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    Alright, people recently I have been asked to do more and more private gigs at halls, for my friends and at a local bar in my town which does not have a sound system. I find these gigs alot of fun...Anywas I am looking for a pair of PA speakers either brand new or used for around $1000. Obviously, I expect that if they are used they will be better brand then say a brand new pair which falls within this price range.

    I searched the forum but couldn't find anything that meet my needs. Honestly I want these to last for years aaaand 600W RMS and greater would be what I am looking for to handle events with say 150-200 people. I also want them to be powered (active).

    Any suggestions? New or used? My last pair of Technical Pro speakers I bought were shit and they blew in like 6 months! Never buying that brand again!
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    From what I see Mackie is a prime brand. I own a single TH-15A and it is more than fine for house parties and such, but I hear their are better models.

    Also I hear the rule of thumb is that any pair that is less than 15" should be purchased with a sub.
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    Mackie thump's are usually really good, have a look at them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoodless View Post
    Mackie thump's are usually really good, have a look at them
    They are, the 15" thumo i have is great, but i hear the sound quality on soe of the better models are better in some ways. With the budget OP has, those upper models can possibly be an option.

    However, a pair of TH-15A's should be enough for 150-200 ppl per this site: http://www.mackie.com/products/speakers/index.html
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    are you looking for a pair of speakers that is 600 watts rms? or 600 watts rms each? mackie thumps are only 400 watts rms for the pair. the mackie srm-450's are much louder. the jbl eon's are also good from what i hear. i've heard the jbl prx612's personally and they're very loud. all these speakers you would have to find a used pair or else they're too expensive for you. make sure you hear the speakers first before you get em whatever they are.

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    Also take a look at the B-52 Matrix system. It's right under a grand, and for the money, is said to be the best bang for your buck. Tops and sub as well.

    Unless you want to spend a lot more and put something really serious together, that's what I would look at.

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    With the stiff $1000 budget...

    The B-52 Matrix System comes in right at your price point, and at 700Watt RMS.


    You can pick up two 15" Mackie Thump powered monitors for around $550, and that leaves you with about $450 to get a powered 15-18" sub. I would recommend getting an 18".


    The second option is probably going to sound better, but may end up going just a hair over the 1k budget...
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    I'd definitely go the Mackie route. They are 15" as opposed to the Matrix's 10" tops. They will definitely give you a better bottom end (the tops). As for the sub, if Exokinetic's math is correct, I'm not sure what sub you could buy with the spare $450, but you could always save up a little more and buy a decent sub, I'd go 18", and have a much better set-up.

    Edit: Actually, where are you seeing the Mackies for $550 a pair? Would love to jump on that. Cheapest I saw was $350 each...
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    behringer 215D 15inch 550 watts.. have u checked those out..??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryz View Post
    I'd definitely go the Mackie route. They are 15" as opposed to the Matrix's 10" tops. They will definitely give you a better bottom end (the tops). As for the sub, if Exokinetic's math is correct, I'm not sure what sub you could buy with the spare $450, but you could always save up a little more and buy a decent sub, I'd go 18", and have a much better set-up.

    Edit: Actually, where are you seeing the Mackies for $550 a pair? Would love to jump on that. Cheapest I saw was $350 each...
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