8 Features to Consider When Shopping for a Midsize PA System

First things first – what exactly is a portable PA (public address) system, let alone a midsize PA system? Sound systems encompass everything from a humble megaphone to the acres of Marshall stacks used at the biggest rock concerts. What all these sound systems have in common is that they use a microphone, amplifier and speaker to magnify sound… Read the rest

7 Outdoor Sound Reinforcement Solutions

For outdoor events, you need a sound reinforcement system that packs the power necessary to make your voice and/or music heard. Indoors, acoustic reflections help the sound system amplify the sound. Outdoors, these reflections disappear, taking with them the perceived power of your system. To provide the same level of sound reinforcement as an indoor system, an outdoor system must… Read the rest

5 Portable PA Systems For Large Venues

Large sound systems must be powerful, but these 5 PA systems are portable too! For large venues, PA systems need power. The portable sound systems we recommend drive large, heavy-duty loudspeakers with amplifiers rated at 100 Watts or better. In addition, the large PA systems we recommend are more portable. These PA systems use lighter loudspeaker magnets; integrate compact digital… Read the rest

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

Anchor Audio PA systemLike 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?

speaker on TV standAll 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

2 PA Systems With Bluetooth Cure Your Audio Presentation Blues

Anchor Audio PA systemAdding audio to your presentations should be simple: just hit play on your device, and sound comes out of your PA system. Right? As many event planners have found out the hard way, it’s not so easy. Different media players have different audio adapter sizes, cords aren’t always long enough and PA systems don’t always offer enough audio inputs. Fortunately,… Read the rest

7 Do’s And Dont’s For Multimedia Presentations

Multimedia presentations are an integral part of any meeting, conference or event. If you’re an event planner or a presenter, there are a host of issues that can keep your presentation from having the impact it deserves. Whether you’re presenting in front of your organization’s board of directors or a crowd of attendees at a trade show, use our list… Read the rest

7 Solutions to Common Wireless Microphone Problems for Event Planners

Wireless microphones are a favorite standby for event and meeting planners. As an event planner, you’re likely aware of the many benefits that wireless microphones offer. Wireless microphones offer superior mobility for your presenters, help reduce stage clutter and tripping hazards, are incredibly easy to use, and come in a variety of configurations, including options for handheld or hands-free microphones,… Read the rest

5 Tips To Help Event Planners And A/V Technicians Work Together

microphone equipmentAs an event planner, you’re known for your superhuman feats of organizational strength. You help create your event’s schedule, secure a venue, accommodate the needs of your presenters and register hundreds of attendees, all the while with a deadline and budget looming over your head. The one thing you may need help with, however, is A/V production. Don’t worry, you’re… Read the rest

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

conference microphonesEvent 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