OK, so I searched the previous threads for posts on this topic and there was some good info...mostly from last year. However, I'm wondering if anyone has tried or is currently using any of the newer powered PA speakers regularly for DB. I stopped by my local GC last week and tried one of the newer JBL Eon 10" speakers. It was on a speaker stand about ear level. I also used a decent ABG because I wasn't lugging my DB around with me that day. Anyway, the little speaker sounded quite good! I'm sure it would sound better on the floor tilted back in its monitor position or only slightly raised on a chair. The cool thing about the JBL is that it had 1/4" inputs plus an XLR in/thru. I really wanted to try the similar sized Mackie/EAW but it only had an XLR input. I don't currently have a preamp (DTAR, Raven, etc.) with an XLR out -- plus I'm looking for quick plug & play action for quiet, drummerless gigs only. For jobs that require more punch and loudness, my SWR 2x10 sounds pretty nice. GC also had the larger Yamaha powered speakers (with flexible inputs & some EQ) as well as the full line of upscale Mackie loud speakers. They may have even had some of the Peavey powered models, but I didn't have that much time to poke around. I'm going to make an appointment to visit the store with my DB and try a few of these speakers just for fun. I do like the idea of being able to run an SM58 into the mic input in case someone wants to make an announcement at a function. How many times has that happened to you...some important mofo comes up and asks the smallish jazz combo (with no obvious speaker system) if he could use their microphone? What f***ing microphone sir?! I've been saved on several occasions by handy keyboard players and their snazzy four-channel amps when this happens. One guy I work with has the 200 watt Motion Sound box and we can actually run a vocalist through it with excellent results. On the combo side I've been seriously gassing for an EA rig -- but would also love to find something a bit cheaper and slightly more flexible in terms of inputs/application. Anyone currently using powered PA speakers? Happy/unhappy? Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions???