Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Consumer Electronics  > TV, Home Theater & Audio > Public Address System

Public Address System Cost


How Much Does a Public Address System Cost?

 
low costBasic Public Address System: $100-$275 Per Dayaverage costProfessional-Quality Public Address System: $300-$800 Per Dayhigh costBuying a Public Address System: $130-$20,000+
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)

A public address system, commonly called a PA, may come in many sizes and cost levels. The type of equipment needed is often determined by audience size, venue location and the specific use.

Typical costs:

  • A basic public address system for a speaker or solo musician typically rents from $100-$275 per day. Northern California's Live Sound Audio[1] offers a $95 package for indoor or outdoor events of up to 200 people. Included is a PA system, one wired microphone and stand, iPod connectivity, two 10" speakers with stands, setup and delivery. This setup is ideal for one person speaking or streaming digital music, but not a full band.
  • A band or DJ suitable public address system typically rents for $300-$800 per day. For $400, Pro Audio Chicago[2] rents a big band package which will carry audio to 300 people at a club or event. Equipment includes a 24-channel mixer, two handheld wireless microphones, two subwoofers, four speakers, four direct input boxes, all cables and stands and common band add-ons like a drum mic kit. The extra components of these packages are necessary for a band with multiple instruments to plug in to the same PA system. Studio 116[3] in Los Angeles rents a mid-level DJ package for $350, which projects in a room of 500 people and includes extra amplifiers and subwoofers to project a loud dance beat.
  • Buying a basic public address system for a speaker typically costs $130-$400. These portable systems weigh 3 to 26 pounds and run on batteries. Included are a wireless microphone and speaker that will project sound within a 100-foot range. For $139 shipped, Musician's Friend[4] carries a NADY PA system suitable for presenters in classrooms, conference rooms, churches and small auditoriums.
  • To purchase a multi-channel public address system, suitable for singer-songwriters, solo musicians or DJs, typically costs $330-$600. Markertek[5] sells an 8-channel Samson PA with two speakers for $500 shipped. The upgraded mixer and iPod connectivity makes it suitable for presenters, but also for a guitarist or keyboardist who would use separate channels for an instrument, a drum machine or vocals, for example.
  • To purchase a band-quality public address system typically costs $2,000-$5,000 but can go higher than $20,000 for the highest levels of technology. A 16-channel PA system with two speakers and stands, two monitors, 4 microphones and all required cables. This system carries sound to indoor and outdoor audiences of a few hundred people can run around $2,400+.
Related articles: Wedding Music Band, Live Ceremony Music, Wedding Reception Venue

What should be included:
  • A basic public address system should include a microphone (which receives the sound), a speaker (to project the sound), a mixer[6] (to control volume and sound quality) and all required cables.
  • For larger crowds where the sound will need to carry, amplifiers and powerful speakers are often packaged with PA systems. Monitors[7] , which let band members hear their performance on stage, are another option, as are speaker stands, equipment cases, an iPod adapter, battery packs and wireless microphones.
  • Delivery, setup and pickup should be included with most PA rentals, though this should always be confirmed. Nick Foster Entertainment[8] in San Francisco includes a comprehensive sound check in addition to set up, to make sure everything is working properly.
  • An instruction manual should be included with all rental PA systems. In addition to providing the instructions, Audiolinks[9] offers phone support during business hours.
Additional costs:
  • Renting a wireless microphone typically costs $40-$50 more than a wired microphone.
  • Renting monitors typically costs an extra $30-$75 each.
  • When renting sound equipment, expect to pay at to run the equipment at the event.
  • Northern California's Live Sound Audio[10] offers sound package upgrades such as an on-site sound engineer ($100), broadcast quality wireless mics ($155) and the Avid Pro Digital Console, which adds numerous options to a band-quality PA system ($495).
Discounts:
  • Save more than 50%when renting a PA system for longer than one day. Meeting Tomorrow[11] rents a unit that typically costs $195 per day for $585 each week, a savings of 57 percent.
  • Free shipping is common when shopping online for a public address system.
Shopping for a public address system:
  • Search by state for sound engineers to work an event at the Audio Engineering Society[12] , a trade group for sound engineers.
  • Musician's Friend[13] has a buying guide for band-quality PA system components.
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


