Buying the Equipment
Decide if you want to go analog of digital. If you want to go analog then go with whatever your music is currently store on. So if vinyl go with turntable or if Cds get some good CDjs and a mixer. For those who want to go digital your budget will have to include the laptop if you don’t already have one. A controller or time coded turntables. You will need an external hard drive to store your music on. Speakers to play the music with.
If the speakers are passive you will need to include an amp. If powered speakers no external amp required. Now lets take a few to think about the speakers for a minute. You can build up to some good speakers they are not needed in the beginning. The reason being you may just blow some speakers in the beginning. Nothing like spending a lot of money on speakers and start feeling the mix a little bit too much and blow some expensive speakers because the drinks was flowing.
The Big Speaker.
A lot of us want the biggest speakers , the best highs and that deep base. We also think budget is the determining factor when buying speakers I say to that no that’s bs. Although budget is important but People you will have to carry those speakers. So before you ever buy speakers please take a look at the weight of the speakers. Also what about the car you drive? Nothing like getting big speakers and have to load them in a small car. Yes all before you have made these mistakes.
If you have a regular size car you don’t want to try stuffing a 18″sub woofer in your backseat. A decent pair of 12’s will do. You will not blow the place down but they will hear you. Your back will also thank you for it. Oh yeah get a hand truck as well. You want to include in your equipment the connectors. You will need official speaker cables. If you get power speakers the amps are in the speaker itself. Its great for quick setups but it does make the speakers heavier. Passive speakers you will need to find a amp to power them. These speakers are lighter as well.
The amp to speaker ratio I found this on the net , you will want to do separate research before buying speakers and amps
This means a speaker with a “nominal impedance” of 8 ohms and a program power rating of 350 watts will require an amplifier that can produce 700 watts into an 8-ohm load. For a stereo pair of speakers, the amplifier should be rated at 700 watts per channel into 8 ohms
The connectors are the most forgotten part about budgeting. Connecting to the amp if you go that route and speaker cables. You will need a microphone it doesn’t have to be a great one to start with but something that your guest can make announcements with. This is it you basic set up everything else is an enhancement to this set up .