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#249793 - 11/29/08 10:16 AM Active Speaker Recommendations
GlennT Offline
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Registered: 12/01/02
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Loc: Medina, OH, USA
I know the subject of pa and speakers has come up a zillion times, but I'm looking for a lightweight (under 30 lbs) speaker. Good fidelity is a must, since I usually use a Bose L1 or Barbetta Sona 32. I'm not interested in any the computer speaker systems, nothing against them, but I'm only looking for a single powered speaker for small venues (up to 80 people). Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

Glenn

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#249794 - 11/29/08 10:36 AM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
frankieve Offline
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Registered: 11/24/99
Posts: 1671
Loc: Milford, CT, USA
http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/ContentDetail/ModelSeriesDetail/0,,CNTID%25253D5014978%252526CTID%25253D560071,00.html

I've got a display one with case

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#249795 - 11/29/08 10:36 AM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
Dnj Offline
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Registered: 09/21/00
Posts: 43680
Loc: USA
Glenn Ive been using the Tapco (mackie)Thump 15a's...lightweight, 15" woofer, 4 band EQ & a real nice sound...you back will love you I love these things!
Best bang for the buck anywhere.
http://www.tapcoworld.com/products/thump15a/index.html
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#249796 - 11/29/08 10:38 AM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
frankieve Offline
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Registered: 11/24/99
Posts: 1671
Loc: Milford, CT, USA
Glenn,

I see you have both SD1 and SD5, what are your thoughts comparing the 2?

Frank
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#249797 - 11/29/08 10:51 AM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
hammer Offline
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Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2382
Loc: Texas
Glen,
Last week I purchased the Stagepass 300 system and returned them the next day. I guess I spent about 8 hours with them and my Tyros 3 and never could get them to sound any better than my M-Audio BX5a speakers. The BX5a speakers were $300.00 at GC.

Frank,
Really loving my Tyros 3. Your service was outstanding. Have used it now on about 25 gigs and I can't believe the reactions I am getting from the audiences. One night after the gig it took me an hour to break away from about a dozen folks who wanted to know about my keyboard. Seems like every gig there have been folks who have commented about how great the keyboard sounds. Anyway - very pleased with the purchase.

Later,
Hammer

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#249798 - 11/29/08 02:20 PM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
travlin'easy Offline
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Registered: 12/08/02
Posts: 15334
Loc: Forest Hill, MD USA
Glenn,

I've used a single Barbetta Sona 32C with the PSR-3000 a few years ago for smaller crowds and it really worked well. Not as good as the Bose, but adequate for small restaurant gigs. I have a friend who uses the same rig and says it's all he needs. You might want to give this a try.

Good Luck,

Gary
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#249799 - 11/29/08 02:41 PM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
moldmaker Offline
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Registered: 04/09/03
Posts: 110
Loc: Illinois
Here's another option that is under 30 lbs as you requested. http://www.mackie.com/products/srm350v2/


[This message has been edited by moldmaker (edited 11-29-2008).]

[This message has been edited by moldmaker (edited 11-29-2008).]

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#249800 - 11/29/08 05:01 PM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
zuki Offline
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Registered: 09/20/02
Posts: 4605
Loc: Michigan
I have the Mackies and they are awesome...I use them setup as floor wedges, a bit behind me, which is safe and plenty powerful. They point up just perfect towards the crowd. Best move ever made. I also had the Stagepas 300 - no comparison vs Mackie (my opinion only).
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#249801 - 11/29/08 05:28 PM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
mdorantes Offline
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Registered: 11/25/00
Posts: 1207
Loc: Queretaro, Mexico
Hi:

I own also two of the Tapco Thump TH-15As VERY versatile and LIGHT weight.
So you know, Tapco belongs to Mackie, so, is a very GOOD quality product.

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#249802 - 11/29/08 08:40 PM Re: Active Speaker Recommendations
Beakybird Offline
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Registered: 01/27/01
Posts: 2224
FBT makes great speakers: The Maxx 2A or Maxx 4A should definitely be looked at.

Here are two reviews of Maxx 4A:
http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?t=832463
http://www.tandemsales.net/PDF/Gig%20Review.pdf

Here is a review of Maxx 2A:
http://www.tandemsales.net/PDF/Test%20Report%2010inch%20%20Pow.%20Speakers%20Tools%20engl1.pdf

Beakybird

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