Well… they shouldn’t be. The experienced Mobile DJ understands the use of volume. There are certainly lots of variable factors like room acoustics and the amount of guests at a particular event (often, the white noise of conversations can drown out background music), as well as varying levels at which different songs were recorded. Bottom line is, the DJ that knows what he is doing has it pretty much under control. Obviously, during dance sets music levels are often higher than during a cocktail party or dinner, but that doesn’t have to mean that your guests closest to the DJ should be blasted into oblivion when the dance floor fills up.
Volume levels – and guests sensitivity to it – can also be dealt with in the pre-planning stage of the event. When the client, or the client along with the event planner’s help creates a seating chart, try designing the seating chart with the acoustics in mind. Seat the guests who might be most sensitive as far away from the placement of the disc jockey and the speakers as possible (folks with hearing aids for example). The guests closest to the speakers should be the biggest party animals, or the youngest guests who are often least likely to mind. Many events (like weddings, bar mitzvahs and communions) will have greatly varying age ranges as well, something else that you might consider when doing assigned seating. Sometimes the smallest detail like this can make a very big difference.