About BAV


BAV  offer a hire and installation service for Sound (Public Address), Lighting, Special Effects and Audio Visual equipment.

Established in 1990 we operate from our Brighton showrooms  situated near the City centre.  Nearby pay and display parking is  available and a loading bay is situated at the side of our premises for  customer loading of equipment.

We aim to provide a professional service supplying reliable and  high quality equipment with helpful and professional advice. We always  aim to supply equipment appropriate to the application. All of our  electrical equipment is PAT tested (Portable Appliance Testing) and  serviced regularly and we adhere to all Health & Safety and  Employment Law requirements.

From small parties and weddings to corporate award ceremonies  and conferences BAV can supply a professional reliable service,  including operators with  delivery and set up if required.


BAV have a wide experience of installing and maintaining many types  of equipment for Schools, Offices, Houses of Worship, Public Houses,  Nightclubs and Restaurants. BAV also offer an out of office hours  emergency call out service.

We are dealers for most major brands of equipment and also supply a repair and custom cable manufacturing  service.

BAV productions in the past have included Award Shows,  Conferences, Theatre, Bands, DJs, Game Shows, Cookery demonstrations,  Festivals to name but a few. Productions are executed in the same way  all projects are handled with attention provided to detail. Many of our  engineers have tour experience and an extensive knowledge of the  equipment they are working with.

For peace of mind BAV carry Public Liability Insurance up to £5 million.


BAV offer a full electrical installation service. We can supply  experienced and qualified electricians for the safe installation of any  electrical equipment. Operatives have City & Guilds Electrical  Installation certificates with  knowledge of sound and lighting  equipment and are fully aware of the day to day workings of leisure  venues.

We have installed equipment into schools, colleges, theatres,  bars, nightclubs, hotels, leisure venues, houses of worship, sports  clubs, stadiums, recording studios, radio stations, nursing homes and  hospitals.

BAV regularly undertake work specialising in Inductive loop and 100V line systems.

We also offer a full repair service and an equipment maintenance service.

 Servicing & Maintenance 

We often ask venues who trade as a business "would you still  be able to trade if your sound equipment failed?". BAV cannot stress  enough the importance of regular servicing of equipment, especially if  you are a venue which uses their public address system as a means of  voice evacuation.

We appreciate that some venues are unable to trade without  their sound/lighting systems therefore we can back up your equipment  usually within a few hours notice. We therefore constantly urge the  importance of regular equipment servicing and equipment maintenance.  

Hire Equipment  

Please call us if you require help and assistance in deciding  approriate equipment.
Please note that BAV electrically test all of  its equipment by a PAT - Portable Appliance Test at regular intervals.  You will find a green Tested sticker on every single item of our  equipment showing its last PAT Tested date and its own unique serial  number. Equipment is always connected and tested prior to hire and you  will always hear loudspeakers working before you take them away. If you  are using equipment in a venue which requires proof of electrical  testing please ask for a PAT certificate in advance. In the unlikely event of equipment failure at your event please call our  emergency out of office hours mobile no 07887 508157 where we will  assist you with advice or come out to your venue with replacement  equipment. Please note that false alarms leading to a call out will be  chargeable so please check the equipment is actually faulty and not  operator error. BAV will always supply equipment with spare lamps and/or fuses where  applicable. With today's technology we often find most faults are either cable  related or mechanical. It is very rare for electronics to fail.  Therefore please treat cables with respect - do not coil them over your  arm and just because an item of equipment is supplied in a flightcase it  is not an excuse to throw it about! Please return all cables coiled and taped. Cables and/or equipment  returned covered in glitter, confetti, mud, grass, lipstick or dog hairs  will require cleaning for which there will be a cleaning charge. Please  return equipment in the same manner in which you receive it.

Collecting/Returning Equipment

Equipment is  collected and returned by you the customer from our premises. We will  gladly supply assistance in loading and unloading vehicles if personnel  are not dealing with other customers. A loading bay is situated on the  road outside our premises in Campbell Road for customer collections and  returns.


We can deliver, set up,  pack up and collect equipment if required. Please contact us with  latest time of delivery, venue address with postcode, whether you  require just drop off or set up for a quotation. All hire and  delivery/collection fees must be paid at least 48 hours in advance of  booking date.

Booking/Reserving Equipment - How does the hire service work?

To  reserve equipment for a specific date please call in to our showrooms  or telephone us with your card details. A minimum £100.00 holding  deposit is payable at the  time of booking. BAV do not accept cash as a  means of payment for the holding deposit. If you do not posses a  debit/credit card we cannot supply you with hire equipment. Hire fees  are paid prior to or upon collection of equipment. Holding deposits will  be refunded upon return of ALL equipment (including spare parts, leads,  spare lamps etc).When equipment is being delivered/collected by BAV all  hire and delivery/collection fees must be paid at least 48 hours in  advance of booking date.

I'm getting married and can't pick up the equipment in the morning. Can you deliver and set up?

In these situations we often find that hiring the equipment for  2 days and setting up the night before can sometimes be cheaper than  paying for an Engineer to set up and then collect same day. Friday to  Monday rates are calculated at 1.5 times the daily rate.

Cancellation Policy

When you reserve  equipment by paying your holding deposit we may have to advise other  customers that equipment is unavailable for hire as we have it reserved  for you. If you should then cancel your reservation we may loose  business. Therefore hire fees are due under the following circumstances.  

Cancellation 48 Hours or less - Full Payment due

Cancellation  7-3 days notice  -      50% of Hire Fee due

Cancellation 14-8 days notice      - 25% of Hire Fee due

Full legal hire & sales Terms and Conditions are available upon request.

Please note hire equipment is NOT insured under any circumstances. 

BAV - Sales   

BAV stock a range of consumable items  such as lamps, cable, connectors, gels, gaffa tape, styli, cartridges,  smoke & snow fluid, Fire retardant spray plus many spare parts.

BAV are also dealers and/or service agents for many of the major brands of sound & lighting equipment.

Adastra AKG Allen & Heath Ampertronic Antari Anytronics Audio Technica Australian Monitor  Baldwin Boxall Beyer Dynamic BSS CCT Celestion Citronic  Cloud Countryman Crown DAS DBX  Denon Drawmer Dynacord Electrovoice  Eminence Fane Firecheck Formula Sound Furman JBL JEM Klark Teknik  Kramer Le Maitre  Lexicon Martin Pro  McGregor Marantz MTR MC2  NJD  Numark  Optikinetics Ortofon Panasonic Pioneer Powerdrive  Proel  Pulsar QSC QTX Rane  Sennheiser Selecon SKB Soundcraft  SoundTube  Tannoy  TOA  Trantec  TurboSound VDC  XTA  Yamaha   Zero 88 and many more.