Posted by Jeremy on October 30, 2000 at 17:38:47:
In Reply to: Re: PA systems posted by Rob on October 30, 2000 at 15:42:19:
Because you are thinking of adding members, I would advise against buying a
powered mixer. Even though there are some very good powered mixers out there
(Yorkville) there are two distinct disadvantages. They both have to do with
the problem or success of growth, As your band grows, or your audience grows,
full range speakers with passive internal crossovers will just get muddier.
Heaven forbid you want to turn them up. You will eventually Bi-amp or tri-amp
anyway to get cleaner sound or more volume. If you need either kiss your box
goodbye. A good analogy is Mac vrs PC. I can go into my PC and
upgrade, I go into my mac and...throw it out, buy a completely different system.
Money-wise, there is no advantage to mixer-amps. You can get a good used
mixer (peavey, mackie, allen&heath) and an amplifier (crown,
peavy, qsx, yorkville) if you shop around. You could
use it to record in studio and on the road. With a mixer amp you are stuck
with the hissy undrepowered both of them. I know they are now coming out
with bypass features etc, but you still are stuck with a siamese twin.
Regarding mains, look at Community. I just picked up a pair of CSX-35s for
$300.00. We used them two days ago for a pubnight of about 100
people. Bass, guitars and vocals all through them and they sounded great.
I wouldn't trust them with higher dbs) You can upgrade by putting bassbins
under them and adding a crossover and another amplifier. We couldn't
do anything with a box mixer/amp.
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