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Tom Nisbet

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Safe Speakers
« on: March 04, 2019, 12:56:12 pm »

I am looking at a potential project that will require a mobile setup to primarily be used in front of crowds <10yrs old.  As a father myself I know know curious and inquisitive my little ones are and want to make sure things are as safe as possible.  My question is about speaker safety.  Are all tripods created equally?  Are there better ones I should be looking at? My other thought was possibly doing a column array speaker, as all the weight is directly on the floor.  Last thing I want is someone knocking something over and getting hurt. I know that is what I have insurance for, but I also want to make sure I donít have to use it.

Thanks!
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 01:03:27 pm »

I am looking at a potential project that will require a mobile setup to primarily be used in front of crowds <10yrs old.  As a father myself I know know curious and inquisitive my little ones are and want to make sure things are as safe as possible.  My question is about speaker safety.  Are all tripods created equally?  Are there better ones I should be looking at? My other thought was possibly doing a column array speaker, as all the weight is directly on the floor.  Last thing I want is someone knocking something over and getting hurt. I know that is what I have insurance for, but I also want to make sure I donít have to use it.

Thanks!
I like the column/array speaker idea (presumably on a floor mounted sub, yes?). You can make tri-pods safer with sand-bags etc, but there's still lot's of places to pinch/crush hands, locking knobs to mess with, lot's of un-even floors to put them on, venues (like people's living rooms?) that don't really have enough room for the legs to be extended properly so they become a tripping hazard etc. My $.02
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 01:14:32 pm »

Yes, a column speaker setup with the sub base.  My thought was keeping the weight and center of gravity low.  Thank you for pointing out the pinching hazards.  That never dawned on me.  Luckily, I donít need any type of significant volume, so my priorities are safety and portability. 
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 01:16:13 pm »

I added some of THESE to my inventory for SOS setups. The flat plate is less of a trip hazard than tripods and with a 35# sandbag ziptied to the pole they are super stable. I chose the light stand version because it has a slightly larger, heavier base and taller pole compared to the similar SPEAKER STAND. The weight rating is also less, which I'm sure is due to the extra height.

If you are covering a bigger crowd, not concerned with aesthetics, or doing an outdoor show, I'd recommend Global ST132s or similar as they are heavy enough to greatly reduce the danger of tipping.
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2019, 02:43:45 pm »

I'd frankly avoid anything pole mount at all...tip and trip and head bump hazards are too high. The column speaker idea sounds pretty good, especially given the age group odds are you don't need (or want) high spl output. The other option is to go with some old heavy double 15" box...they're pretty fool proof in terms of safety.

By the way, the other thing to consider is all of your cabling and anything that is pokeable with little fingers. You'll pretty much want every piece of your system to be able to have fingers stabbed randomly without risk of anyone getting hurt.
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2019, 03:45:51 pm »

I'd frankly avoid anything pole mount at all...tip and trip and head bump hazards are too high. The column speaker idea sounds pretty good, especially given the age group odds are you don't need (or want) high spl output. The other option is to go with some old heavy double 15" box...they're pretty fool proof in terms of safety.

By the way, the other thing to consider is all of your cabling and anything that is pokeable with little fingers. You'll pretty much want every piece of your system to be able to have fingers stabbed randomly without risk of anyone getting hurt.

You'll want any and all controls sequestered from little grubby fingers, too.  No switches, knobs, buttons... if your products allow you to software-lock the controls with an app on your phone or a computer, by all means do so.
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2019, 06:58:36 pm »

All good thoughts and suggestions.  Will most likely opt for column.  I was originally thinking of the Turbosound inspires, but the jbl eons are batttery operated. Would be nice to find a way to stream audio to those for a completely wireless setup. 
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2019, 07:33:44 pm »

I don't really think the columns will be a great choice. Too much gear within reach of grubby fingers and spills.
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2019, 07:41:33 pm »

All good thoughts and suggestions.  Will most likely opt for column.  I was originally thinking of the Turbosound inspires, but the jbl eons are batttery operated. Would be nice to find a way to stream audio to those for a completely wireless setup.

You may want to take a good look at those before purchasing.
I 'think' I saw the Turbo Inspires demoed (was a demo for a bunch of Turbosound gear) and the Inspires had a really flimsy mount into the subs.  You lean on them, the pop right out.  Like walking by, and elbow bumping into them would have pushed them right off the sub.
I would be SUPER nervous about that.  If the column does not mount securely into the sub, you're going to be worse off than with a Tripod.
Again, I think it was the Inspires....just take a look at the mounting before you purchase.
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Re: Safe Speakers
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2019, 08:03:11 pm »

I say a couple of passive 12 or 10 inch speakers, perhaps on shortish poles on plates? No controls on the back for the kids to play with and a speakon cable locked in securely.

A small, lightweight amp will do, placed back with the adults.


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