What is the Difference Between Active and Passive PA’s?

Two Main Types of PA Systems In the world of portable and permanent PA systems, you will usually hear the words “active” and “passive” when describing the type of PA system being used. This blog will explore what the real differences are, the pro and cons, and why you may want to use one over the other. A lot of… Read the rest

The 6 Principles for Choosing a PA System That’s Right for You

Like any sound reinforcement system, a PA system — or Public Address system — has three components:  – A pickup device (such as a microphone) to convert sound waves into an electronic signal  – An amplifier to boost the weak signal produced by the pickup to a level that can power a speaker  – A loudspeaker to convert the electrical… Read the rest

Line Array vs. Point Source PA Systems: Which is Ideal for You?

All PA systems (or public address systems) have three things in common: a microphone to pick up sound, an amplifier to boost it electronically and at least one speaker to broadcast it to a listening audience. Beyond these commonalities, PA systems come in all shapes and sizes, from handheld megaphones at football games to massive, scaffold-mounted systems with dozens… Read the rest

5 A/V Tricks to Boost Attendee Engagement at Your Next Event

Event planners pride themselves on mastering every detail of their meeting, conference or lecture series. But it’s often easy for planners to overlook the most important event planning detail of all: attendee engagement. Event planners should know that the quality of a venue’s A/V infrastructure plays a critical role in the ability of a presenter to engage an audience. Bad… Read the rest

3 MegaVox PA System Features Teachers Will Love

The school year is about to start and once again teachers everywhere face the age-old problem of how to grab students’ attention in a world where distraction runs rampant. Portable classroom sound systems are an affordable and proven way to boost a teacher’s voice to all corners of the classroom, gymnasium or schoolyard. If you’re seeking an affordable sound system… Read the rest

Need a PA System? Try the Fender Passport PA System

If you’re looking for a portable, easy-to-use amplifying device that delivers plenty of audio support and power during a performance or event, try a Fender PA system. The Benefits of Using a PA System As the technical director of an a cappella group, I love gear and favor products that deliver power and support. But I am also a… Read the rest

Instrument Cables, Speaker Cables: What’s the Difference?

Why All Cords Aren’t Created Equal Consider the common cable: Two plugs, 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch, with a few feet of cable in between. That’s all there is to it, right? Wrong! Using the right cable at the right time can mean the difference between a crystal clear tone and a humming mess. In extreme cases, the incorrect cable… Read the rest

Which Loudspeaker Should You Use With Your Amplifier?

amplifierMatch Amps to Speakers Without Driving Yourself Crazy Matching a loudspeaker to an amplifier is a seemingly arcane process, full of exceptions and confusing “rules-of-thumb” bandied about by quasi-mystic front-of-house engineers and MacGyver-like technicians (gaffer’s tape clutched firmly in hand). For those of us who just want to hook up a simple PA system for our band’s vocalist, or who… Read the rest