Suggestions on PA Speakers.

Hi everyone I need some good advice! I have been searching and browsing trying to learn as much as I can before I settle on a product I want to purchase.


Budget:
Preferred $100
No more than $200

What I'm looking for:
I tend to have a lot of parties ranging from 20 on the low end and 80-120 on the max end. I would like to invest a little money in a PA speaker that can play a good variety of music. Including the modern day techno (dubstep) that uses a lot of bass. Generally the speakers I am looking to purchase would be placed outdoors as well.( I would be using more than likely a standard ipod to play music off of)

I've been considering a Powered Speaker, that way I don't have to bother with setting up too much gear(amp) and can just haul 1 pa around in my car.
-This however does not cancel out my undecided opinion on using Non-Powered PA speakers and an Amp, as in the future I would ultimately like to purchase two PA speakers and link them(Not sure if an amp would be required to do so).

So here's the question:

1.) Would 1 Powered PA Speaker be able to sustain music for what I would like to use it for OR do you suggest going with One non-powered PA speaker with an Amp to start( and thus add more speakers a couple paychecks down the road).

2.) Suggested Speaker Sizes would also be great. 15" look like they could handle the job, but possible overkill and need to consider my poor wallet.

Any recommendations on what I should purchase that won't burn to big of a whole in my pocket (not over $200) would be VERY appreciated.

P.S. I am Open to either options just not sure what would be suitable for my situation and my money. I assume a speaker and amp would be more however I could be wrong.

Thanks very much to everyone who can help out! =]
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  1. I'm not trying to be negative... but good luck. Keep an eye on craiglist maybe. You're looking at 500-600 minimum. PA systems don't transmit music well at all.
  2. Do you suggest i go with something different than a PA ? I can get something like
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=powered+PA+speaker&hl=en&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1600&bih=799&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=12772942806967839190&sa=X&ei=X3kgUPvkKc7G6AH5qYGYDQ&ved=0CHcQ8wIwAA

    for 132 dollars that's not too bad of a prize but whether this or other similar subjects can handle what id like to do im not sure
  3. I'm not sure how useful this is to you, but I was just wondering what the best bang for the buck would be in a loud party type system.

    At just over $200 here's what I'm curious to try:

    First watch this video about DIY amp boards:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT6BjzbdcJw

    I thought it might be fun to pair up:
    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=320-302
    and
    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=320-316

    with 2 pairs of these:

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10904&cs_id=1090407&p_id=8251&seq=1&format=3#specification

    Probably more work then you really want to do. Plus it wouldn't be very portable. But for a little over $200 you could have a 240watt rms system. Though at some point you'd want to add in a sub woofer.
  4. Hmmm that's not too bad of an idea seems easy enough to figure out as a techy. However when it comes to building a case i fear id be a little lost and I think personally id like to go a step up from the 8" to at least 10".

    Also don't amps usually come with some sort of dial? Seems those don't have any equipped.
  5. Need some Advice on these speakers. They seem like a great deal for two of them!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00756CVQS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B006OSXIV0&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=06QAMNDB6YK45X1NHRNJ

    I think for this setup i would need a 2-channel home Amp with 350watt(RMS)@ 8 Ohms ?
  6. atayeu said:
    Hi everyone I need some good advice! I have been searching and browsing trying to learn as much as I can before I settle on a product I want to purchase.


    Budget:
    Preferred $100
    No more than $200

    What I'm looking for:
    I tend to have a lot of parties ranging from 20 on the low end and 80-120 on the max end. I would like to invest a little money in a PA speaker that can play a good variety of music. Including the modern day techno (dubstep) that uses a lot of bass. Generally the speakers I am looking to purchase would be placed outdoors as well.( I would be using more than likely a standard ipod to play music off of)

    I've been considering a Powered Speaker, that way I don't have to bother with setting up too much gear(amp) and can just haul 1 pa around in my car.
    -This however does not cancel out my undecided opinion on using Non-Powered PA speakers and an Amp, as in the future I would ultimately like to purchase two PA speakers and link them(Not sure if an amp would be required to do so).

    So here's the question:

    1.) Would 1 Powered PA Speaker be able to sustain music for what I would like to use it for OR do you suggest going with One non-powered PA speaker with an Amp to start( and thus add more speakers a couple paychecks down the road).

    2.) Suggested Speaker Sizes would also be great. 15" look like they could handle the job, but possible overkill and need to consider my poor wallet.

    Any recommendations on what I should purchase that won't burn to big of a whole in my pocket (not over $200) would be VERY appreciated.

    P.S. I am Open to either options just not sure what would be suitable for my situation and my money. I assume a speaker and amp would be more however I could be wrong.

    Thanks very much to everyone who can help out! =]


    There is no speaker or system under $2000 that will do what you want, unless it's second hand.
  7. atayeu said:


    I once bought a pyle 2x40w amp. They fudge their numbers big time. It was really only about 4wpc. So whatever they advertise you need to divide by 10 to get the true wattage. That said $120 for a 140watt amp isn't too bad.
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