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Im looking for a quality setup for a party bus im building.

baseline of what im looking for:
I currently have monitor70s/40s/cs2 for a home theater setup. Its great for movies but imo it doesnt perform great acoustically. Just sounds a little off compared to a good car audio setup. So im looking for something not too expensive that will perform better for music than the monitor series.

Space is a premium so probably no tower speaker. I may consider it though. Id be fine with mounting 4 pairs of bookshelves on the ceiling though.

Any and all advice is appreciated.

thanks.



Edit: Im debating between a 15 in FiQ or the SSD for low end. Any comments there would also be appreciated
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Im looking for a quality setup for a party bus im building.

baseline of what im looking for:
I currently have monitor70s/40s/cs2 for a home theater setup. Its great for movies but imo it doesnt perform great acoustically. Just sounds a little off compared to a good car audio setup. So im looking for something not too expensive that will perform better for music than the monitor series.

Space is a premium so probably no tower speaker. I may consider it though. Id be fine with mounting 4 pairs of bookshelves on the ceiling though.

Any and all advice is appreciated.

thanks.



Edit: Im debating between a 15 in FiQ or the SSD for low end. Any comments there would also be appreciated

You should start by defining what "expensive" means.

To some people $1000 is expensive, to others 20K is expensive, and so forth.

Or are you looking for somthing in the $100-200 range.

Different people will give different opinions-based on what "their" opinion of money is.

People often ask for hte best "bang for the buck". How big is the buck?

ALso what is "bang'? Is it loudness? how deep it goes? What it sounds like?

Often they will state loudness. So if all you want is loud-do you care about sound quality? If so-then you have to start to define "quality".

I'm jsut saying it is not an easy question-at least to get a meaningful answer-to answer

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I suggest that you look at the KEF iQ30 speakers for the fronts and the iQ10 and iQ60c. Those will sound a whole lot better than the Polk speakers you have.

The Polks are not half bad for their price, but you do have to spend a lot more to get something that sounds significantly better. Those KEF speakers are a bargain right now; their price has been marked down quite a bit at KEF Direct. You can buy the whole system for under $1000.

I suggest that you look at the Rythmic subwoofers to get some really good bass; they are hard to beat.




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Im looking for a quality setup for a party bus im building.

baseline of what im looking for:
I currently have monitor70s/40s/cs2 for a home theater setup. Its great for movies but imo it doesnt perform great acoustically. Just sounds a little off compared to a good car audio setup. So im looking for something not too expensive that will perform better for music than the monitor series.

Space is a premium so probably no tower speaker. I may consider it though. Id be fine with mounting 4 pairs of bookshelves on the ceiling though.

Any and all advice is appreciated.

thanks.



Edit: Im debating between a 15 in FiQ or the SSD for low end. Any comments there would also be appreciated

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Power speakers (pro monitors) might be your best options...

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub
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Definitely need a budget amount to help you out. Meanwhile, I'd expect a bus to be more challenging acoustically than your typical car stereo setup. It's a long big space to fill.

So for a smoother bass response, you might have better luck with two 12" subs so that you can place one near the front and one near the back, or wherever it works out best.

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Thanks for the replies. I guess im shooting for under a thousand plus 400 for bass. I already have amps/wiring/and can build enclosures. I really like the suggestion of 1 12 at each end of the bus. Are there any speakers that do what i want that go on sale regularly. Like the Monitor 70s seem to go on sale every 90 days or so. Im not in a hurry. Just within 2 months.

And will look into everything suggested.

Thanks
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The Polk M70s are a nice speaker...but certainly don't have a small footprint. If you are going to use sub(s)...bookshelf speakers would be your best option (especially if you can mount them off the floor). Since a bus would certainly represent an "imperfect" accoustic envirnment...you may want to go for good/loud...

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
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Why is the OP looking at home speakers for a mobile van or am I missing something here?

Why not get a car audio system that would work much better for the application?
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Why is the OP looking at home speakers for a mobile van or am I missing something here?

Why not get a car audio system that would work much better for the application?

i figured 40 foot bus would be more comparable to a large living room than a car.

I probably should have said full size bus in op.
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I have a business called Party Bus Sacramento, check out the custom box on my page.  I think putting in a few custom boxes with 6X9s are your best bet for mids and highs.  Get a 2000 watt amp pushing 10 of these should be ample.  Or you could go with the tower idea witch will be way cheaper.  If you want people to rent the bus for events like weddings, bachelor or bachelorette parties I would you use custom box.  It's all about referral business!  Make the bus as nice as possible.

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