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johnpert
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Haven't come across this in my search in the Café, and am wondering what others may think about:
PM600 sound system by WHARFDALE (comes w/ 2 speakers, powered mixer and mic) for $400CND
There is some info at:
http://ssl3.adhost.com/americanmusic/mer......id=34590

My typical venue includes audiences from 30-100 people.

Thanks,

John
Dennis Michael
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My only major concern would be weight. Each speaker weighs 30 lbs, and the Mixer is 24 lbs (Total 84 lbs)

I know nothing about it's sound quality compared to others.
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The link didn't give many details. I'd be very reluctant to buy a PA without the specs, reviews, etc. I suppose it would depend on whether you get paid enough to set up all that equipment. I would just use a simple setup for small groups, under 100 people.
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I found the specs doing a search, and again, the system was to big and heavy. The speakers were 12" size so that is a good thing, yet with that comes the added weight.

Here are some specs in PDF format:
http://www.wharfedalepro.com/pdf/pm_system_brochure_low.pdf
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silverking
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The days of Wharfendale as a quality British speaker manufacturer are long gone. It's a Chinese company now.

One reason not to buy.......it's covered with CARPET!
It goes downhill spec wise from there.

Like the song says....."you better shop around"
silverking
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Wharfedale doesn't have an 'n' in it, so why did I put one there?
johnpert
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Some good points- thanks.

is one powered speaker (fender, crate, or what ever) suffice, or should I be considering two speakers for groups around 100. I'd also like to play music.

thanks,

john
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John, an important thing to remember is that a lot of speakers will only give you 60 or 70 degrees of horizontal coverage in the vocal range.

It's not always about the number of people in your audience that may require two speakers, but how they're situated in front of your performance area.
In some situations, you may require two speakers to actually cover a wide, but not very deep audience area. In this example you're not using two speakers to get louder, but to get wider.

Two speakers will allow you to have flexibility in your coverage, and a bonus is that it will also give you some redundancy in case of a failure in one speaker, something that can be important in this 'all in one' powered speaker era.
Dennis Michael
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The question really is how much do you need the stereo effect?

If voice projection is all important and music is only in the background to enhance the routine, then your question is answered.
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So Dennis, is it your proposal that the 'stereo effect' is more important than speaker coverage?
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Not at all, the point was does one need two speakers for the gig they are doing or can one speaker accomplish that. Generally at small gatherings one speaker system can do it for groups of 100 or less, even though I've done this with success of up to 200. The distance from the first row and the speaker was within that 70 degree range.

Keep in mind I also have the new Fender PD-150 Plus with CD which is a two speaker system.
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