On Low Wattage Amplifiers: What Are Their Advantages?

Brian May at live queen concert

Amplifiers

I suppose many will agree that there’s no better feeling than going up on stage and playing your guitar whilst a huge and very loud amplifier backs you up. Well, unfortunately, many guitar players would probably disagree. Contrary to the idea that the bigger and louder, the better, smaller amps are actually what’s on trend on today. Many guitarists and musicians are ditching giant amps and are going for the smaller, lower-powered ones.

However, this is not something new in the music industry. As a matter of fact, the guitarist of Queen, stuck with a low wattage equipment. That’s right, we’re talking about none other than the famous band who’s responsible for the works like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, ” We Will Rock You”, “I Want to Break Free, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and so many more. Queen’s guitarist, Brian May, used VOX AC30 amps, which was made famous by The Beatles, for amplifying even when their band Queen hosted live shows in big venues.

Still, many aspiring guitarists are quite confused as to why low-wattage amps are getting a lot of attention. And if you’re one of those wondering about this issue, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we will walk you through the advantages of smaller, low-wattage amplifiers. Moreover, knowing some of these advantages will also, hopefully, correct misconceptions about smaller amps.

Advantages

  • Portability

What’s great about low-wattage amps is that they’re usually more compact, smaller, ad lighter. This makes them much easier to carry around especially for musicians who travel different places for gigs and concerts. As opposed to heavyweight amps that will need a truck for transport, low-wattage amps are much easier to deal with while still giving great amplification quality.

  • Tone Maintenance

Many guitarists have pointed out this advantage when it comes to low-wattage amps; their tone maintenance is just amazing. You may crank up the amp at its highest volume and still it maintains an amazing tone quality. On the other hand, dealing with amps that have 100-wattage in smaller venues would require you to tone down the volume and sadly, this might just overall kill the tone.

  • Sound Volume

As opposed to the popular idea that smaller amps are only for smaller venues as they have lower sound volume, smaller amps can actually play the volume role of high-wattage amps and this is because of the existence of a PA. When low-wattage amps are played through a PA, they will still be able to provide great sound quality in a larger venue. So, if you’re picturing a rock concert with laser lights and a large amp automatically pops in your head, feel free to imagine the possibility of a small amp on stage as well.

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  • Studio or Home Use

When it comes to playing in your own bedroom or in some other places at home, high-wattage amps will require you to tone down the volume because you do not want to disturb the neighbors; however, it’s quite difficult to find the right level when using high-wattage amps. The sound would still be either a bit too loud or too low. On the contrary, smaller amps makes this easier to deal with.

Conclusion

It’s safe to conclude that higher-wattage don’t always mean better quality. At the end of the day, it all boils down to your personal preference for tone, volume, and other characteristics. Furthermore, you should also know that smaller and lower-wattage amps don’t equate to lower prices. These small boys can still put a hole in your pocket.

5 Reasons You Should Use Xmas Laser Lights Over Regular Lights

Spectrum laser lights

Christmas comes with a bucketful of tasks, decorating and lighting are some of them. To save on time, you need the kind of lighting that is not complicated to set up and one that will make your house look stunning. Long gone are the days you had to struggle with traditional Xmas lighting as the laser lighting has taken over the market. They are incredibly easy to setup, have a simple design, and do not require that you possess knowledge on laser technology for you to enjoy their numerous benefits. If you’re interested to know more about how these laser lights work, check out Spectrum light reviews.

Below are five comparisons  between laser lights and traditional lighting that show the superiority of the former.

Cabling

When using traditional lighting, you are aware of the long yards of wires required to connect the bulbs in addition to the power cord. Moreover, like headphones, they tangle easily which gives you a headache as you try to untangle them. This is unlike laser lights, which requires no other cable than the one you plug in. The real deal is that you can increase its flexibility by using an extension cord.

