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Author Topic: So what's the difference? Speaker size vs. Speaker quantity.  (Read 2625 times)

Sky Miller

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Here's the scenario: outdoor venue at an open - air county park. The talent will be all percussion (9 drums) only. Speaker setup will be on a flatbed trailer- stage right and stage left, drums center-stage. All sounds will be triggered and will originate from three drum modules. The modules will be amplified with 3500 watts. My question is: What would be the difference to the audience if the speakers were either 32- 10" speakers (16 on each side), OR 8- 18" speakers (4 on each side)? The focus should be on the "size & quantity" of the speaker(s), not power handling, or frequency response. I want to be able to understand the difference between 3500 watts coming out of 32 10s, as opposed to 3500 watts coming out of 8 18s. Can anyone help me out with this? **** I thought it would ask me for my real name before it posted, but it did not. My real name is Sky Miller.
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Re: So what's the difference? Speaker size vs. Speaker quantity.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 05:28:53 am »

**** I thought it would ask me for my real name before it posted, but it did not. My real name is Sky Miller.

A real person will ask you for this very soon!


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Re: So what's the difference? Speaker size vs. Speaker quantity.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2014, 05:46:43 am »

"I want to be able to understand the difference between 3500 watts coming out of 32 10s, as opposed to 3500 watts coming out of 8 18s"


Unfortunately Watts is not a measure of sound pressure level, it is a measure of power, like HP.  A 200HP engine is awesome fast on a motorcycle but not so good in a 6 ton truck.  You are interested in 'how loud' which is sound pressure level, and quality, which is also not a function of watts or speaker size.. 

Without a LOT more details about your specific speaker model numbers in question it is impossible to answer your question, but as a general answer, 1 really good speaker will sound better than 2 less powerful speakers, ignoring audience coverage area issues,..  Search 'comb filtering' on this forum for some enlightenment as to why multiple speakers carrying the same sound don't usually work well.

If you really want 'size and quantity', and good sound, just put up 29 empty boxes and one really good speaker.

And please do change your name, I only responded because your name is in the post body, but that's still taboo.
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Ivan Beaver

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Re: So what's the difference? Speaker size vs. Speaker quantity.
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 07:33:45 am »

Here's the scenario: outdoor venue at an open - air county park. The talent will be all percussion (9 drums) only. Speaker setup will be on a flatbed trailer- stage right and stage left, drums center-stage. All sounds will be triggered and will originate from three drum modules. The modules will be amplified with 3500 watts. My question is: What would be the difference to the audience if the speakers were either 32- 10" speakers (16 on each side), OR 8- 18" speakers (4 on each side)? The focus should be on the "size & quantity" of the speaker(s), not power handling, or frequency response. I want to be able to understand the difference between 3500 watts coming out of 32 10s, as opposed to 3500 watts coming out of 8 18s. Can anyone help me out with this? **** I thought it would ask me for my real name before it posted, but it did not. My real name is Sky Miller.
It is not just the size or the wattage. The sensitivity-freq response-physical alignment and so forth that makes a difference.

A 10" speaker is not a simple thing to describe. Some go much lower in freq than others-but are not as loud.

Are there any midrange speakers or horns in this setup?  If not-I would go with the 10" to hopefully get more HF response.

There is no answer to the question-without knowing a lot more specifics of the particular components involved.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 08:31:41 am »

Here's the scenario:

Please go to your profile and change the "Name" field to your real first and last name as required by the posting rules displayed in the header at the top of the section, and in the Site Rules and Suggestions in the Forum Announcements section, and on the registration page when you registered.

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