Corporate Party Venues: Theme Parks, Number One for Fun!

Does your business need to liven things up for your next corporate party? Theme parks can be a fantastic option. You’ll notice a boost in attendance, because employees will have the opportunity to let their hair down and do their own thing for a while, rather than be stuck seated at yet another boring staff dinner. A theme park venue is useful in reducing the formality people often feel restricted to at corporate functions. Employees will be able to engage with each other differently. It can also help build employee relations back at work, like a bonding experience. Choose one of the best corporate event venue and impress you guests…

 

Planning the Event

Holding a corporate party at a theme park leaves a lot of room for employee involvement in planning the party. It can be fun to elect a small committee to oversee planning the event. It means that employees feel like the party is their own, not just an event their bosses are expecting them to attend. They can make sure the event is going to suit all the employees, whether it means catering to their dietary requirements or including activities that everyone will enjoy and strengthened the team.

Benefits for Partners

Theme parks are also a great way for staff partners to be involved. It can be boring to attend a corporate function of your partner’s work. Holding it at a theme park helps partners feel more like part of the group, rather than just ‘plus-ones’.

Food Options

It is a great idea to hold a private dinner for the company, followed by fireworks for the ultimate wow factor. The good news is, theme parks are used to catering for a variety of dietary requirements and food preferences. You may even be able to choose a theme for the catering, suited to the theme park you have chosen.

 

Conference Rooms

Conference Rooms can be a great start and end point for the function so that people don’t get too caught up in doing their own thing and return to the group. It is also an ideal meeting point if you have activities or shows scheduled throughout the function. Conference rooms are obviously fantastic if you are holding a meeting for a particular purpose within the function, but also as an arena where people can mingle together for some time, improving communication and workplace relations. Try holding an hour of drinks and canapes for everyone to get to know each other a little better before setting off to see a show or beginning adventures on rides. Be sure to make sure the room you hire is large enough for the number of people attending.

Rides

Rides are the activities most people think of when they consider going to a theme park. Rides are an excellent way to get adrenalin pumping and get rid of any frustration you may have held about the working week. Rides are also a great way to have fun outdoors. Most corporate events are held indoors, so for people that have been inside working all week, it makes a great change to send them out into the fresh air.

Animals

A lot of people love animals, and animals are also perfect for relaxation and boosting moods. Going to a sea-themed park provides many opportunities to view animals and often leaves people with a feeling of awe. It is also a great conversation starter.

Shows

Shows are an excellent way to keep everyone together while having fun. They provide excellent entertainment and take everyone’s minds off any thoughts they may be having about the working week ahead because it’s difficult not to think about work when you are surrounded by the people who work with you. Shows are also an excellent option for those who prefer not to go on rides. They are multi-generational, so there is a good chance all employees will enjoy a show. It also gives everyone something in common to discuss.

Expanding the Event

A lot of theme parks also offer accommodation which can be included in theme park entry as a package. It provides employees with the opportunity to turn a one-night event into a weekend getaway with their loved one, and maximise the enjoyment your function has provided.

Often you may have the opportunity to hold the event after-hours, which mean that everyone can get the most out of their time without competing with crowds, and maintain the feeling that everyone is there in a group. There are so many reasons which make theme parks a top choice for a corporate party venue!

6 Things to Consider Before Investing in Speakers!

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Let us begin by understanding the two major speaker categories.

All speakers, regardless of their characteristics fall into two categories. Active or passive speakers. They are classified thus regarding their relationship with the amplifier driving them. The PA speakers fall in the active speaker category.

For the passive speakers, they have the amplifier as a separate component from the speakers while the active speakers have inbuilt amplifiers.

These two characteristics make it difficult on deciding which of the two to use. Well, each speaker type has its own pros and cons.

Active speakers are ideal where there will be no scalability required. This is because all components are housed in one enclosure, and thus it will be easier to move and setup. However, they are not ideal in situations where scalability is being considered e.g. bands. Also if one component blows, then the entire lot has to go away for repair. There is a number of retailers who sell active speakers around Melbourne and some of them provide excellent goodies with them. For example, Jd’s PA speakers are renowned for excellent after purchase service and comprehensive guarantee.

