NTEN Conference room

Recently we worked on a project for a huddle space at NTEN, a membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. They communicate with numerous members remotely on the Google Hangouts platform. Standing meetings in the huddle space are designed to help members work together on projects and intelligible audio on both sides of the meeting is critical. Without a dedicated audio codec and beam forming microphones, audio was distant, hollow, and hard for their remote counterparts to understand. To make things worse, people locally had to ask their remote partners to speak up because the TV audio wasn’t loud enough to cover the huddle space.
Ohm Systems created a solution for these issues with a simple and clean install of two ceiling microphones and four ceiling speakers positioned to cover all areas of the huddle space. The robust sound reinforcement and high audio quality makes it easy to understand what people are saying in the Hangout. The remote participants enjoy exceptional audio from the huddle space as well, beam forming microphones do an amazing job of covering the space evenly.
It was a pleasure working with James and the team at NTEN. They were very easy to communicate with and we enjoyed the whole process. It’s nice to see them use their new A/V conferencing system!
- James Jacobsen, Sales & Design Consultant


Couch 9 Apartments

Couch9 is a modern 11-story luxury apartment building in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. For this project, Ohm Systems, LLC. worked closely with local developer Urban Asset Advisors and Vallaster Corl Architects. Ohm worked hard to seamlessly incorporate advanced audio/video technology into the refined design found throughout the amenities spaces at Couch9 including the leasing office, wine room, fitness studio, club room, and roof deck. On the ground floor you'll find recessed ceiling speakers from Sonance with square grilles to complement the sleek recessed lighting. Background music content and volume is easily controlled using a wifi-enabled tablet or smart phone. Sound is integrated seamlessly with a Sony 65” 4K television for a clean appearance. Touchscreens were used throughout Couch9 to ensure a simple, trouble-free user interface.
The crown jewel of Couch9 is the 11th floor Club Room and roof top deck, featuring a stunning view. The 75” television is mated to a custom-width James sound bar speaker for a clean, integrated appearance. All equipment is securely mounted in a wall-mounted rack located in the adjacent electrical closet to prevent unauthorized access.
- Josh Seitz, VP Sales & Design


Dry Hollow Elementary School

Recently we worked with Dry Hollow elementary in The Dalles, OR to design and install an audio system for a small gymnasium that is used as a multi purpose room. These types of A/V systems can be a challenge to design as they need to be versatile as well as very easy to use for daily operation. The rack needed to be a lockable, ergonomic, and have a rugged design to withstand impact from PE activities. In addition, it needed the capacity and flexibility to be used in sound reinforcement for plays and school presentations. The system is composed of 4 wireless microphones with external antennas for robust connectivity, a media player that includes CD, USB, Bluetooth, and aux sources, a rack mount mixer, a rack drawer to store microphones, a Crown XTI amplifier with DSP, 2 JBL CBT column array speakers and a 18” powered JBL subwoofer. The system is powerful and covers the space very well. It may be the best sounding audio system in town! Working with Dry Hollow Elementary was a great experience. Their team had everything in place and ready to go when we arrived, so we were able to complete the job in one day. It was also nice to meet a PTA member during the install as they were instrumental in raising the funds to pay for the system.
- James Jacobsen, Sales & Design


Reedwood Friends Church

Reedwood Friends is a very warm and inviting community, it was an honor to be a part of their A/V project. It’s easy to see that their staff really care about their congregation and building, which made working with them a breeze. As in many church sanctuaries, speech intelligibility is a real challenge. The ceilings are high and most surfaces are hard and flat, making it difficult for people in the room to understand what others are saying. The existing audio system was old and didn’t have the advantages of modern technology creating massive audio feedback zones and low quality sound reinforcement. This was a clear use for a JBL column array speaker pair, which you can see in the photos. They have a very wide horizontal dispersion that covers most of the room. Adding the 2 side fills ensured that sound reaches every seat in the room! We also upgraded their system to include Crown CDI amplifiers with built in digital signal processing and an Allen and Heath QU24 live mixing console. Reedwood now has the ability to send audio to and from their stage over CAT6 cable, greatly reducing the need for copper in the project. Finally we installed a fixed position projector to fit their old existing projection room at the rear of the sanctuary. They were used to bringing a projector out to the stage every time they needed to put something on the screen. Now, with the push of a button they can have a large, bright image up in no time. I can easily say that this was one of my favorite jobs I’ve done in the house of worship community. We look forward to being a part of many more!
- James Jacobsen, Sales & Design


