Deciding on the number of watts you need can
be a confusing business! Websites don't always say whether the
wattage of the speakers and amplifiers they're selling are the
Peak power or the RMS, or average continuous power. Peak power
can be misleading, as you wouldn't be able to get that amount
out power out of the speakers or amplifier constantly.
not have your PA system turned up to its full capacity
because any peaks in the music may cause distortion. On the What
PA? website, we always show the power in watts RMS - the power
it can comfortably and safely deliver over a long period of
time, which is what you want.
That makes it easier to compare different
speakers and amplifiers, and to decide whether you are getting
value for money as well as a system that's right for your needs.
When you're trying to decide how many watts
you need, you can start with our very basic guide below. There
are other factors such as the acoustics in the venue, whether
you're indoors or out, and the sound pressure level (SPL) of the
speakers, but we're trying to keep things simple for you!
If you need help,
please complete our
simple enquiry form or email