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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / The market for passive PA speakers

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Busy doing something close to nothing
Aug 9th, 2019 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I priced mine well under GC's used prices but got little response, and didn't sell any of them. A friend who works for GC told me they would buy them but I wouldn't get much for them. Eventually, that seemed to be my best, if not only, option. When I took them there yesterday, the price was closer than expected to what I'd been asking. I also found a nice used case for my mixer there; so they got some of their money back.

Interestingly, the amps that I used to power these speakers sold quickly and more profitably.

(This message was last edited by Rick Knight at 11:46 AM, Aug 9th, 2019)

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Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Aug 9th, 2019 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

The sound guy that we use most often only runs passive speaker rigs. Most of his jobs are monitor speakers, not IEMs.

His arguments:
1) Doesn't have to run power to his mains and monitors. All amps and crossover sit in a rack with his X32R mixer.
2) Speaker DSP all in one place instead of on every speaker.
2) More modularity and ability to re-plumb amps and speakers in case of failure.

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Aug 11th, 2019 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’m not a great fan of the powered speakers. Particularly subwoofers but any in general. I know they’re the cats pajamas and all for load in and setup but I’ve had them fail in the power section probably because of vibration of plate amplifiers built into the cabinet.
Subjecting soldered joints and wiring as well as components to huge vibrations just goes against my way of thinking. Your results may differ but I’ve had failures..

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