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

8 Features of Tabletop Lecterns & Lectern Housings to Consider Before Buying

All lecterns theoretically fit on a table or desktop, and, unlike free-standing podiums (that stand on their own pod or foot), lecterns are relatively small and portable. But some lecterns are less portable than others. These lecterns tradeoff weight and portability for other features that may be of equal or greater importance. As a result, tabletop lecterns come in a… Read the rest

Get a Podium & PA System That’s Right for You

6 Guidelines to Choosing a Podium & PA System Are you looking for a PA system for your next formal event that not only amplifies voices but also dignifies your presentation? Podiums provide such features as  built-in sound systems, authoritative appearance, and portability to a wide variety of presentations. Podiums are incredibly versatile, with styles and features to accommodate rooms… 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

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

2 PA Systems With Bluetooth Cure Your Audio Presentation Blues

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Adding 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

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

As 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

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

Get An Outstanding Lectern in 5 Simple Steps

How to Find a Lectern That Fits Your Needs & Your Desktop All lecterns theoretically fit on a table or desktop, and, unlike free-standing podiums, lecterns are relatively small and portable. But some lecterns are less portable than others. Tabletop lecterns come in a variety of sizes and shapes that serve a wide variety of functions. With so many… Read the rest

5 Guidelines for Getting Your Ideal Podium

Get a Podium & PA System That’s Right For You A podium with a built-in PA system is in many ways a grown-up lectern. From school auditoriums to the White House, podiums are an essential part of formal presentations – both big and small. These 5 guidelines to getting your ideal podium will help you understand your needs and make… Read the rest