We’ve extolled the virtues of distributed audio for your home, but what about for your business?
Distributed audio is to PA systems like telephones are to tin cans with strings. Well, maybe not exactly, but they’re a great advancement.
The type of business you own helps determine the type of distributed audio system you need. We likely all are familiar with the type of business that plays some background music that you can technically hear but is really fairly unnoticeable. This music is usually played at a fairly low volume, not unlike the type of music you might hear on an elevator.
The beauty of distributed audio is that if you are in a grocery store or department store — places at which announcements are frequently made, such as “customer service is needed in housewares” — announcements can be made at a higher decibel than the music being played, therefore making it easy to hear and get information.
With a PA system, you cannot modulate the volume or designate announcements to come through only certain speakers — whatever you pipe through will go to every speaker at the same volume.
If you have an office building, you may or may not have music continually playing, but you still may need to make announcements, like the way schools use their PA systems to make announcements.
Only So Far
With a conventional public address system, your options are limited. Any speakers connected to your system will carry the message being sent — you cannot pick and choose your outlets.
Setting up a PA system also involves copious lengths of cables and wiring, and your reach is still limited.
With a distributed system, your speakers can be up to 500 feet apart and use wiring that is significantly less bulky.
Also with this type of system, transformers and amplifiers work together to distribute the power more evenly through the speakers. You can install equipment that gives you as much or as little power as you need, depending on the size and needs of your business.
It’s important to consult with a professional when making decisions in this area. You don’t want to buy more power than you need, but you don’t want to end up with an inadequate system, either. Additionally, you want to make sure it’s installed safely, so that your components can handle their loads without being damaged.
Part of the equation is whether your system will operate in a noisy or quiet environment. Is your system going to be used in a football stadium or an insurance office? This will matter when you consider power.
Jump on the Bandwagon
Technology is complex, but it brings it bring so many advantages to our lives. That’s why we here at TYM Smart Homes & Home Theaters have dedicated ourselves to bringing technological advancements to homes and businesses in Utah and throughout the Intermountain West.
Call us or come in to find out more about distributed audio systems and what they can do for your business.