Frequently we get requests from clients who need to purchase new speakers. One of the first questions we consider is: What is your application? After we have a clear understanding of your application we can then move to the next step that is speaker types.
What is your application?
You may consider what you want to do with the speakers you purchase. Is it for a house of worship, theatre, educational space, club, restaurant, outdoor (sport facilities, stadiums, open spaces, amphitheatres, schools, fuel stations), indoor (arenas, malls, warehouses, halls, sport facilities). The capacity of the venue is also important for the output your speakers must give. Remember to consider that any venue sounds different once it fills up with people. Finally, we like images and dimensions. For us to make an informed decision on speaker type we need to know how your venue looks and what the height, width and length is. What materials does your venue consist of? Is there a lot of brick face walls, curtains, windows, carpets, tiles, upholstered chairs, false or concrete ceiling? All these factors determine you type of speaker.
Speakers fall into two major categories: passive and active.
A passive speaker has the amplifier separate from the speaker.
A signal plugs into the amplifier, then output cables takes the powered signal to the speaker from the amplifier. On Agile Noise you can look at: Passive speaker https://agilenoise.com/product/wharfedale-delta-15/ and Amplifiers: https://agilenoise.com/product-category/sound/amplifiers/
Passive speakers are ideal for clubs, large format setups, traveling artists and permanent installations.
An active speaker has its own amplifier built into the speaker.
The speaker has an input signal only. Usually active speakers form part of small format systems. Sometimes also referred to as a powered speaker. On Agile Noise you can look at: Active speaker https://agilenoise.com/product/wharfedale-titan-15-d/
Active speakers are ideal for clubs, small format setups, weddings and DJ’s.
Here is a link to our mixers: https://agilenoise.com/product-category/sound/mixers/
A typical sound setup will look like this: sound mixer gives an output signal that goes to an amplifier and from there to a passive speaker. In the case of an active speaker the sound mixer gives an output signal directly into the active speaker. In a setup, speakers can also be placed at different places in the venues to serve different purposes.
Your main speakers in front are referred to as FOH (Front Of House) speakers which faces your audience directly from the front. As part of the your FOH setup you might have the subwoofers separate in which case it is placed in line with the FOH speakers.