Bulk Speaker Cable. Floor Pockets
Have you ever seen a sound system installation that looked every bit as cool as it sounded? While the digital mixer, glowing faceplates and bright L.E.D. indicators might be the flashier parts of the system, it can often be the more subtle touches which can give your p.a. the look of a custom-crafted rig. Lets take a look at a couple of these simple yet effective features: Floor pockets and bulk speaker cable.
Now, Im sure many are already thinking, Seriously? Is that the best you can do? Keep in mind that Im thinking of budgetary concerns here. If you had the budget available to have a system designed and built for your needs, you probably wouldnt be interested in making your current system look like it was. Follow me? I thought so.
Bulk speaker cable can improve your system in a number of ways. First of all, you can make your cables in whatever length you need. Excessively long cables look pretty sloppy. Having cables where the length is just right gives a neater, cleaner appearance. Just as importantly, and maybe even more so, is the fact that overly long speaker cables result in added resistance which makes your power amplifiers work that much harder and could potentially diminish their efficiency. While the sonic benefits may be negligible, keeping your amps working at their best is bound to improve their longevity.
Also, bulk speaker cable can be purchased in multi-pair configurations. If your system is bi-amped or tri-amped, you can run a single cable with multiple ends instead of several cables. Once again, the result is a less cluttered look.
Another benefit is that bulk speaker cable is available in a number of different gauges. (Keep in mind that a smaller gauge number reflects larger wire. For example, 12-gauge wire is larger than 16-gauge wire.) In general terms, it is safe to assume that bigger is better. Particularly in high-volume and/or high-powered applications, get the heaviest wire you can get. Heavier cable will carry more signal over greater distances.
Always remember that old cliché: a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If you connect a quality mixer to great power amps, and then connect them to great speakers with cheesy cables, youre asking for trouble. Get the best cable and the best connectors you can.
Floor pockets can really help to clear away the excessive cable clutter and give your sound reinforcement system a custom look. Instead of running all your onstage microphone and audio cables to a snake box, they can run to a couple of different floor pockets, which in turn are wired to the audio snake and then on to the mixer. This way, connections are hidden from view and are also protected by a heavy-gauge steel lid, minimizing the possibility of damage.
Internally, most floor pockets can be fitted with any connectors you may need, including XLR, Speakon, Ό, RCA, VGA, Cat5, or even 110VAC. As a result, your monitor power amps, for example, could be located offstage so you would only need to run a speaker cable (a really good one, of course) from the floor pockets to the monitors. With the number of connector options available, you are only limited by your imagination.
By using these two relatively inexpensive tips, you can give your p.a. system the look of a rig which was built especially for your facility, and clean up a cluttered mess of cables in the process.
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