Welcome to the PA Department
So what exactly is a PA system? “PA” stands for public address. The term originated in the early 1900s when the first microphones, amplifiers and speakers were invented. A PA system is basically a means to amplify sound.
These days PA systems come in many shapes and sizes. Our PA department salesmen will help you choose the system that is best for your particular needs and you will be able to listen to it in our large upstairs showroom.
How do I know what type of PA system is right for me?
The first questions we ask someone looking to purchase a PA are: How many inputs will you need, what is the size of the area you need to cover, how loud do you need to be and what is your source material.
Let’s say you’re a single act – acoustic guitar and vocal. You play restaurants and coffee houses. With that information we can assume you only need a couple of inputs on your PA, the area you need to cover is fairly small, you don’t need to be very loud and your source material is vocals and acoustic guitar. We would recommend the Bose L1 compact ($999.00), The HK Audio Lucas Nano ($699.00) or the Peavey Escort 3000 ($699.00). These are all very portable systems that sound amazing.
As another example, a seven piece R&B cover band comes in looking for a PA. They have a lead vocalist, guitar, bass, drums, keys and two horns. The guitar player, bass player and keyboardist sing also. They want to run all the instruments through the PA. They play large clubs and outdoor venues. From this information we can figure they need at least 16 inputs, will have to cover large areas, and will need to be able to pump up the volume when needed. We would recommend a 24 channel Presonus StudioLive 24.4.4 digital mixer ($2799.00), a pair of QSC K12 powered speakers ($849.99 ea.) on top of a pair of QSC KSub powered subs ($1129.99 ea.), and six EV ZLX-12p powered speakers ($399.00 ea.) for floor monitors. This system consists of high quality components and is still surprisingly portable for its high output.
These are just a couple of examples of how we can help you make an informed decision for your PA purchase. We have a great selection of active and passive speakers, powered and unpowered mixers, effects processors, power amps, wired and wireless microphones, in-ear monitor systems, stands, cables, adaptors and much more.
Brands We Carry
Peavey | Electrovoice (EV) | QSC | Crown | Shure | Audio Technica | Point Source Audio | CAD | Behringer | DBX | Soundcraft | Bose | HK Audio | Gator (cases) | Mipro | Middle Atlantic Products | Allen & Heath | Eminence Speaker