What About Bi-Amplification?
In choosing a speaker system for public address or sound reinforcement systems, one consideration to make make is if you're going to use powered speakers. Powered PA speakers bring added convenience and sound quality to your sound system.
Powered PA speakers are much like standard PA speakers but with the added addition of built in amplifiers and crossovers. Models such as the Mackie SRM450 brought powered PA speaker systems to the forefront with their integrated electronic circuitry and closed loop system that allows the speaker to monitor its sound output for more precise, better quality sound.
The heart of a self powered system is the PA speaker Bi-Amplification. Two amplifiers are built into the speakers, one for the low range sound and another for the mid and high range sound. A device called an Active Crossover separates the lows, mids, and highs from the audio source and sends the signals to the appropriate amplifiers. The benefit of this type of system is that the amplifiers can be custom designed for the sound range and speaker enclosures, ensuring better, louder sound. Plus your low range amplifier can work harder to produce a full range of sound without causing any distortion or clipping of the high range.
The benefit of powered speakers is that all the technology for PA Speaker Bi-amplification is built right in to the speaker enclosure. This added convenience means you no longer need to lug around and hook up extra components for your gigs. Everything is included in the speaker system.
The Mackie SRM450 is an excellent choice for the mid sized rooms and venues delivering 300 watts of powered with its bi-amplified active crossover system; but when size is an issue, the Yamaha MSR100 delivers lots of punch with its 100 watt amplifier and 8 inch woofer. The Yamaha is a great system for smaller rooms or as part of a monitor system for bigger setups.
Another great choice for a PA speaker bi-amplification system is the Peavy 12D. The Peavy delivers 200 watts of power out of a 12 inch woofer and their RX14 compression driver with 1.4 inch titanium diaphragm. This unit delivers great sound in a lightweight, rugged enclosure; perfect for easy setup at clubs and gigs.
When shopping for a PA Speaker Bi-Amplification system, consider the size and power of the unit. The latest generation powered systems on the market are easier to use and sound better than ever. It shouldn't be difficult to put together a system that sounds great that stays within your price point.