Public Address Systems

Public address systems allow communication with many people at the same time through a series of speakers built into the walls and ceilings.

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  1. PD BHW40BK 4" Wall Mount Speaker Pair - In/Outdoor Black
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    PD BHW40BK 4" Wall Mount Speaker Pair - In/Outdoor Black
    • Weatherproof IPX5-rated speaker pair
    • Ideal for outdoors and indoors
    • Adjustable rotary switch for 100V or 8 Ohm operation
    • Two way speaker system with crossover network
    • Aluminium marine grade grille
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  2. PD BHW30WH 3" Wall Mount Speaker Pair - In/Outdoor White
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    PD BHW30WH 3" Wall Mount Speaker Pair - In/Outdoor White
    • IPX5-rated pair of weatherproof wall loudspeakers
    • Suited for indoor and outdoor use
    • Adjustable rotary switch for 100V or 8 Ohm operation
    • Two-way speaker system with crossover network
    • Aluminium marine grade grille
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  3. PD BHW50BK 5.25" Wall Mount Speaker Pair - In/Outdoor Black
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    PD BHW50BK 5.25" Wall Mount Speaker Pair - In/Outdoor Black
    • Weatherproof IPX5 wall loudspeaker pair
    • Adjustable rotary switch for 100V or 8 Ohm operation
    • Two-way speaker system with crossover network
    • Aluminium marine grade grille
    • Easy installation with click-on wall bracket
    £119.00
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  4. PD BHW40WH 4" Wall Mount Speaker Pair - In/Outdoor White
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    PD BHW40WH 4" Wall Mount Speaker Pair - In/Outdoor White
    • IPX5 weatherproof pair of wall speakers
    • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
    • Adjustable switch for 100V or 8 Ohm operation
    • Two-way speaker system with crossover network
    • Aluminium marine grade grille
    £109.00
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  5. 2 x Weatherproof Garden Speaker System - Bluetooth Amplifier
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    2 x Weatherproof Garden Speaker System - Bluetooth Amplifier
    • Versatile weatherproof garden speaker system
    • Contains two outdoor garden speakers with IPX5 weatherproof design, protecting against rain and dirt
    • Speakers designed for 100V systems, and provide 360-degree sound projection due to unique shape
    • Includes six-channel amplifier with mic inputs and RCA line inputs for connecting external devices
    • Equipped with Bluetooth technology for wireless streaming from smart devices, and USB/SD MP3 player
    £299.00
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  6. 4 x Weatherproof Garden Speaker System - Bluetooth Amplifier
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    4 x Weatherproof Garden Speaker System - Bluetooth Amplifier
    • Commercial weatherproof garden speaker system
    • Includes four garden speakers designed for 100V circuit, with IPX5 rating to prevent rain damage
    • Speakers have discreet finish and a unique shape, providing clear 360-degree sound projection
    • Equipped with six-channel amplifier with in-built MP3 player with USB/SD ports, and line/mic inputs
    • Bluetooth technology enables smart devices to be paired for wireless streaming of audio
    £419.00
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  7. PD CSPB8 8" Ceiling Speaker 100V Line, White
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    PD CSPB8 8" Ceiling Speaker 100V Line, White
    • Flush fitting ceiling speakers offer a modern, discrete appearance
    • Easy installation process with spring-loaded positioning clips
    • Durable white ABS construction blends in seamlessly with any interior design
    • Perfect for use in restaurants, bars, offices and homes
    • Full-range speakers deliver defined background sound production
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  8. Vonyx VX2USB MK2 Twin USB Media Player USB/SD/BT
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    Vonyx VX2USB MK2 Twin USB Media Player USB/SD/BT
    • Professional MP3 player
    • Dual channels with single or master outputs
    • Bluetooth technology and a USB/SD MP3 player on each side
    • Blue LED display with ID3 tag information
    • 1U (19”) rack-mountable for professional applications
    Regular Price £105.00 Special test Price £99.00
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  9. PD BGO30 Water Resistant Wall Speakers Pair, Black
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    PD BGO30 Water Resistant Wall Speakers Pair, Black
    • The BG series feature a two way, bass reflex speaker system equipped with a polypropylene woofer, a polyamide dome tweeter and a custom designed crossover network.
    • Specially designed for background music.
    • The weather resistant enclosure with aluminium grille makes this speaker pair ideal for indoor or outdoor use, like terraces, outdoor events, swimming pools, garden areas and marine or boat use.
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  10. PD BC65V 6.5" Weatherproof Wall Speakers, Black
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    PD BC65V 6.5" Weatherproof Wall Speakers, Black
    • High power output
    • Weatherproof IP56
    • Suitable for In- and Outdoor use
    • 2 way speaker system with crossover network
    • Aluminum Grill and Mounting bracket
    Regular Price £129.00 Special test Price £115.00
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  11. 12 x 5.25" Commercial Ceiling Speaker System - Background Music System
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    £319.00
    12 x 5.25" Commercial Ceiling Speaker System - Background Music System
    • 100V line single-zone commercial audio system
    • Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming
    • RCA line inputs for permanent audio sources
    • Built-in USB/SD MP3 media player
    • Microphone inputs for announcement and speech purposes
    £319.00
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  12. Active Bluetooth Wall Mounted Music System - PD DS50AB Black - 5.25"
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    Active Bluetooth Wall Mounted Music System - PD DS50AB Black - 5.25"
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio streaming
