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Author Topic: best powered speakers for 300 to 400 people  (Read 2389 times)
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« on: August 22, 2016, 10:55:36 am »

I was asked what is the best powered speakers for showing movies to large crowds (300 - 400 people).

Tell me what you think

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 03:46:34 pm »

I use the Yamaha DSR112 for most of my main events and it covers 250-500 people quite nicely. I listened to tons of speakers prior to making the purchase and I'm very happy with my choice. A similar, but cheaper speaker is the Yamaha DXR12. I have them as well and use them as a backup PA. 12" speakers have more clarity than 15" mains which tend to be a little more bass heavy.

JBL just announced the PRX800 series this month which should outdo the Yamaha system for about the same price. I'm waiting to see the reviews on it still. The new JBL series can also be controlled wirelessly from a phone so you can adjust audio without being at the mixer which I think would be great for outdoor movies.

You didn't state a budget, but I've heard that the RCF 7-series will beat out the Yamaha DSRs, but they're almost twice as much money.
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2016, 04:03:06 pm »

Thanks for your input.
It seems the big name brands (JBL, etc) keep coming up in the conversation.  I'm not sure if that is always true.

Would like to hear more input.

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2016, 04:28:19 pm »

I have some Mackie SRM and some Behringer speakers as well which are a great value for the money, but they definitely will not cover 400 people at a reasonable volume. They max out for me with maybe 150 people or so. The big brands are consistently used for a reason.
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2016, 06:02:10 pm »

So lets say you have NO limit on cost what brand would you buy.

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2016, 11:03:29 pm »

If money was literally no object, you'd be wanting to look at the professional brands like Meyer or Community:

http://www.meyersound.com/
http://www.communitypro.com/

This is the kind of gear you see in touring setups and they can cost thousands of dollars for each speakers. In an ultimate setup, you'd have line arrays on lifts with subs stacked at the base. We're talking easily $40k to build out a line array with pro speakers so it doesn't make sense to own that level of gear unless you use/rent it regularly.

For a realistic "no budget" (under $10,000) outdoor movie sound setup, I'd be looking at RCF or Yorkville gear (or even some of the higher-end Electro-Voice and QSC lines):
http://www.rcf.it/web/rcf/homepage
http://www.yorkville.com/

Not many people on this board are using this level of gear so if you have specific questions, I'd ask on prosoundweb.com or harmonycentral.com forums. That's where I learned most of what I know about sound.
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2016, 11:52:22 pm »

ROCKVILLE Speakers...
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2016, 01:03:01 am »

ROCKVILLE Speakers...

Best value maybe (I haven't personally used them), but not likely the best if money is no object. They look like copies of the JBL EON line to me. I had the EON G2 and the EON 515XTs for awhile before I got my Yamaha system. For up to 500 people with a modest budget, I'd buy my Yamaha DSR112 mains again any day.
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Now I own eight commercial rental screens ranging from 9x5 to 30x17!
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