As far as amplifier size, you need to read up on amplifier "headroom". As Mike said; a larger amp (than the speaker(s) is rated for) is the best choice. But you need to apply dynamics processing in the form of a limiter, plus high-pass filtering. Plus some awareness of what you are sending as far as level.Avoid Carvin at all cost.Ramsa made pretty good speakers at one time. But they have not marketed to North America in at least a decade. There are far better 8", 2-way devices out there now. Look at EV's ZX1 or the better (more expensive) QSC models.I also recommend the QSC GX series.
Thanks for the reply. I already have the Ramsa speakers. I bought them from a fellow I knew who was a dealer at the time. In their day, they were quite the speaker. Big, clean sound in a small package. Since I don't use this equipment much, I can't really justify the expense of newer, larger speakers. As a side note, at one point, I did need more, and ended up making a big mistake while trying to save money. I bought 2 Samson XP200's. I know, I know, but at the time, I really couldn't afford what I should have gotten, and it would have ended up being well over $1000 by the time I got some decent speakers and an amp. At least for new equipment. The XP200's have a pretty clean sound to them, but they were too bottom heavy on sound, and I couldn't clear that up. Any thoughts on the Peavey PVR and PVx series speakers? I'm thinking about upgrading a bit. Has Peavey improved their speakers? From what I knew of them, they had a reputation for speakers that were not good in sound clarity.Peavey, like most other companies has a value line. These speakers offer value but are not the best sounding Peavey has to offer. If you need more quality you will have to move up the line. The Euro series, The SP series and especially the qw boxes sound great and are good values in the marketplace. Save up your pennies and buy the best you can afford. The Peavey brand takes a beating mostly from people who don't use them or expect too much out of their cheaper line.
" ...amp hopefully less than $200..."
How firm is that budget? My earlier post was based on that hard limitation, thus my comment about used good stuff beating new junk since anything new under $200 would probably be crap. Going up a few bucks for something like the aforementioned QSC GX-3 or GX-5 gets you a respected badge and a good warranty.
Any thoughts on the Peavey PVR and PVx series speakers? I'm thinking about upgrading a bit. Has Peavey improved their speakers? From what I knew of them, they had a reputation for speakers that were not good in sound clarity.
The new Crown XLS series offers some basic DSP. The selectable high pass filter mode would be helpful with the speakers your using.
Works great for monitors .
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