Where to start? Need audio for college parties. - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 07-31-2013, 10:21 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Remzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I know this question has been asked before, but scouring forums for information has been pretty bewildering. I'm just going to spew out some incorrect info and maybe you guys can correct me, also I know that this might not be the right forum per say, but there isn't exactly an "I'm an idiot can anyone help me" section.

Basically my roommates and I are going to need a loud speaker system for parties. There are five of us but, poor as we are, I'm thinking altogether we're not going to want to spend more than $800 on all of the equipment.

First, I need to know what are the components of an audio system? From what I've seen, it would be two floor standing speakers, a subwoofer, and a receiver?

Also, in other threads I've noticed that the brand name Cerwin Vega comes up quite often as being speakers that play loud (at the price of sound quality i'm sure) so I went ahead and looked them up.

So would 2 of these
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EHUFLI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3QI5PL377NJ1M

one of these
http://www.amazon.com/BIC-America-F12-475-Watt-Subwoofer/dp/B0015A8Y5M/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375333366&sr=1-1&keywords=f12+subwoofer

And some sort of receiver make any sense altogether?

Last year we made due with this:
http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMedia-Certified-Computer-Speaker/dp/B000062VUO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375333424&sr=1-1&keywords=klipsch+promedia+2.1

And that was okay for background music when we were chilling around, but for a party it would have been useless.

The speakers won't exactly be in a huge room, probably the size of a medium living room, so It's likely that all of this is overkill. However, the people that lived in the room last year had some giant dj speaker system that they would blare halfway across campus, so I'd really like the have a little too much power rather than not enough.

Thanks for any help you guys can offer.
Remzie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 08-01-2013, 04:32 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Transmaniacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,382
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 384 Post(s)
Liked: 404
I would stick with a pair of large floorstanders and good high power amp. These big speakers really benefit from high power, generally moreso than most receivers can muster.

I would get a pair of these

And then power them with this amp

These will play very loud, and 2 15" subs will offer pretty solid bass in a medium size room.

Living Room
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12

Computer
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R
Transmaniacon is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 08-01-2013, 12:54 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
cel4145's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 11,714
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 229 Post(s)
Liked: 765
Quote:
Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

I would stick with a pair of large floorstanders and good high power amp. These big speakers really benefit from high power, generally moreso than most receivers can muster.

I would get a pair of these

And then power them with this amp

These will play very loud, and 2 15" subs will offer pretty solid bass in a medium size room.

Agreed. That would be a LOUD setup with good bass biggrin.gif

They appear to have only one left on Amazon. But you can order them directly from Parts Express: http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=303-468
You can also get the Crown amplifier from Parts Express as well.

If you would like pro audio DJ speakers, another option is the Behringer B215XL: http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-EUROLIVE-B215XL-1000-Watt-Compression/dp/B0023C6H64

You could also get stands for them. That would be nice for parties because it gets the driver and tweeter up in the air: http://www.amazon.com/PYLE-PRO-PMDK102-Heavy-Duty-Aluminum-Anodizing/dp/B000EHWJ9O/ref=pd_bxgy_MI_text_y

Your questions are answered:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

HT: Energy RC-50, RC-LCR, Veritas VS Surrounds | Dual CHT SS 18.1s | Denon AVR-888 | modified Dayton SA1000 | Antimode 8033C
Desktop: CBM-170 SE | SVS SB-1000 | Audio-GD NFB-11 | HK 3390
Headphone & Portable HE-400 | K612 Pro | HP150 | DX50 | E12
cel4145 is online now  
post #4 of 15 Old 08-01-2013, 01:22 PM
Advanced Member
 
TVMAN1991's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 586
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

I would stick with a pair of large floorstanders and good high power amp. These big speakers really benefit from high power, generally moreso than most receivers can muster.

I would get a pair of these

And then power them with this amp

These will play very loud, and 2 15" subs will offer pretty solid bass in a medium size room.

THIS. I've heard these before and they are LOUD.
TVMAN1991 is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 08-01-2013, 09:38 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Jay1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AZ
Posts: 3,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 102
Given the lack of speaker setup knowledge, and specified needs, here's what I would go for

2ea of these very large/loud speakers
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Professional-2000-Watt-Titanium-Diaphragm-Compression/dp/B0029RRGRC/ref=sr_1_8?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1375417662&sr=1-8&keywords=behringer+speakers

Very basic power amp with solid power, and EASY wireless connectivity to your phone/ipod/etc
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=310-298

All you need to make the connection from amp to speakers is a pair of these dual banana to single 1/4" cables
http://www.amazon.com/HOSA-SPEAKER-CABLE-JUMBO-PHONE/dp/B000068O0H/ref=sr_1_12?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1375417820&sr=1-12&keywords=dual+banana+plug+to+1%2F4+inch

You should be able to get 117db/1m continuous output from the above setup, enough for most people, maybe not you?


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

 

 


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

 

 

 

 

Jay1 is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 08-02-2013, 11:29 AM
Member
 
greggiekay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
The default college party speakers are no longer Vegas?
greggiekay is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 08-02-2013, 11:33 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Transmaniacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,382
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 384 Post(s)
Liked: 404
Quote:
Originally Posted by greggiekay View Post

The default college party speakers are no longer Vegas?

The BICs are pretty similar, and a good bit cheaper. Just figured it allowed him to get a more capable amp, so they really sing.

Living Room
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12

Computer
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R
Transmaniacon is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 08-02-2013, 11:35 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Jay1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AZ
Posts: 3,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 102
Quote:
Originally Posted by greggiekay View Post

The default college party speakers are no longer Vegas?

Sure but that doesn't automatically make them the best choice, especially with the budget.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

 

 


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

 

 

 

 

Jay1 is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 08-02-2013, 12:26 PM
AVS Special Member
 
bladerunner6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,455
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Liked: 55
I would suggest some retro speakers:

Some Mach One's or some Sansui with 15 inch woofers.

Big, bold and cheap!
bladerunner6 is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 08-02-2013, 01:01 PM
Newbie
 
Justntyme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
My recommendation would be for the JBL Eon 210p's.They are an active portable speaker system that even come with a small mixer that makes it very simple to hook up an ipod or laptop to. I own them and used them for my yearly outdoor party this year. They easily projected across my large backyard and sounded great doing it. I never even pushed the limit's of their power. The clarity is excellent, the only drawback would be that the bass isn't room shaking if that's what your looking for. But JBL does sell a sub for their PA sets that these can actually sit atop if you decide to upgrade down the road.

I think I paid around $500 or $550 for the 210s. I also bought a pair of stands for them, $30 bucks a piece.

The JBL EON 518s sub is another $670 on Amazon.
Justntyme is offline  
post #11 of 15 Old 08-02-2013, 03:51 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
cel4145's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 11,714
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 229 Post(s)
Liked: 765
Quote:
Originally Posted by Justntyme View Post

My recommendation would be for the JBL Eon 210p's.They are an active portable speaker system that even come with a small mixer that makes it very simple to hook up an ipod or laptop to. I own them and used them for my yearly outdoor party this year. They easily projected across my large backyard and sounded great doing it. I never even pushed the limit's of their power. The clarity is excellent, the only drawback would be that the bass isn't room shaking if that's what your looking for. But JBL does sell a sub for their PA sets that these can actually sit atop if you decide to upgrade down the road.

I think I paid around $500 or $550 for the 210s. I also bought a pair of stands for them, $30 bucks a piece.

The JBL EON 518s sub is another $670 on Amazon.

Those look interesting.

For a sub and stay close to budget, a Premier Acoustics PA-150 will get pretty loud, and I think Acoustic Sound Design takes a bid of $380 on them.

Your questions are answered:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

HT: Energy RC-50, RC-LCR, Veritas VS Surrounds | Dual CHT SS 18.1s | Denon AVR-888 | modified Dayton SA1000 | Antimode 8033C
Desktop: CBM-170 SE | SVS SB-1000 | Audio-GD NFB-11 | HK 3390
Headphone & Portable HE-400 | K612 Pro | HP150 | DX50 | E12
cel4145 is online now  
post #12 of 15 Old 08-04-2013, 11:04 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Remzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Thanks for the replies guys. I think judging by the pretty nice consensus made by the first three posters that the 2 BIC speakers and the amp will work pretty well. Am I correct in saying that if I purchase that setup that my roommates and I will be able to get by without a sub?
Remzie is offline  
post #13 of 15 Old 08-04-2013, 11:14 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Jay1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AZ
Posts: 3,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 102
I doubt you would feel the need for a sub with music. Do you have a pre amp, or mixer, or receiver? I'm pretty sure you arent going to be able to get away with just plugging your ipod into that pro amp...


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

 

 


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

 

 

 

 

Jay1 is offline  
post #14 of 15 Old 08-04-2013, 11:20 AM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Remzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
No. I don't have any of those, pardon my ignorance. I guess the natural next question would be, which of those should I be looking for? Is there a reasonably priced receiver I could buy that would be able to power those floor speakers well enough?
Remzie is offline  
post #15 of 15 Old 08-04-2013, 11:32 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Jay1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: AZ
Posts: 3,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked: 102
You would just need something like this for a pre amp

http://www.amazon.com/TC-780LC-Stereo-Booster-BLACK-VERSION/dp/B000RZXAHI/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375640834&sr=1-8&keywords=stereo+preamplifier

and then you can still get a pro amp

http://www.amazon.com/QSC-GX3-Stereo-Amplifier-Standard/dp/B0018D63KO/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1375641070&sr=1-1&keywords=qsc+gx3


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

 

 


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

 

 

 

 

Jay1 is offline  
Reply Speakers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off