I've been doing PA reading, and it seems I have cleared up at least one thing that I had backwards. I would have personally thought it best to have speakers that can handle more power than my PA can output so I never blow them, but people say to drive them with more power than they're rated. The trouble is, I see different rules of thumb. Drive 1.5x the speaker RMS, Drive 2x. Drive 2.5x. Drive 2.5 for metal, 1.5 for acoustic. Never drive more than 1.5x. Drive 1x. Ten sources, fifteen opinions. What are your power recommendations? It's a metal band along the lines of an Iron Maiden, Type O Negative, and Avenged Sevenfold blend. I have a Mackie 808m, which puts out 450W @4 ohms. My old drummer had the speakers, hence the need now. * This would mostly be for practice and small venues or house parties. The local venues here tend to have their own systems, if we can get a gig.