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How to Choose the Right Mixer/Amplifier

By Jennifer Slattery in Audio & Technical 101, Commonly Asked Questions
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When choosing a mixer, amplifier, or mixer amp, there are several questions to consider before making a decision. it's important to explore these questions, so you can ensure the equipment you invest in will suit your application and function properly long-term.

What Is the Difference Between Commercial and Home Amplifiers?

By Jennifer Slattery in Ask An Engineer, Audio & Technical 101, Commonly Asked Questions
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What are the differences between a commercial amplifier vs. a home amplifier? Can I use a home amp for my business or warehouse? What complications could result in doing this? We explore and answer these common questions.

Everything You Need to Know About Transformer Taps

By Jennifer Slattery in System Customization, Audio & Technical 101
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When you have a distributed speaker system (also known as a 100 or 70 Volt) – which are most commonly used where multiple speakers are required such as airports, shopping centers, schools and sports arenas – each speaker must be connected to a transformer which has a selection of input taps. Input taps are used to select the relative amount of wattage the transformer should pass onto the speaker based on its application. Smaller, lower noise areas may only need 5 watts, while larger and louder areas may need 20. Find out more about tap settings and how to use them here.

How to Create In-Wall Speaker Zones with Volume Controls

By Jennifer Slattery in System Customization, Audio & Technical 101
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Oftentimes, when we design a system for a commercial or retail space, we deal with a number of speakers and varying sizes of space. Just like sound systems, no two spaces are the same. As a result, it becomes necessary to cater the operation of your sound system to your space and your needs. One way to easily personalize your system is to create independent zones using volume controls, that allow you to tailor the audio of your space to meet the needs of your clientele and ambiance.

Three Things to Look for in a Quality Commercial PA System

By Jennifer Slattery in Audio & Technical 101
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Commercial PA systems can accept simultaneous input from audio players and microphones and distribute to multiple-zones. These can be very simple systems and can handle basic background music as well as announcements for special events up to very complex and highly capable IT-based and computer-controlled distributed audio systems. This makes them extremely versatile for different applications, but it's crucial to understand what to look for when looking for or designing a quality commercial PA system. Here are the three most important things to assess:

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