    • AUX input and output for wired connectivity and connection to external audio systems
    • Subwoofer output to expand the system
    • Auto-on function
    £115.00
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  13. PD FCS6 6.5" Low Profile Ceiling Speaker
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    £52.00
    PD FCS6 6.5" Low Profile Ceiling Speaker
    • Magnetic fit steel grille for a neat flush finish.
    • High power ceiling speaker
    • 2-Way coaxial speakers
    • 100V / 8 Ohm operation
    • Supplied per piece
    £52.00
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  14. Multimedia Player - PD PDC75 Bluetooth, USB, FM
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    Multimedia Player - PD PDC75 Bluetooth, USB, FM
    • USB/SD MP3 player
    • Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming
    • FM radio with external antenna connection
    • 6.3mm Jack or XLR microphone input
    • 3 AUX inputs for wired audio playback
    £98.99
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  15. PD CSPB5 5" Ceiling Speaker, 100V Line
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    PD CSPB5 5" Ceiling Speaker, 100V Line
    • Tappings: 3W, 6W @ 100V
    • 5 inch, white ceiling speaker that can be used for either wall mount or ceiling mount applications
    • Fits flush against the ceiling or wall thanks to the spring loaded positioning clips
    • Quickly connected to other speakers or amplifiers with the screw terminals on the rear of the speaker
    • Fitted with matching transformers for 100V line tapping to provide additional speakers to your 100v line setup
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  16. Skytec 6.5" White Wall Speakers Pair
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    Regular Price £99.00 Special test Price £92.99
    Skytec 6.5" White Wall Speakers Pair
    • Supplied per pair
    • Mounting brackets supplied
    • 2.5cm Mylar dome tweeter
    Regular Price £99.00 Special test Price £92.99
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  17. PD HS20 Weatherproof PA Horn Speaker
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    PD HS20 Weatherproof PA Horn Speaker
    • High power horn speaker
    • ABS plastic housing
    • Weatherproof IP66
    • Supplied per piece
    • Power taps: 5, 10 and 20W
    Regular Price £46.99 Special test Price £43.99
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  18. PD BV40V 4" Wall Speakers Pair, Black
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    PD BV40V 4" Wall Speakers Pair, Black
    • 2 way speaker system with crossover network
    • Mounting bracket for horizontal or vertical use
    • Supplied per pair
    £43.99
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  19. DAB Media Player - PD PDC40 - USB & Bluetooth
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    DAB Media Player - PD PDC40 - USB & Bluetooth
    • DAB+ and FM media player
    • Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming
    • USB MP3 player to connect a USB device for audio playback
    • 19" rack-mountable design
    • LCD display with blue backlight
    £165.00
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  20. PD BC50V 5.25" Wall Speakers Pair, Black
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    £95.99
    PD BC50V 5.25" Wall Speakers Pair, Black
    • High power output
    • Weatherproof IP56
    • Suitable for In- and Outdoor use
    • 2 way speaker system with crossover network
    • Aluminum Grill and Mounting bracket
    £95.99
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  21. PD BC40V 4" Wall Speakers Pair, Black
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    Regular Price £73.00 Special test Price £65.99
    PD BC40V 4" Wall Speakers Pair, Black
    • High power output
    • Weatherproof IP56
    • Suitable for In- and Outdoor use
    • 2 way speaker system with crossover network
    • Aluminum Grill and Mounting bracket
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  22. E-Audio B416B Wall Speakers & Brackets, Black
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    Regular Price £26.99 Special test Price £25.99
    E-Audio B416B Wall Speakers & Brackets, Black
    • The B416 speakers are excellent for both the modern home and commercial use including multi-room system installation and are highly recommended for PA use.
    • The components have been designed to offer a powerful sound output at all volume levels in most environments.
    • The B416 series are Moisture-Resistant in design, making them suitable for bathrooms, kitchens or sheltered outdoor areas.
    • Made from a tough ABS material for extended durability, and boast crisp, clear, dynamic sound.
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  23. Pendant Speaker - PDS40B - 30W - Black
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    £67.00
    Pendant Speaker - PDS40B - 30W - Black
    • Pendant speaker ideal for commercial installations for background music in rooms with high ceilings
    • 100V line and 8 Ohm operation suitable for small or large installations
    • Multiple power tappings to switch between wattage settings depending on installation size
    • 2.2m signal cable with a steel core for secure mounting
    • 2-way coaxial design ideal for music and speech purposes
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  24. PD BGO30 Indoor / Outdoor Wall Speakers Pair, White
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    PD BGO30 Indoor / Outdoor Wall Speakers Pair, White
    • The BG series feature a two way, bass reflex speaker system equipped with a polypropylene woofer, a polyamide dome tweeter and a custom designed crossover network.
    • Specially designed for background music.
    • The weather resistant enclosure with aluminium grille makes this speaker pair ideal for indoor or outdoor use, like terraces, outdoor events, swimming pools, garden areas and marine or boat use.
    £34.99
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Public address systems are now one of the most commonly found audio relay methods within the commercial sector. Acting as a background music system for staff to interact with or as a fully-fledged public announcement system to advise or alert many people at one time. You will likely find some kind of wall or ceiling speaker in most places of business in the modern-day as they are easy to install and maintain, although they are becoming more and more common as part of the audio setup of all new buildings.

