How To Buy a TV Listening System

January 19, 2016 | Leave a comment

With hearing loss, simple home activities like watching TV can become a problem, not only for the person who is hearing impaired, but also for the other members of the household.

To cope with hearing loss, many people simply crank up the volume on their TV set. This, in turn, strains the patience of family members and friends, and disturbs the peace and harmony of your home.

TV listening systems restore pleasure to your nightly viewing by boosting volume in a personal headset while everyone else hears the TV at comfortable levels. From inexpensive headphones to wireless solutions, TV listening systems provide a range of features at a variety of price points.

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7 Steps to Choosing a Classroom PA System

January 18, 2016 | Leave a comment

The PA system for your classroom can critically impact students’ performance. Versatile and affordable mini PA systems can solve a wide range of classroom challenges.

Schools often are plagued with poor acoustics, and, of course, boisterous students. Making the teacher’s voice loud and clear is crucial to grabbing students’ attention. The right classroom PA system can remake an unfocused class into one that shines.

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Church Sound Systems & the Volunteer Engineer

January 18, 2016 | Leave a comment

In setting up the sound system in a church or house of worship, it is important to remember that your sound engineer is usually a volunteer or at most a part-time professional. To accommodate volunteer sound engineers, the sound board should allow easy operation. By the same token, even the most straight forward sound system requires a sound engineer who is dependable, cooperative and has a “good ear”. Ideally he or she should be knowledgeable about overall sound operation, and familiar with your particular sound system’s technical strengths and limitations. Ultimately the person who operates your sound board can – quite literally – make or break or your sound system.

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Wide-Band (WB) vs. Narrow-Band (NB) FM Systems

January 15, 2016 | Leave a comment

When to Use Wide-band vs. Narrow-band FM Systems? Read on to find out!

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

January 13, 2016 | Leave a comment

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 variety of sizes and shapes that serve a wide variety of functions.

With so many different models to choose from, how can you tell which portable tabletop lectern is right for you?

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Signal Flow of a Typical PA Setup

January 13, 2016 | Leave a comment

PA systems come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to fit many different tasks, from music amplification to speech reinforcement. But all systems have three components in common:

An input transducer (such as a microphone or pickup) to intercept a sound signal and convert it into an electronic signal

An amplifier to boost the weak signal produced by the pickup to a level that can power a speaker

An output transducer (such as a loudspeaker) to convert the electrical impulse from the amplifier back into sound waves that move through the air to the ears of listeners

From this foundation, more complicated PA systems can evolve that include mixers or mixing consoles, extra speakers, preamps, and many other externals.

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A Rain-or-Shine Solution for Outdoor Events

January 12, 2016 | Leave a comment

Summer’s arrival means different things to different people: boat races, baseball games, parades, even marching band competitions.

What do all these events have in common?

For each of these events, it’s crucial to get a portable sound system that lets your voice be heard in all kinds of weather conditions.

Loud hailer PA systems do just that as they rally your friends and fans!

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8 Features to Consider When Shopping for a Midsize PA System

January 11, 2016 | Leave a comment

When purchasing a midsize portable PA system there are a lot of things to consider to ensure you make the best choice for both your venue and your budget. By taking the time to consider these 8 key features, you can rest easy knowing you’ve selected the perfect system to meet your specific needs.

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3 Sound Solutions to Help Get the Word Out

January 8, 2016 | Leave a comment

Most churches and houses of worship are subject to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This means that, for public meetings and religious services, ADA-compliant listening systems should be available on premises.

Even houses of worship which are exempt from ADA compliance have found that having a listening system can increase attendance and make religious services a more fulfilling experience for many.

Having assistive listening devices (ALDs) on hand not only serves elderly and hard-of-hearing parishioners, but also parents with babies or young children who may have to step outside for a few moments.

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

January 6, 2016 | Leave a comment

PA systems package compatible components to suit specific types of venues. 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 impulse from the amplifier back into sound waves

The following 6 principles – what we at AudioLink call the 6 “P’s” of PA selection – can take the guesswork out of getting the right PA system for your sound reinforcement needs.

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