Toon Town Dave wrote:SoundInMotionDJ, I hadn't heard of RCF before so I did a bit of homework reading discussions on DJ equipment forums and stumbled across many of your posts. You really get around!
I *do* probably spend more time talking about PA gear than I should. But I *swear* that I actually get some work done at my "day job."
Not being able to hear speakers ahead of time is a problem. I don't blame you one bit for wanting a local contact for a purchase like this.Toon Town Dave wrote:I'm probably going to skip RCF because I can't find any place locally or near-ish that carries them let alone stocks them but they do sound like a good option for us.
I am mostly a westie DJ. So...for that definition of "swing"....a sub is a requirement. For a lindy definition of swing...a sub would be helpful, but not a hard requirement. Tops that can get down to about 60-70Hz should be sufficient.Toon Town Dave wrote:You talk about kits with a sub or adding a sub later. If we're just using the gear for swing dances or similar, would a sub be worth the cost/effort? If we had an event with hard thumping music it would be rare enough that I think it would make more sense to rent than own.
The issue with rental is that you never know what you are going to get...and the "experimenting" time ahead of the event is non-existent. Find a reputable rental house, and rent a sub a few times before you actually "need" it...to give yourself some experimental time to figure out how to best place and incorporate the sub into your PA system.
That is a reasonable budget.Toon Town Dave wrote:Our price range is somewhere on the order of $1600 for speakers, stands and bags. The rest of our budget is going to a mixer that we could use for small bands and a couple of headset mics.
I like the EV RE2 wireless systems with the BPU-2 bodypack and the EV HM-2 headset. This is NOT the "invisible" headset...but this is MUCH more "accident" resistant. These are about $800 per unit, and good value for $.
I ordered from Northern Lighting Pro http://nlfxpro.com/. Call. These people know what they are talking about and actually care that you are happy.
Amphitheaters are "special cases" whe ... e stage.Toon Town Dave wrote:We're hoping to use the speakers as mains if we have a small band in a small venue or to augment rented gear as monitors or mains if we have a larger venue or larger band. Our main use case is for our weekly outdoor dance during the summer. It's an outdoor amphitheater and needs surprisingly little sound reinforcement for a more or less open space.