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Classroom Sound System

Hello all,
I am able to purchase a new sound system for my classroom this year, but I need help in figuring out what I need.  I have a drop ceiling, so I can use either wall mounted speakers or in tile speakers.  I would like to get a system that is able to handle my CD/DVD player and have the option of adding bluetooth or airplay to use my iPad.  Any suggestions?
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on April 13, 2013 6:34am
I am not equipped to help with the details.  I would only suggest that you purchase a wireless microphone system for yourself.  I have used one for about 5 years.  It has saved me so much.  At the end of the day, my voice feels great.  Occasionaly, I forget to charge the batteries and I don't have it to use.  At these times I am reminded of how strained my voice would sometimes feel by the end of the day.  Good luck.
Glenn Obergefell
Riverside HS Choirs
Painesville, Ohio
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on April 14, 2013 8:46am
I do this sort of thing for a living. 
I could give you a couple of pointers, for free - in the spirit of ACDA fellowship!
e-mail me at meljr-la(a)
on April 15, 2013 9:07am
Having received a couple of e-mails (I did suggest it :-) ), I think I'll put a couple of tips out, here, to get a couple gripes off my chest:
1.  When starting the quest for the sound system for whatever purpose, first look at where the sound needs to go - how can you cover the area "where the ears are".
2.  Figure out (you may need help with this!) how much power you'll need to bring the playback/reproduction/reinforcement level to a point where the noise under normal circumstances (noise floor), won't leave someone complining they can't hear or resolve the details you want them to get from the playback or lecture, etc.
3.  Decide what you want the listeners to hear:  speech, music, etc.
4.  Deal with the format challenges:  From what source are you playing (IOS, plain old CD or DVD, other unique source), does it have to be Stereo, Surround, inteligible?  And -
5.  Begin the establishment of the budget based on the needs, as well as the "arbitration from above your pay grade"!
Here endeth the first lesson...
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