Does using a 70-volt system mean that I’ll experience poor sound quality?

Not at all. Some of the industry names synonymous with great sound quality (JBL, Bose, Klipsch, and many more) produce speakers for 70-volt applications. That heavily branded retail store you’ve visited with the rumbling bass response or that hotel casino destination bar with the crystal clear acoustics are both almost certainly running a 70-volt system.

How do I know what size amplifier I will need?

The amplifier you’ll need is determined by the total wattage your speakers require to power them, plus 20% overhead to account for any surges in power demand from the speakers. For instance, if you had a system that required (6) speakers that each used five watts of power, you’d use the following formula to figure out the size of your amplifier:

6 x 5 x 1.2 = total minimum wattage of amplifier
In this case, the minimum requirement for the amplifier would be 36 watts.

How many speakers will I need in my business?

If you’re using flush mount ceiling speakers that are typically used in drop tile ceiling environments, a good rule of thumb would be 400 sq. ft. of audio coverage per speaker at 10’ of ceiling height. If you’re using 5” surface mount speakers typically used in a drywall/open ceiling environment, a general estimation would be that you’ll get approximately 500 sq. ft. of audio coverage per speaker at 10’ ceiling height. If your environment is oddly shaped, more speakers may be required to ensure each area is adequately covered.

How much will a new audio system cost me?

Not as much as you think. While the cost associated with your new audio system will vary based on your specific needs, we have great pre-configured options that work for many businesses, such as a 4-speaker system complete with commercial music service for only $999 installed. Contact us for a consultation that allows us to create a proposal that is tailored to your needs.

I’d like to play different types of music in different areas of my business at the same time. How can I accomplish this?

It’s easy. A second amplifier and accompanying speakers connected to a separate audio, such as a SiriusXM radio or a PlayNetwork player will allow you to mold the aural experience of a given area to the tastes of your customers.

The amplifier that powers my home audio setup is rated in the hundreds of watts, why does your commercial amplifier require so much less power?

The commercial audio systems in business applications typically use what is known as a 70-volt audio system, which utilizes a low-impedance power distribution that offers many benefits not seen in a standard audio system. Primary benefits include:

  • A large number of speakers can be powered by a single amplifier – the only limiting factor is total wattage consumed by the speakers calculated against total wattage provided by the amplifier. Standard audio systems using a traditional impedance to power the system’s speakers often max out at only (4) speakers
  • Individual speakers or groups of speakers within the audio system can be controlled by an independent volume control as opposed to having add a new amplifier to control each different volume zone
  • The speakers can be installed a long distance from the amplifier without power loss. Need a speaker installed several hundred feet from the amplifier? A 70-volt system excels where a standard power distribution system would fail. Speakers in quiet areas can be “tapped” at a lower power consumption to lower the volume of the music being played, while speakers in a louder area can be tapped at a higher power consumption to increase the volume of the music being played by those speakers