The Lancashire-based company, which is a major supplier to the local Theatre, Education and Corporate Events sectors, wanted to expand its Audio offering to meet growing demand, as well as invest in its first Video system owing to the technology’s increasing convergence with Lighting.
Having used AC-ET previously to purchase the latest technologies, owner Jonathan Makin turned to them again for product advice and convenient one-stop supply of everything he needed.
He commented: “As with everyone I have dealt with at A.C. over the years, Steve Eaton and Chris Beardwell in the Audio and Video sales teams are really friendly, helpful and highly skilled in their product fields. I was able to discuss the various Audio options with Steve over several conversations before choosing the equipment. Similarly, being a Video novice, I was given a lot of useful advice by Chris to ensure that we got the right Video system to cater for our different clients’ needs.”
To extend the company’s Audio inventory, Jonathan purchased Shure QLX-D handheld and bodypack wireless radio mics & accessories; DPA d:fine CORE 4066 Omni headset mics; an Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixer and portable DX expander; and wireless mic cables assembled by AC-ET’s in-house Tourflex Cabling service.
He commented: “The Shure QLX-D radio mics were straight out on a pantomime job the week after they landed with us. Steve did a great job of getting all the kit together in time for this job, and as always, nothing was too much trouble.”
After carefully considering the budgets, time and space for client events, Makin Lightin decided to opt for a Video system featuring projectors, due to the display technology’s suitability for both corporate presentations and performance stage set requirements.
The system supplied features various Panasonic high brightness DLP projectors, including the powerful PT-RZ120 laser projector amongst others; Draper UFS Fastfold front and rear projection screens; HDAnywhere XTND 2K HDMI video over Cat cable 40m extenders; 50 metres of Tourflex Datasafe Ultra™ Cat5e Ethercon cable; plus nearly 40 metres of PureLink Ultimate Series locking HDMI cables and a PureTools 1×4 HDMI splitter.
Jonathan commented: “Chris really helped us out. He always made it very easy to understand Video technologies in our conversations and so I felt confident that we were getting the right equipment.”
After purchasing nearly 150 separate pieces of equipment – including several pieces of Lighting and Rigging kit – Makin Lightin is now able to supply a full Lighting, Video & Audio package to clients.
Summarising his experience working with A.C. Entertainment Technologies, Jonathan commented: “A.C. is our ‘go to’ technology supplier for everything we need. From day one I have always had a positive experience with everyone there. Its ability to supply all types of products is really handy, as it takes away the stress of managing multiple orders from different companies. I would always recommend A.C. to others and will definitely be using them again in the future.”