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13 years 2 months ago #13049 by Daryll
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Hi all.

Thinking caps on ,I would like to build a pair of small full range cabs for background music , speeches etc, either a 10" + horn or a 12" + horn , the other thing is , I would like them Active............so are there any suitable plate amps out there to do the job , I am thinking along the lines of 150w per cab , is this possible ?

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13 years 2 months ago #13052 by MAutopsy
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not sure of your location, but partsexpress.com has several to choose from. As does Cheaplights.com

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13 years 2 months ago #13053 by Daryll
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Thanks for that , I live near Petersfield , Hampshire , UK smiley1

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13 years 2 months ago #13054 by MAutopsy
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im pretty sure parts express would ship over to you, not sure about cheaplights tho.

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12 years 2 months ago #17945 by bbqbill
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I'm not a fan of active boxes, but you need to consider the venue you will be using them. Of which you probably already have. And whether your equipment will be mobil. And how prone the amps will be to breakdown, cause if they go under during use, you just lost half or possibly the whole show. Just sayin?

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12 years 2 months ago #18046 by NorfolkDad
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(I was told in a music shop recently that active is the way everyone is now going) I'm also NOT a fan of active subs for the same reasons as above. Also you still have to run a sound cable to each cab, but you now also have to run a 240 V cable to each cab. I don't much like this idea, as for outdoor applications - I think this would be nuts as far as health and safety issues are concerned.

But - what do I know smiley33

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12 years 2 months ago #18048 by t.geessounds
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to me if u get a cheap light weight amp an just run speaker wire is a better wat to go dont u think ...

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12 years 2 months ago #18065 by swan
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Why not just buy a pair of active 12" or 15" speakers? Warfdale titan or Samson DAuro 400 in my opinion are good for what you want and the price, even to our South African standards are not to bad. That would be my choice on active sound systems. OR JBL.

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12 years 2 months ago #18132 by Andy Kos
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Having used active boxes gigging myself, I was once very glad of having active boxes at a job when there was some issue with power caused by the band. Luckily they only switched off HALF the sound system by being stupid, so I could carry on playing whilst rerouting power cables.

One another occasion I had a fuse blow in the active speaker. SO I lost one cab out of several for a few minutes whilst the fuse was changed, the rest carried on working. If you had it all running off one/two amps, and your amp goes down, it's potentially time to pack up and go home if you cant get it fixed.

For mobile DJs, I strongly recommend active boxes, and something reputable. Good active speakers will have built in EQ, limiters, etc - which makes them plug and play, takes the worry out of configuring sound systems , and setting up EQ and limiters separately.

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