We've got a handful of outdoor gigs coming up, which has me thinking about the best way to put the PA gear I have to its most effective use. We don't really have a time or place to experiment too much with different setups until we're at a gig, and then of course we're focused on trying to get ready to play. So if you can bear with me, I'm going to think out loud here and ask for any and all suggestions. Here's what I own, speaker-wise: 2 QSC K8 2 RCF NX 12 SMA 1 JBL PRX612M 1 JBL PRX618S We use three stage monitors and two tops over one bottom. The last couple of gigs we did, we used the RCFs and the JBL as monitors, and the K8's over the sub as mains. This worked really well for an indoor gig in a large room. We did an outdoor gig with the same setup, and we could have used more punch and headroom from the vocals. With more outdoor gigs coming, I am thinking about running the RCF speakers as tops. They're 12" two-ways, and they have plenty of power. Their monitor-style form factor may make them look odd as mains, but they have end-mounted pole cups and the manufacturer encourages their use as mains. And frankly, it is odd that we would use our most costly speakers as floor monitors and something lesser as mains. On the other hand, the form factor of the K8's means that you have to come up with some sort of hack to use them as monitors. We're using them that way in our practice space now. I have a couple of plywood cradles that I made when we were using all JBL 612M's, and the K8's rest decently in those. I also have an old amp stand that could hold a K8 at knee level on one side of the stage, and the other could rest on top of the sub. Complicating things a bit, the RCF speakers have only a 60*x60* dispersion pattern. The K8's have a much wider dispersion, but of course the mid driver is 8" versus 12". A third option would be to try to trade out of the K8's into something that works better as a monitor. Maybe K10's or similar from Yamaha etc. If you have any great ideas or thoughts on this puzzle, please let me know.