From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: PA (Public Address) Systems
Date: Sat, 07 Dec 2002 14:19:18 -0500
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John Woodgate wrote:
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Michael A. Terrell
> wrote (in <3DF22855.14115CC2@mfi.net>) about 'PA
> (Public Address) Systems', on Sat, 7 Dec 2002:
> > Constant voltage line transformers come in 25 volt, 70 volt, or 100
> >volt. Choose what matches the amp you buy.
> > Depending on where you are, you may need to have an electricians
> >license to do 70 or 100 volt systems, but 25 volt is considered low
> >voltage, and rarely requires a license.
> This is about US practice and does not apply in UK. It's 100 V or
> nothing. No way are you going to cope with 16 loudspeakers in a low-
> impedance (8 ohm) system.
> Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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A 25 volt system at 25 watts is 25 ohms, and in a typical office area
will work just fine. I prefer 70 volt systems, but serviced a number of
25 volt ones over a 15 year period School intercoms use 25 volt wiring
and i have serviced systems with 200 speakers and a 100 watt amplifier
that worked quite well, after I serviced it. Some of the speaker lines
were 1500 feet from the office, but every speaker was a home run. A .5
watt tapped 25 volt transformer is 1250 ohms, so 3000 feet of 22 AWG is
16.46 ohms/1000' *3, or 49.38 ohms. 26.31% power loss is quite
acceptable for occasional paging, and emergency announcements. At 25
volts, the output impedance is 6.25 ohms, but this was a safety
requirement to prevent shocks if someone tampers with the system.
Michael A. Terrell