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Ask Hermie: AV Perks & Recreation

Hermie is the consummate AV Professional, having lurked behind the scenes at Herman Pro AV and Herman Integration Services for years. When it comes to the professional audiovisual business, Hermie walks the walk and talks the talk. In fact, he doesn’t just talk about AV stuff until he’s blue in the face, he’s done it so much he’s blue all over! So, if you have a burning AV question, just “Ask Hermie!”

Dear Hermie,

When it rains it pours! And when it rained it ruined our outdoor patio equipment! Hermie, I manage a popular restaurant in South Dakota. During Covid, we basically relied on curbside pickup and delivery orders. Now that the weather is better, and business is opening up again, we want to take better advantage of the great outdoor deck we have and serve more diners there. We tried to improve the environment and hooked up an old stereo and 42″ flatscreen TV we had to add some music and atmosphere, but a few rainy days cut those plans short by shorting out the speakers. How can we make our outdoor deck more fun with music and screens that won’t wilt when it’s wet? Help me Hermie!

Signed, Soggy in South Dakota

Dear Soggy,

Don’t worry, your plans for a fun, multimedia restaurant deck don’t have to be washed out! With advances in AV technology, there is now a wide range of weatherproof products to bring seamless music and video to any outdoor setting. I like outdoor dining myself, and my favorite local sports bar hangout had the same issues you had when they cut corners and put some old AV equipment they had out on the deck – a job the stuff was clearly not decked out for. A lucky perk for them was that they knew I was an AV Pro and they asked for my help. With my buddies at Herman, I hooked them up with some small but powerful waterproof and weatherproof speakers throughout, complimented by 4 awesome 55″ glare-proof and weatherproof displays, all seamlessly installed. Of course, the perk for me is I get to enjoy their deck and outdoor dining and watch my favorite games at the same time! Score for them, and score for Hermie! I am sure my friends at Herman can hook you up with some great outdoor AV equipment too! I’ll come by and see how you did next time I’m in the Dakotas!

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