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    I am organizing a psytrance party out in the woods and want to invest in a decent PA for this event.
    I have been doing some research on google and on different forums, but I feel I could really use some advice at this point.

    I did a rather small party (50-60 ppl) about a year ago also, for which I rented 2 Mackie SRM450. But no sub. Which eventually
    led to one speaker going to h.. in the push for more power… Lesson learned.

    This year I expect around 150 guests (200 max), which is the size of crowd I will be expecting for future events also.
    So the setting will be as follows:

    – A crowd of 200 people (300 max to be sure)

    – The event requires some walking distance on foot, making weight of equipment an important issue.

    – The only available power supply will be gas generators, so power consuption is definitely an important aspect as well. At this
    point I have two generators of 1000W each.

    – I have a nice budget, meaning I can afford to get some good gear, but ofc., there is a limit somewhere.

    _ This being a forest party pretty far north, the equipment need to be able to handle changing weather conditions and a worst case
    scenario of temperatures down to the freezing point.

    I have been looking at different systems around the net, and I thought I would go for 2 QSC k12 as tops, and the kSub to go with
    them, but some more research has put me in doubt that this is the right solution. Especially the sub has been getting some critique
    around the web, but I have also seen the speakers stated as lousy on the midrange sound along with them not really delivering the
    quality equivalent to their pricerange.
    The Mackies might be ok, but I have seen some comments around stating that they are likely to not last very long, which is really
    not a very appealing thought when ready to make an investment…

    Well, point is I am in the blue here… Advice is much appreciated!

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    @aTroll 562498 wrote:

    – The event requires some walking distance on foot, making weight of equipment an important issue.

    – The only available power supply will be gas generators, so power consuption is definitely an important aspect as well. At this
    point I have two generators of 1000W each.

    – I have a nice budget, meaning I can afford to get some good gear, but ofc., there is a limit somewhere.

    _ This being a forest party pretty far north, the equipment need to be able to handle changing weather conditions and a worst case
    scenario of temperatures down to the freezing point.

    Gas as in LPG gas (you will need propane if you are going to a colder area, butane will freeze and not flow correctly) or what we call petrol round here? Also what voltage are the gensets (110 or 230V?) May also be worth stating where you are going North of; from the rest of the stuff you mention it sounds like USA as Canada is colder. Most equipment will handle temperatures from 0 to 40 degrees celsius but damp/water is going to short circuit things which is undesirable.

    Being British I would suggest Celestion LS units (designed up the road from where I work) as about the right size for relatively small but powerful rig. I’ve seen their home hi fi speakers do sterling duty at house parties and the community radio station. It may also seem strange but its better to put stronger power into a smaller loudspeaker than to little into a strong loudspeaker, as your amp could be clipping and going into the wrong frequencies that blow up the driver units.

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