Easy positioning 

In most festivities, lighting decorations go up and hence requires a lot of climbing which means you have to make use the ladder or a high chair if you do not have a ladder. Also not to forget the time taken to position the lighting and the risks associated with climbing and down. Installing laser lights requires mounting a projector, plugging it in, and pointing it to the desired location and you are done. The latter hence helps you cut down the risks and time factor involved in positioning.

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Highly adhesive

When decorating, you need to have means of attaching the decorations on whatever surface you are decorating. It is easy for the trees and bushes as you can use their branches and twigs to your advantage, but when it comes to walls thing will be a bit different. You will require a stamping gun or a hammer to put nails on your wall.

Hammering your wall will create holes where moisture can sneak in, and while hanging cables on branches may look great at night, you will be hit by shock in the morning, as they will look like debris. Using a laser light projector does not require fixtures plus these lighting can easily hide in flower patches and bushes without looking annoying during the day.

No more worries about burnouts

Traditional incandescent lighting is susceptible to burnout, and you do not want to imagine if that happens at night as you are celebrating. Laser lights projectors are long lived and have at least 8000 operational hours excluding any time they are mounted but switched off and when in storage. Additionally, they always give you a warning before fading off so that you are not caught in surprise.

Cost effective

Compared to traditional lighting bulbs, which are power guzzlers, Xmas laser lights consume only a small fraction of what a standard bulb consumes. Therefore, you can keep your lighting decorations on for hours without worrying about raising your power bills.

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Effective Tips for Throwing an Awesome House Party

music playlist for house party

Most of us will agree that throwing a house party might just be the ultimate way to bring your circle of friends, and even family, together. Indeed, the idea of hosting a party at home is very exciting but at the same time, it’s also honestly a lot of work. As the host, there are plenty of things you have to be responsible of. Simply put, if you want one helluva party, you might as well be prepared.

Throwing a Party

Throwing a party in a hotel loft or a function room is actually much easier than throwing one at home. Of course, the expenses would also be much greater; this is one big reason why party hosts would prefer to stick with a house party instead.

Majority of the part are food, drinks, fun and games; however, the party host should also be responsible and thoughtful when it comes to the details of the event. And so, if you’re interested in throwing a party that is epic, this guide will suit you well. Without further ado, Ipod Arcade will help you look into some tips on how to throw an amazing house party.

Tips for the Party

  • Choose your guests wisely.

You don’t want random people from the streets as your guests, obviously. Depending on your party, you don’t want your grandparents to participate in a booze-driven gathering nor do you want guests who have uncontrollable and violent bad blood between each other. So, please choose your guests properly. Furthermore, we don’t really want random strangers to crash our party and start a brawl; so, it’s best to keep the party low key.

  • Have a party theme.

One way to make it fun and cute, especially for pictures, is to have a theme. It’s always fun to look at people wearing costumes in party pictures. Some activities that would go well with the theme would also be great.

  • Secure enough food and drinks.

Don’t just buy food specifically for the 20 people you invited; remember, there’s a big chance they’ll bring extra people with them. To be safe, always make sure you have extra food and drinks for refills.

  • Play the trending playlist.

What’s a party with a bad playlist? Boring. You wouldn’t want your guests getting bored to 50s songs unless that’s actually the theme. Just make sure the right music is playing and all will be well.

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  • Prepare some activities.

Some intermission song and dance numbers and especially some drinking games will definitely set the party on fire. Without these things, people will just get bored having long conversations with other guests.

  • Make sure you have what you need.

What you need depends on what kind of party you’ll be throwing in. If you’re hosting a backyard movie marathon party, you’ll have to make sure that the screen, the projector and the blu ray discs are prepared and are working perfectly. In case you didn’t know yet, Outdoor Theater HQ is the authority for outdoor movies; yup, they’re a big help.

  • Drunk-proof the essential parts of the home.

By locking the doors of rooms that are off-limits and by keeping expensive breakable furniture; you won’t have much problem thinking of the possible damages.

  • Don’t get drunk.

Most importantly, do not get wasted. You are the host of the party and you are responsible for whatever happens in your party. Getting too drunk and wasted is an irresponsible act and it will even expose you to possible harm.