07-27-2012 07:09 AM
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07-27-2012 07:49 AM
Powered speakers are way more versatile. I like that you can control the volume of each. They are also more easily expandable.
My main system is a powered mixer with speakers. At the time, it was a cost factor. Also, powered speakers weren't as popular when I bought my system 7 or 8 years ago. I really like the powered mixer option because you don't need to run extension cords to each speaker. The whole system runs off of one plug. However, you lose the flexibility of controlling each speaker separately.
07-27-2012 07:55 AM
That is the same unit that I use (EMX series), and you are correct. That will work to control the speakers separately. I always use a separate monitor mix, though. So, I can't do that.
I use a Yamaha powered stereo mixer with passive speakers. By using the main/monitor setting, I can control the volume of the left and right sides, if necessary. Of course, that's because I normally don't use monitors, since I really don't need them in my trio, since I'm the only singer, and I can hear what's coming from the mains well enough.
07-27-2012 08:09 AM
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07-27-2012 09:40 AM
um, as I recall, most mixers have separate left/right channels out...obviously you don't want to have too great a disparity, but...you can certainly set different levels left and right. Typically though, the FOH volume should be consistent...so the volume difference concept really doesn't convince me.
07-27-2012 09:41 AM
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07-27-2012 10:39 AM
Good stuff folks
keep it comin'
The point that Howie22 brings up is significant to me.
Having 2 extra extension cords and extra setup time to power the montiors is a slight consideration... although the Eons I've heard are worth the hassle.
The Fish Stick seems like a great idea,
if you do the math on buying and combining the separate components that it takes it's probably comparable to what the Fish Stick costs except for it's super portable.
It's been about 15 years since I've used this kind of PA / mini production and things have come SO far for the consumer since then.
07-27-2012 11:27 AM
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07-27-2012 12:26 PM
I think this is one of the major benefits of powered speakers ... at my last solo gig i managed to plug a line level signal into a mic input. Made some nasty scary loud noise when i turned it all on but no damage to the speakers. I don't know that passive speakers with a powered box would have fared as well.
I'll never have to worry about mis-matching impedances, blowing a speaker, etc... because all of that is taken care of already.
07-27-2012 12:51 PM
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