From what I can tell by listening in the store, these are good speakers, and I've had good success with the Yamaha brand in the past. But they are on the heavy side and I wouldn't mind finding a less expensive alternative.
I have a working sound system right now so I don't need to make a quick decision,
I'm all about the powered speakers these days! I use these and love them!!! If you already have a system, why wouldn't you want to save up and actually upgrade? If I were you, I'd save up and get something nicer. Just my opinion.
My band uses these with a 1000 w amp. which delivers 500w/side stereo. zzounds.com/item--JBLEON305 We use them for small 15 person livingroom concerts up thru' 500 seat venues. They are light weight and deliver superior FTH clarity especially in noisy venues. We either set up a single large diaphram mic for smaller shows or add 4 mon cabinets and an additional 1000w mon amp and use 8 live mics for large venues. Larger shows than 600 people sometimes requires hiring a professional sound reinforcement team and equipment. The reason I jumped in here is to say, never short yourselves in having the best sound reinforcement you can afford. If you bring the best sound to a venue that has ever been heard there before, you give yourselves a huge advantage in getting return gigs. Loud is not the answer...clarity is. If you have super clarity being loud only takes away from your ability to connect with your audience.
We picked up a set of Peavy 12” speakers. Keep an eye on Craigslist, in these times, this stuff is for sale, cheap, a lot. I was leary because they are super light (plastic cabinet) but the price was right and we’ve been cranking and blasting them ever since. Probably our most used speakers for loud bars and medium gigs. Tough as nails, they’ve been knocked over, dropped, rained on, and cooked in the Kansas sun, and keep on ticking.
Listen to Dean regarding the Peavey 12's with horn and neodenum magnets. We have a pair that travel around with us for medium gigs and I love them, especially the weight. I have a friend who has tried to GIVE me his Yamaha mains...no deal! Once you've portaged a pair of lightweight mains you won't go back. They really sound great, too.
They aren't in front of me, but I think they are standard Peavey PR12s. Molded polypropylene cabinet, 12" woofer and high frequency driver, and cast in pole mounts. They sell for something on the order of $200 each.