8 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
PA Systems
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jeffrey Miranda in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: March 19th, 2011 08:03PM
Make/Model of System: JBL/Mackie
PA Systems will vary in cost depending on what you require. This article shares many good points. Many portable PA systems feature active (also known as powered) speakers. In essence they do not require an amplifier. For many small to medium events (especially just if using it for speech) can be handled with a system like this. I would recommend Mackie or JBL, as they both offer powered speaker systems. The JBL system works great! http://www.neologicsound.com
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Public Address System
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Make/Model of System:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.livesoundaudio.com/audio-rentals-pricing//
  2.  proaudiochicago.com/packages.html
  3.  www.studio116corp.com/soundrental.html
  4.  pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nady-WA-120-Portable-PA-System-with-Wireless-Omni...
  5.  www.markertek.com/Audio-Equipment/Speakers/Portable-PA%27s-Megaphones/Samson-Technologi...
  6.  www.amazon.com/Soundcraft-Notepad124FX-4-input-Audio-Effects/dp/B003GKTX86
  7.  www.amazon.com/PYLE-PRO-PASC12-Two-Way-Monitor-Speaker/dp/B0007L8A5O/
  8.  www.nickfoster.net/P.A.%20Systems.pdf
  9.  www.audiolinks.com/PortablePASystemsRental.shtml
  10.  www.livesoundaudio.com/audio-rentals-pricing//
  11.  www.alltimefavorites.com/v/7356.htm
  12.  www.aes.org/member/search/
  13.  www.musiciansfriend.com/resources/article/PA-Systems-Full-Version-Buying-Guide/m710128
More Consumer Electronics Topics
Check Out All Costs for Consumer Electronics Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Prices Toshiba 32C120U Prices Nintendo 3DS XL Prices

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com



Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
X-RAY HIP UNI 2+ VW
Paid: 493.00
New patient office visit $93Took 2 xrays of my hip $493Insurance company noted Charge Exceeds Defined Pay amount on the Xray. Ins Co. noted Charge Exceeds the contractual allowance per the contract. Ins. Co... [more]
-Living is costing me to Death
X-Ray Cost
Front struts for 06 Acura MDX
Paid: 325.00
Dealer quoted $1500 for all 4 struts/shocks ($750 Front; $650 Rear). Shopped it around and found they were way over priced! Used Monroe OESpectrum on fronts (excellent) and rear didn't need to replaced..... [more]
-Foolmeonce
Car Shock Absorbers Cost
Trane 3Ton 13SEER XR13
Paid: 4217.00
Upgraded my 10yr old Goodman A/C unit for a Trane. AS Heating & Cooling were great to work with and had the better pricing and financing between the 3 certified Trane installers for the area. Great team and quick to work... [more]
-Chris87
Central Air Conditioner Cost
Annual cost Houston TX
Paid: 169.00
Our home is 3100 sf. We had termites 15 years ago they were treated and are now on annual inspection plan with same company for over 15 years. The inspection is limited to a visual walk around only... [more]
-Richard Markel
Termite Control Cost
what deck's cost
Paid: 1600.00
I can build an 8 by 8 deck with two sets of stairs for 25 a square foot usually you just need to go see how much a box of screws cost and 1 2x12x16 then tell me I'm to high and remember you don't pay cheap for a good doctor lawyer hair sty... [more]
-Tim the trim carpenter
Deck Cost
TIMING BELT
Paid: 395.62
Replaced Timing belt, Alternator belt, Power Steering belt, Crank Shaft Seal and Cam Shaft Seal... [more]
-REYNOSO
Replacing a Timing Belt Cost