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DJ Equipment Speakers and Mixers - Selecting the Right Units by  Craig Bennett

DJ Equipment Speakers

Speakers are, obviously, a very critical part of any DJ's set up, so you need to carefully consider your choices. And you won't find any shortage of choices. Online stores carry all the major brands and models, and you can often learn quite a bit just by browsing the online descriptions. Of course, if you have any friends who are DJs you can get plenty of advice from them.

For starters, there are two kinds of dj equipment speakers: active and passive. Active speakers have amplifiers built in, so all you do is send a signal from your mixer to each speaker. Of course, you do have to adjust the speakers before your event, and there is the issue of getting electrical power to each speaker which means more wires run to where you locate your speakers. But lots of DJs prefer this system and the simplicity it offers.

Passive speakers have no built in amplifier, so you must have either an external amp or a powered mixer to feed your speakers.

I prefer passive speakers hooked to an external amp. But this is a matter of personal preference.

DJ Equipment Mixers

DJ Equipment Mixers are at the heart of any DJ's setup. For the new DJ the choices might be a bit bewildering, but they need not be. A mixer is just that - a device that lets you combine two or more inputs into one output that typically feeds your amp and then your speakers. It's more that just a "switcher" that allows you to select inputs, although sometimes that's what it is used for. And it's more than just a volume control, although, again, it does that, too. But it does more.

DJ equipment mixers allow you to have all those great fades from one input to the other. Some mixers come with built-in effects so you can modify your sound in cool ways. Most all mixers have EQ controls which allow you to shape the sound coming from the different channels by adjusting the bass, mid-range, and highs.

The other thing a mixer does for you is it allows you to use a pair of headphones to listen to only one channel at a time, or to listen to the entire mix. You will find this to be extremely valuable.

The DJ doesn't need some large console mixer with 24 or more channels. Often four channels will suffice. Stick with one of the major brands and really learn how to use your DJ equipment mixer and you should be off to a great start.

Conclusion

The main thing is that all your gear - from DJ equipment speakers to your DJ mixer to headphones and microphones all works together properly so you get good sound - and happy clients.

Craig Bennett is a freelance copywriter and former college instructor in Business Administration. He created http://www.MoneyTalkDaily.com as a resource for individuals and families in these difficult economic times. He has also worked as a sound tech and with DJs, and enjoys writing on various topics at sites such as http://www.purchasedjequipment.com.

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