Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 12:04:13 -0400
From: Bill Fox <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: OT: PA speakers
>L.A. Angulo wrote:
>> i am updating my live PA rig and after trying a few PA
>> speakers i realize how important "lightweight" has
>> become for my back,since living in my new home where
>> my studio is in the cellar.
>> So the speakers have to be active,grips on the sides
>> and tops and light but powerful enough for clubs that
>> house about 400 people.I am looking at the RCFc Art
>> 310A,very attractive at 12,4 Kg with 300 watts
>> but quite pricey compared to mackies so i though i ask
>> before buying has anybody tried them? are they better
>> than the mackies(350,450s) and since they only have
>> 10" speakers would i need x-tra subwoofers for such
>Do you perform solo or in a group? What kind of music do you play and
>what kind of demands does that make on a PA system?
>If you want to minimize the weight, then you might want to consider
>avoiding active speakers. That puts the weight of the power amp
>somewhere else but costs you an extra trip when loading gear into the
>car. My experience is that the best sounding speakers have the heaviest
>magnets and the most solidly built cabinets. That means they have
>substantial weight. Lightening the load for our aging backs and knees
>forces us to find help with carrying gear or to compromise on sound
>quality. Whenever I have to move my JBL speakers and bass amp, I try to
>load the car the day before a gig if at all possible. That's the
>operation that I have to do solo. It gives me over night to recover and
>then there's plenty of band members to help me unload the car and set up
>at the gig.
>If the speakers you are considering require a subwoofer to handle your
>music (only you can make that determination), that's more weight and
>more loading trips and more room needed in your vehicle that transports
>the gear. For me, extra trips, especially when stairs are involved, are
>something to avoid.
>I live on ibuprofen and Aleve on gig days and still I'm usually a
>hurting puppy before the gig starts. Then I have to sling a bass guitar
>over my shoulders for hours on end.