outdoor speakers for PA

Discussion in 'Live Sound' started by rockstardave, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    what can you recommend?


    passive, 10-15" woofer, 250+ watts

  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Moderator Resource Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    Depending on budget and desired coverage (in terms of distance and/or number of audience members) , these are some of the more common speakers you might see in use at theme parks, water parks, stadiums, race tracks, or outdoor political crap-taculars.

    Depending on your application (music or speech), read the specs carefully for low-end response - and be sure you know whether the model you're looking at is available in normal low-impedance models and/or 70v (or similar) constant voltage models. Many are switchable, or allow you to bypass the transformer for normal 8-ohm use.

    In alphabetical order:

    Anchor Audio

    Atlas AH-Series

    Community R-Series

    JBL AE - available in WRC (Weather Resistant) or WRX (Extreme Weather Resistant) series

    JBL AW

    JBL Control 30

    Good ones are usually pricey, and anything really cheap is almost always going to have the classic squawking hi-midrange like the bullhorn drivers at a high-school football game. Those project well, but are barely adequate for spoken word and are completely incapable of anything musical.

    Good luck!
  3. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    great suggestions. i have looked into those JBLs you mentioned and found a few that i like. the other ones i didn't see you suggest were the EV speakers. their SX300PI is supposed to fit my criteria. i like those because they can pole mount. i am not a dealer for Anchor Audio, so i'm probably just going to write those off. the community speakers look interesting.

    I couldn't find much about pricing on ANY of these speakers though. looks like i have lots of calls to make.

    any suggestions for a rugged power amp too? i live in buffalo and the amp would be subjected to single-digit temperatures during the winter. it would be in a sheltered environment, but not a heated environment. my gut says to stay away from the newer digital power amps (xti series, new xls series, etc) and instead opt for a chunk of iron. qsc's RMX maybe? crown micro tech? any other suggestions? thanks,

    -dave g

  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    Definitely check out Technomad. I have never seen or heard a better outdoor speaker, and I've worked on a number of cruise/casino ships in my life. Their gear is the best-sounding bullet-proof stuff out there.

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