PA stands for “public address”. A PA system is a speaker system powerful enough to address the public at events, concerts, conferences, ceremonies, etc.
There are many different formats of PA systems ranging from portable pairs of powered speakers to larger sound systems with multiple speakers arranged in stacks. The size and format of a PA system is customisable, and speakers and components can be added and removed as necessary.
Here’s everything you need to know about hiring a PA system.
PA systems are speaker systems designed for public use. There’s no real formal definition – a PA system can be any speaker system sufficient for producing loud audio.
Some PA systems contain two simple powered speakers, which is probably the smallest system available, whereas others contain multiple speakers arranged in stacks with separate amplifiers and a mixing desk.
There are many types of PA systems – there’s no single format.
A PA system contains multiple components, such as:
PA systems may require mixing desks
A PA system contains everything you need to run audio at an event. But, of course, the exact specifications of the setup and what’s included depend on the event in question.
This event is a small party or wedding event with around 50 people. For an event this size, the PA might feature:
This event is a small music event for 50 to 100 people with live music. For an event this size, the PA might include:
PA systems come in many different shapes and sizes. There’s no one-size-fits-all option.
If you’re unsure about what you need for your event, Chaps PA will listen to your event size, requirements, attendance, performances, etc, and come up with an appropriate package.
For example, a small party will require a different system than a bass-heavy DJ night! Getting the system right is crucial to the event – if the system is too quiet, the audio won’t be audible or have the impact required.
On the flip side, if the system is too big, the audio might be too loud for the event.
If you’re looking to hire a PA system, you’ll mainly need to consider how many speakers you need.
Most small-to-medium-sized events of 50 people or so require just two full-range speakers. From there, you’re probably looking at four or more speakers with a mixture of full-range speakers and subs. Larger events might benefit from elevated line array speakers.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend the following wattage systems for different events:
It’s worth noting that it’s not just speakers that you need for a PA – there are also mixing desks, playback devices and other components to consider. This varies from event to event.
For example, a conference might require a simple mic setup, whereas a music event with a live band will require multiple mics, monitor speakers, and a mixing desk.
Ultimately, the answer is that it depends!
That’s why it’s important to work with a PA hire provider that really knows their stuff, like Chaps PA!
The cost of hiring a PA system varies depending on the specification of the system. Chaps PA has a full price list here.
With our reasonable day rates of £30 for full-range professional speakers like the Audiotechnik Q7 and Q10 and £75 for the compact Yamaha LS9-16, it’s possible to assemble a powerful PA system for just £250 or so, including cables and hardware.
You can add playback devices like DJ decks and a mixer for just £150, and mics start at a very reasonable £5 per day.
All in all, Chaps PA delivers professional audio equipment at a very reasonable rate for both small and large events. Contact us for an exact quote on what you need.
You can find details of our PA hire packages here.
Here’s a rundown of the packages we offer:
If you’re looking to hire a PA sound system, contact Chaps PA, and we’ll gladly assist you!