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  1. Depends on your budget and exactly what you are looking for really. I use a NEC P401W projector, which i'd describe as a lower-midrange projector, its not budget and its a long way from being the most expensive, but for £1k it more than does the Job and its been very reliable. Its only good for Short - Medium throw though, if you are looking for a long throw then you are going to have to venture into the £2k+ price bracket to do it properly. I use mine largely for media - Video and Image projection for Weddings and Birthdays, you can connect it to a laptop, or even run from a USB stick, wh
  2. The fuse in the plug should be less or equal to the maximum current carrying capacity of either the cable, or the connector (whichever is lower). So for example if you are using a 10A cable with a 10A single IEC connector, then the plug fuse protecting it, should be rated at 10A or lower. However, If you had a 13A cable feeding a connector with a maximum rating of 6A then the plug fuse should then be 5A irrespective of the current capacity of the cable, you would take the lowest rated figure in the equation and fuse accordingly. In other words, the plug fuse should be equal to or below the
  3. Hi, Welcome to the forum. Its quiet here these days but i'm sure that you will find plenty of helpful tips and advice already here on the existing threads.
  4. As a rule of thumb (and in the absence of a true RMS rating being shown), I would always use the lowest figure given as a continuous rating, in other words, the amount of wattage which the speaker will happily run at continuously for hours on end with no damage occuring, that is what we are interested in. Maximum and Peak ratings, in my personal opinion are meaningless and have no place in professional applications, like ours which use a wide range of music signals and frequencies. After all, how long were those Max and Peak ratings applied for?, hours, minutes or even a few seconds!, we h
  5. Hi Nick, Thanks for the reply, don't worry about the late reply, we all just pop in and out of the forum as time allows!. I'm not a parent (or caregiver) to somebody with Autism, nor do I work with them directly so my experience is somewhat lacking, however like a lot of DJ's I have attended a lot of events at both Mainstream and special Schools and Centres for Children and Young Adults at all levels of the Spectrum. I also have a Godson who has Aspergers, which although not Autism per se' does share some of the same challenges and characteristics, especially in relation to communicati
  6. Hi Nick & Welcome to the forum . Sorry for the delay but this forum is very quiet and largely abandoned these days, so please don't think that the lack of replies means that we are ignoring your question or don't want to help, it just takes some time to gather ideas. I think it may be difficult to get all of your requirements from one lighting unit, and so your project may have to incorporate two or more different ideas if all of the boxes are to be ticked. But this can be a good thing in some respects, so if Jack gets bored of one effect, you can then switch on the next The first
  7. The problem with these types of parts is that its difficult to know whether the manufacturer has used a commercially available off the shelf part, or whether they have had the part manufacturered for them from their own drawing. The latter being the problem as it essentially makes it a custom part, which won't be available from anywhere but the manufacturer. Can you upload a picture of the broken part in situ inside the effect?, it may shine some light (pun intended) on whether it can be obtained elsewhere. This Dealer seems to carry a lot of Acme based spares, so it may be worth shoot
  8. Are you just here selling your own commercial interests or are you going to take part in the advice giving?
  9. Personally i'm not a big fan of mixing conventional halogen and LED lighting effects on the same rig. Yes, LED technology has come a long way since i've been around this forum, but unless you buy some of the more expensive LED lights with 10w + 'branded' modules inside, I still think that there is a noticable difference in brightness between LED based effects and high wattage Halogen lamps when used side by side, no matter how the manufacturers smooth over the fact. If in any doubt a quick check with a lumen meter, speaks volumes and yes I have been there and done that :hide: LED's based eff
  10. Sound (pardon the pun) advice, but the OP has originally advised on another thread that they are working to a £700 budget, so sadly these may be a bit out of their price range, unless they are lucky enough to find them second hand.
  11. Personally I prefer the Alto TS115A speakers, i've had these now for over two years and they work flawlessly and have never let me down at a variety of functions from Weddings to School Discos. The problem is, just that like discussing tastes in cars or food, sound is also a personal preference and each DJ will put forward their own personal suggestions, to the point where you'll probably have several choices, each different to the last. There is no such thing as "The best speaker" (or we would all be using it and nothing else would sell) just the one which does what you need and sounds go
  12. Do a forum search for "Wedding Playlist", you will find loads of them, posted over the years. Some of them may be a few years out of date but the older 60's - 00's stuff never fades away or goes out of fashion, just add a few popular hits from the last few years and of course a sprinking of the latest chart stuff to get you right up to date, and you won't go far wrong. Don't forget to ask the Bride and Groom for their request list, and of course the important first dance and any second or final track that they also want playing. Often you'll get back a nice long list of 30 or 40 tracks fro
  13. Never used or heard them so i'm unable to comment. However there are some reviews here:- http://www.amazon.com/Electro-Voice-ZXA1-Sub-12-Powered-Subwoofer/product-reviews/B00JZTS78Y/ref=dpx_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1 http://www.discjockeynews.com/electro-voice-zxa1-sub-test-drive-by-brian-s-redd-electro_voice/ http://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php?topic=128884.0
  14. Never heard of them, as I suspect neither have you otherwise you wouldn't be asking the question here. Which then begs the question, if DJ's have never heard of them, then have any brides? and so where is the traffic going to be coming from which is going to be generating enquiries for your business?. This is always the first question I ask any cold caller selling advertising, then I go and check out their claims before committing to an advert. I would suspect that if the website was a honey pot of traffic with hundreds of brides sending enquiries to DJ's, then they wouldn't need to pay pe
  15. Direct drive turntables start up faster than belt drive and generally have a more positive 'feel' which scratching etc, they are generally also better built. I'm not a big fan of Kam equipment for professional use, as it tends to be considered top end budget equipment, personally i'd buy a pair of second hand looked after Technics 1200 / 1210's which used to be industry standard, and even second hand are generally better made than budget DJ equipment. Also consider the Stanton ST150 / STR8.150 or Audio Technica ATLP-120 Sorry, I can't answer your timecode question, but you could tr
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