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Loud Speaker System for Playing with Drums?

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Brian Jojade:
Hold on.  Is this for a HOME stereo system?  If that's the case, you're now looking into more of a studio environment vs live sound.  That changes things a bit.

Stuff that can make a decent amount of sound for a movie theater can be gotten in a HUGE array of price points and complexity.

For a movie theater system, typically you'll be working with volumes consistently in the 85db range to be comfortable.  For the most dynamic experience, you really only need to be able to get your system up to 100-105db.  Beyond that, it just hurts and isn't necessary for movies.  Even pre-recorded music would be fine at those levels.

When looking at something that can get louder than your drums, well, that's potentially a challenge.  Drum kits without any miking can produce 120db or more if you really get into them.  Making a happy mix requires a LOT of speaker power, not to mention it's pretty hard on your hearing. 

Using ear protection with drums is good practice, but that means to keep a mix, you'll be running everything else stupid loud and if you've got neighbors, that may not go so well.

Alternatively, if you're looking for just something to play along with, headphones can be a great choice.  The headphones act as hearing protection against the drums and you can turn up the music volume to whatever is comfortable.  And a good set of headphones can easily fit well below your budget.

Marc Moberg:
Thanks Guys for all the Advice. Really Appreciate it very much.

Trying to Figure out the MAX SPL of my Old Audio System so I can Figure out how much Louder I need my next System to be. This is my 15 year old Old Sharp Mini Component System that I have used for 15 years at Full Volume to play along with my Drums. It was just loud enough to be heard over me playing the drums lightly but I could overpower it if I banged on them hard. Would getting a PA System or Home Theater system be better for me you think? I would be using it for more Movies vs playiing Drums but it would have to be Loud Enough to overpower the Drums. I Imagine a Home Theater System wouldn't be Loud Enough for my Drums.

I have been looking at getting 2 Abramtech Bluetooth E500 Speakers which would be $600. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TT9XZF9/ref=sspa_dk_detail_3?spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExT0FTNFhUUUZPSUNTJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjA4NzgyMVpKUjBIV1NQSFc0WiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTkwNzI1M1ZPUTgwV1pXU0E5OSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbDImYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl&th=1


What do you think the MAX SPL is on this old Sharp System? Just a Guess if you don't know. Thanks
The System has a 175 Watt Receiver with a 10 inch 120 watt Active Subwoofer.
Signal-To-Noise Ratio is 55db
Dynamic Range is 90db
Amplifier Output Details  135 Watt - 8 Ohm - 100 - 20000 Hz - THD 10% - 2 channels (front)
65 Watt - 16 Ohm - 5000 - 20000 Hz - THD 10% - 2 channels (rear)
400 Watt - 6 Ohm - 50 - 120 Hz - THD 10% - 1 channels (subwoofer)

SPECS
https://www.cnet.com/products/sharp-cd-g10000p/

Brian Jojade:
You can download free SPL apps on your phone.  Not terribly accurate, but might get you a close idea of what you're dealing with.

Any typical home system, especially compact systems will have trouble producing anything much over 100db.  For in home sound, as I said in the last post, it's rare that you ever want it to get that loud.

Drums as an instrument are freaking loud.  Put them in a small room, and the problem gets even worse.

I don't think you'll be able to find speaker systems that fit your particular set of criteria.

Marc Moberg:

--- Quote from: Brian Jojade on March 11, 2021, 09:26:44 pm ---You can download free SPL apps on your phone.  Not terribly accurate, but might get you a close idea of what you're dealing with.

Any typical home system, especially compact systems will have trouble producing anything much over 100db.  For in home sound, as I said in the last post, it's rare that you ever want it to get that loud.

Drums as an instrument are freaking loud.  Put them in a small room, and the problem gets even worse.

I don't think you'll be able to find speaker systems that fit your particular set of criteria.

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The Room I have my Drums in is an Open Game Room that is almost 450 sq ft. Would that be considered a small room or a larger room?

Caleb Dueck:

--- Quote from: Marc Moberg on March 11, 2021, 09:32:40 pm ---The Room I have my Drums in is an Open Game Room that is almost 450 sq ft. Would that be considered a small room or a larger room?

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Small.  Large would be something that comfortably seats over 500-1k people.

Even if you do get speakers that will cleanly play louder than live acoustic drums - in that small a space, that is way too loud. 

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