Public address systems come in as many varieties as there are venues in which to use them. Whether you're speaking to a small group gathered at a trade show to hear about your newest creation or thousands of people at an outdoor concert who are anxious to know why the band isn't on stage yet, there's a PA system just for you.
Here are some key points to consider when looking at public address systems for events:
1. The venue where your public address system will be used and the general audience size
2. The type of program that will be broadcast over the public speaking system
3. Whether your PA system will be installed or needs to be portable
Buy public address systems based on venue and audience sizeIt's a mistake to buy public address systems without knowing your venue size/configuration and general audience size. A rule of thumb with public speaking systems is 1 watt per person, but your venue type can increase or decrease that rule by half. Smaller rooms or crowds typically don't need more than 50 watts. Large, loud or outdoor events can require 600 watts or more per speaker.
Determine what will be broadcast over the PA systemWill your events call for speaking, music or a combination of the two? Different PA systems for sale are designed to deliver different types of sounds.
Decide whether your PA system will be installed or portableIf your need calls for a system to always be in the same place and work the same way for the same general audience, installing it is the obvious choice. However, if your system will be moved from room to room or venue to venue, be sure to buy a public address system that's easily portable.
- Consider renting rather than buying PA system equipment if your need is for a one-time event or you're initially unsure how often it will be used.
- Don't hesitate to ask suppliers of public address systems to visit your venue and offer advice on what type and size of system will work best for your need.