Looking to upgrade my PA/Speakers

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Bigtan

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I currently have the B52 V1000 PA system. I just hate lugging around that huge subwoofer, so I plan on just getting a pair of 12" or 15" speakers. I'd rather find something local, than online. The most popular speakers that I have found sold
locally used are Yamahas(like sm15's, sm112, and br15s). My budget is around $400. I'd rather find a set used than buy new. I would like to use these speakers to DJ and also play acoustic shows around town. Does anyone have any other
input on what kind of speakers to get?
 

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It's going to be tough to find good (used or new) speakers for 400 bucks. Also, If you go with 12's, you probably want to have a sub. A 15 would give a little more than a 12 would but you may still want a sub.
 

Bigtan

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I also found a couple people around here selling Mackie C300's.

And, they don't have to necessarily have to be "good". I'm just looking to get the best bang for my buck.
 

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The best bang for your buck will be to buy good quality speakers - which will give you great sound for years to come. Buy something cheap and it'll sound bad and as a benefit of buying cheap, you'll have to invest some more (to buy good quality speakers) because you didn't do it right the first time. It'll actually cost you more in the long run to buy cheap.

I mean what's the point if they don't have to be 'good'?
 

Bigtan

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I'm a college student that can't work because I have way too much school work to do. So, I have no income. I can only work with the money that I sell my B52's for, which will be around $500
 

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If I were you, I would get good grades, save y'er money and then invest in a proper system. While you may not be asking for the Lamborghini model, y'er askin' for a Lexus on a Yugo budget. Sorry charlie, no dice. If you don't have the funds to invest in the equipment, then how on earth can you fund performing in this business (all costs associated)? It takes money to make money. Being a college student is no excuse. We've all been there. I'm certain you have funds - you just have to save y'er pennies and invest wisely.
 

drzinc

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I am going to state the obivious, the b52 system you have is the best bang for the buck for $1000 or less when new. You will not find a better sounding system for the money you will get for your system used, Buck up and get used to carring a sub, most of us do and the b52 subs are on wheeles. My bib subs for instance weigh over 100lbs and I stack them by myself.
 

ahoustondj

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What kind of vehicle do you have a scooter or a motor cycle? Stay with what you have or ask yourself this question. Is this really for me?
 

Bigtan

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a Subaru Impreza sedan. And trust me, I've tried every way possible to try and fit that thing in. So, I'm buying a pair of 15" speakers. If you guys don't want to help me find the ones I want, stop posting.

i guess forums aren't the place to look for help anymore, you just get bagged on
 

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We're trying to help you get the best bang for your buck. You came here asking for help. If you don't like / want our help, then you stop posting. We will not help you do it the wrong way. DrZ pretty much summed it up for ya. You will not find a system better than the one you have for the amount you will get for it (or for 400.00).
 

Bigtan

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And I haven't heard one post of positive feedback from the question I asked. I'm not looking for one that's better. I'm looking for one that I can actually use.
 

drzinc

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Ok if this is the case get some RCF Art 715A if you can find some used. Just be prepared to not have as much bass as you are accostumed to.
 

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My first response wasn't negative:

"It's going to be tough to find good (used or new) speakers for 400 bucks. Also, If you go with 12's, you probably want to have a sub. A 15 would give a little more than a 12 would but you may still want a sub."

Nor was my second:

'The best bang for your buck will be to buy good quality speakers - which will give you great sound for years to come. Buy something cheap and it'll sound bad and as a benefit of buying cheap, you'll have to invest some more (to buy good quality speakers) because you didn't do it right the first time. It'll actually cost you more in the long run to buy cheap.

I mean what's the point if they don't have to be 'good'?'

It may not been what you wanted to hear, but it wasn't negative. If anything, they were trying to show you why you should be looking at this from a different angle.
 

ahoustondj

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a Subaru Impreza sedan. And trust me, I've tried every way possible to try and fit that thing in. So, I'm buying a pair of 15" speakers. If you guys don't want to help me find the ones I want, stop posting.

i guess forums aren't the place to look for help anymore, you just get bagged on
Take measurements and go to your local Pro sound dealer for products that would fit.
 

DJ J Mac

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Big,
I know these guys are busting your chops quite a bit and they do speak a good bit of truth. However, I'll tell you what I know. A lot of what you'll be able to do will depend upon if you want to go passive or active (powered) speakers. So, that would be the first question to answer. No matter what, 15's are going to be a hard fit in your vehicle, so might have to look at 12's.
 

drzinc

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What mixer do you have?
 

DJ J Mac

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Then might I suggest a pair of B-52 12's. Back in college we used these as the tops of our tri-amp rig and on their own when a small setup was called for. These guys can take one heck of a beating. Also, the JBL JRX 15's could do the trick as well. Both of these might make you have to kick in a little bit of extra cash over the $400, but if you're really in a pinch, there's probably a place near you that you can donate plasma and those places normally will pay you for it. I know of several guys who would donate to cover their cable bill or for their weekend drinking money.