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Greetings friends,

I'm in the market to buy a cheap and loud system (preferably 2.0) which will mainly be used for high-bass electroinc and rap music at college parties via an iPod or laptop. My budget is about $500 and the room size is approximately 20' x 15'.

In previous threads of this topic, some people have suggested PA speakers. I've perused craiglist in my area and found these cerwin vegas, which seem to be a good deal at $200, but with me being a noob to this side of audio (I mainly deal with headphones) I don't know what kind of amp or receiver to pair with these.

These BICs are also quite enticing, but at ~420 for the pair, that doesn't leave much money for the amp.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Stick with the Vegas.
Look for a power amp that can supply a good amount of power.
The speakers are rated for 300 watts so just don't go to far over that to avoid damaging the speakers.

Those Cerwin Vegas are rated for 103db sensitivity at 1 watt/1 meter.
Every ~10db is double the perceived volume and it takes 10x the wattage to achieve that added 10db.
So the average home speaker at ~90db sensitivity would need over 10x the power to reach the same volume as the Vegas at 103db sensitivity.

I believe there's a bit more to it if you delve into specific frequencies, but for the most part those Vegas should be what your looking for.

Just make sure they are in good condition before you buy them. They are popular speakers for loud volume usage, and therefore the drivers may not be in the best sounding shape.
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I just found out that the vegas speakers on craigslist are already sold! So they're a no go. Any idea of some others that would be within my price range?
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I just found out that the vegas speakers on craigslist are already sold! So they're a no go. Any idea of some others that would be within my price range?
Some Mach 1's?
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If you are in a college town, this time of year, any speakers like those CWs will sell lightning fast.

Yep. Like Mik James said. What you want to look up is the sensitivity rating. If over 100db like those CWs, jump on it. Even anything 95db or above would probably be pretty nice. Then check the power rating on the mode to make certain you can feed it a couple hundred watts. smile.gif

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Alright, I'll see what turns up with those specifications. Thanks everyone!
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When you get your amp go into it's menu and set the maximum volume to 0 dB. This should leave about 15 dB of headroom. And avoid a situation where a drunk buddy might want to hear just how loud your speakers will play. Most guys will see the 0 dB on the receiver's display and assume that it's maxed out.

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