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Jun 17, 2019 - 4:13:01 PM
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rvrose

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679 posts since 6/29/2007

Currently our band has a Peavey 100w powered amp and 2 passive speakers. The system is heavy and bulky and we avoid using it just because of the size and weight. We have a new lightweight wireless mixer that I would like to just run to a couple lighter powered speakers and eliminate the powered amp. Does anyone have experience and recommendations for decent sounding powered speakers? Thanks.

Rick

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 06/18/2019 04:38:19

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:41:29 PM
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14159 posts since 12/2/2005

How much money ya got? It matters.

QSC is great stuff, but it's pricey. Mackie Thump series is IMO the best bet for keeping the dollars down.

You should expect to see this thread moved to the "Live Sound, Recording and Electronics" forum. While you're there, take a look at the PA 101 sticky at the top.

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:52:06 AM

1279 posts since 2/12/2009

cant go wrong with EV in my experience .

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:42:27 AM

2369 posts since 4/19/2008

I vote for the original Mackie 450's with the blue emblems, the newest of that brand go down hill. They haven't made them in years so if you can find a pair that works they will probably work forever.

for example

guitarcenter.com/Used/Mackie/S...LNk_D_BwE

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:59:56 PM

9830 posts since 6/2/2008

Look into a Fishman SA330x or any of the other "line array" speaker systems, some of which include bass modules.  If you're currently doing fine with a 100-watt system, any of these should be adeqaute to your needs.

You can run your mixer into these systems, though I don't know about doing it wirelessly. Point is, since you'll use an external mixer, the small number of inputs on all versions of line arrays is no limitation.

I've played with a pair of the Fishmans twice. The owners had just obtained them, so there was lots they didn't know. They sounded good, but did not have wide enough dispersion to serve as both front of house and monitor as the owners had hoped.  Performance space was cramped and we had too many musicians for the space.

Typically, my band plays with a bulky sound system like yours: Two 300-watt Peavery heads (one each for mains and monitors), Behringer mixer, two Peavey 12-inch plastic cabinet passive speakers, four Fender 1270 floor monitors.  I would love to get rid of the powered heads and passive speakers and go with a Bose L1, JBL Eon, Harbinger, Gemini or Maui, but my band isn't playing enough to justify the investment.  

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:39:21 PM
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3348 posts since 10/10/2008

quote:
Originally posted by mmuussiiccaall

I vote for the original Mackie 450's with the blue emblems, the newest of that brand go down hill. They haven't made them in years so if you can find a pair that works they will probably work forever.

for example

guitarcenter.com/Used/Mackie/S...LNk_D_BwE


Yep Rick ... been using these for years and they are awesome ... 

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:26:40 PM

600 posts since 12/17/2008

I really like my QSC CP-8. Great sound, good price, pretty light and fairly small.

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:17:30 PM

2369 posts since 4/19/2008

Another option, $250-$350 used, 50 pounds each, audiophile non-colored, full spectrum sound quality ( Can ya' tell I love these? )

cerwinvega.com/pro-audio/power...a-28.html

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