Go Back   Home > Forums > >
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Blogs Gallery Wiki Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

PA Systems A forum for discussion of all parts of a sound reinforcement or DJ system: loudspeakers, mixers (desks) etc.

speakers help
speakers help
Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10th August 2012, 04:33 AM   #1
bleach89 is offline bleach89  Canada
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Jul 2012
Default speakers help

what would be the best speakers to use with the peavey xr8300 powered mixer for nice clean loud sound that go well over the drums and marshall halfstack?
  Reply With Quote
Old 20th August 2012, 09:35 PM   #2
chris661 is online now chris661  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
chris661's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sheffield
What's available to you?
What's the budget?
Do they need to handle bass guitar/mic'd drum kit?
Is weight a concern?

... and you realise that relying on the backline (eg, marshall halfstack) to play to the audience is a terrible idea, right?

It just becomes feedback city for the guitarist, unless its a small, quiet gig (in which case, a Marshall halfstack is way overkill).
  Reply With Quote
Old 21st August 2012, 10:21 AM   #3
chrispenycate is offline chrispenycate  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
chrispenycate's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: W.Sussex
List of useful questions in choosing speakers.

What do you want to run through them? (vocals only, vocals and acoustic instruments, vocals and electronic instruments, the entire band?)

What size room? How many audience? How loud does the music have to be? I suppose how loud can the drummer be persuaded not to play? The more efficient the system, the louder you can get with a given power. A lot of modern speaker systems are designed medium efficiency, good transportability and immense power handling; not optimum for a fixed power system.

Fixed system or potentially mobile? Not only can an installed system be tailored to the environment, giving either a smooth coverage or a planned one (for example making it possible to order at the bar during performances) there are no size or weight limitations on cabinets, which can boost your efficiency at low frequencies considerably (and the more efficient the speaker system is, the less the amps have to work, and generally, the better they'll sound). It also means you might be able to do some acoustic correction to the room; probably not very sophisticated, but removing HF splash or a low mid honk can enormously improve intelligibility, and bass control tighten up the sound without thinning it the way an equaliser would.

What shape is the audience space? A lot of high efficiency speaker systems are rather directional. This means less stimulation of room nodes, less interaction with ceiling/floor, and more precise aiming. Unfortunately, in a wide, shallow room it means more loudspeakers for the same coverage.

While agreeing about the guitar cabinet doing its own distribution being not that good an idea (although this was universal in my youth) a four by twelve is massively better than a one by twelve like a Mesa Boogie. At least the lobing and phase problems give you some impression of high frequencies throughout the hall, rather than a laser-beam of guitar annihilating two lines of seats and everybody else getting a muffled, dull direct sound.

Are we supposed to be choosing just the FOH speakers or the monitors, too?
  Reply With Quote


speakers helpHide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ideas for computer speakers with TB W3-1401SD speakers Bozeman83 Full Range 1 23rd July 2012 06:23 PM
Speakers for small bedroom??? Studio Monitors vs Computer Speakers? matthughes64 Full Range 4 16th May 2011 10:32 PM
B&W speakers,custom CNC enclosure speakers,radial horns felixx Vendor's Bazaar 0 6th April 2011 08:15 AM
Built differences between Guitar Speakers and PA Speakers? agadis PA Systems 7 24th September 2007 08:22 AM
FS : Studio One Pi Speakers aka Fred's EZ speakers Cacophonix Swap Meet 6 10th September 2007 10:56 PM

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 08:10 PM.

Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Resources saved on this page: MySQL 15.79%
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1999-2018 diyAudio