For the passive speakers, they are quite cumbersome to handle. By using an external amplifier, it means you will require speaker cables to connect the amp to the speakers. Beyond that, you might require crossovers to separate sounds. The high frequency sounds directed to the tweeter while the low-frequency ones are directed to the woofer.

Moreover, they are cumbersome to transport and setup since they have multiple components.

Despite their many cons, their pros are equally as many. For starters, they are more scalable. You can increase the number of speakers and amplifiers as your demand grows. With the many separate components, you can also upgrade your system gradually by upgrading the different components separately. Lastly, it is way easier to troubleshoot, make adjustments and carry out maintenance during a gig since the amplifiers are near you.

Having described the difference between active and passive speakers, what other aspects should you consider before purchasing?

1. Sensitivity

Sensitivity rating refers to how much power a speaker converts into sound. In any sound system, the amplifier sends power to the speaker. The speaker then converts the power into sound. Ideally, all the power should be converted into sound, but a part is lost in the form of heat.

Sensitivity is measured in decibels (dB). The standard method used is placing a microphone connected to a sound level meter in front of a speaker. 1 watt of power is sent to the speaker, and the noise produced measured.

For a more efficient speaker, less power is wasted, and thus its rating will be higher. However, for an inefficient speaker more power is wasted and thus its rating will be higher.

Take a 90dB speaker and an 87dB speaker. The difference in rating is only 3dB, and most might consider it insignificant. However, this difference can mean a whole world of difference in terms of sound. An 87dB speaker will require more power to achieve the same volume as a90db speaker.

Changing your speakers from 87dB to 90dB could be the same as increasing the power from your amplifier. A speaker with a 90dB sensitivity rating is considered excellent.

2. Impedance

This is the resistance of current flowing from the amplifier to the speakers and is converted into sound. It is measured in ohms.

Low impedance encourages high current flow while a high impedance only allows a limited current flow.

So the question begs, which one to purchase?

One that fits and is optimum for your amplifier. A low impedance speaker demands more current flow and thus strains your amplifiers while a low impedance speaker will underutilise your amplifier.

Speakers with a 6-8 ohms impedance level are excellent and play safely to enjoyable levels.

3. Frequency response

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Frequency response is how a device responds to sound across a range of frequencies measured in hertz. The range is plotted on the x-axis while the sound pressure level which is measured in decibels (dB) is plotted on the y-axis. The sound pressure level shows the maximum variation in volume level and how well a device remains uniform from the lowest to the highest tones.

It is scientifically proven that the human ear can pick up sounds of between 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Take a speaker with a 35 Hz-20 kHz. This means it can achieve a bass as low as 20 Hz and a maximum treble of 20 kHz. Always ensure that the frequency response is followed by -/+x dB. This shows that the speakers are genuine.

4. Signal to noise ratio.

This ratio compares a level of signal power versus a level of noise power. In most equipment, speakers included there is ever a noise floor. The noise floor is the sounds that will always exist in equipment. Could be the humming of a refrigerator, but no matter the case, it will always be there. The noise is a result of running components within the equipment i.e. speaker.

The ratio is measured in decibels (dB). The higher the ratio, the better the speaker. A higher ratio means more useful information is produced than unwanted data (noise).

5. Rooms and acoustics

 

Image of a music hallFor most speakers, there is no one size fits all. Different speakers have different room specifications. Different speakers will work better in different spaces. Small speakers might be ideal for the regular size bedroom but might sound faint in a living room. Room size and content can also affect the audio quality. E.g. large cushions, carpets, and pillows will absorb sound.

Therefore, before investing in speakers know the room to place it in and the acoustics within the room. This way, you get the best fit for your house.

6. Getting the right components

For optimum results, speakers ought to be matched with the right amplifier or receiver. The cables should be in good conditions and so should the sound source.
As you can see investing in speakers has more than meets the eye. It requires a bit of dedication into searching for the best speakers that meet your needs. However, with the above checklist, you can rest assured that what you purchase will be nothing short of perfect.