What is a PA System and which to choose?

What is a PA System and which to choose?

Weddings, business conferences, cafes, clubs, bars and any type of venue. Whether you are a singer, musician, DJ or any kind of stage performer, you'll need to have a reliable PA system in order to be heard.

In this article we'll walk you through the different options available in the market and provide you all the information you need in order to pick the right PA System for you.

As a performer, you need a PA system that delivers crystal clear sound. With so many choices available in the market it can be difficult to know what works best for you.

There are some aspects to consider when choosing the right PA System: how much you want to invest in a PA System, the size of the venue and the audience, if you need to carry it around or not, etc.

We'll walk through these and some other important things to consider and together we'll find the perfect equipment for you, whether it's the first PA System that you get or you're just looking for an addition or upgrade to your current setup.

What is a PA System?

PA stands for public address, so a PA system is a public address system (also known as a sound reinforcement system). PA system is basically an electronic system comprising microphones, amplifiers, loudspeakers, and related equipment. 

There are different components according to the specific needs, but every PA System shares the same basic functions:

  • Amplifies signals
  • Monitors performance using monitors or speakers
  • Uses line inputs, converts acoustic sounds into electronic signals.
  • Mixes and processes said electronic signals using different effects and a mixing board.
  • Delivers sounds through speakers.

Some other functions may be available, as different PA systems may have different features and capabilities. Knowing what you want or need from your PA System will determine which one to get. 

Let’s take a look at the most common PA systems available.

Complete PA Systems with mixer


They are a great choice if you are looking for an option that includes everything you need to get going. If it’s your first time getting a PA System these are perfect, as they avoid possible compatibility and configuration issues that may appear when getting the components separately. You can also save a lot of money by buying these in a bundle. This one-in-one portable PA system includes an 8-channel mixer, Bluetooth audio, an AKG microphone, two two-way full range loudspeakers, two speaker stands with carrying bag and a power cable. 

All-in-one PA Systems (no mixer)


This JBL 10-inch loudspeaker is highly innovative and is part of JBL’s new EON700 Series of powered Pas that leverages the latest acoustic science, transducer designs, cabinet materials and advanced DSP and control technologies to deliver extraordinary performance in a fully professional, highly flexible, easy to use, portable system. This PA system is ideal for singers and songwriters, DJs, houses of worship, and corporate A/V providers. 

This bundle includes two JBL 10" Two-Way Self-Powered 1,300W Speaker, two Compact Speaker Stands with Carrying Bag and two 50'' XLR Male to XLR Female Professional Cables. This bundle does not include a mixer. If you need one, we suggest you check our powerful compact mixers. https://www.translation.equipment/mackie-1402vlz4-14-channel-compact-mixer/

Another important aspect to consider when getting a PA System is: How portable it has to be?

Since a traditional PA system is made up of separate components -Mixer, speakers, monitors, power amps, each one playing a different role- they require enough space to store, transport and to set up. 

If you’ll need to get your PA System to another location frequently, you may want to choose a compact/portable PA System that includes everything that you’ll need in a single piece of equipment, comparable in size to a regular PA Speaker and easy to fit in the back of a vehicle.

Keep in mind that these compact options may have some limitations, as you are not able to customize or control the sound as much as you will with a traditional PA setup.

Finally, we have Personal PA Systems, also called Voice Amplifiers.


These consist of a portable mini–PA System with a built-in rechargeable battery. You can comfortably wear them around your waist and they are perfect for keeping your audience‘s attention without straining your voice in order to be heard. Ideal for teachers, meetings, guided tours, fitness coaches, kids’ camps, presentations, auctions and more. It comes in black and in white.

If you are still unsure about which one to choose, we are here to help.

Call us at 888-878-8935 or send us an e-mail to Sales@translationequipment.net and our dedicated sales associates will assist you.

2nd Dec 2022 Translation Equipment

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