Choosing the right sound system for your venue is crucial to providing the best possible audio visual experience. Whether you’re a church, a retail store, an intimate restaurant or a stadium planning on enormous crowds, your sound system is crucial to everything that happens in your space. So crucial, in fact, that the audio sound equipment industry in America was worth $120 billion by 2016. Before you choose a sound system, educate yourself on the basics and what principles you should bear in mind for a PA system:
What Are the Sound Basics?
There are three important components to the system. First, you need a device like a microphone to change sound waves into an electrical signal. Then you need an amplifier to boost this signal, which at this point is pretty weak, to a level that will power a speaker. Finally, you need a speaker that will convert the electrical signal back into sound waves. When an audio video company puts together a PA system for you, they’ll be providing these three basics. Within those basics, however, there’s a lot of choice and variety depending on your specific needs and budget.
What’s the Biggest Consideration?
The most crucial basic issue for your sound system is power. The bigger your audience or the noisier your venue, the more power you need in an amplifier. If your venue is a place where sound reflects easily, this will bounce back and lower the perceived volume for the audience. This means you have to crank it up, and that means a high wattage amplifier. It’s usually wise to get something a bit bigger than you think you’ll need so it can work efficiently and allow you some room for expansion if necessary.
What Do You Want To Use Sound For?
Music, for example, has a lot more variety than just speaking voices. You’ll need an amplifier that can produce a wider range of audio frequencies, and you’ll also need more wattage. In fact, you might need double the power for music that you would need if you were only amplifying voice. Music also sounds better in stereo, and with more speakers, each one tuned to a specific frequency.
What Should it Look Like?
In other words, how important is it to you that the sound system be hidden? If you only need to amplify the spoken voice for meetings, this is pretty easy to arrange. It’s harder with music, but an AV design company can help you figure out how to make your system as unobtrusive as possible.
If you might ever conceivably get another system, it’s worth thinking about that in advance and getting a first system that can easily expand. This is also useful if you are, say, a church or school auditorium that mostly needs just one kind of sound system, but would like the option to expand for special events.
There are a lot of potential systems out there, so make sure you talk with an audio video company that can help you choose sound system installation that meets your current and potential future needs and fits your budget and space.