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I’ve just read with great interest the topic “audio set up” and as a follow up would be equally interested in knowing more about the gear a DJ would use in say a room the size of Mr Ms or a bit smaller (100 or so people). That’s just a vague size to give a starting point. I know a bit about home HiFi but nothing about the kit a mobile Dj would use and realise it’s a completely different ball game or can you get home hifi with serious volume? It’s the speakers and amp requirements that I find most interesting and whether you can achieve hifi clarity when you jump up to higher volumes. Levels that I don’t think your 50 or 100w hifi would reach or would they? Back on the DJing gear...  Passive vs active speakers, vintage equipment vs modern, amp output, acceptable levels of Decibels etc. Some gigs I’ve been to have a great sound system whilst others have problems with distortion, a lack of clarity and can be painfully loud. I love listening to mainly sixties recordings and like to hear it loud and clear, after all I think it does sound better that way. 

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This is an interesting topic. I have been over to England maybe 3-4 times and visited maybe 6-8 soul nights and I am shocked at how loud the music is. Seriously. I was at Crossfire (London) some time last year (2018, maybe September?) and the Boogaloo room was SO LOUD! It was crazy. The music was amazing, but many of us were cowering behind the DJ (there was an alcove behind the decks and speakers) and it was even too loud there. I know my ears are damaged by years of loud music (I am 47), but some of the other folks there must be straight up deaf.

I DJ small spots around California (bars, pubs, small halls) and I have a little set up in case there is no PA system. It is from a company that may no longer be around ("Phonics"): 500 watt amp and two passive 15" speakers. I also use a basic Stanton M203 mixer and two Numark TT1 turntables (the limited edition ones with the chrome plinths - not because they look flash, but because they are super heavy!). Also use the basic Sony MDR-7506 studio headphones.

 

 

   

  

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Accrington Soul Club 

At Accrington Town Hall we use K-Array Sound System.  Very powerful Very Loud and everything in Balance   .

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On 12/03/2019 at 16:39, Cycadman said:

Whether you can achieve hifi clarity when you jump up to higher volumes. Acceptable levels of Decibels etc. Some gigs I’ve been to have a great sound system whilst others have problems with distortion, a lack of clarity and can be painfully loud. I love listening to mainly sixties recordings and like to hear it loud and clear, after all I think it does sound better that way. 

That's until you have tinnitus as I do which is a life changing experience when it's permanent. Sadly long term there's nothing clever about unnecessarily loud music as I have found to my expense over the years especially when it becomes a too regular experience. Excessive volume when using headphones at home was the main cause of my hearing sensitivity. 

Too many DJ's place speakers right next to their working environment, the decks, thereby having no accurate idea of how loud the volume outgoing is from being behind it. I usually place speakers towards me from the back of the room if I have long enough cables, noting it's easier to mix with this arrangement as well. With that set up I'm fully aware of precisely how loud it is and if I feel uncomfortable so will the customers.

Play music too loud and people cannot sit down and talk in comfort. Not everyone wants to dance for several hours. Reduce the socialising opportunities and you'll lose a number of customers for follow up functions, guaranteed.

It's remarkable what equipment you can use in relation to amplification in small venues. For years I have gone mixer to NAD 3240PE hi fi amp, then through a disco amp [which only has volume settings]. That set up has never let me down and sound quality is excellent. 

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