PA Buyers Guide


” The first thing you should consider when buying a PA system is what you want to use it for – vocals and acoustic instruments, for example, are less demanding of speaker systems, while if you want to amplify a drum kit, you should opt for a larger system capable of reproducing a wider range of frequencies and higher peak levels. Indirectly related to speaker choice is also the issue of what you use the PA for; just because there’s an electric guitar or fancy keyboard in the band, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it will benefit from going through the PA speakers. I still regularly use both types, mainly because some of my jobs are outdoors, and using passive speakers in potentially damp conditions is less problematic, but I also quite like the flexibility of being able to configure a system to suit the occasion. We’re not getting into amps here, but you will obviously have to work out the speaker impedance needed to match your speakers and not overload your amp output stage. There are many excellent systems on the market that use only one full-range cabinet per side and deliver very high output levels, such that using multiple speakers for most portable PA applications just isn’t going to be needed. If you really do want to go for bigger speakers for bigger gigs, then you could consider buying ‘small gig’ main speakers that are suitable to be used as monitors when you use your larger setup on bigger shows. . . . ” (via smmry)

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