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can i use emx5014c (500wat) with Mackie S525 2-Way Dual 15?

y0ud

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Desk is 500watt i think and the speakers say 2400watt peak.

can i hook two speakers up to the desk and work properly?
 

Johnny V.

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It'll work, but you probably will be shy on power unless it's a low volume gig and you're putting just vocals through the system.
 

y0ud

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it will just be vocal.

What will be the best cheap solution to get it working at full power?
 

y0ud

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it will just be vocal.

What will be the best cheap solution to get it working at full power?
 

GCDEF

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it will just be vocal.

What will be the best cheap solution to get it working at full power?
Try it and see. That mixer is 500 marketing watts. Real watts are substantially less, but many people seem happy with it. Those speakers claim to be very efficient, so you should get quite a bit of sound out of them with that mixer, although a 2 x 15" speaker isn't a very good choice for vocals only.

If the mixer doesn't give you enough power, you can add another power amp, but I'd try it first.
 

y0ud

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Will do! Thanks for the advice, i just remember reading somewhere (probably gearslutz) that running things at a lower wattage can damage the system and thought it would be best to double check!

out of curiosity, what sized power amp would be designed for these to run efficiently?
 

GCDEF

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mixwiz

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1.5 to 2 times the continuos rating will allow the speakers to reach full potential. Efficiency is a different thing entirely. That is a measurement of how much sound they will produce given a certain amount of power (usually expressed in db @1 watt @ 1 meter). As for underpowering speakers being bad for them, it's complete ********. What Can hurt them is if you drive your amp into clipping steadily.
 

y0ud

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Just gave them a test as is, waaaaay more then loud enough. Lots of low extra low end, but with some eq, speakers are great!

Thanks for your help all
 

fisticuffs

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As for underpowering speakers being bad for them, it's complete ********. What Can hurt them is if you drive your amp into clipping steadily.
Your first sentence is the reason your second sentences happens. So I wouldn't call it ********.
 

GCDEF

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Your first sentence is the reason your second sentences happens. So I wouldn't call it ********.
Underpowering speakers is ********. Driving an amp to clipping, which is not the same thing at all can cause damage. In that case, you're under-amped. The power handling ability of your speakers is an unrelated issue. In fact, if you do drive your too small amp to clip, the higher the power handling ability of your speakers, the better off you'd be.
 

y0ud

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So it appears that somehow, both tweaters have blown? any ideas as to how this could have happend?
 






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