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Is there such a thing as a an 8" powered speaker??
The JBL Eons I have only go down to 10"
steve in tampa
Galaxy Hot Spot
The Nady PCS-8 (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nady-PCS8-Powered-8-2way-Speaker-Enclosure?sku=609018). I use one for a stage monitor on my small Kustom PA system.
Yamaha MSR100 (http://yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/ContentDetail/ModelSeriesDetail/0,,CNTID%253D15246%2526CTID%253D229300,00.html)
Roland AC 60 is, effectively, a powered monitor too, 1.5" stand mount socket, on the bottom, fold down angle prop.
2 - 6.5"#speakers 30+30 watts
Trace Elliot used to make "Acoustic Cubes" that could be stand mounted.
Gallien-Kruger used to make a 200MV amp with an XLR and 1/4" inputs. Great little unit.
Powered monitors for stage or studio?
True, #a powered nearfield studio monitor for home use ,2 way, #8" driver [+ tweeter] is rather large, #seems pro onstage monitor tend to be commonly bigger,, 10"+ #
Box Or wedge ?
Then again the galaxy powered micro hot spot is #an under 8" cubic, 5x6x7.
runs off switchable AC power, and 12vDC too. #wedge ish off the stand mount.
a bit larger there are the Crate battery amps , 'Taxi' and 'Limo', a bit heavyer, as they have rechargable batterys in them # they are generally, #floor wedge shaped..
steve V. johnson
I have a set of the Galaxy Hot Spots, with the one powered unit and two 'satellite' speakers. It works great for our Irish trad trio (fiddle, bouzouki, bodhran) and a tad less well with the original acoustic band (fiddle, ac gtr/voc, dobro/mando/voc, ac-el bass), the Lopers, but overall they work fine. They're -not- hi-fi without a real good hi-fi send to them.
I've also used Alesis powered studio monitors (late model M-1's, I think they're called), for the Lopers, but it's tough to find the right stands for them to use onstage. MUCH more hi-fi, much louder, tho the Galaxy Hot-Spot set is made for use with rock bands.
I think mostly the choice of floor monitor or 'personal' monitor (or even in-ear monitors, another whole subject) depends on how close you want the sound.
Floor monitors are big, need quite a bit of power and usually result in a pretty high sound pressure level onstage. With careful use and the right rooms they can be less than "loud". Powered near-fields are really nice but there aren't any real easy ways to mount them at 30+ inches high so that they can work best. The Galaxy set gets nearer to the players, but it's not really a pure sound.
The next step seems to be some sort of in-ear monitor, which is a WHOLE other kettle-O-fish... Not for the faint of heart... <GGG>
We keep using the Galaxys, but if I could find an easy way to mount three or four inexpensive self-powered studio monitors in front of the Lopers, I'd sell the Galaxy set.