JBL Speakers: Which One Should I Buy For My Next Big Party ?

Most mobile DJs look for a comprehensive package of gear which includes a sound system tuned to individual needs and aspirations. But, how do you choose the sound system? In the first place, you need to understand the difference between active speakers and passive speakers.

Before we explore active and passive speakers, let us get some basics. The power of your speakers is expressed in term of watts. However, a higher wattage like 500 watts may not necessarily deliver louder sound. Therefore, you will need to understand other aspects of the speaker before you choose one. Remember that your speakers will determine the other components of your DJ set up. Have a look at the JBL powered speakers on jdsound.com.au for a range of speaker sets.

Peak power vs. RMS power

When you look at the ads for various speakers, you will often notice the peak power being mentioned prominently. However, this is not what the speaker will deliver when you continuously stream audio. Peak power only represents what the speaker is capable of handling in the event of spikes. Therefore, what you should look for is the RMS which is a measure that indicates continuous power. Although this is more applicable for passive speakers, it helps to gain a good understanding of how this works.

Passive speakers

Your investment ability will primarily determine whether you choose a passive speaker or an active speaker. The major difference is that you need an amplifier to go with passive speakers. These speakers are more affordable as compared to the active ones. Also, remember that you need to match the watts of your speaker with your amplifier. In other words, the specifications of the amplifier should match with the RMS rating of the speaker.

Active speakers

The main advantage of active speakers is that they are powered. Therefore, a DJ does not need to worry about the amplifier. Each speaker comes with a volume control and can be connected directly to the mixer. This type of speakers can fit in any event.

The wattage rating on these speakers represents the power of its internal amplifier. With a 500 watt JBL, you can comfortably accommodate some 400 teens dancing. Another desirable feature of this variant is that usually, they are linkable. However, active speakers tend to be more expensive.

Brands

Regarding the brand, JBL today has an extensive range of speakers including some wireless Bluetooth models. This variant affords great portability with an excellent sound output. Yamaha, Mackie and Behringer are among some of the most popular brands.

More importantly

Irrespective of the type of speakers you choose, it is important to keep in mind the kind of audience you play to and stay away from cheap brands with a reputation for low quality. Remember that a good pair of speakers sits at the heart of your DJ performance. Mobile DJs should also focus on keeping their equipment compact so that hauling them to the venue and back is not a big challenge.

7 things that we as a nation can learn from other countries!

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“To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often” Winston Churchill

The world is constantly changing. I would assume this is an effort to achieve perfection in the various endeavours we are all engaged in. IT, crop production, banking, and energy too.
 
In a bit to obtain eco-friendly energy sources, nations are moving into renewable energy sources, and solar energy is at the forefront. Nations in the Middle East and North Africa are reaping from this, and I believe we as a nation can learn from them.
 
So, what can we learn from these nations?
 

1. Local firms can do it too

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Funny enough, the companies taking the lead in these solar parks are local firms such as Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and they are relatively new in this field of renewable solar energy.
 
The fact that it is not large European, Chinese or American companies taking the lead shows it’s pretty easy and the entry costs are not limited to only powerful financial players.
 
Another advantage local firms have the local advantage. They have on the ground experience developing energy and electricity projects. They also understand the regulations, the local power grid and the incentive structure. These give them an edge over most international companies.
 

2. Requires ample space and sunlight

Of note, is the fact that most of these projects are being implemented in North Africa and the Middle East. This is due to their preexisting conditions of ample sunlight (desert climatic conditions) and ample cheap land. These conditions make investing in solar energy quite ideal since the investment costs are dipping and have been doing so for the past several years.
 
These are all conditions which are within our country and can take advantage off.
 

3. Market

People are becoming increasingly aware of the effects of non-renewable energy sources. This coupled with the fact that most oil reserves are being depleted, makes it ideal to invest in solar energy.
 
The market for solar energy is increasing leading to the increasing demand for large solar power plants.
 

4. Government’s role

Companies in these nations have submitted record-breaking bids. Saudi Arabia’s ACWA submitted a bit of 5.85 cents per kilowatt hour which were later broken by Abdul Latif Jameel which submitted a bid of 2.99 cents per kilowatt hour.
 
Note: These low prices will not set new standard low prices because the economic conditions are unique in the Middle East.
 
Most of these companies are able to do this because their governments have made it possible to access low-cost capital from local banks and sovereign funds. This shows that the government plays a pivotal role in the development and growth of solar energy.
 

5. Opportune time to invest

The cost of providing utility scale power has plummeted. A good case study is the US whose cost fell by about 60% between the period 2017 to 2015. This makes it the best time to invest with the increasing market and the plummeting investment costs.
 
By being late, most companies are benefiting from the low-cost entry into this market.
 

6. Straight forward technology.

There are some few differences in technology, but it is quite easy to grasp. Despite this, the tech is pretty much similar to conventional power plants. Therefore no huge expertise is required. That is why giant retailers like eurosolar global have had such a huge success all around the nation.
 

7. Collaborations

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Most of these ventures in the Middle East are joint ventures with foreign firms which have more experience in the field of solar development. These ventures happen to be a win-win situation for all the parties involved
 
In the Middle East ACWA works with Spanish engineering and construction company. TSK works with solar modules made by American company first solar.
 
In these collaborations, both companies gain. The local companies develop their capacity in the field of solar development by learning from the wealth of this established companies. On the other hand, the foreign companies increase their odds of penetrating the market.
 
Collaborations are also helpful since there is a transfer of knowledge. This knowledge transfer is vital for nations that are the fossil fuel dependent to diversify into other energy sources so as to help in their economic growth.
 
So, as discussed, I consider it wise to conclude that now is the time that we as a nation invest in solar energy. The costs have never been lower, and it is a renewable energy source. Beyond that, it creates thousands of jobs for the youths in our nation.
 
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