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    Bradley Burns

    So I’m struggling to find the right PA system for mobile gigs. Looking for something compact, sounds great, and easily portable. I would also add economical, but seems like it’s going to be a substantial investment, so might as well get the most bang for my buck.

    Right now I’m looking at both Mackie DLM8 and DLM12. My upcoming gigs are going to be intimate. No more than 100 people. One is a wedding. The other is a birthday party. I’ve read that an 8 inch speaker is not sufficient. But it seems like the Mackies are a different beast. Can’t decide if it’s worth stepping up for the 12’s.

    The Bose L1 system just came across my radar as well.

    Completely lost. Don’t know much about sound. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    DJ Vintage

    I happen to have listened to them at the Dancefair in Utrecht last weekend and I was definitely impressed. Looks good, sounds better, loads of volume. Presets for EQ in the D-class amps. But you should get the set, so including the 12″subs DLM12S. Don’t worry about it being sufficient for 100 people.

    Be aware that the rated 2000W is program, not RMS. RMS is quoted at 1000W for both the 12S and the 8. Total for 4000W in a really small package. This would actually allow you to play to about 400! people. Clearly two 12″ subs will add to the size of the setup.

    The subs go pretty low (35Hz!) and have a max SPL (Sound Pressure Level) of 128dB, plenty oomph.

    I think the 12″tops with 12″ subs would be overkill. The 12″ tops would be better used solo (without subs), were the 8″ would lack serious low to be used solo.

    Other things to look at are systems like the LD Systems Dave, HK Audio Lucas Nano (600), LD Systems Curv (new) and plenty of other brands that bring 1 sub/2 satellite options. These sound great for their size, are truly compact and portable, have a very small footprint and are generally sufficient for 100-120 people.

    Hope that helps some.

    Bradley Burns

    Thanks for the advice! Very helpful 🙂

    Patrick Dunlap

    Check out the Yamaha DXR series. I have run two DXR -8’s and a single DSR12 Sub with great success for small venues. Sounds great…easily transportable and good value. You could also opt for two DXR12’s minus the Sub for starters and add a single sub later. The DSR sub is already wired to support stereo in and feed two mains which makes it a great option for a small single sub setup

    All Murray

    A good set up for that you’re looking to do would be the RCF ART 710’a along with the RCF SUB 702, I have the 710’s and they give really good sound quality and can do weddings for say up to 100 people tops on there own, but adding the Sub 702 will make them more versitile and you’d then be able to do partys/weddings for 150/200 people…

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