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my primary use would be for music and videogames. i am wondering what would be better for a cheap living room set up. i have no experience with pa speakers other than hearing them at a club. i have a set of klipsch quintets and they are garbage. i just dont know if pa speakers would work
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Generally PA speakers are designed for outright volume, with little thought given to detail and nuance. Could they be used? I don't see why not. I wouldn't myself though -- too unrefined for my tastes.

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Generally PA speakers are designed for outright volume, with little thought given to detail and nuance.

That's true of cheap PA speakers, not high quality units. But high quality PA speakers may be well above the OPs budget.

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my primary use would be for music and videogames. i am wondering what would be better for a cheap living room set up.

Do you have a budget?

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i dont have a budget, but im not exactly looking. yesterday i went into guitarcenter for the first time and they had a room full of pa speakers. they were really cheap compared to home theatre speakers. eventually i am going to replace my quintets. i pretty much want to know how a 200 home theater speaker stacks up to a 200 pa speaker, and if a pa speaker in my living room would work. i know they are designed for different things but cheap is cheap. i paid 300 for my quintets and when i listen to music i play it through my tv
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i pretty much want to know how a 200 home theater speaker stacks up to a 200 pa speaker, and if a pa speaker in my living room would work. i know they are designed for different things but cheap is cheap.

IME no PA speaker that goes for much less than $800 would be suitable, and even then only with a very good DSP. A $200 PA speaker is junk.
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i dont have a budget, but im not exactly looking. yesterday i went into guitarcenter for the first time and they had a room full of pa speakers. they were really cheap compared to home theatre speakers. eventually i am going to replace my quintets. i listen to music i play it through my tv

Cheap PA speakers give me a headache - the Klipsch Quintets give
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I didn't notice a specific budget.

If the picture will post.... I bought these two BASS BINS (only) for $250. I did however, spend another $250 to have them delivered from Florida to Tennessee. So, I have $500 in them. Again, bass bins alone.

I have an active crossover so I'm already holding some of the parts...but, I've sat a Klipsch LaScala on top of these and they sound great. I've sat a Klipsch Heresy on top of them.... a true Heresy with some bark.

The main point is... if you have a bit of luck, you can find some big parts for a decent price and it can sound pretty damn good.

It might simply be better/cheaper to buy some used "......." (JBL's, Klipsch, other...) but if you want some serious punch, big toys like these will give it to you if you feed them the right diet.

Although the sound was KILLER, I'm not recommending the horn on top of this stack as the top horn alone is at/over $1,000 per horn. Just trying to give you some real world ideas of what someone has done.

This was done for an outdoor movie. YOu can see the screen on the ground. Today, I'm currently living/working in Florida and staying in an apartment. I've got these speakers in my 2nd bedroom and in a week, might pull the Jubilee's from active duty and try these in a stereo setup in my apartment living room.

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