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I think that's the route I'm going to go so I don't have to run power cords to powered speakers. How do the 10" speakers do outdoors?
I've never used them outdoors except to measure them. I use them as my rear surround speakers. I'd probably go with the 15s.
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I think that's the route I'm going to go so I don't have to run power cords to powered speakers. How do the 10" speakers do outdoors?

I'm wondering if going with the 12" or 15" might be better so as to not want to upgrade later. Now to pick out an amp to power them that'll accept just a phone input, nothing fancy.
12" or 15" depends on the size of the party, not so much the distance. the other issue is storing them, just something to consider. if you will be doing more indoor karaoke stuff the 12" may be better. more outdoor, get the 15"

but get the tripod stands ! you will want to the sound off the ground, so it will carry. as for an amp - any receiver will do. you'll have to get the correct speaker cable or adapter. (banana to 1/4 or speakon) . get at least 50' speaker cables, 100' is better. you'll need the extra length to route the cables away from where people will trip on them.

for max flexibility, get a PA amp, and small mixer. you may also want to get something like this: iPod DJ rig .

4 channel or 6 channel mixers can be found for less than 100. here's one: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=615810

a powered mixer ( mixer and amp in one unit) is a good idea for overall simplicity and storage.

a wireless mike - pyle audio and NADY make some low cost models.

check craigslist for used amps. or pawn shops.

I do not recommend using bluetooth from your phone for parties. you'll forget to turn off your notifications. and right in the middle of a great song you'll hear the notification beep...

I have a set of small JBL powered speakers - EON gen 1 10" - that I keep around for parties. lots of fun!

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I'm rethinking things. Any downside to going with the Bi-Amp 15" speakers over the passive? https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_...seq=1&format=2

I think then I'd only need to run a connection from my iPhone to the 1 speaker and then connect the 2 speakers using XLR Male to Female.

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I'm rethinking things. Any downside to going with the Bi-Amp 15" speakers over the passive? https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_...seq=1&format=2

I think then I'd only need to run a connection from my iPhone to the 1 speaker and then connect the 2 speakers using XLR Male to Female.
I'm curious on this as well as the powered versions would make an interesting LCR in my garage
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I'm curious on this as well as the powered versions would make an interesting LCR in my garage
As long as you have a pre pro or receiver with pre-outs, you'll be good to go.

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I'm rethinking things. Any downside to going with the Bi-Amp 15" speakers over the passive? https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_...seq=1&format=2

I think then I'd only need to run a connection from my iPhone to the 1 speaker and then connect the 2 speakers using XLR Male to Female.
the stereo input allows you to use a single speaker and get a full bandwidth sound. could be a cost effective way to achieve your goals. stereo 3.5MM to RCA adapter. The line out will only be one side of the stereo signal if I am not mistaken.

in order to run 2 powered speakers, you'll need a mixer. see above post.

for a really slick solution, check out alto stealth wireless transmitter/receiver (https://www.altoproaudio.com/products/stealth-wireless). it eliminates your XLR cables running to the speaker.
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I'm rethinking things. Any downside to going with the Bi-Amp 15" speakers over the passive? https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_...seq=1&format=2

I think then I'd only need to run a connection from my iPhone to the 1 speaker and then connect the 2 speakers using XLR Male to Female.
I'm with you. I don't think you would need a mixer to do this.
The volume setting on your cell phone would be enough control.
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I'm with you. I don't think you would need a mixer to do this.
The volume setting on your cell phone would be enough control.
I totally disagree. From a simplistic standpoint, yes, it works. But a mixer is not that much more and adds benefits. and having some yahoo trying to adjust the volume (at party levels) it will go from too low to way too loud. for best audio, you want a fixed output from your source. Control the volume from the mixer, which is also the pre-amp in this case. you can also smoothly change sources without a mood killing pause while some drunk tries to find that one song on his phone. you are moving into entry level DJ'ing ! There is a reason DJs have the gear they do - cross fading mixer as relates to this post- not to mention positive volume control.

it is not prohibitively expensive, and you'll thank thank me someday.
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As long as you have a pre pro or receiver with pre-outs, you'll be good to go.
I'm covered there I'm also curious if these have a different sound signature than the passive versions. I see they have 2khz crossover point vs 3.3khz for the passives.
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A few Months in and the Monoprice 15" are still here.
Movies are great with these and Music is good too.
They can get it a little splashy in the highs when you crank them on some mixes but,
you can really crank them!
Subs are needed to get a good full range presentation
and really
everybody needs a Sub or 2 or more in their rig.

