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About PA Speakers

Loudspeakers or PA speakers are an essential part of your live sound setup helping you project your performance to the audience. At Sam Ash we have an incredible selection of these speakers in various shapes, sizes, and designs. From portable DJ speakers to larger PA Speakers for house of worship, we have a solution for you. The first thing to determine when you are looking for a PA speaker is if you want a powered Loudspeaker or a passive Loudspeaker. If you want a passive loudspeaker you will also need to purchase a dedicated power Amplifier or powered Mixer to drive the speaker components. The powered loudspeaker or active loudspeaker contains a built in amplifier and has inputs for connecting a signal directly from a mixer. Some active speakers with microphone preamps let you plug a microphone or music source directly to the speaker. Passive speakers are great for install setups in large venues where multiple loudspeakers are needed. These install loudspeakers contain fly points or are compatible with Speaker & Monitor Stand Mounts so they can be hung from the ceiling or attached to the wall. Passive speaker setups can also be optimized with various signal processing equipment including crossovers, feedback eliminators, and delays. The main advantage of powered loudspeakers is portability and quick setup. A new type of active speaker technology known as Class D Amplifiers have helped increase the amount of power you can get from a lightweight portable loudspeaker. The best DJ speakers and speakers for garage bands are these new portable class D loudspeakers.

Stage Monitors vs Front Of House Speakers

You can use live sound loudspeakers to entertain an audience or as a stage monitor so you can hear the rest of your band on stage. Some loudspeakers are designed specifically for personal monitoring and will feature a unique shape that angles the components towards you. Front of House speakers feature a more vertical design. However, most front of house speakers are now designed with a monitor angle so you can use them for both applications.

How to Choose a Loudspeaker:

At Sam Ash we offer everything from budget loudspeakers to professional live sound speakers for nightclubs and large amphitheaters. As you move up in price you should expect a loudspeaker to offer more power or power handling, more inputs, Digital Signal Processing, and better cabinet material. Budget loudspeakers feature a plastic or ABS cabinet while the best speakers are made of plywood. The advantage of wood loudspeakers is that wood helps minimize resonance that can color your sound.

Loudspeaker Sizes

The most popular speaker sizes are 15” speakers and 12” speakers. These sizes are ideal for bands and public address applications. Smaller sizes including 10” and 8” cabinets are great for mobile DJ’s looking for more portability. With advances in amplifier technology these smaller speakers are now capable of providing enough volume to fill a decent sized room

Other Types of Loudspeakers:

A new trend in live sound speakers is Portable PA Systems. These all in one solutions contain two passive loudspeakers, a powered mixer, and speaker cables. Some rechargeable or battery powered portable loudspeakers contain a multi-channel mixer on the back of the speaker so you can get everything you need in one cabinet. We also carry subwoofers which are dedicated to handle bass frequencies. You will usually add a subwoofer to your loudspeaker setup if you want that pounding bass that is popular with electronic music, hip-hop, and other dance heavy music genres. Similar to loudspeakers, you can get passive subwoofers or powered subwoofers.

Loudspeaker Brands:

We carry all of the premier speaker brands at Sam Ash including Electro Voice Speakers, the popular QSC K Series and various JBL loudspeakers. We also feature more budget friendly brands like Tourtek Speakers, Peavey Loudspeakers and more. If you’re looking for moderately priced speakers we also carry all of the latest Samson loudspeakers.