PA Systems & Sets

 

 

PA Systems

 

Complete systems, fully featured and ready for work. There is a wide variety of systems available for all types of requirement and performance level, and custom packages together for you if those available are not suitable for your needs.

There are smaller packages for fitness and dance studios, aerobic instructors and sports centres, going up to medium sized systems that would suit a mobile entertainer, singer, acoustic performer or for giving speeches and public events announcing.

Our larger systems are perfect for live music bands, professional mobile Dj’s, outdoor performance events and for studio rehearsal rooms.

 

Small Systems

 

Systems start off small in size, perfect for easy maneuvering and simple set up. These are generally powered (active) trolley based units with built in amplifiers, mp3 players, VHF or UHF radio microphones, as described fully in our Portable PA section.

They are perfect for the person on the move, with everything being contained in the one unit. Many now also feature a battery power system, so can be charged up and used where mains power is not available.

 

Medium Systems

 

Medium sized systems step things up a notch, with a pair of speaker cabs in either active configuration, or passive with a separate amplifier. These will often include stands for the speakers to raise them off the floor, connection cables and leads. Packages can also include a mixing controller, though some of the active speaker units actually feature built in mixers and microphone inputs.

These systems come in several sizes, with the industry standard being either 12 inch or 15 inch (woofer diameter) units. Power handling varies by price point and manufacturer, but even the cheaper units will have a continuous rating of at least 200w

 

Professional Active Rigs

 

This is for the serious Dj, band, small clubs, outdoor events and for hiring systems. Usually consisting of a pair of powered 12 inch or 15 inch tops, and often 1 or 2 separate powered subwoofer units which can be used as bases for pole mounting the tops.

Using an all active system like this provides a power output and sound delivery that is truly impressive. Each unit is self amplified, meaning 4 amplifiers in a sub/top setup, all working together, with the signal being fed through the subwoofers active crossover system to filter out the sub bass frequencies from the signal going to the tops, which is then separated into mid and treble by the top speakers own crossover. This active frequency filtering ensures that the speaker drivers only receive the optimal signal they were designed for, which allows them to run much more efficiently, which in turn, allows the entire system to run much more efficiently.

 

The traditional designs of top cabinet and subwoofer have also now been joined by the availability of affordable line-array style set ups, which work in a slightly different way but give exceptional results. These familiar curved front systems were up until recently out of reach for all but the largest of production companies, but advances in technology and manufacturing has brought them onto the general market.

 

Professional Passive Rigs

 

Generally used in larger permanent installations such as nightclubs, larger bars, concert venues and arenas, and still popular with outdoor events companies due to the cabinets not containing weather sensitive electricals, the passive speaker market is still a big player despite the huge popularity of its active alternatives.

In a large system, especially in a club for instance where speakers are on walls, in ceilings, in stacks etc, the ability to control them from a singular location is still the best option available. A dedicated amp room can be wired specifically to suit the system, with multiple zones, active equaliser and crossover units, bi-amping or bridging, rack power distribution. It also allows that particular room to be temperature controlled for much better performance and longevity of the amplifiers. Servicing and repair is also made much simpler, as your electronics are all in one place, and your speaker units will only ever require damaged drivers to be replaced, as nothing else is onboard. This is especially useful when the speakers are being incorporated into a buildings architecture.