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A few Months in and the Monoprice 15" are still here.
Movies are great with these and Music is good too.
They can get it a little splashy in the highs when you crank them on some mixes but,
you can really crank them!
Subs are needed to get a good full range presentation
and really
everybody needs a Sub or 2 or more in their rig.
15"'s are the way to go IMHO

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I ordered (2) of the powered 15" speakers with a mixer, cables, etc. for an outdoor setup. Everything should be here tomorrow.
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I ordered (2) of the powered 15" speakers with a mixer, cables, etc. for an outdoor setup. Everything should be here tomorrow.
What mixer did you end up ordering?

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What mixer did you end up ordering?
I ordered this mixer: https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_...seq=1&format=2

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Hello! I just came across this interesting thread. Is everyone still enjoying their Monoprice Stage Rights? They are currently only $99!

I am buying a new house and building a dedicated theater in the attic. In my last couple homes I have had a dedicated theater that I built out of existing rooms, but this time I am adding square footage to my home.

My current set-up:

Fronts Right and Left - JBL S312ii
Center - JBL S38ii
Surround Right and Left - JBL S38ii (I have 1 more of these unused to make 4 total)
Surround Back Right and Left - JBL N26 (I have 2 more of these unused to make 4 total)
Front Presence Right and Left - JBL S-Centerii
Sub - Velodyne CHT-12 (400 Watts RMS)
Receiver - Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020.

In my new theater I plan to go with an acoustically transparent screen for the first time, so the appearance of my front channels is not an issue. What brought me to this thread is my desire to have the true theater sound and impact that I believe my current speakers are lacking (as well as the fact that my budget will be tight due to construction cost, as well as a new screen and projector).

My questions are, is it okay to add 3 of these for my fronts and center while using existing JBLs for surrounds? Which (if any) of my current JBLs would pair best with the Monoprice PAs? And, how well does the Monoprice PA handle dialog when used as a center channel?

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Hello! I just came across this interesting thread. Is everyone still enjoying their Monoprice Stage Rights? They are currently only $99!

I am buying a new house and building a dedicated theater in the attic. In my last couple homes I have had a dedicated theater that I built out of existing rooms, but this time I am adding square footage to my home.

My current set-up:

Fronts Right and Left - JBL S312ii
Center - JBL S38ii
Surround Right and Left - JBL S38ii (I have 1 more of these unused to make 4 total)
Surround Back Right and Left - JBL N26 (I have 2 more of these unused to make 4 total)
Front Presence Right and Left - JBL S-Centerii
Sub - Velodyne CHT-12 (400 Watts RMS)
Receiver - Yamaha Aventage RX-A3020.

In my new theater I plan to go with an acoustically transparent screen for the first time, so the appearance of my front channels is not an issue. What brought me to this thread is my desire to have the true theater sound and impact that I believe my current speakers are lacking (as well as the fact that my budget will be tight due to construction cost, as well as a new screen and projector).

My questions are, is it okay to add 3 of these for my fronts and center while using existing JBLs for surrounds? Which (if any) of my current JBLs would pair best with the Monoprice PAs? And, how well does the Monoprice PA handle dialog when used as a center channel?

Thanks for any feedback.
If you had a third JBL S312ii for the center I would suggest keeping what you have. However with the JBL S38ii as center, you would likely notice an improvement with three of the Monoprice 15's across the front, but honestly don't expect to be blown away. The JBL's are decent speakers to begin with.
Many are adamant that identical front speakers are absolutely critical for proper soundstage. While I can get on board with that in theory (kind of) to suggest that tone matching surround speakers to the front is also critical seems a bit out there. I personally would leave your surrounds alone. In fact I would be inclined to try replacing just the center speaker first and see how it goes. Though likely you will always be wondering "how much better would it be with all three 15's" and end up buying them anyway.