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A public announcement system generally consists of ceiling or wall speakers which often go unnoticed, this is a purposeful design choice so that the speakers can still deliver their function without compromising the decor of the area. Wall-mounted speakers come in a choice of shades that disguise them amongst other design choices in the space itself, ceiling speakers are built to align comfortably to the ceiling itself and do not distract the eye. However small or large the project is, we can accommodate the audio needs of most customers with simplicity.

Public address systems are wired to an amplifier that powers each speaker via hidden cables behind the wall or above the ceiling itself, make sure you have access to these areas. More often than not, the speakers included here will be sold in pairs for balance, however, in some cases, there is the choice to buy them singularly for replacement. Depending on which public announcement system you have chosen, a microphone is included with a button that connects your voice to the speakers themselves, allowing for efficient, widespread communication.

As a background music system, this microphone function may not come into play all that much, but it is good to have it available just in case. The systems can link with Bluetooth and also have multiple options for syncing with smart devices or inputting USB MP3 players in most cases. Personnel and others are free to stream music from their chosen platform, alternatively, connect up an AUX cable and share favourite styles of music with others, listen to a podcast or audiobook and perhaps most importantly, keep team morale high.

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As mentioned, the speakers within a public announcement system are usually sold as a pair, this is to balance the sound in the ears of the listener. It is better practice to install a larger number of smaller speakers than a lower number of large units, for example in a sizeable space it would be better to situate one small speaker in each quarter of the room as opposed to two larger units in each half. Note that speakers will play the same music at the same volume across all of the units for the balance of sound and consistency of the final listening experience.

In smaller spaces, you can decrease the amount that you need for example a single ceiling speaker could be placed in a small office room for background music purposes. In this instance it is good practice to place this single speaker directly in the centre of the room, anywhere else will bounce sound around the space making for an uncomfortable playback of the sound. Make sure the measurements are correct for the central point of the room, sometimes the shape of space can vary or be uneven, always install with accuracy.

Ceiling and wall speakers are passive more often than not, so do not directly need mains power, although of course, this power must come from somewhere which is why they are run straight to an amplifier with speaker wire. Always ensure that a stereo sound is evenly balanced across the area in question for best results from your line of speakers. Audio installations such as this are designed to give a stereo sound from an amplifier that can interpret both left and right channels, making placement fairly important, feel free to call our sales department for some advice on this subject should you need it.

What is a background music system?

Having background music is more important than we first realise, more often than not restaurants have music at a reasonable volume as customers dine and chat. Hotels of all sizes and star ratings often have BGM (background music) in their lobby and elevator to accompany guests heading to an upper floor. Airports use background music for duty-free shopping areas and in-between gates, even the airplanes themselves have similar ceiling speakers built-in for passenger advisements.

