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Old 24th June 2009 , 05:07 PM
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Default Help with Passive speakers for monitoring


Our band uses a peavey escort PA system for our performances. It works very well and we have never had a problem with not being loud enough or the quality of sound. We would like to use some monitoring speakers as sometimes we have played and not been able to clearly hear ourselves at the same levels.

The PA system has a left and a right 1/4 jack that goes to the Passive Peavey speakers that form part of the PA. Ideally we need a monitor solution that has a volume level independent from the main volume level.

We have been given 2 PRO Sound PS120 speakers which are passive. On the PA system, there is an aux out line (with no volume level) which I thought we could use. But as these speakers are passive, we need something to a: power the speakers b: adjust the volume.

I am guessing that we would need some form of mixer unit / power amp to sit between the Aux out feed and the speakers, but from the ones I have seen online, the mixers only seem to manage the volume of the inputs, I am not sure they would power the speakers so it would work.

I have plugged in an old surround sound TV amp connected the aux out feed from PA and connected the speakers and it works, so I think my theory is correct, I just need someone to suggest the correct piece of kit to make it work sufficently for a live performance. (Surround sound TV amp is not suitable as it doesn't boost the sound enough so would not work in the venues we play).

Can anyone suggest a mixer/power amp that would suitable for this set up, Or do I need to by some active speakers with independent volume on them?

Any help or suggestions much appreciated.


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Old 25th July 2009 , 11:50 AM
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something like this - http://www.dv247.com/invt/30324/ will be fine. Any PA amplifier wil have volume controls (or "gain" controls), allowing you to control the volume of the monitor speakers.
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