FAQ and Owners / Installation Manuals
Hi… If you’re at this page, then you most likely have a question or two...
If you want to learn how to use one of our systems, please choose one of the printable PDF files on the right, they should answer your questions. If you need more help, just give us a call or drop us a note at email@example.com we would be pleased to answer all your questions.
Here are a few questions that are asked from time to time. Hopefully the “Choosing a Model” tab and these FAQ answers will do the trick. If not, then just give us a call or drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org we would be pleased to answer all your questions.
What are the differences in the models?
Other than the wire connections the PA 4 and PA 4 Portable are exactly same, so either model is a good choice.
Which model should I buy?
If your stereo has an iPod or AUX input on the front of your stereo or dash board the PA 4 Portable is the lowest cost option and connects in seconds just like in our homepage video. The PA 4 is best for when you want a more permanent installation and your stereo has a rear RCA AUX input.
What if my stereo doesn’t have an iPod or AUX input?
No problem… your best option is to replace your old stereo with a new one that has an iPod or AUX input. You can find many models from your local stereo store and then you can use the PA 4 Portable.
What if I want to use the stereo that I already own? (it works just fine)
You can use an FM transmitter, and they can work well as long as you are working in a rural area. In the city... forget it. It might sound excessive but the best bet is to move up to a new stereo then it will be 100%. Stereos can be installed for around $100, so ask your local stereo store.
I have used FM modulators before and they sound fuzzy!
If you have had problems with FM modulators you are not alone… here’s why. Most FM modulators are designed for personal use and are very low transmitting power. In other words… most are cheap. When you use them in a city, there are SO many radio stations... they just can't work well.
Do Ready2Talk PA systems work on all makes and models of Vans / Busses?
All our Ready2Talk PA systems will work on any make or model of van or bus anywhere around the world as long as it uses 12 volts DC. We have sold them for use in snowcats, boats even horse drawn carriages. You have 12 volts DC and a stereo… we’ve got a PA to fit your needs.
Are they difficult to install?
As you read above, if your stereo has an iPod or AUX input… with a PA 4 Portable there is no installation required. To install a PA 4 with a stereo with rear RCA AUX input, it is a two wire hook up and it generally takes a few minutes. As long as you have some simple tools and some basic mechanical knowledge you can install them yourself, or any mechanic or car stereo installer can easily put it in for you.
PLEASE NOTE… if you are unsure, it is recommended to have a trained mechanic or car stereo installer to do the installation!
How do they sound?
They sound great !!! Really! Since they connect to your stereo, if your stereo sounds good then so will your Ready2Talk PA system. We make anybody sound like a Radio DJ.
Own a Mercedes Sprinter Van?
If you own Sprinter van with the 3.5mm AUX input socket option, just plug in the PA 4 Portable and start talking in seconds. For a more permanent installation use the PA 4 with the included factory AUX input adaptor plug then connect the power at the fuse box under the drivers seat.
What if my Sprinter doesn't have the 3.5mm AUX cable?
Just visit your local Mercedes Benz Sprinter dealer and have them install the AUX cable part # 6-6-56-0107. They need to turn on the AUX function in your Sound 5 stereo with their service programmer in "Accessories option". The cost is approximately $150.
I have a PA system already... can I use Ready2Talk microphones with my PA system?
Yes… But, almost all other makers of PA systems used in mini busses and full sized coaches (like ASA, Jensen, REI) are designed to use Dynamic microphones. See our “Microphone 101” tab. We stock the Shure WH20 4Pin headset just for you. You can also use the Jensen RMK for a custom look and direct connection for your PA, so give us a call and we can ship you the correct configuration for your bus.
Why can’t I just plug a mic into my stereo’s AUX input?
Good question… it’s because the output level of mic is too low for the car stereos AUX input level. What you will need is a preamp and that’s basically what Ready2Talk systems are and a whole bunch more. We have invested over 25 years of R&D into Ready2Talk PA systems to ensure a quiet, well balanced circuit that isn’t affected by any engine noise from your vehicle.
Can I use two microphones at the same time?
You can but they have to be the same model of microphone like the HS 20M. We have specially made the PA 4+ just for mini busses that want to have a narrator / guide as well as a driver on board.
What about wireless headsets?
We have seen a few Band-Aid solutions for wireless mics that generally use a wired headset to a body pack. Although these kind of work, there still is a wire and the body pack normally runs on a 9 Volt battery which only last approximately 6-8 hours and then you need to feed it again. Maybe not the best idea. A wired headset option really is the best value and most reliable!
April 2013. We have released our Fully Wireless Bluetooth wireless headset!
Our HS BTC is the only fully wireless headset for the sightseeing industry on the market. With 30 ft. range and up to 10 hours talking time, it connects in seconds with any of our 2013 PA 4 models. If you have a 2012 PA 3 version... fear not, we can easily update your PA to accept this very cool headset. Drop us a note and we'll fill you in.
How much do the PA's cost?
The easiest way to figure that out is to go to "Our Products" page and click on "Add to Cart" the items you are interested in will total up including shipping. There is no obligation until you close out your shopping cart and enter your information. If you wish, give us a call and we'll total it for you. Besides we would love to chat.
We hope this info has helped. If you have any other questions, please give us a call or drop us a note.
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