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lemartini1050
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I like the amp that I am using, but would also like to buy a smaller system that
puts out a lot of sound.

For what size audience is the mackie SRM 150 good for - I've heard that, ironically, it is reasonably good for a large audience.

Martini
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Hi Martini,

I wrote a post about my search for a better system and it cocerned the Mackie SRM 150 here: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......tart=0#4

In the end I bought two of them and the place where I bought them from had a deal on and I got the stands with them included for free so that was a great bonus. All I can say is wow ! they are excellent and produce an excellent quality sound through them.

I have them daisy chained with no problems whatsoever as I prefer one either side of the venue that I am in.

Concerning audience size, I have used them in a small local village hall and up to a large school assembly and as yet have not had to turn them up to full power but I have tried them out at the highest setting and again, there is no distortion and they are loud !!!.

I also use music in my kids party shows and this is played from an Ipad through the mackies and it is just absolutely perfect.

Personally, I cannot praise them enough and am glad I bought them.

Stuart.
lemartini1050
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Thanks Stuart,

I may purchase one or two - very affordable too.

Martini
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I've ended up just buying a powered monitor and works perfect. I'm not sure what your budget is but it goes great with my wireless mic and is an easy set up.

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No tiny system will work great for a large audience. Magicians fool themselves into thinking that all the time. It's like the best trick ever!!!!

If you're playing to a small audience, by all means, use a high quality small system.
If you're playing to a large audience, do the right thing and use a larger system.

Bands don't like lugging in huge systems to play for large audiences. They do it because they need to.

There are a few that I've heard that could fit the bill that are actually professional quality, durable and not a joke:

Carvin StageMate (can be used individually or in pairs, runs on battery, great sound, good quality, lots of volume, not tiny but extremely convenient)
Roland Roland CM30 - requires A/C and it's quite small and can be joined in pairs as well. Very nice sound. Impressive, in fact.

If the Roland was able to run on battery, it would be incredible.
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I second Franks's recommend of the Stagemate. I've had mine for years and it has held up very well. As he mentioned, you can add an extension speaker for more coverage. Only down side is the weight, but it is solidly built.

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Which is better - the roland cube monitor or the stagemate


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I don't have the Roland Cube monitor, but I do have the Roland Street Cube. Nice system I use for small shows. Two inputs, plus an auxilary input as well.
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Quote:
On 2013-12-01 21:51, lemartini1050 wrote:
Which is better - the roland cube monitor or the stagemate


martini


I own both. The Roland Cube CM-30 is great for smaller performances. I use it for birthday parties and small libraries. It is a 30-watt system with a 6.5" speaker. It is remarkable for its size but it isn't comparable to a Carvin StageMate. The StageMate is a 100-watt PA system with a 10" woofer and a separate tweeter. The StageMate is more powerful, much heavier, and can handle a much larger performing venue. I use my StageMate for banquets, performances in gymnasiums, outdoor performances for crowds of more than 25 to 30, etc.

If I could only keep one of my PA systems, it would be the StageMate because it will cover the larger shows I do and, although it's kind of big for my smaller shows, I could still use it. The Roland isn't powerful enough for larger shows. I prefer having both because the Roland is perfect for the smaller shows and the Carvin StageMate handles the rest.
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Thanks, that gives me a better idea of which is best.

martini
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