Post # 1
hello all! long time lurker here… finally got the guts to join and ask a question 🙂
so our DJ just backed out on us and Fiance and i are exploring the controvercial ipod/laptop/itunes wedding. i feel pretty confident about getting playlists in order, and we think we can bribe a friend of a friend to come to babysit and change things up if the crowd doesnt respond, but we’re uncertain about the sound equipment part.
we’re getting married in a kind of rural area without an abundance of rental options, so we’re considering buying a $300-$400 home stereo system (receiver, tower speakers and subwoofer) and using that for the reception.
Has anyone done that? Will home theater-style speakers be able to handle 6 hours of play time?
Post # 3
You can find plenty of home theater systems in that price range, or even less. Any of them should be able to play for 6+ hours, they’re made for playing movies, watching TV all day, etc.
Have you considered getting an iPod speaker, even one from Bose or Brookstone? I’ve been looking at the outdoor speak from Brookstone for $150. Depending on the range you’re tryig to provide music to, that might do you better.
You should consider the quality of the source: if you’re blasting mp3’s over high-quality speakers, the imperfections in the music will be more audible. Because mp3s are compressed files, at a point better sound equipment is a waste because the iPod quality is not high enough. You may do better using a laptop with higher quality files.
Just make sure whatever you buy has an input for your device! (Duh, I know, but worth mentioning!)