I know nothing about PAs. My band has been using an old, weak power amp with crappy free passive speakers for a few years and it's pretty shrill/hard to hear everyone without feedback, so I'm looking to upgrade. However, I still want to keep it as cheap as possible - I was thinking a simple mixer into a powered speaker could work.
We only need this for vocals (4) to keep up with guitar/bass/keys through their own amps as well as drums. Just want the vocals to be nice and clear. We won't use this for live use. The room is a pretty good size, maybe the size of a very small basement?
Can this be done for, I dunno, around $300 (not factoring mics)? What am I looking for in a powered speaker? Do I need 2 powered speakers, or can I get away with 1? Any ideas for a half decent mixer?
Thanks for any advice.