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Amplified pa speakers for home usage?

sean2222

Hi,
I was curious as to whether pa speakers could be used as strictly home audio speakers period. Not for mixing, or any studio work. Just as a set of amplified home speakers to run into my boombox. I do it with computer speakers. I do it with near sound monitors. So if I run pa speakers into my boombox will it sound as good as either of th eother types? I see many have very high amp. ratings so I wonder if this might blow out a small music system? I also wonder about how people are saying these pa amplified speakers tend to accentuate bass. Is this the case on all? I am specifically looking for a natural sound (similar to monitors) but with less bass and an accentuation of highs. I usually do that with eq's on my speakers, etc. But i do not want anything that is going to be bass heavy even after I turn bass down to nothing with an eq. I want a pretty flat sound with very high frequencies high in the mix. Call it tinny. Call it trebly. Call it harsh. Call it bright. That is what I like, I am an audiophile. I don't want anything else. So will pa amplified speakers give me the sound I desire? Which brand/model will do so and also have the eq on it. And will they put out a better sound (to my needs) than an amplified 'studio monitor' that I am already used to having. I have behringer, numark, and alesis monitors at home btw. And my price range will not exceed $300 for a pair of speakers. I want 2 obviously, not this single speaker crap I see.
thanks
s
August 26, 2012 @03:52pm
djtymartin

I really hope someone chimes in here... I'm curious about this as well!
September 9, 2012 @01:41am
bobbymars

audiophile seems out of context given the set of parameters put forth but I can definately relate . . . attempting to recreate some pleasurable psychological experience, the subconscious is powerful in its objective driven motivation . . . however the recreation of the artists performance in the home setting is not what this is about . . . imho
September 9, 2012 @03:34pm
TimmyP1955

I've yet to hear a pro speaker that I'd consider listening to in the home. I've read comments that indicate that some of the Danley line are an exception, but they are expensive.
September 9, 2012 @11:45pm
unoparker

Yeah I've also heard about Danley but as what Timmy said it's a bit expensive. What would be the best alternative?
October 14, 2012 @10:24am
SMMcD

Hi,
I was curious as to whether pa speakers could be used as strictly home audio speakers period. Not for mixing, or any studio work. Just as a set of amplified home speakers to run into my boombox. I do it with computer speakers. I do it with near sound monitors. So if I run pa speakers into my boombox will it sound as good as either of th eother types? I see many have very high amp. ratings so I wonder if this might blow out a small music system? I also wonder about how people are saying these pa amplified speakers tend to accentuate bass. Is this the case on all? I am specifically looking for a natural sound (similar to monitors) but with less bass and an accentuation of highs. I usually do that with eq's on my speakers, etc. But i do not want anything that is going to be bass heavy even after I turn bass down to nothing with an eq. I want a pretty flat sound with very high frequencies high in the mix. Call it tinny. Call it trebly. Call it harsh. Call it bright. That is what I like, I am an audiophile. I don't want anything else. So will pa amplified speakers give me the sound I desire? Which brand/model will do so and also have the eq on it. And will they put out a better sound (to my needs) than an amplified 'studio monitor' that I am already used to having. I have behringer, numark, and alesis monitors at home btw. And my price range will not exceed $300 for a pair of speakers. I want 2 obviously, not this single speaker crap I see.
thanks
s

You aren't going to find what you want at that price... the only ones I'd recommend are the QSC K8s and they're more than double your budget for 1! At home you should shoot for clarity and quality instead of volume (if only for the sake of your neighbors!). I would opt for studio monitors as they are generally EQd and geared for both quality and clarity and you have the option of going with a 5(+).1 surround which will include a sub with (generally) a separate level control so you can control the low end. They use less power so your operating cost will be lower and you'll find they look better than a couple of 3 ways sitting beside your entertainment center. And they still get louder than you'll need! There are tons of options available in different price ranges... look at your budget and go from there! As far as your 'boombox' goes, I'd get a small format mixer with an onboard graphic EQ to get you your 'tin' and a direct box. It will clean up your input quality and give you some gain staging outside of the volume knob but will allow you to go between your headphone out on your box to your iPod to your TV or even your smartphone! Best of luck!
October 19, 2012 @05:00am