Having some BGM in the workplace, especially during fast-paced, physical work such as warehousing, can improve productivity greatly. Wall speakers tend to be the louder choice but when combined with some uptempo music, the tempo of the music often encourages personnel to work somewhat faster, whether they realise this or not. There are also places where the inclusion of background music is almost essential, such as wedding ceremony venues, pubs, bars and social clubs.

Where possible, select some 4 core speaker wire to run between your amplifier and installation speakers, this reduces the amount of wiring work by up to fifty percent. If somebody is living above the ceiling you intend to install speakers into, it is a legal requirement to install additional fire hoods to help maintain the ceiling structure in the event of an emergency. On the bright side, these hoods can also act as a mini sound barrier so even when your volume is increased it will be less likely that those habituating upstairs will not be so easily disturbed through their floors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are public address systems?

Public address systems are all-in-one audio solutions that commonly include an amplifier with several installed speakers. They are generally used to address people and play background music using devices such as paging microphones and laptop, and they are most commonly used in places such as restaurants, schools, retail stores, and warehouses.

What to look for when buying a public address system?

When buying a public address system, it is important to consider how many speakers, the type of speakers, and the available input options each system has. For example, if you are looking for a system that allows you to speak through a microphone and play music in a small commercial area such as a retail store, then perhaps a ceiling speaker system with around 4 speakers would be best for you.

On the other hand, you may need a system with higher volume levels that covers a larger area, such as a warehouse or restaurant. In that case, a wall speaker system with several speakers would be better for you. If you need any help on finding a suitable public address system for your requirements, please contact our knowledgeable sales team.

Are ceiling or wall mounted speakers better?

Ceiling and wall-mounted speakers are each great for different purposes, so it depends on what you want to achieve with your public address system when deciding on wall or ceiling-mounted speakers. Ceiling speakers are better in indoor environments for background music, while wall speakers are better for larger, open areas such as warehouses and factories to achieve higher volume levels.

What is mic priority?

Most public address systems will have a microphone priority function, which lowers the volume level of other inputs, such as a laptop playing music, when speaking into a microphone. This allows for clear and concise communication with staff and customers in commercial establishments, and is most commonly heard in supermarkets.

Does more watts mean louder?

In public address systems, the wattage of a speaker can determine how loud it will be, but this is not always the case. For example, a cheaper speaker could operate at 20 watts, but still be quieter than a more expensive speaker that operates at 10 watts, due to the higher quality components and better use of its power. A good factor to consider when calculating how loud a public address system will be is the size of the speakers. Generally, a larger speaker will be able to reach higher volumes and utilise a wider range of frequencies.

How do public address systems work?

Public address systems work using an amplifier that powers multiple installed speakers. They are more often than not 100V systems, which allows for parallel wiring (daisy-chaining) of multiple speaker units, covering a wide area easily. The amplifier in each public address system not only supplies power to the speakers, but also has inputs such as Bluetooth, AUX, microphone-in, and MP3 players, where you can then use built-in controls to adjust audio levels of each input as required.

What types of public address systems are there?

There are three main types of public address systems - ceiling, wall, and outdoor systems. Ceiling speaker systems consist of speakers that are installed in cutouts in the ceiling, which is great for indoor establishments for background music and announcements. Wall systems include on-wall speakers, which are great for reaching higher volume levels with wider sound dispersion. Outdoor systems can include either on-wall speakers or horn speakers, which are each better for different purposes.

If you need any help deciding on a suitable public address system, please get in touch with our sales team for free advice.

Do public address systems have Bluetooth?

Yes, the vast majority of public address systems will include an amplifier that has a built-in Bluetooth receiver, although this isn’t always the case so it is important to check each system before deciding on one. Using Bluetooth technology, you can quickly pair a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with the system, which is ideal in places such as warehouses and offices for employees to easily play their own music.

Do I need a public address system?

If you have a commercial establishment and you want to play music and communicate vocally with staff and customers, a public address system is very important. They give you the ability to play music at varying volume levels, as well as connect paging microphones to speak to your entire building.

Can I use a public address system for live music?

No, public address systems should not be used for live music such as band performances or DJ sets, as they are only designed for background-level audio. It is important to use a proper PA system for live music, otherwise you could overdrive the speakers in your public address system and cause permanent damage to its components.