Powering on/off active speakers not easily accessible

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by bassnat, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. bassnat


    Jan 31, 2011
    We want to move our subs under the stage at church. The problem is that they are not accessible to power on/off. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your advice.
  2. ASQTec

    ASQTec Above Average

    May 2, 2010
    Plug them into a power strip that has a switch. Place the power strip in an easily accessible place on the side of the stage.
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  3. bassnat


    Jan 31, 2011
    I was not sure if that was ok or could create problems, not using the power switch.
  4. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    it will be fine.. if you leave the subs power switch "ON" and connect them to a power strip (or power drop box of some kind) you're essentially moving the power switch to the power switch.. depending on your system, make sure you power up the subs last and turn them off first, or you'll possibly get a nasty "thump" if you turn off upstream sources (like mixer) connected to them first..
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  5. As a former pro audio installer, I’d advise taking care when using a power strip for amplifiers. Do not, under any circumstance, ever use one of these things:


    If you ever took one apart and saw how cheaply they’re built it would scare your pants off. Pure junk. You can see the internals of one in this YouTube video .

    If you must us a power strip for amplifiers, get a heavy-duty one that uses real electrical outlet devices:


    All that said, I’m not sure a power strip is such a hot idea in this situation. Like ASQTec said, it would have to be located out from under the stage, probably in a side room, to be accessible. This means that you’d have to run extension cords from the powered subs to the power strip.

    Probably the latent installer in me, but that seems pretty low-brow all the way around. But if there are no electrical outlets under the stage that’s probably the only option, or at least the only easy one.

    However, if there’s an outlet under the stage that’s in a box surface-mounted to the structure, it would be easy to wire in an electrical BX cable to a standard light switch that would be located to the side of the stage.

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  6. bassnat


    Jan 31, 2011
    Thank You!
  7. bassnat


    Jan 31, 2011
    Thank you!
  8. bassnat


    Jan 31, 2011
    Thank you!
  9. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

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