Do?

By Amy Rodriguez
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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An audio visual consultant works with both clients and installing technicians to ensure that a large scale electronic project can be implemented within budget, as well as please the customers. The consultant typically works with electronics, from televisions to stereo systems; he or she will conduct meetings and negotiate with audio visual vendors for the best equipment prices for the client. Additionally, an audio visual consultant will work with established customers to improve older electronic installations.

Initially, a consultant will meet with the client to determine the extent of the project. For example, a large business may want an intercom and video system installed throughout the building; the audio visual consultant must listen and document all the needs the client may request. During the meeting, the consultant may offer alternatives or other variations to the needed system if certain desires are not possible. Additional subjects may include installation time and a rough estimate of costs.

After meeting with the client, the audio visual consultant will consult with his or her technicians; preliminary electronic system plans may be discussed and notated as a group to ensure that all needs are covered. The technicians will give the consultant any limitations or changes that may be necessary to implement the system. As a result, the consultant may need to contact the customer if major changes are required to make the system a reality.

The audio visual consultant contacts electronic component vendors to discuss pricing for the desired equipment. Large scale audio visual installations may need multiple monitors or speakers throughout a building. Consequently, the consultant can negotiate a more inexpensive price if he or she purchases the items in bulk, rather than individually.

Final installation is commonly monitored by the audio visual consultant; he or she will examine each installation point and verify that all desired modules are placed correctly. Any aberration from the contracted equipment should be pointed out and corrected by the consultant. Along with monitoring the installation's quality, the consultant will keep track of expenses; he or she must make sure that the project stays within budget to keep both the vendor and client happy.

As technology improves, established customers may require an update to their systems. The audio visual consultant will examine the preexisting system and form a new module plan; successful consultants will be able to implement a new system at a minimal price. Treating established customers fairly will normally ensure that they will return for future system updates.

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