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Active speakers for voice and acoustic instruments

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by agape, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. agape

    agape Guest

    I am about to buy a pair of active speakers for our rehearsal studio (18 square metres), mainly for voice and acoustic instruments to come out. (We also have drums, electric bass, sometimes guitar or keyboards but we still don't know if it would be better for all the instruments to come out of the PA speakers). I made a little research and found:
    Mackie SRM 350 539euro
    DB technologies Opera live 402 459euro
    Samson DB 500A 415EURO

    Which of the prementioned sound "warmer" and less harsh?

    And for nother price category:
    TheBox PA203-12A 198euro
    TheBox PA110A 155euro

    Also which of them could be used for small live situations (in a club or something)?
  2. Nirvalica

    Nirvalica Guest

    wow, i thought you were looking for studio monitors. it didn't make sense to me :lol:
  3. twon

    twon Guest

    warmth is about what you put in... if your mic placement, eq or whatever makes it sound warm, then you should get a "warm" sound out of your speakers...

  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    You probably should have posted this question in the "Live Sound" section of this website. You're more likely to get answers from people who have more experience with what you are looking for. I question how "warm"your sound will be in a small rehearsal room with a drum kit and "sometimes' electric instruments. How many vocal mics will you be using? Are you using pick-ups or mics on the acoustic instruments? I would tend to recommend a floor monitor ("wedge") system for a couple of reasons:
    1) You can use it "live" at the gig, which will mean that you will be using a system that your are familiar with. Floor monitors, properly placed, yield better sound with less feedback than a standard speaker aimed at the band.
    2) There are models by Mackie and Yamaha that are designed to be used either way- on the floor or on a pole. Both brands are globally marketed, have a good reputation for service and reliability. Samson and Behringer gear are both less reliable than the afore-mentioned brands. The others you listed I'm not familiar with, as I am in the States.
    You will probably not find any of these systems particularly "warm" sounding as they are horn-based, and even with todays' best speaker technologies, horn-based systems are more for dispersion and projection and less about "hi-fi". Learning to adjust your systems' EQ will help you achieve the results you are after. You should put your priorities with a system that will hold up under live use and be easy to use.

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