What subwoofer setup are you running? The impact you are seeking is likely in the sub-bass frequencies and not something upgrading your main speakers will provide.
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What subwoofer setup are you running? The impact you are seeking is likely in the sub-bass frequencies and not something upgrading your main speakers will provide.
I'm running one Velodyne CHT-12 (400 Watts RMS).

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I'm still very happy with my three Stage Right 15" left/center/right.
However, their big attraction is their value (don't get excited until you see how much shipping is going to cost you).
You will absolutely benefit more from adding multiple subs.
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I'm still very happy with my three Stage Right 15" left/center/right.
However, their big attraction is their value (don't get excited until you see how much shipping is going to cost you).
You will absolutely benefit more from adding multiple subs.
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I am still rockin my Monoprices and I am wishing I'd have bought another pair at that 99 buck price.
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I am still rockin my Monoprices and I am wishing I'd have bought another pair at that 99 buck price.
Wishes come true. Back down at $99.
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Where are they currently $99? Still seeing $139 at Monoprice.com.

EDIT: Scratch that, I was looking at the powered model.

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Shipping might still kill it for some. I'm looking at one on monoprice.com, $100 + $70 shipping + tax.
Monoprice eBay has it for $140 shipped and tax-free:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Stage-Right...2nzG:rk:8:pf:0
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Been using mine for 3 months now and love them. Can't beat them for the price. Just have to match them with a nice sub and they are good to go.




They even took a trip to a friends house for his birthday party. Sounded great outside!


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Been using mine for 3 months now and love them. Can't beat them for the price. Just have to match them with a nice sub and they are good to go.
How do they compare against the Peavey shown in one of your other pictures?
Is that a late 70's Pioneer receiver driving your earlier setup?
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Mine replaced my Fusion 8s, too.
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How do they compare against the Peavey shown in one of your other pictures?
Is that a late 70's Pioneer receiver driving your earlier setup?
They actually do pretty well compared to the Peaveys. The Peaveys go down to 50hz and have some decent midbass authority whereas the Monoprice, as we all know, are seriously lacking in that department. But as far as sound quality they are very close. The Peaveys had a little bit fuller sound but when you consider those Peaveys were likely triple the price, weigh twice as much and are much bigger, I think the Monoprice speakers kill it at their pricepoint and size. I had no issues dumping the Peavey back on my friend who was letting me borrow them.

And yep that was my Dads Pioneer from 70s or 80s, not sure to be honest. Still works great, is it pretty much mint condition.
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I'd love to hear more about the comparison... I've wanted Fusions 10s or Kharma 10s for a long time, but it seems like every time I think I'm ready to buy, what I want is out of stock or altogether discontinued.

I'm also recommending these Monoprices to a friend who doesn't have the stomach for DIY and is more video-centric, but hoping the price and ease of these will let me live a little vicariously through him in regards to a set of three waveguides behind a 2.35:1 AT screen.

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It was short enough, though you could have cut off my name.


I used flatpacks and had Matt assemble my crossovers, so I blame user error on the fact that I never got the speakers to sound "good." It was long ago and I probably don't have my REW graphs anymore, but I'll look. They've been disassembled and in my basement since I got the Monoprices (before they were "Stage Right"), which eq'd with no trouble and sound great. I added a third for my center, and have no trouble with dialog or anything else.


They need subs, but so would pretty much anything else you're looking at. They're not pretty, but my woodworking skills didn't produce the most beautiful Fusion 8s, either.


For $140 each, I think anyone who has the room and isn't turned off by the looks should get them.


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Has anyone tried the Rockville's yet? I'm looking to convert my 7.1 setup to 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos. I just did the cart of 8 Stage Right 15's and the shipping is $300! You can get four (8 speakers) 2) Rockville SPG88 8“ Passive 800W DJ PA Speakers ABS Lightweight Cabinet 8 Ohm for <$400 shipped.

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