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    Hey

    Ive just started Djing recently and have a Traktor Kontrol s4. At the moment im just using computer speakers which sounds terrible. Im looking to get a PA system which i could use when mixing at home but also at house partys. I have a budget of about 200. What ones would u guys recommend?

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    That's a very low budget. You need to look around your local Craiglist (or eBay) or something similar for someone selling their older gear cheaply. Now, house parties seldom need more than 300W, could even get by without a sub-woofer, so you could look at some intro level PA offerings.

    I have a Samson Expedition 308i that I purchased for a bargain as a setup for garage practices with bands, that would work well. However, I doubt you could get one for <$400. So look for 2x150W or so PA deals.

    * Do not purchase a KRK or similar self-powered reference monitors as your PA. They might work for a while but reference monitors are not designed for constant moving around and constantly playing at full blast. Plus they are very delicate so they could get destroyed by someone poking in a beer bottle into them or something similar.

    * Guitar amps, even keyboard amps, don't really sound that good for DJ purposes. They have an in-built eq either suppressing or pushing mid-range so things don't sound nice for wide spectrum sound playback. And most likely you won't even have any low-end.

    * Home stereo systems are OK but they are neither designed for carrying around, setup/teardown situations. Something will break at some point.

    Just pointing out why PA gear is designed in a certain way.

    PS: Borrow or rent someone's nice PA for the first gigs and put out a box with a sign 'please donate for a PA.' If you do a nice night you might easily get a down payment for a nice system.
    PSS: Long term, unless you want to become a mobile DJ, there's really no need to invest a lot of money in a DJ PA system....
    Last edited by ksandvik; 08-16-2011 at 02:21 PM.

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    Go for a set of Active PA Speakers. We do some 12" 200w RMS/400w Peak each in a pair for 219, also some smaller 1's that's a little too big.

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    Mackie thumps, amazing speakers, good budget price.
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    Thanks for your advice guys. Ive scalled it down to a few options. And wonder what everyone thinks would be best?

    http://www.djs-only.co.uk/product/qt...e-abs-speakers

    http://www.djstore.com/item/speakers...on1passive.htm

    http://www.djstore.com/item/speakers...on1passive.htm

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    As I said, you will just destroy a nice set of reference monitors if you drag them around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich1700 View Post
    Thanks for your advice guys. Ive scalled it down to a few options. And wonder what everyone thinks would be best?

    http://www.djs-only.co.uk/product/qt...e-abs-speakers

    http://www.djstore.com/item/speakers...on1passive.htm

    http://www.djstore.com/item/speakers...on1passive.htm
    You can't really compare those 2 models. The QR8A are PA Speakers and will probably do around a medium sized hall of around 80 people, where as the Alesis are Studio Monitors and whilst the clarity will be amazing comapred to the others, the volume won't compete at all.

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    Note some of those are passive speakers so you would have to buy an amplifier as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich1700 View Post
    Thanks for your advice guys. Ive scalled it down to a few options. And wonder what everyone thinks would be best?

    http://www.djs-only.co.uk/product/qt...e-abs-speakers

    http://www.djstore.com/item/speakers...on1passive.htm

    http://www.djstore.com/item/speakers...on1passive.htm

    None of those.

    I recommend this:
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    A) If you play electro you are going to want some sort of sub. Otherwise it will sound like shit.

    B) Anything "pro" in your price range (and by pro I mean, they call it pro but it's not and it sucks) is shit. Get those, use them, your party will be happy, everything will sound clear. Then, save up your money and build a proper sound system for gigging if you are doing parties any bigger than 50 people in a space bigger than 10x20ft (3.5x6.5 meters, roughly for you guys across the pond) and like to play at full war levels. Anything else is just throwing money away.

    c) Studio monitors will not get anywhere near loud enough unless you had KRKRockit 6/8's and a sub, and that will run you close to a grand. Plus studio monitors have way to flat of frequency response for any casual listener.

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    Harbinger HA60s - $200 US, and loud + sound great for what they are/price

    sold those when i needed an upgrade to my new speakers -- Behringer B215Ds (550w peak active speakers -- paid $700ish for both) and i love em :P
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