Join Date: May 2009
Location: Naples, Florida
Re: PA Packages - Are they any good?
All the options here sound pretty good to me. I'm in the same boat, but really just need something for low-medium volume, and I want pretty small size too. No gigging in my near future. One thing I really wanted was true stereo, I've always been a big fan of that sound, especially clean with chorus and hint of delay.
I considered small studio monitors/powered speakers, but it seemed I'd spend $300 minimum for good ones, and it's pretty near impossible for me to test out several brands for the one I would want. So that seemed like a big variable. There were some cheaper, but without hearing them, I was scared to go that route.
I decided to get a Crate PowerBlock (picked 1 up for $90, on fleabay they seem to run from $100-$150 or so) because it is 75W stereo (150W mono), and now I need to pick up either a 2x10 or maybe 2 1x10 cabinets. I'm considering even going to 2x8 or 2 1x8 cabinets, but those seem to be pretty rare. The Crate will be here in a week, and I'll just test drive with a 1x12 that I'm borrowing from a friend for a while til I get my cabinets sorted out. I'll do my cabinets on a budget too, hoping to spend in the $250 range for everything - may wind up building myself.