35 Things Learned in 35 Years # 12

12) Wires are the Root of all Evil

We’re all familiar with Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will.

Where audio-visual equipment is concerned, what usually goes wrong is a simple cable connection: a loose wire. In fact, one of the early attempts at a DJ association in North Texas chose the painfully prophetic name “The Loose Connection.” Like all systems with loose connections, it failed.

Without proper attention, it can seem like the cables are taking over! This storm-in-a-spaghetti-factory is NOT a Party Machine system!

And as systems grow larger and more complicated, it seems like the wires start taking over. It’s as if they mate inside the road cases, and multiply like Tribbles (reference to a furry alien life form from a Star Trek episode that multiplies quickly.)

The Party Machine takes great pains to prevent wires from becoming a problem.

First off we use high-quality cables of the correct type for the required task. Then we use locking connectors that cannot come loose from vibration. We use shielded cables to prevent RF and EMI interference, and we carry lots of spares and a cable tester.

Wherever possible, we eliminate wires altogether!

The Party Machine pioneered the use of wireless microphones while the technology was in its infancy (and so were many of the youngsters calling themselves DJs today!)

Today we utilize wireless technology for speakers as well, enabling better sound quality and coverage at lower sound pressure levels throughout a banquet room.

Look, Mom, no wires! This PM powered speaker (seen in a chapel) has a built-in wireless receiver, and has its own Power Module concealed beneath the tripod skirt. No wires to see or to trip on.

We even have wireless control of our lighting systems. And when the electrical outlets are not where they need to be, we provide our own portable Power Modules, thus eliminating extension cords that are not just unsightly, but pose a safety hazard.

Party Machine systems look better, work better, and are safer and more reliable because “we got it wired!” Or unwired, as the case may be.

2 Responses to “35 Things Learned in 35 Years # 12”

  1. Love wireless Scott. With those power supplies you take it to a whole new level…great job sir!

  2. Thanks! Rod Baker is a professional DJ serving the Dallas-Fort Worth and OKC markets, and specializes in weddings. His website is at http://www.dfwparties.com/.

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