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  • #2026370
    D. Dodge
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    Couldn’t find this topic posted anywhere (maybe because I never have luck with the search function in this forum).

    Looking for speaker or speakers that are battery powered, for use at beach weddings for example. I’ve seen some cheap 50w speakers that I feel may be too cheap for professional application, also found some that are more expensive than my actual dj’ing speakers. The Samson expedition xp40i is only $250 (US), pole mountable, and can link multiple, but I don’t need an ipod dock. I also don’t think I’d need the ones with built in microphones.

    Any recommendations / experiences?

    #2026472
    Terry_42
    Keymaster

    There is no battery powered PA that will support more than 20 people INDOORS.
    You can scratch playing to more than 5 people at a beach with batteries, period.

    If you want to ruin someones wedding of course go ahead.

    The only setup that works mobile for such locations is either a soundproofed diesel generator for your normal PA or the sound company I work with have actually a generator VAN setup for the PAs they provide. This is the only professional way for something as costly as a beach wedding…. if you want to make the couple the best day of their live that is…

    #2026499
    D. Dodge
    Participant

    99% of the time I agree with you Terry – but I know there are some great battery PA’s out there. My other job used to have 2 ruggedized anchor speakers and they worked fantastic outdoors for over 4 hours, however they’re about 1.5k a piece and were designed for much bigger applications than I need. I don’t need an amazing system to play 20 mins worth of music tops (most of which is instrumental and has no low end)

    I guess I’ll take a good look on ebay and craigslist

    #2026806
    DJ Vintage
    Moderator

    Yep, I agree with DussT on this one. I use (german-made) Fohhn speakers for battery-powered use (actually did the speech for a funeral outdoors with about 250+ people attending. It was cold and rainy, but four speakers handled things quite well). These are crazy expensive too. About 1200 euro for the basic model.

    The only viable alternative I have come across comes from an unlikely candidate, namely Roland. Their BA-330 is a 30W stereo speaker and yes, you can’t create a booming bass beach party with it. But if you want to amplify speech, play some appropriate music during the ceremony and stuff like that, it fits the bill.

    With it’s 4 6.5″ woofers and 2 high end speakers it sound great. I have tested quite a few of these systems and this one tops my chart in it’s price range with it’s sound quality. Build quality is up to par too. Extensive mixer, so you don’t need to bring anything else if you don’t want to. It can be switched to stereo (if you use one) or mono (if you are using two). And it takes 8 penlite batteries. You can get a spare battery holder, so you can quickly switch if you’d run out of power. This is really a good idea, as just about all others have fixed rechargeable batteries where empty is empty.

    However, don’t take my word for it. Go find one and listen to it.

    Greetinx.

    #2027483
    DJ Soulphinger
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    There are battery powered speakers out there. I just did a wedding ceremony for 110 people and the they heard every thing fine. With two 30 watt Samson Express battery operated speakers . They will cost you $200 per but they work excellent! They have stand adaptors and 3 channel mixer with Bluetooth all build in. When your doing voice and back ground music it doesn’t need to be loud. If you need to have them sound louder…get a sonic maximizer. They do have a desk top maximizer (QI-282) that I use to make my sound even more alive when doing out door weddings and back found music. I hope my two cents helps.

    Keep rockin…..

    Mike a.k.a. Dj Soulphinger

    #2027508
    DJ Soulphinger
    Participant

    …and Chuck I have used the Roland BA-330…..and they are awesome! They have 4 …6.5 inch woofers and 2 ….tweeters. The Samson Express I use has a single 6.5 inch woofer and a tweeter with 30 watts…but let me tell you…it’s no joke in sound! And is $400 dollars less then the Roland. 😉

    #2028089
    D. Dodge
    Participant

    Awesome, those are 2 of the speakers I’ve been looking at. The Roland really seems great, but then I love the fact I can get 2 Samson’s for less than 1 Roland. Seems like the Roland is more for a street performer – ability to plug a lot in at once.

    Tough decision. I really hope I can find these somewhere to listen to

    #2028334
    DJ Vintage
    Moderator

    Yeah, the amount of hook-ups on the Roland is bizar. It’s got a bit of reverb in there too if memory serves me right. And as I said, the fact that I can stick regular (alkaline or rechargable) penlite batteries in there is a big plus for me.

    Well, dropping off a rented Fohhn speaker and stand tomorrow for a three day fair. Different animal :-). CD-player built-in, wireless mic built-in. Awesome. But expensive.

    Greetinx.

    #2028335
    DJ Vintage
    Moderator

    Oh, and I concur with the Roland being excellent for street performers.

    #2035182
    Isaiah Furrow
    Participant

    Interesting, I may look into building a box to deaden the sound of a generator, something quiet and clean power, with the addition of a power conditioner and 50-100ft extension cord, might work out. Also considering some deep cycle batteries and an inverter. Both would be handy to have, but I think a generator would be more appropriate for my situation. It could power my whole system far longer, and also would be handy for other uses. There are a few reasons I have considered buying a decent inverter, such as silent AC power, but the amount of power you can get out of a setup like that, and how long it will run on a recharge are limiting. I actually recently had a conversation about just this subject with a friend who was looking into a setup for street performance, and I have a few things in mind that will be remote with no AC on site. Any insight on going that route guys? As always, great insight to be found on DDJT! Thanks to all… Moonshadow

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