What is a portable audio system? The definition depends on who a person is talking to. The public can think of an iPod and a dock or a boom box. Those in the audio system industry would have a very different definition of speaker sets, wireless receivers and transmitters, microphone systems, etc. This article will deal with the second definition, portable audio and music audio system. Even under this definition, the difference between systems can be dramatic. Systems can range from ultra portable handheld PA speakers, such as Anchor MegaVox PRO or Anchor MiniVox Lite to Intermediate Systems such as Anchor Liberty or Xtreme and large capacity audio systems such as the Anchor Beacon Sound System.
These are all standalone portable devices, which offer amplification, speakers and microphones. The size difference allows for a system that can efficiently transfer audio to a small group in a limited space to systems capable of transmitting audio clearly in large open areas to accommodate up to 5000 people. The larger systems also offer greater possibilities, such as wireless microphones, single wireless microphone receivers and multiple wireless receivers. Varied systems also offer options like built-in MP3 players. Of course, the ability of the Daisy Chain, or tie up multiple devices, allows many of the smaller systems to be used to reach larger crowds as well.
While the smallest systems are usually battery-powered, the larger systems often allow AC and DC operation, from internal batteries and external power sources. Depending on the degree of portability required this may be an important consideration. If the presenter will move, as you would do when giving a tour, or possibly at a rally or parade, the little handheld, battery-powered option would be the best.
On the other hand, when the presentation is to be given from a fixed location, larger options may fit better. Larger portable audio systems are easily moved from one place to another, with set and degradable times that are minimal, but they are not designed to be portable during use. Here the considerations will be space and crowd. A decibel level high enough to carry sound effectively should be determined and equipment obtained to meet or exceed this standard. Access to power is another important factor. While Beacon offers AC / DC power, the Extreme requires AC, and can not be used if power outlets are not available. Liberty offers both power source options as well. The anchor covers the range of portable audio systems and produces a solid, professional and high quality product line, but I will not say that they are the only brand that makes it. Shop around to find the system that best suits your needs.
How do you decide what their needs are? Some simple questions can help with that process. First, how big is the place? Is it indoors or outdoors? Is there a wide open area, or are there many barriers to blocking sound waves? What is the size of the audience Im addressing? Should I project in a straight line or do I need a sound project in a radius to effectively cover the audience? What acoustic considerations are there?
For example, the place is full of plush articles that dampen sound or are it roughly difficult surfaces, or are there big sources of background noise that must be reported? How portable must the system be? Will power be available in the arena? How often will the system be used, is it a single event and temporary use or regular use in the long term? Finally, what is the budget available? Systems can range from under $ 200.00 for the smallest to several thousand dollars for more powerful systems, so budget is an important consideration.
Will the use received from the system motivate the cost?
What is the cost of having an inadequate system?
These questions should paint a fair picture of the type of system required. As long as the purchased system is sufficient for the required information, the sound quality will be good on any of the anchor systems mentioned. However, the sound quality deteriorates when a system is overloaded.
To investigate specific aspects of portable audio systems, visit completed audio system dealers. They can offer system advice based on your specific needs, they can also offer product specifications to clarify what a particular system can do. Excellent sources of information are available on the Internet; However, a buyer is often well-suited to talk with friends and employees who have experience of different products. Personal experiences can be invaluable to finding the right products for your needs. With the high potential costs, take time to investigate well before you buy.