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I've got my wifes 30th birthday coming up and we've booked a function room. I've had a quick look into DJs and they want £150 for the night. Just looking at whether or not it is possible for me to do … Read More
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3y, 2d agoPosted 3 years, 2 days ago
I've got my wifes 30th birthday coming up and we've booked a function room. I've had a quick look into DJs and they want £150 for the night. Just looking at whether or not it is possible for me to do it cheaper.

She doesn't really want anything fancy. Just a playlist playing, so I could use ipad or laptop to play the songs but I need something to deliver the sound!

The function room we have book is big enough for 90 people but I expect it to be more like 70 people in the room. We don't want it too loud but needs to be good enough.

Any tips on what the cheapest way to do this is, I don't mind hiring or buying a 2nd hand powered speaker etc?

Any advice?
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3y, 2d agoPosted 3 years, 2 days ago
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banned#1
its her birthday, spend the £150
#2
whatsThePoint
its her birthday, spend the £150
Disagree - I'm sure some of the guys here will have a good answer and he can spend the £150 on a present for his wife
banned#3
AFtwenty
whatsThePoint
its her birthday, spend the £150
Disagree - I'm sure some of the guys here will have a good answer and he can spend the £150 on a present for his wife

70+ people and someone who doesn't know what there are doing in charge of the music, the £150 will be well spent on a dj
#4
a good dj will have the banter and play the music to boost the mood.

If you get a good one they can play the audience/ dance floor - It is worth spending money on.
#5
Its £2 a head........thats a lot less than if you bought them all a a drink and a lot more entertaining
#6
I will consider hiring a DJ but wanting to keep my options open at the moment hence the question.

Are speakers like this likely to be good enough for the job...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Skytec-8-Active-Powered-RGB-LED-Disco-Party-DJ-Speakers-Karaoke-System-600W-/161270413828?pt=UK_ConElec_SpeakersPASystems_RL&hash=item258c773a04
#7
nbuuifx
I will consider hiring a DJ but wanting to keep my options open at the moment hence the question.

Are speakers like this likely to be good enough for the job...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Skytec-8-Active-Powered-RGB-LED-Disco-Party-DJ-Speakers-Karaoke-System-600W-/161270413828?pt=UK_ConElec_SpeakersPASystems_RL&hash=item258c773a04

When considering a good DJ will be using equipment which is worth around £2/3000 mark, then no this is not suitable. It would not even produce enough sound in a good sized living room for a party, is there anything else going on at this party? If not, then it will be pretty boring without some sort of professional entertainment, remember the DJ not only brings music and banter, there are also lights and smoke plus a large range of music, worth paying and doing it right.
#8
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#9
Does the function room not have some kind of speakers or sound system? A friend of mine does Halloween Parties every year in a large bar. She makes up the music on her ipod then plays it through the bar's sound system.
#10
nbuuifx
I will consider hiring a DJ but wanting to keep my options open at the moment hence the question.

Are speakers like this likely to be good enough for the job...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Skytec-8-Active-Powered-RGB-LED-Disco-Party-DJ-Speakers-Karaoke-System-600W-/161270413828?pt=UK_ConElec_SpeakersPASystems_RL&hash=item258c773a04

its says 600w not sure if thats rms or not

but you cant hook an ipad straight in to that... have you a mixer unit ?
plus cables to connect from that to the speakers...

plus you need to know about music choice and track selection...

my advice
pay the money and dont have the stress and worry



Edited By: mrwhitelabel on Jun 22, 2014 01:16
#11
She "doesn't want anything fancy". Where have I heard that one before. Get the DJ or you will be in **** street.
#12
nbuuifx
I will consider hiring a DJ but wanting to keep my options open at the moment hence the question.

Are speakers like this likely to be good enough for the job...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Skytec-8-Active-Powered-RGB-LED-Disco-Party-DJ-Speakers-Karaoke-System-600W-/161270413828?pt=UK_ConElec_SpeakersPASystems_RL&hash=item258c773a04
Don't forget the big shoes and the lipstick.
#13
Use the money to Buy HER a wifi speaker like philips AW5000 if the room doesn't have sound system. It's good enough to fill the party Hall with Good quality music. Get a free trial of deezer plus or minus from their website and them use that account on the wifi speaker for streaming Good quality party play lists for free. Dam good play lists available for free under the top play lists options or just stream top 100. Deezer is miles better than Spotify in my opinion.

She gets the birthday present wifi speaker which she will love and you get your free do with great quality music.

aw3000 is good too but the aw5000 had more grunt. Just this month on amazon deal aw5000 went for 89.99!
#14
oops meant to say deezer plus or minus Spotify
#15
forgot to mention your or she can control the wifi speaker from any smart phone but wifi shaker will need to connect to some 2.4ghz wifi network to stream songs or via ethernet.
#16
mrwhitelabel
nbuuifx
I will consider hiring a DJ but wanting to keep my options open at the moment hence the question.

Are speakers like this likely to be good enough for the job...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Skytec-8-Active-Powered-RGB-LED-Disco-Party-DJ-Speakers-Karaoke-System-600W-/161270413828?pt=UK_ConElec_SpeakersPASystems_RL&hash=item258c773a04

its says 600w not sure if thats rms or not

but you cant hook an ipad straight in to that... have you a mixer unit ?
plus cables to connect from that to the speakers...

plus you need to know about music choice and track selection...

my advice
pay the money and dont have the stress and worry



No idea on the power but you can plug an ipod/ipad/laptop straight in.
#17
Ill do it for £50 quid
#18
jamespir
Ill do it for £50 quid

After your 300 mile round trip I'd doubt you'd have much of that £50 left!
#19
Does the function room not have its own sound system you could plug into and just play continuous party mixes or download some virtual dj software onto a laptop to plug in
#20
ding
Does the function room not have its own sound system you could plug into and just play continuous party mixes or download some virtual dj software onto a laptop to plug in

The room had four speakers , one in each corner but there was no connection on the stage where the DJ sets up. I asked the manager and she was cagey - from what I can tell there is just a hifi behind the bar that is connected to them - don't think they wanted them to be used.

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