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    Harbinger Vari V2212 600W 12" Two-Way Class-D Loudspeaker
    Product Price $149.99 Regular Price $249.99
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    Harbinger Vari V2215 600W 15-Inch Two-Way Class D Loudspeaker
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    QSC K12.2 Powered 12" 2-way Loudspeaker System with Advanced DSP
    Product Price $799.99
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    Harbinger Vari V1015 15 in. Active Loudspeaker
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    QSC K10.2 Powered 10" 2-way Loudspeaker System with Advanced DSP
    Product Price $699.99
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    Product Price $299.99
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    Alto TS315 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
    Alto TS315 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
    Product Price $319.00 Regular Price $349.00
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    Alto TS312 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
    Alto TS312 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
    Product Price $269.00 Regular Price $299.00
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    QSC KW152 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 2 Way
    Product Price $1,399.99
    Or as low as $39/month for 36 months
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    Product Price $249.99
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    Bose F1 Model 812 Flexible Array Loudspeaker
    Product Price $899.00
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    JBL SRX835P 3-Way Active 15" PA Speaker
    JBL SRX835P 3-Way Active 15" PA Speaker
    Product Price $1,599.00
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    Mackie Thump 15A 15 in. Powered Loudspeaker
    Product Price $349.99 Regular Price $379.99 On Sale Now!
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    QSC CP8 8" Powered Speaker
    QSC CP8 8" Powered Speaker
    Product Price $399.99
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    QSC K8.2 Powered 8" 2-way Loudspeaker System with Advanced DSP
    Product Price $649.99
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    QSC KLA12 Active Line Array Speaker
    QSC KLA12 Active Line Array Speaker
    Product Price $1,999.99
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  17. Yamaha A15 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker
    Yamaha A15 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker
    Product Price $259.99
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    Kustom PA PA50 Personal PA System
    Kustom PA PA50 Personal PA System
    Product Price $99.99
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    Bose L1 Compact System
    Bose L1 Compact System
    Product Price $849.00 Regular Price $999.00
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    Yamaha DBR15 Powered Speaker
    Product Price $599.99
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    QSC KW122 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 12 Inch 2 Way
    Product Price $1,099.99
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    JBL PRX835W Powered 15" Three-Way Full-Range Main System
    Product Price $1,199.00
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    Alto TS310 10" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
    Alto TS310 10" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
    Product Price $249.00
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    Yamaha DBR12 Powered Speaker
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    Electro-Voice ETX-12P 12" Two-Way Powered Loudspeaker
    Product Price $1,199.00
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    Mackie Thump12A 12 in. Powered Loudspeaker
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    JBL PRX815W Powered 15" Two-Way Full-Range Main System
    Product Price $849.00
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    Electro-Voice EKX-15P Powered 15" 2-Way Speaker
    Product Price $799.00 Regular Price $899.00
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    QSC CP12 12" Powered Speaker
    QSC CP12 12" Powered Speaker
    Product Price $499.99
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    QSC E215-BK Dual 15” Passive Speaker
    Product Price $999.99
    Or $28/month for 36 months
  31. Behringer B212XL 12" 800W Passive Titanium PA Speaker
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    Electro-Voice ELX200-15P 15" Powered Loudspeaker
    Product Price $699.00
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    RCF HDL 10-A Active Line Array Module
    Product Price $1,799.00
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    Kustom PA KPX10A 10 in. Powered Speaker
    Kustom PA KPX10A 10 in. Powered Speaker
    Product Price $139.99
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    JBL PRX812W Powered 12" Two-Way Full-Range Main System
    Product Price $749.00
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    Kustom PA KPM210 100W Dual 10" 2-Way Powered Monitor
    Product Price $169.99
  37. Yamaha DBR10 Powered Speaker
    Yamaha DBR10 Powered Speaker
    Product Price $399.99
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    Harbinger Vari V1012 12 in. Active Loudspeaker
    Product Price $129.99 Regular Price $229.99
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  39. Mackie DRM-215 15" Powered 2-Way Speaker
    Product Price $899.99
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  40. Peavey Dark Matter DM 115 Powered Speaker
    Peavey Dark Matter DM 115 Powered Speaker
    Product Price $399.94
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About PA Speakers

The foundation of any DJ setup, music concert or other performance is a set of good PA speakers, also known as loudspeakers. Quality sound is important, so get the best loudspeakers you can afford. Whether you’re a wedding DJ or a venue owner, it’s better to invest in a good sound system that can be scaled up as your budget allows. The best loudspeakers hold their value and deliver reliable, consistent performance for many years. From powered speakers to passive speakers, Musician’s Friend has a wide range of options from trusted brands such as QSC, Mackie and BASSBOSS.

