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Things to Consider When Buying Power Amplifiers
A high-quality amplifier is a must if you want to accommodate sermons, classes, board meetings, or even remote broadcasts, so choosing the right one is crucial. Power amps have to be efficient and technologically advanced to provide the very best sound possible. They also have to have certain features to accommodate all of your AV needs, and the only way to get the right amp is to learn what those features are.
In addition to price and brand, there are many features that are found in most power amps, making it much easier to compare one amp to all the rest of them. Below are some of the features you should consider before deciding which amp to buy.
Just like any other piece of electronic equipment, power amps come in many different price ranges, so you can certainly find one that meets your budget. While the cost of the amp shouldn’t be your only consideration, most smaller businesses and houses of worship have to consider it because so many of them have tight budgets. Power amps can be as low as $200 or as high as $1,200 or more, so you certainly have a big range to choose from.
Number of Channels
Power amps have different numbers of channels, but most have either one channel – called a mono-block – or two channels, which indicates stereo. One is not necessarily better than the other, and your decision will be based on other traits of the amp and not just the channels. Still, you might want to consider researching the pros and cons of each type before deciding which one to purchase.
This might sound odd, but if you’re going to be on the road or otherwise moving your power amps around frequently, you certainly don’t want the heaviest ones out there. Just like price, the weight of the amp should not be your main consideration, but if all other traits are the same, this factor alone might be what you need to look at to decide which amp to purchase in the end.
Sleep Mode Function
Again, this may not seem like an important feature, but it can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. Some amps even have a sleep mode disable function in case you don’t want them to automatically turn off after a certain point. Just consider the pros and cons of each of these so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.