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Power amps going the way of the manatee?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Mike Money, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    With all these powered PA cabs coming out from various companies, are power amps soon going to be gone from PA use?
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  3. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Manatee's are protected by No Wake Zones. Tons of them.
  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    No-too many folks out there with bad backs who don't want extra heavy cabs.
  5. so their solution is small heavy rack cases with several power amps... :D
  6. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Ermmm...what do you think is in those powered cabs? [​IMG]

    But seriously, not many of my sound contractor friends use powered cabs for anything but speakers-on-sticks gigs, or installed systems. There are some very nice powered cabs out there these days though, for sure.
  7. Thee


    Feb 11, 2004
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    yeah right sea cow
  8. Droog


    Aug 14, 2003
    Amps will be with us forever I think, well at least untill transducers become absolete:)

    Yes there are a lot of powere PA enlclusures these days, but they are marketed and intended for nothing much bigger than a bar. Sure there are a few companies pushing small venue systems, but for every 1 put in 10 are done with powere amps. The Power amp method while being a bit more cumbersom is more customizable and in my experiance reliable. In the world of major tours and huge installs, system design is a critical step and quite often is planned down to the minutia. Powered PA's just don't offer that, way more of "stick it on a stage and play" mentality. Plus a good PA running nice and amps and speakers, crossed over properly sounds way better anyhow. Also ever notice how some of those powered enlcosures, Mackie, anyway have a pretty high noise floor?