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Default Re: Speakers - 28-04-2016, 05:46 PM

My own view on this is that studio monitors, designed for a very flat frequency response right up to inaudible highs, do not make very good speakers for PA. Studio monitors have to be cranked up to get much loudness from them at larger venues.

If your current ones are rated at 150w then look for double the power to get a noticeable increase in volume. Each doubling will give you an extra 3dB of loudness, other things being equal. Keep the monitors for the studio (home).

PA speakers are designed to create a lot of volume (high efficiency), but aren't as accurate in terms of frequency response, that's why most bands have a third octave graphic equaliser to flatten the response within the hall. PA speakers usually only go to about 15 or 18 kHz. But that high all there is is the hiss off cymbals. If it is there, it will all be absorbed by the audience anyway.

You may not believe it but Behringer speakers aren't that bad. I've a pair of B210D (with a ten inch bass driver) that are just fine for most venues.
For a little more 'oomph' I'd have a listen to the B212D rated at 550 watts.
The 12 inch bass unit may give you all the low end you need, but if not add a B1200 pro and you should be able to 'rock the joint!' If you can stretch the budget a bit more go for the B215D. They're all available on Amazon.

You should find in the average small hall that they'll go to insanely loud levels. Painfully loud!

I keep the PA stuff locked away in the garage and use small monitors for home use.


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