Selecting an Audio Visual Vendor
Planning on buying a sound system? Here are the things you should know before you purchase. Learn the right questions to ask and how to find a vendor who understands your needs.
Be honest! How many times have you been ready to throw your fitness sound system components out the window due to frustration over its poor performance? How often have you scratched your head and wondered if you really have the right sound system to do the job in your fitness facility or dance studio?
Sound systems can be a complicated subject wrought with technical language, insiders’ jargon, and just plain mumbo-jumbo. We’ll cut through all that and give you some general concepts in non-technical language that should help you make more effective equipment purchasing decisions.
DEFINING YOUR AUDIO NEEDS
Ask yourself what type of music playback equipment do you need — record player, tape deck, CD player and MP3 player or iPod? How much power (expressed in watts) do you need? Will the equipment be stationary or portable? What is your personal preference? What is easier to use based on the nature of your operation?
SEPARATE COMPONENTS vs. INTEGRATED SYSTEMS
Input and output are virtually all compatible on all currently available equipment. (To check on compatibility of old equipment, call an expert). “Line”, “Auxiliary”, and “Tape” outputs are commonly referred to as “line level” as opposed to (microphone) “mic level”. Audio information is transferred between components such as tape decks, CD players, and amplifiers through these "line level" outputs. Integrated systems have the advantage that they are usually more compact and are easier to transport as a complete system, compared to individual components.