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This Crestron Rep is a True Gem!
This Crestron Rep is a True Gem!

From L to R: Gerald Abualy – CEO & Managing Director, Captus Systems; Marla Suttenberg – CEO, Sapphire Marketing; John Radocy – Senior Systems Engineer, Captus Systems Recently, Marla Suttenberg - CEO of Sapphire Marketing - visited Gerry Abualy & John Radocy at our Captus Systems main office. Ms. Suttenberg came-in to discuss the new offerings from Crestron, Digital Projection, & others - while also taking some time to reminisce about the many success stories enjoyed over their long & mutually beneficial relationship. In 2001, Ms. Suttenberg formed Sapphire Marketing, which became one of the leading rep firms in the industry. From the humble beginnings of handing-out flyers at an AV Show right out of college, to her current position as CEO (& everything in-between) – Marla really knows this industry…inside & out! Sapphire Marketing represents several Audio-Visual manufacturers to dealers & consultants in the Northeastern U.S. In addition to Crestron, Sapphire also offers products from companies like Planar, Digital Projection, Leon Speakers, Braehler/CSi, & Clarus Glassboards – among many others. Sapphire is proud to represent some of the very best AV Solutions, which increase both productivity & profitability for the organizations that utilize them. Captus Systems can’t do what we do in a vacuum, & the relationship forged with Sapphire over almost 20 years with Marla and her team is an important & enduring part of our success. We at Captus Systems look forward to the next 20 years, filled with the newest AV innovations coming from Marla and the Sapphire Team. From AV Conference Rooms, to Huddle Spaces, & everything in-between - together, Sapphire & Captus Systems will work to make all of your Audio-Visual dreams come true. Yeah. We’ve got that!


The SOUND of Music (Really Matters!)
The SOUND of Music (Really Matters!)

The SOUND of Music (Really Matters!) September is CLASSICAL MUSIC Month, which brings “listening” to mind – which of course, brings speakers & sound quality to mind. If you’re not sitting in the actual audience at your local Philharmonic, then you’ll have to get your “Beethoven fix” elsewhere. The kinds of speakers that Captus Systems installs are obviously dictated by the types & sizes of the spaces in which they’ll be utilized - & below are just a few examples... Ambience: Classical music makes for soothing background sound. If your organization is the type to share it with your employees throughout the entire space - Tannoy’s CMS 603 DC BM ceiling recessed speakers would be a great fit for you. https://www.tannoy.com/Categories/Tannoy/CMS-3-0/CMS-DC/CMS-603DC-BM/p/P0BU4#googtrans(en|en) Practice Makes Perfect: Is your child a budding virtuoso? If so, they’re probably practicing in a large classroom or orchestral rehearsal space. A good bet for speakers in this case would be surface-mounted speakers like the JBL Control 5 - or for smaller rooms - the Control 25’s. https://www.jblpro.com/www/products/recording-broadcast/control-5#.XWgBRihKiUk https://www.jblpro.com/www/products/installed-sound/control-contractor-series/control-25av#.XWgBZyhKiUk Proud Parents: Going to your child’s Fall Concert at the high school? Whether they’re in the band, orchestra, or chorus - their music would surely be enhanced by a system like the Fulcrum Sound Profile S full-range speaker. https://www.fulcrum-acoustic.com/assets/pdf/Spec%20Sheets/Prod%20Spec,%20S%20v13.pdf The Bigger the Better: And for a large live performance space - the Meyer Sound self-powered Lyon Line array speakers with UMS subwoofers hanging from above, might be just the thing. https://meyersound.com/product/lyon/ https://meyersound.com/product/ums/ No matter where you go to get your Classical Music on - (or any other kind of musical entertainment) - our Team at Captus Systems has the experience & skill set to get you the technology you need to make it SOUND ITS VERY BEST! Yeah. We’ve got that!


Back to School:  Shorter Than a Goldfish?!
Back to School: Shorter Than a Goldfish?!

A recent study conducted by the Microsoft Corporation found that humans now have an attention span that’s shorter than the 9-seconds attributed to that of a goldfish! Our attention spans have decreased a whopping 33% in the past 2 decades - from 12-seconds in the year 2000, to a mere 8-seconds in 2019. With this in mind, the best way to pique a student’s interest is by conforming to an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality. And to that end - the best way to capture the attention & imaginations of today’s students is by throwing-in some Audio-Visual stimulation. AV – Enticing Students With What They Already Know: The use of smart phones, tablets, laptops, & the like have become so commonplace among today’s school-aged population, that it makes complete sense they’d be more apt to be attentive in classrooms equipped with Audio-Visual enhancements. Two-thirds of students surveyed agreed that the sights, sounds, & interactivity of video walls, wireless presentation systems, & whiteboards truly heighten their learning experience. These systems not only create dynamic & immersive learning environments, but they also allow for collaboration with students, teachers, & institutions from afar. In the arena of higher education, colleges & universities are even using “upgraded technology” to entice potential undergrads to attend their particular establishments AV’s Increasing Role in the Classroom: Audio-Visual technology is playing more & more of an integral role within the hallowed halls of academia, from K-1 - through Grad School - & beyond. According to AVIXA’s Marketing Opportunity Analysis Report on Education (MOAR) – almost half of those surveyed reported that the use of AV technology undeniably increases their engagement & participation in a learning environment. This is a natural fit for today’s learners, who spend such a large percentage of their non-academic hours on devices driven by technology. In order to grab the attention of today’s students, educators must harmonize with the tech-driven reality of those whom they serve. Classroom Collaboration: Legrand AV is just one of the many companies that make collaborative classrooms possible. The Legrand AV brands of Chief, Da-Lite, Middle Atlantic, & Vaddio can provide classrooms with a multitude of AV solutions that’ll get even the least-interested student to perk-up. In addition to using the latest AV hardware…bigger spaces like lecture halls provide optimum spots for livestreaming content using Cloud-based platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, & Cisco WebEx - to name a few. And of course – lecture halls are also the perfect spaces for setting-up projectors & screens, making Audio-Visual teaching opportunities easier than ever! (legrandav.com) Bottom line: It’s all about getting students excited about education, which can be accomplished by improving the quality of their visual & auditory learning. A study done by the International Society for Technology in Education found ample proof that academic performance is highly enhanced by presenting digital content used in tandem with traditional teaching practices. Can’t be in the classroom? That’s okay, because AV technology is a terrific tool that allows for teachers to provide lessons for off-premise learners. A product such as the Robo TRAK Presenter Tracking System from Legrand AV provides smooth & precise panning & tilting motion that accurately follows an instructor as they move around the space – whether it’s from a small classroom or a large auditorium. The expertise & knowledge that the Captus Systems team provides, can easily facilitate the design & integration of the very best in AV-enriched classrooms. If your institution needs a technology refresh, we’ve got the grades to make it happen for you! Yeah. You’ve just been schooled.


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