If I have a powered mixed (mackie 808m) that delivers 1200 watts and a pair of passive monitors hat are rated for 500 watts and 1000 peak, how does that work? Is the 1200 split across both?

These are peak power ratings so expect constant to be 50-60% of that.

Assuming your speakers are 8ohms you are getting 300 watts peak of run on each output channel of the pa head.

If you run the pa as one side powering mains and the other monitors, assuming 8ohm speakers all around it will look something like this.

Mains 8ohm + 8ohm in parallel (daisy chained) = 4ohm

Max at 4ohms of 450 watts/ 2 speakers = 225 watts per speaker.

The same holds true for the monitor side.

To answer your question in simple terms though yes, the power would be split amongst your speakers. I.e. 1000 watts/2 speakers = 500 watts per speaker.

These are peak power ratings so expect constant to be 50-60% of that.

Assuming your speakers are 8ohms you are getting 300 watts peak of run on each output channel of the pa head.

If you run the pa as one side powering mains and the other monitors, assuming 8ohm speakers all around it will look something like this.

Mains 8ohm + 8ohm in parallel (daisy chained) = 4ohm

Max at 4ohms of 450 watts/ 2 speakers = 225 watts per speaker.

The same holds true for the monitor side.

To answer your question in simple terms though yes, the power would be split amongst your speakers. I.e. 1000 watts/2 speakers = 500 watts per speaker.

Awesome, thank you so much man! Another question because I’m pretty new to this piece of sound. If my mixer is 2 ohms and the speakers are 8 ohms, is that an issue?

Awesome, thank you so much man! Another question because I’m pretty new to this piece of sound. If my mixer is 2 ohms and the speakers are 8 ohms, is that an issue?

Total amp power using two channels is 900 watts at 4ohms. That’s with both sides of the power amp receiving a 4ohm load. 450 watts per side.

Each 8ohm speaker would see about 225 watts if running off one side of the amp if they are daisy chained. 8 + 8 in parallel with give you 4 ohms.

To send 450 watts per speaker you’d need a single 4 ohm speaker per channel. You could also do a pair of 8 ohm speakers per side for a 4 ohm load. Same as above. 450 watts/ 2 speakers = 225 watts per speaker.

In most of these setups, mains are usually daisy chained for total load of 4 ohms on one channel and two monitors are chained on the other side for a 4 ohm load.