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    I've seen a lot of posts on the best cheap, best big room, best small venue, etc., but what's the deal on the best LIGHTWEIGHT and PORTABLE PA?

    We're tired of shlepping weight. (Does anyone have any experience with the BOSE systems?)

    Just looking for something with good to better quality that's going to be easier to move around.

    More info:
    Under $3K would be nice.
    Vocals mostly (4) (occasional acoustic guitar)
    A complete system w/o assembling pieces and parts would be best.
    Keep it simple.
    Medium venue.

    Thanks for any help and even for your opinions.

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    I've seen a lot of posts on the best cheap, best big room, best small venue, etc., but what's the deal on the best LIGHTWEIGHT and PORTABLE PA?

    We're tired of shlepping weight. (Does anyone have any experience with the BOSE systems?)

    Just looking for something with good to better quality that's going to be easier to move around.

    More info:
    Under $3K would be nice.
    Vocals mostly (4) (occasional acoustic guitar)
    A complete system w/o assembling pieces and parts would be best.
    Keep it simple.
    Medium venue.

    Thanks for any help and even for your opinions.



    How big is a medium venue?
    "What do you mean 'it's too loud?' It's only 120dB.... "

    Our PA

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    • #3
      How big is a medium venue?

      Somewhere between a bar and a concert hall.
      Bigger venues (concert halls over 500) have their own PA's, so there's no need.

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      • #4
        JBL PRX (powered) or MRX (unpowered) is certainly a speaker consider, there are others if you are out of the US, but for lightweight and good performance it's tough to beat. With the PRX speakers, all would need to add is a suitable mixer.
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        • #5
          JBL PRX (powered) or MRX (unpowered) is certainly a speaker consider, there are others if you are out of the US, but for lightweight and good performance it's tough to beat. With the PRX speakers, all would need to add is a suitable mixer.


          +1 I'm getting ready to order some MRX speakers for my system. The 12" only weighs 33lbs.
          "What do you mean 'it's too loud?' It's only 120dB.... "

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          • #6
            Forget Bose if you're looking to spend under $3k. Just one of the L1 systems is around $2.5k and you need one per musician/vocalist.

            Try this mixer:

            http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-12INPUT-STEREO-MIXER-WITH-DIGITAL-EFFECTS?sku=630142

            With 4 of these (2 main, 2 monitor):

            http://www.rmcaudio.com/rcf/art310a.htm

            With something like this tossed in the mix:

            http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/dbx-231-Dual-31Band-Graphic-EQ?sku=183527
            Will drum for food. Will drum with impeccable timing, feel, groove, and dynamics for $$$.

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            • #7
              I'd suggest a pair of EV's SB2A active subs



              The new Electro-Voice SB2A powered 12-inch subwoofer eliminates the need for external system processing and amplification, addressing the demand for lightweight high performance portable sound systems.
              Featuring dual 350 watt amplifiers, the SB2A
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              Bill Cronheim
              Entertainment Systems Corporation
              Back stage since 1965
              Equipment specialist since 1973

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              • #8
                Does the SB2As power the SX300s eg. one SB2A for each of the SX300s. So you would need 2 of each.
                And does the SB2A have a slot on the top to insert a speaker pole so you can mount an SX300 on top, would this be stable enough.

                I'd suggest a pair of EV's SB2A active subs



                The new Electro-Voice SB2A powered 12-inch subwoofer eliminates the need for external system processing and amplification, addressing the demand for lightweight high performance portable sound systems.
                Featuring dual 350 watt amplifiers, the SB2A

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                • #9
                  We have a pair of the SB2As in our rehearsal room. They're decent for what they are, but they're not really substantial enough to use for a typical band in a typical club. Four vocals and acoustic guitar don't need a sub anyway. The OP would be better with some smaller powered speakers like the NX55Ps for the house, NX25Ps for monitors and an 8 channel mixer, IMHO.

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                  • #10
                    We have a pair of the SB2As in our rehearsal room. They're decent for what they are, but they're not really substantial enough to use for a typical band in a typical club. Four vocals and acoustic guitar don't need a sub anyway. The OP would be better with some smaller powered speakers like the NX55Ps for the house, NX25Ps for monitors and an 8 channel mixer, IMHO.
                    Totally correct. Not much there for a typical rock band, and the OP doesn't really need subs anyway for their stuff.
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                    • #11
                      Would they be any good for a one man band using guitar and tracks in venues covering 30 to 200 people. Once again do the bottoms have a slot for to insert speaker poles to hold the tops. Would this be stable

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                      • #12
                        I don't know anything about these speakers, but there is a huge difference between 30 an 200. Do you need coverage for 300? What levels are you hoping for?
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                        • #13
                          Would they be any good for a one man band using guitar and tracks in venues covering 30 to 200 people. Once again do the bottoms have a slot for to insert speaker poles to hold the tops. Would this be stable
                          Yes, they could be a very good or a very bad choice depending on what you play and your requirements. One or two might be fine for the smallest venues mentioned and four might not be enough for the largest.
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                          -For Sale:
                          -set of GFS Dream 90s- gold and black pearl- $40 shipped in the cont. US
                          -(2) Celestion G12M-70 16 ohm guitar speakers in good condition $40 ea. + shipping.
                          - Vox VT15 Valvetronix very clean - $85 + shipping
                          - Hughes Kettner Edition Tube 20 (the early Voxy sounding one) Sounds & looks good. $250 + shipping. SOLD
                          - Crate Palomino V8 - 10" Celestion - Very clean - on Ebay (sold)

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                          • #14
                            Yes, the sub has a pole mount cup. And yes they might be perfect for you depending on the style of music you're producing.
                            Thanks,
                            Bill Cronheim
                            Entertainment Systems Corporation
                            Back stage since 1965
                            Equipment specialist since 1973

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                            • #15
                              Would they be any good for a one man band using guitar and tracks in venues covering 30 to 200 people. Once again do the bottoms have a slot for to insert speaker poles to hold the tops. Would this be stable


                              Honestly again, I doubt that application would call for subs. You'd be better spending your money on better quality powered 12s or 15s. You really only need subs if you want to get the floor shaking, which isn't typically the case with a one man show.

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