The range of speakers and speaker systems on the market now is enormous, covering everything from the smallest bluetooth pocket sized unit to full club and arena systems.
Navigating your way through the bombardment of sales jargon and tech baffle given by both manufacturers and retailers can be a total mess, with many people ending up with unsuitable equipment for their needs due to misleading information, or a misunderstanding of what they are actually buying.
The separate categories for speakers on this site are split into types and uses to help you atleast know you are looking at the right gear. Not everyone is an expert, or has owned this type of equipment before, and even if you have, the changes in technology and performance levels have been significant enough in the last few years that what you thought you knew probably isn't that relevant anymore
There are now speaker products catering for very specific needs, with features included that would previously have required purchasing several different units. Wireless microphone systems and bluetooth receivers, Mp3 audio players onboard, and options like battery operation and built in casters and handles make for extremely versatile products, especially useful for speeches, corporate events and sports and fitness studios, where the system can be removed easily from the room at night for security.
The onset of digital amplifiers has allowed powerful active systems, free of the large amp cases and cabling, with everything contained on the rear of the speaker, making transport and set up a simple task and lessening the amount of equipment needed. They are reliable, cost effective, and produce astounding results that defy their modest size.
The larger pro systems for Dj’s, bands and other live performance are now extremely powerful, robust and technically advanced, with features like active digital crossovers and wide sound field dispersion allowing truly outstanding sound reproduction at those higher output levels, whilst remaining affordable and lightweight enough for easy maneuvering. Large diameter subwoofer units for providing area filling bass whilst taking the strain away from the stereo pair are now more portable than ever, and can be considered by many mobile Dj’s that would not have been able to physically handle that type of unit in the past.
From a classic Hi-fi speaker, to studio monitors, through mobile entertainment units and high power performance rigs, there is something to suit all budgets and every situation that requires sound, and you can expect quality and years of use from whatever you choose.