The term “professional” means something different to just about everybody and everything. A “professional athlete” is classified as someone who plays a sport and is paid for it as opposed to those who play for recreation. A “sales professional” is someone employed in the business of selling and is seemingly at the top of their game. A doctor is considered to be a “professional”, and so is a lawyer. Professional audio/video equipment is considered to be of a higher quality than traditional consumer grades, even though the term “higher quality” is never mentioned. The biggest myth regarding professional audio/video equipment is that it’s not affordable to the average shopper. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you’re into recording audio, professional audio equipment will alleviate the annoying “hiss” that’s sure to come through and make any tape or disc next to useless for any public play. When watching a personally recorded video, you’ll notice a dramatic difference in both picture quality and clarity. And the price difference between the consumer and professional grades is not even close to what you’re thinking. In fact, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised.
The majority of professional audio/video equipment can be easily transported, whereas consumer grade mobility might be a bit more difficult. Speakers and other large, heavy items will either have handles on the sides or will have lock-box cases with heavy-duty handles to make the carrying process a whole lot easier. Professional grade speakers aren’t just easier to move around, but they’re more durable and have a great reputation for lasting for quite a while (otherwise, the manufacturer wouldn’t have their brand name plastered across the front for everyone to see.) Manufacturer warranties usually cover more aspects of the equipment and/or for a longer period of time. Extended warranties are also available, typically for longer periods of time with professional audio/video equipment.
Don’t forget about the details that make the professionals of the audio/video trade stand out amongst the amateurs, like mirror balls and bubble machines. Strobe lights are also regaining the “spotlight” for traveling disc jockeys and other members of the business, as well as many other effects reminiscent of the “days of disco”. Even if you aren’t a pro, you can create the feeling that you are by crafting an area of your home to display your gear.