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TeeDee
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:53 am    Post subject: Active speakers Reply with quote

Can anyone offer me some advice on a decent pair of active speakers? There's so many out there that I'm getting a little lost!

It's for a hall big enough for around 80 to 100 people on a regular night and I've not got a huge budget, so value for money is (surprise, surprise) important.

I'll need to plug a single mic and laptop into them and would prefer them to have the hat-top mounting for putting on the tripod stands. Other than that, not bothered about things like make, etc...

Any help hugely appreciated. Thanks!
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Philsmove
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not a Dj but as a dancer I have noticed Mackie SRM-450 s seem to be well above average in sound quality
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mackie SRM 450s are indeed well above average quality, but they do come with a hefty price tag at around 950 a pair new which is certainly a consideration. I use them at all Ceroc Fever venues and they all still work perfectly and look great (oldest pair are four years old) despite a lot of use & transportation. They are extremely durable, sound fantastic with plenty of bass and are not overly cumbersome. They can also be mounted easily on speaker stands.

If the venue holds 80-100 people, then you do not need anywhere near the power they can produce, but they will always sound good and give you the flexibility to use them elsewhere for bigger events. You might want to consider less powerful Mackies, but for a good all round performer which you can use in pretty much any venue then I think they are the ones to go for if in budget. Of course you can always try to see what you can get them for pre-used.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Phil & Olly for your suggestion and help. Looking at these speakers; they do look good. The price tag is something to chew over, I must admit - even the 2nd hand ones command a respectable price! Will keep an eye open... Thanks again Smile
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