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    I do house parties small venues possibly the size of two class rooms. At the current moment i have a 2 channel mixer, a maschine, a x1, and tsp2. (I dont think that was necessary but its ok).. And i own a subwoofer for my houses surround system it plugs into the wall for power ANYWAAAAYZZZ would it be possible to get speakers under 400 for house parties i might do some small school gym later.... Active speakers would be preferable but i can do powered.

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    Also i would maybe go used...

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    Only thing I can think of in that price range would be the Behringer Eurolive series... sound isn't the best but I guess you don't expect that from a pair of loudspeakers under $400. Alternatively you could go for a single Mackie Thump 15.

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    i like the mackie thump 15 idea and just save up for the next one how loud is it? could i rock a house party with just one?

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    Samson XP510i is 2x250W if that's all you need. Get a sub-woofer later. To get 1000W+ output you ned QSC K12s and so on and it's outside your budget. The XP510i is usually below $700 but I think outside used gear it's hard to find anything for $400, even $500.

    I have the Samson XP308i in my garage (2x150W), mostly for my electronic drums and band practices and it's loud enough for that. As a bonus the sound is really good and those are easy to transport.

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    No, for 400 you cannot get a decent speaker and amp setup. I'm sorry, just not possible. Save up. You'll need at least 6-800 for a decent speaker system that won't sound like shit. Mackie Thumps are reasonable.

    If you are good with wood or know someone who is - build yourself a Bill Fitz Maurice system. For about 1200 with an Amp and DSP you can build a system that will rock 200 people. Not club level sound at that size crowd but good enough for your purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank112916 View Post
    No, for 400 you cannot get a decent speaker and amp setup. I'm sorry, just not possible. Save up. You'll need at least 6-800 for a decent speaker system that won't sound like shit. Mackie Thumps are reasonable.

    If you are good with wood or know someone who is - build yourself a Bill Fitz Maurice system. For about 1200 with an Amp and DSP you can build a system that will rock 200 people. Not club level sound at that size crowd but good enough for your purposes.
    You seem quite knowledgeable. For a basement house party for some 18 year olds would ONE mackie thump 15 work and after my gig in october get a second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djgringo View Post
    You seem quite knowledgeable. For a basement house party for some 18 year olds would ONE mackie thump 15 work and after my gig in october get a second one.
    How many people? How big is the basement?

    For a basement house party where the basement is say 12x20 with a 7-10 foot ceiling I'd suggest you go with a pair of decently loud computer speakers and sub. Like these -

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    Raise up those speakers up to head level, corner load the sub, and you will get decent sound output for the price. Enough to keep a bunch of house party guests happy. I did my friends 21st with them and it was fine.

    If you can up your budget 150 dollars to 550 then I'd say save up for these
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    if you want to go active. They are cheaper than the Mackies and get great reviews. The Mackies I hear, fwiw, are a bit muddy. You'll almost definitely want to add a sub down the line but you won't be able to add an active one for less than 500 to make it worth it.

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    They may sound loud in the shop or in an empty room but add people and the sound/loudness change completely.
    House.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roo View Post
    They may sound loud in the shop or in an empty room but add people and the sound/loudness change completely.
    I have no idea whom this is directed towards....

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