Passive versus Powered Speakers

Also called active speakers, powered speakers have their own built-in power amplifiers. In contrast, passive speakers require a separate outside power source to function. Both types have benefits and drawbacks. Active speakers are more convenient and quicker to set up since their amplifiers are integrated. This convenience saves you the trouble of transporting heavy amplifiers. Powered speakers’ amps are perfectly matched to their drivers for optimal performance.

In contrast, unpowered speakers require careful selection of a power amplifier. However, passive speakers have two distinct advantages. Firstly, passive speakers don’t need power cables—only signal cables. That saves time and labor running cables at a gig, especially in a larger setup. Secondly, passive setups allow for more convenient sound processing control.

When a venue’s front-of-house sound system is powered by multiple amplifiers located in one place, it’s easier to adjust the sound at once. This is especially true when tweaking the DSP settings of a amps to customize sound to match a venue’s acoustic characteristics. Although powered PA systems are popular for mobile applications, unpowered speakers dominate in concert venues and large nightclubs.

How PA Speakers Are Used

A live sound PA system can make or break an event. From mobile DJ performances to large music concerts, a good sound system is invaluable. PA systems at stadiums and arenas require powerful sound for clear announcements. Nightclubs require robust live sound installations for dance music playback.

Churches and houses of worship require PAs for performances and vocal reproduction. Businesses, corporate boardrooms and convention centers use amplified sound so that presentations reach the entire audience. Karaoke DJs prefer all-in-one mobile PA systems. Karaoke setups often have built-in mixers, media players and sound effects.

How to Choose the Best Loudspeakers

Deciding which loudspeakers are best for you can feel overwhelming. The major factors to consider are your budget, the size of your audience and the size of your venue. Greater power goes hand-in-hand with an increased sound pressure level (SPL). Generally, the larger the venue, the more power you’ll need. The intended use of the speakers also helps narrow your search. It also helps you choose between powered and passive loudspeakers.

A live sound installation at a nightclub will focus on power and require subwoofers for more bass output. A PA system used for speeches and presentations will focus on vocal clarity and a wide coverage. Mobile DJs need lightweight, portable speakers that deliver reliable performance. Regardless of the application, don’t just look for the loudest speakers. Audio quality is more important than maximum SPL. Search for PA loudspeakers that sound clear even when pushed to their limits.

Components of a Full-Range PA Speaker

While concert line array systems are designed to be used with separate subwoofers, full-range speakers are made to deliver low, middle and high frequencies. They can be augmented with subs, but they often produce strong bass on their own. Some full-range PA loudspeakers rely on a single driver, but in the realm of pro audio, most live sound speakers have a 2-way or 3-way configuration.

Two-way speakers have a main driver that produces low and mid-range sounds. A smaller driver, called a tweeter, is dedicated to high-frequency output. Within a 3-way PA cabinet, another driver produces vocals and other mid-range frequencies. This frees up the larger woofer to only reproduce bass frequencies. In general, 3-way loudspeakers will provide a wider frequency response range compared to 2-way speakers.

PA Speaker Cabinet Construction

PA speaker cabinets have traditionally been made of wood. Most modern PA speakers feature cabinets molded from ABS plastic. The benefit of a molded plastic enclosure is that it’s lightweight, yet durable. Plastic allows more complex cabinet designs, such as personal line arrays. Wood cabinets are heavier, but they produce superior sound quality. Manufacturers’ flagship professional speakers usually feature wooden cabinets. Concert and tour-grade speakers are almost exclusively built with wood.

Line Array Speakers

Line array systems are commonly used in concert venues. They are ideal for providing high output over greater distances. They are usually suspended or “flown” from a ceiling or truss. Line arrays consist of multiple speakers stacked atop one another. They form a vertical line that is curved outward toward the audience.

The speakers at the bottom of the array are angled downward toward the closest concertgoers. The speakers at the top of the array are more horizontal, pointed outward toward the most distant seats in the venue. Each speaker in a line array has a very narrow coverage pattern to ensure a long throw.

Some companies have taken this technology into the realm of mobile sound. Manufacturers such as JBL, Harbinger, Bose and Electro-Voice offer personal line array PA systems. These portable loudspeakers are modular. They have a subwoofer base unit and a tower containing a vertical array of high-frequency drivers. Personal line arrays offer all-in-one convenience and portability. They are ideal for coffeehouses, fitness studios and smaller venues.

Wireless Loudspeaker Technology

Technological advancements have made power amplifiers more powerful, more efficient and more portable. But the biggest innovation in live sound is wireless technology. Newer powered loudspeakers have Bluetooth connectivity, which allows users to wirelessly stream music from any compatible device. Others feature Wi-Fi connectivity, which creates a new level of convenience. With compatible speakers and a Wi-Fi-enabled mixer, sound engineers can EQ a sound system wirelessly from anywhere in the audience.

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