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When I chose speakers for the 400-seat auditorium I manage, my criteria were robustness, power handling, dispersion (which needed to match an exact specification), connector type, robustness, weight, number and location of attachment points for rigging, robustness, and other such things.
Beyond all other factors, you want speakers that won't fail even when abused -- especially if you have to bring in a rigging crew to get them down.
"Accuracy" in such applications is usually not a terribly big factor beyond "not crap," because the sound is usually (a) not reproduction of existing material, but being produced live, which means that the sound coming out of the speakers is the "original sound," and (b) a great deal of processing is necessary to create the illusion of neutrality; the best speaker in the world can't deliver good sound in a typical venue without heavy processing (EQ, timing, phase adjustments, crossover tuning, etc.).
The bigger the room, the more influence it has over the sound and the less difference there is from one speaker to another in the same class.
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