With so many types of speakers available, it is easy to become confused about what a ‘DJ speaker’ is. There is no one specific type of ‘DJ speaker’ that is one all DJs use, but there are some things that DJs need to have in their speaker setup that are not so important in home theaters or PA system speakers. Below are some things that DJs need to keep in mind when looking for speakers.
There are two main types of speakers that DJs use: active and passive. Active speakers have a built-in amplifier, while passive speakers require power from an outside source. Some DJs prefer active speakers, because the amplifier being built in means that it is specifically configured to work best with the speaker. However, this can make the speaker heavy, making it difficult to transport to gigs. Passive speakers are lighter, and allow for more customization when setting up a room for a gig, so some DJs prefer those. It is generally recommended to use an amplifier of the same manufacturer as your speaker, to ensure they are compatible, and to use an amplifier with equal or greater power rating than the speaker.
Types of Speakers
Each DJ will likely need several types of speaker as part of his arsenal to ensure that he always has what is needed to cover each gig. While not all DJs use them, many like to use a monitor speaker. Monitor speakers project the music being played at the DJ, allowing them to mix their music as they see fit. PA speakers are available individually or as systems to be purchased all together. They are made to pump out music at high volume for extended period of time, so they are the backbone of your speaker setup. If the type of music you will be playing will feature a lot of bass, look for PA speakers with large cabinets, as these allow them to handle bass better than others. Some systems have PA speakers made specifically to handle bass, but those can be pricey. The last main type of speaker that a DJ might need is a subwoofer. Subwoofers are made to handle some serious bass, which means you can dedicate your PA speakers to projecting the higher frequency sounds.
What To Look For
As when making any expensive purchase, it is important to do your research before buying. Once you think you have narrowed down your options to a few brands, take the time to look up reviews online. The internet allows us to know more about products than has ever been possible before, so take advantage of it! If you are having a hard time finding reviews, check out DJ forums and blogs, as they can be a great resource to find the best DJ speakers. Check around online to compare prices once you have decided which brand and model you want; prices can vary widely, especially between brick-and-mortar stores and ordering online, but be sure to include shipping costs in your research.