US Army Corps of Engineers

This was Ohm’s first project with the US Army Corps of Engineers, and it was a neat one! We designed and installed a conference room system that consists of 6 video wall displays in a unique orientation, input jacks for up to 6 separate video sources, and a complete sound and automation system. The screens can display either 6 unique images, or the 4 center screens can be combined to create one large video wall image when needed. We also designed and programmed a complete automation system to handle all of the behind the scenes switching of the video content, and screen assignment, power, etc. A well programmed automation system can make even somewhat complicated systems incredibly simple to use.
- Chad Baldwin, President


Century Bar

Century Bar features a stadium seating approach to watching live sporting events, movies, and customer provided content in their main viewing room. The video system includes a video matrix, projectors, screens and displays throughout the bar and is controlled through a touchscreen. This creates a flexible interface that permits video switching and one-touch control for projector and screen power. The room is also used for DJ nights and special events that require high quality audio at high volume, so it was important for us to design an audio system that was robust and intelligble enough to meet these needs. The visual aesthetics of the design were very important to the customer, and we were able to offer solutions that met these aesthetic expectations.
- James Jacobsen, Sales & Design Consultant


Urban Works Real Estate

Urban Works wanted a clean, modern look in their SE Portland conference room. We were able to install all of the necessary equipment behind the video screen, alleviating the need for a piece of furniture, cabinet or AV rack in the room. The entire system is controlled by an in-wall touchscreen and all of the source selection, video aspect adjustment and power sequencing have been automated to create a user friendly system that will allow the folks at Urban Works to effectively use the equipment instead of wasting valuable meeting time trying to figure out how to get an image on the screen.
- Chad Baldwin, President


Zupan's Burnside

Zupan’s markets take the overall appearance of their stores seriously. These are beautiful retail spaces with incredibly well curated selections of high quality products. Ohm was able to work closely with Zupan’s when it came time to implement digital signage displays into their West Burnside store. Take a look at our work with signage for menu boards in the coffee shop, specials and valuable info in the juice bar, and a full replacement of all of the deli area signage with crisp, clean and easy to edit digital displays throughout. With a properly designed and installed signage system, clients like Zupan’s Markets can make adjustments to displays either locally at the store, or send updates to displays at multiple locations from a remote location. The management of digital signage systems has never been easier or more powerful. Just think of what a properly implemented digital display can do for your business.
- Chad Baldwin, President


Pearl Tavern

What a fun collaboration between Joey Harrington and one of Ohm’s longtime clients, the Chefstable Group! It is often the details in these situations that end up making the difference. The screens behind the bar were installed to fit perfectly into the beautiful custom millwork. The speakers were selected and placed for the best possible audio experience, while still honoring the classy overall aesthetic of the space. Although the A/V in Pearl Tavern is an important part of the experience, the technology doesn’t jump out at you when you walk through the door. We pride ourselves on our system design here at Ohm, both for the high quality audio and video experiences we provide, but also in our ability to work with your space, and your designer, architect and/or builder.
- Chad Baldwin, President


StarCycle Vancouver

StarCycle is not your typical spin class - it’s a visceral, full-body experience, complete with low lighting, candles and (most importantly) a thunderous audio system. Featuring JBL Professional speakers and over 3000 watts of combined power, StarCycle’s system motivates class participants and instructors alike to push beyond their limits. Just as important as sound quality is ease of use. Aside from the resident Macbook Air, the sole audio component in the studio itself is an ultra-simple 3-knob remote mixer providing independent level adjustment of microphone and music levels. All amplifiers and audio processing reside in an enclosed equipment rack hidden-away in the back office. The finishing touch was the addition of ceiling-mounted acoustical panels in the studio. Acoustical treatments reduce unwanted room reflections, reduce microphone feedback and ensure that a higher powered system like this one is truly enjoyable to listen to. We really enjoyed working with the StarCycle team and look forward to their forthcoming location in Felida, Washington!
- Josh Seitz, VP Design & Sales


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