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Old 6th December 2018, 01:14 PM   #1
annicse is offline annicse
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I am a amateur musician and I am looking forward to buy a small-ish powered speaker for the first time. I sing and play guitar. I don't have much experience on PA speakers.
I am looking for mostly singing with guitar at home and sometimes in front of a small gathering. But I also want to use that speaker for listening music and may be partying. For this reason the speaker should produce good bass response also. I am not talking about the earth-shaking bass, but decent.
I researched a bit and found that most of the small-ish speakers don't produce good bass. I was also looking at some brands/models like:

1. Mackie thump 12A (bigger, good bass according to reviews)
2. Yamaha DBR10 (The size I am looking for)
3. JBL EON 610 (Doesn't produce good bass according to reviews)
4. Electro Voice ELX200
5. Turbosound inspire iP300
6. Power Dynamics PD-410A

Please help me out finding the speaker which suits me best. My price range is also not very high. Somewhere between $400 to $500. I know it's a ocean to dive, but I need some head up advice. I live in Oslo where there are very limited amount of models available in physical stores where I can go and check the sound. Otherwise this would have been the best option.
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Old 6th December 2018, 02:13 PM   #2
indianajo is offline indianajo  United States
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While guitar is not difficult to reproduce, accurate piano sounds are intensely difficult. Especially if the piano is a Sohmer Acrosonic Bosendorfer or Steinway instead of some ****y yamaha console piano with no highs. If your ears don't still go at least to 14000 hz, you'll never hear the difference IMHO.
I bought a pair of used Peavey SP2-XT for about $600, although the SP2 in the store sounded slightly better for $1200. Bass is -3db at 54 hz, lowest note on the piano. I don't feel a need for subwoofers although I do listen to organ material with 32' notes. Specifications on the 2004 model SP2 has 2nd harmonic distortion down 20 db at all frequencies at 1/100 full power. My ears confirm, it really sounds like a piano even when the top octave is played. (try Peter Nero Young & Warm & Wonderful as test track, When I Fall In Love track. )
The SP2 is not powered. This is diyaudio, I built a good sounding amp using a burned hulk of a dynaco ST120. Powered mixers should be the ticket for a performing artist to keep the piece count of setup to five. (2 mikes, mixer, speaker, stand).
Peavey makes powered speakers with a 15" black widow woofer like in mine, but I don't know how they sound. I saw some used Peavey CS800x amps for $100 a piece the other day, great sounding amp with .03% HD discounted because it still has a 30 lb transformer. I got a damaged CS800s amp with the speakers, after repairs it is a great sounding amp. Same circuit as the cs800x but with a switcher power supply.
Dynakit ST70, ST120, PAS2,Hammond H182(2 ea),H112,A100,10-82TC,Peavey CS800S,1.3K, SP2-XT's, T-300 HF Proj's, Steinway console, Herald RA88a mixer, Wurlitzer 4500, 4300

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Old 6th December 2018, 03:32 PM   #3
turk 182 is offline turk 182  Canada
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i'd look at the Yamaha Stagepas system or do you already have a mixer?
Yamaha Stagepas 400i Portable PA System - Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

for what your doing and planning it should work!

i like the ELX 200 -12P, used a pair recently.

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Old 6th December 2018, 04:04 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by annicse View Post
1. Mackie thump 12A (bigger, good bass according to reviews)
2. Yamaha DBR10 (The size I am looking for)
3. JBL EON 610 (Doesn't produce good bass according to reviews)
4. Electro Voice ELX200
5. Turbosound inspire iP300
6. Power Dynamics PD-410A
Remove #1 and #3 from the list, Mackie doesn't make reliable speakers anymore and the EON could have been a Bose product... no highs and no lows...
The EV ELX200 and Yamaha DBR lines are very good, but go have a listen to figure out what size cab you need to get the bass response you want.
Turbo iP series has potential but I think you will need one of the systems with a separate bass module for music playback.

Never heard of Power Dynamics so can't help you there.

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Old 8th December 2018, 12:23 PM   #5
TBTL is offline TBTL  Germany
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What do you mean with the EON having no highs? The spec sheet shows it's flat to 18 kHz with -3 dB at 20 kHz. Bass goes to 70 Hz. http://www.jblpro.com/ProductAttachm...%2028%2015.pdf
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