I'll just sum up Craig's response with "they sound like crap!"I personally replaced two of the mid sized Octosound speakers in a gym with a nothing fancy system consisting of four properly powered 12 X 1 speakers evenly spaced along each side of the gym aimed into the bleachers and there was no comparison between before and after. That upgrade cost more than the original but the customer was finally happy with the sound in their gym.Lets just say the speaker components in Octosound boxes I looked at were less than durable, defiantly not Eminence as the website now states.
I will say the design of the box does not lend itself to what they are used for, mounted high up along the roof with the horns all pointing more or less straight out.Maybe they would work in a lower ceiling install for general paging where the background noise is low.
A couple of weeks ago I was "DJing" for the youth at one of the churches I help at for a Dodgeball tournament in their gym. We had a single SRM450 and it worked fine for moderate volume music and speech. I didn't have a small mixer handy so I had my laptop and a Shure VHF wireless mic plugged into a guitar A/B switch which outputs to the 450 with an adapter. :-) One of those I had to use what was available situations. A 4ch mixer would have been great.
Good, now talk them out of that speaker unit and they'll be even happier.Those octosound units seem to be always under-spec'ed for the room and I've never heard one not being driven to death just trying to keep up with basic speech, let alone music. (In fact I can safely say I've never heard one sounding good at all!)
Two reasons I'm going with the Octasound:1. It was specified by the Architect.2. I might get an upgrade job down the road.As far as the tweeters shooting horizontally from on high, Octasound recommends placing them so that the bleachers are at a 15 degree down angle from the tweeters. This often conflicts with local competition league requirements that basketball courts be clear of obstructions for 25 feet above court.
How many of the were speced, is it just one centrally hung in the gym.- That system is doomed to fail.- Any architect who specs them in a school or college gym is an idiot- Complete waste of the schools tax payer dollars.
Secret weapon that fits in your backpack - Shure SCM-268. Around $100 on fleabay. It's heavy because it has transformers on the inputs and output. Can supply 12v phantom, accepts -10 inputs on RCA jacks, balanced mic/line switchable output level.The companion SCM-262 is a stereo mixer with a ducker, fewer XLR mic inputs, outputs on TRS 1/4", but still a versatile piece. Also around $100 used.I personally own several of each. Highly recommended.
A SCM-262 would have been pretty nice with the ducker, though either would have done the job well. I'll have to try and pick one up sometime. Thanks for the info!
How many of them were speced, is it just one centrally hung in the gym.- That system is doomed to fail.- Any architect who specs them in a school or college gym is an idiot- Complete waste of the schools tax payer dollars.
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