3-channel powered speaker for ceremonies?

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I got to use a venue's JBL Eon One for yesterday's ceremony and really liked it. Got me to thinking that it'd be really nice to pickup another powered speaker with 3-channel mixer. A search on GC found this unit from Harbinger. Yea, I'm not crazy about the name brand but it has plenty of headroom and it's cheap (I'm already looking at $100, just for a replacement mixer) and the reviews are positive. Does anyone have another alternative they might suggest? BTW, I love the Bose but I'm just not in for $500 at this time.
 

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I got to use a venue's JBL Eon One for yesterday's ceremony and really liked it. Got me to thinking that it'd be really nice to pickup another powered speaker with 3-channel mixer. A search on GC found this unit from Harbinger. Yea, I'm not crazy about the name brand but it has plenty of headroom and it's cheap (I'm already looking at $100, just for a replacement mixer) and the reviews are positive. Does anyone have another alternative they might suggest? BTW, I love the Bose but I'm just not in for $500 at this time.
Reviews that I've seen look. good. Would probably be a decent monitor as well for DJ gigs.
 

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I wouldn't buy Harbinger for anything other than a backyard party .. it's GC's house brand.

I also wouldn't use a large mixer on a speaker since that means you're running a bunch of cables up to it and that generally doesn't look good. I have the JBL Eon One Compacts and they're pretty nice .. battery powered too. $412 at Macmall.com:

 

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I am set with the Bose S 1 for probably the rest of my DJ Career for wedding ceremonies. ...Unless Bose comes out with a more advanced version in the future, I might upgrade...Bose S2 lol

I believe Ceremonies that I book won't be large again. The number of guests have dwindled...no need for any more fire power for a ceremony.
 

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For what you're looking to use the speaker for that one should be fine, even though it's Harbinger. You're not going to be going crazy pushing the speaker. It's just for ceremonies.
 

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I wouldn't buy Harbinger for anything other than a backyard party .. it's GC's house brand.

I also wouldn't use a large mixer on a speaker since that means you're running a bunch of cables up to it and that generally doesn't look good. I have the JBL Eon One Compacts and they're pretty nice .. battery powered too. $412 at Macmall.com:

I'd probably velcro my GTD receiver onto the side with a couple of short XLR cables over to the channels. Then, a single cord from the laptop up to the speaker. It would be nice, clean and easy easy to setup/teardown. I also like that these new speakers have bluetooth built in.
 

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I'd probably velcro my GTD receiver onto the side with a couple of short XLR cables over to the channels. Then, a single cord from the laptop up to the speaker. It would be nice, clean and easy easy to setup/teardown. I also like that these new speakers have bluetooth built in.
I've had too many BT glitches to want to rely on it in a paid environment. Backyard party .. fine, but with occasional cut outs, it's really not ready for a professional setting IMO.
 
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Everyone likes a bargain. But just as we try to tell customers....odds are you are gonna get what you pay for.
I gave up gambling on no name brands A while ago. Now when I look for a deal, I‘ll consider used equipment from brands I trust. I recently bought a 2nd s1pro off someone here for $400.
some of my sennheiser mics are used too.
 

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Thomann sell a copy of the QSC K12 with 3 years warranty for something like $299 lol - Amazing speaker cabinet for the money to be honest
 
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I've been using the V2312 for my monitor in the home studio and I also rent it out for simple jobs that just need a music source and microphone. I just rented it out this past weekend. It's already paid for itself in rentals. I've never been a fan of Harbinger gear but so far I have no complaints with that speaker. One of the rentals used the Bluetooth feature to stream music from a laptop and they said it was solid for the whole 4 hour event. The laptop was very close to the speaker so there wasn't a lot room for interference from other devices. I wouldn't depend on the Bluetooth streaming for a major gig but it's nice to have for small informal use like at a backyard bar-b-que.
 

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Everyone likes a bargain. But just as we try to tell customers....odds are you are gonna get what you pay for.
I gave up gambling on no name brands A while ago. Now when I look for a deal, I‘ll consider used equipment from brands I trust. I recently bought a 2nd s1pro off someone here for $400.
some of my sennheiser mics are used too.
Got to agree I'd rather buy gently used than a bad from the beginning brand although I've had pretty good luck with Behringer Mixers that I bought in a pinch one time

Bought an SM58 Wireless 8 years ago that was 8 years old when I bought it never a days trouble with it
 
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The Harbinger is what you buy if you're a teenager.

The sad fact is - all the information you need about this class of product is usually implied in the brand name. For example:

Anchor - because, ultimately that's all it's good for.
Gemini - no more reliable than your horoscope.
Pyle - synonym for dung heap
Realistic - what you wish you had been before purchasing
Harbinger - of DOOM.
 

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... powered speaker with 3-channel mixer.
It makes no sense to have a mixer in the speaker for the work you want to do because without remote access to the mix you could end up seriously screwed or having to constantly intrude upon the setting in order to resolve issues. It's not a good idea to put all your eggs in a single basket if that basket is the most cheaply produced one you could find.

Using an remote digital mixer with Wifi eliminates the need to have a mixer in the speaker, and provides you with constant control and access to the mix. If you want to go cheap I would look at a Midas MR12 (used: about the same cost as this speaker) or the Behringer equivalent. It has far more potential and versatility than a cheap speaker with built in mixer.

Nonetheless, you can send up to 4 channels of balanced audio up to 300Ft using Cat 5 or Cat6 cable, allowing you mix at the speaker while. using only a single cable CAT snake.

Bluetooth is also not that useful in pro audio other than to have your source sitting right next to the receiver because the range is incredibly poor.
 
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I also wouldn't use a large mixer on a speaker since that means you're running a bunch of cables up to it and that generally doesn't look good.
Also, your mixer is now located on the speaker,
which means you need to stand....next to the speaker to run sound.
So, you can't hide yourself, out of view from the guests and the pictures.
 
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Also, your mixer is now located on the speaker,
which means you need to stand....next to the speaker to run sound.
So, you can't hide yourself, out of view from the guests and the pictures.
I practically always put myself right beside the speaker. My current setup is a tripod that has a tray on it with speaker on top.
 

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I practically always put myself right beside the speaker. My current setup is a tripod that has a tray on it with speaker on top.
It's never been asked issue for me either.
 

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I practically always put myself right beside the speaker. My current setup is a tripod that has a tray on it with speaker on top.
You're not supposed to be in the line of sight. Alternatively, you AND the speaker are behind everyone the sound is not aligned with it's perceived source, and that's not a professional solution.

Either way it's the lazy man's method - and if Tazo's flavor is more to your liking you won't achieve it by always seeking what's easiest for the DJ.
 
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