Hey, guys, I'm helping a local venue put together a small system. Normally I'd build the speakers myself, but anything I would build would be a bit overkill, so I looking for some suggestions. Room is a "shotgun" layout, probably 25' x 60' with the stage at one end, with a low ceiling (8'). Bad acoustics (brick walls, wood floor), the usual issues, and the genre will vary from indie bands to dj's, all local (no riders or specs).Nothing fancy, have to ground-stack, no center cluster, no center sub, just old-school left/right stacks. This might be a good place for powered speakers, but I don't have a lot of hands-on experience with the newer products. Under $6k for the FOH speakers. I am also open to passive as well (actually more used to this).
OK, this calls for the classic cheesy rock club system: 1 or 2 double 18 subs per side for ballast with 1 or 2 double 12 OR double 15 w/ horn boxed sitting on top.
Smaller amps will clip all night which will burn out your tweeters and woofers. Bigger amps are expensive and can take out drivers quickly w/ brutal amounts of power.
Whatever you end up with, make sure that you have the tops above the patron's heads and mounted on tilters. About 3 degrees is all you will need. Dual 18's with a short stick will get them up high enough, and be stable. That is the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to deal with reflections. -Dennis
You need the tightest pattern you can find - anything past 60 degrees is a disaster, and I'd want something tighter than that.
This was one reason for suggesting the KW153, 60 degree box. Also, pole mount on a sub puts the highs jut overhead, but not too close to the ceiling
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