What’s Driving the Resurgence of “All-In-One”​ Devices?

Because of changes in technology, supply chain and user demand, the Pro AV community looks different in ’23 than it did in ’22. One of the things that the industry has seen is the (re)emergence of “all in one” devices.
What’s Driving the Resurgence of “All-In-One”​ Devices?

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Because of changes in technology, supply chain and user demand, the Pro AV community looks different in ’23 than it did in ’22. One of the things that the industry has seen is the (re)emergence of “all in one” devices. These devices combine multiple functions and capabilities, making them a one-stop solution for a wide range of applications. Especially when it comes to streamlining user experience. But it would be dishonest if I said that the end user experience was the only driver for this trend. This is also happening in large part due to ongoing supply chain challenges.

Traditional AV setups often require a range of separate components, from displays and speakers to control systems and processors. Each of these components typically comes from a different manufacturer, which can lead to significant supply chain challenges. Delays or disruptions in the supply of one component can impact the entire project, causing extended completion dates and cost overruns.

All in one devices address this issue by bringing all the necessary components together in a single package. This simplifies the supply chain, as there is only one manufacturer to deal with, and reduces the risk of delays or disruptions. Additionally, all in one devices typically come with a range of built-in features, such as wireless connectivity and unified control systems, which can further streamline the installation process and reduce the need for additional components.

Improved ecosystem compatibility is another major benefit of all in one devices. Integrating different components from different manufacturers can be a challenge, as they may not be designed to work together seamlessly. This can lead to functionality issues and a less cohesive overall system. In contrast, all in one devices are designed to work together from the ground up, ensuring a high level of compatibility and functionality. They also tend to be easier for the user community to operate.

Within AV installations, many different users may need to interact with multiple components, each with its own control system and interface. With all in one devices, however, everything is contained in a single unit, with a unified control system and interface. This can make operation much simpler and more intuitive for users, reducing the need for training and support. Additionally, upgrades can be as simple as replacing a single unit, reducing downtime and costs. Often times global software updates can even be applied remotely, further simplifying the upgrade process and support experience.

The rise of all in one devices in Pro AV is driven by a range of factors. By bringing all the necessary components together in a single package, all in one devices simplify the supply chain, reduce the risk of delays or disruptions, and offer a range of benefits for both installers and end-users. As the industry continues to evolve, it is likely that we will see further innovation in this space, as manufacturers seek to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern Pro AV landscape.

For more on the modern AV industry, check out Ben’s show Pro AV Today.

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Go to the profile of Michael Frost
over 1 year ago

I am not finding this to be true with all manufacturers. Due to difficulties in getting chipsets some manufacturers have had to reduce their selection of products. Many of AMX's all-in-one presentation switcher/controllers were recently discontinued. They went from 12 models down to 2. Many of Crestron's All-In-One presentation switcher/controllers were also discontinued. They are claiming this was due to chip shortages and other supply chain issues. They went from 5 models down to 2. Some of QSC's Q-Sys all-in-one DSP/Controllers were also recently discontinued due to chip shortages and other supply chain issues. Those were their Core 100f (replaced with Core 110f v2 with reduced features) and their Core 510i. Cisco on the other hand has increased their selection of Room Series all-in-one VTC Codec products that include  the codec, cameras, microphones and speakers. 

Go to the profile of Harish040
over 1 year ago

Epically Video conferencing devices combine multiple functions and capabilities and most of the new OEM focusing on it.  

Having single device with Multi functionalities has lot of advantages in terms of installation, coordination, backups, managing spares etc.

Harish. N

Go to the profile of chris wildfoerster
over 1 year ago

Hi Ben, I 100% agree. Axis Network Audio products have been doing this for years. We've used PoE technology in all of our speakers and included configuration software in each for easier decentralized communications via the clients infrastructure. Combined with our IP based security, intercom, VMS and more, we provide seamless integration between security and PA.

Our Audio Manager Edge software does the work of many traditional AV components.  Such as:

Zoning (200 speakers up to 20 zones)

Pre recorded message playback stored in the speakers

Built in I/O's to trigger other devices

Built in LED's that can be p[programmed to specific events

Built in mic for listening in or two way communications

Line / mic in if remote mounting of mic is required

DSP to ensure the audio sounds natural replacing DSP processors and EQ's

Health monitoring

Weekly scheduling of messages and events

PoE power eliminates racks, power amplifiers and the space needed to install them

Remote control and monitoring via browser keeps unwanted hands from changing settings

All this is done via hardware and software axis communications

You can see what we have in more detail by visiting Axis.com/en-us/products/network-audio