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The Emperor's New Sound System

In 1837, Hans Christian Andersen wrote "The Emperor's New Clothes", a story about a vain Emperor who was convinced by 2 swindlers that they could make him the most fabulous suit of clothes anyone had ever seen. They were paid a great deal of money, but delivered nothing. You are probably familiar with this story as a child's fable, but it still contains a valuable lesson today.

There are unscrupulous people who will try to sell you sound systems for large amounts of money, but don't fall for it. The fact is: It simply does not cost that much for terrific sound!

Let's look at a few examples:


Stadium Systems

  • Premium System:
Start with 4 premium 15" 2-way, horn loaded, high output, high directivity speakers, a professional power amplifier, 4 channel digital mixer, professional microphone, including installation:
$5130.00
This system will cover any High School football field for voice and music with power and clarity!

  • Slightly Smaller System:
Using 4 premium 12" 2-way, horn loaded, high output, high directivity speakers, a professional power amplifier, 4 channel digital mixer, professional microphone, including installation:
$4730.00
This system will cover most High School football fields for voice and music with power and clarity!

  • Basic System:
Using 2 premium 12" 2-way, horn loaded, high output, high directivity speakers, a professional power amplifier, 4 channel digital mixer, professional microphone, including installation:
$2755.00
This system will cover smaller High School football fields for voice and music very well!

  • Simple System:
Using 2 15" 2-way, standard output, standard directivity speakers, a professional power amplifier, 2 channel simple mixer, professional microphone, including installation:
$2205.00
This system will cover small High School football fields for voice and music very well!


Auditorium/Sanctuary Systems

  • Premium System:
4 premium 15" 2-way Directed Coverage speakers, a professional power amplifier, 32 channel digital mixer,
4 premium wireless microphones plus wireless head mic, including installation:
$7775.00
This system will cover any Church Sanctuary or School Auditorium!

  • Slightly smaller System:
4 premium 12" 2-way Directed Coverage speakers, a professional power amplifier, 12 channel digital mixer,
4 premium wireless microphones plus wireless head mic, including installation:
$6359.00
This system will cover most Church Sanctuary or School Auditorium!

  • Basic System:
4 premium 8" 2-way speakers, a professional power amplifier, 12 channel digital mixer, 2 premium wireless microphones plus wireless head mic, including installation:
$4755.00
This system will cover smaller Church Sanctuary or School Auditorium!


Gymnasium Systems

  • Premium System:
6 premium 15" 2-way Directed Coverage speakers, a professional power amplifier, 2 channel mixer, wired microphone, including installation:
$5465.00
This system will cover any School Gymnasium for voice and music!

  • Slightly smaller System:
6 standard 15" 2-way speakers, a professional power amplifier, 2 channel mixer, wired microphone, including installation:
$4297.00
This system will cover most School Gymnasium for voice and music!

  • Basic System:
6 standard 12" 2-way, speakers, a professional power amplifier, 2 channel mixer, wired microphone, including installation:
$3894.00
This system will cover smaller School Gymnasium for voice and music!

These examples illustrate that if someone comes to you with prices like $20,000.00 or even more, they are trying to take advantage of you. There is absolutely no reason to spend that much on any sound system !

Here are a few "Sound System Horror Stories"; Mistakes and Rip-Offs I have seen over the years: