Portable P.A. Systems

Jul 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Steve La Cerra



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Yamaha S215V

Ruse sees “a huge worldwide market for passive speakers due to the proliferation of legacy amplifiers out there, plus the fact that there needs to be a low-cost installation solution for small bars, VFW halls, civic buildings and churches. One of the reasons we’ve put M10 suspension points on all of our new speakers is to ensure safety and consistency in those applications. Another concern is this: If I have a church, where do I plug in powered speakers? I need an electrician to install outlets near the speakers, at a cost close to that of the amplifier I already own.”

All of the manufacturers we spoke with agreed that the house-of-worship market is strong. “Frankly, there’s not many new clubs being built,” Peavey quips, “but there are incredible numbers of churches being built. What’s unfortunate is that sometimes they’ll build a glorious-looking building without thinking about acoustics. You’ll find hard walls and floors, and it echoes like a chamber. The intelligibility goes out the window so they come to us for help. In fact, I believe that our Sanctuary Series is the only line of products specifically designed for churches.

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Yorkville U215

“The thing that keeps us alive in the sound reinforcement field is the ever-growing level of expectation,” Peavey concludes. “Back when I was a young guy, I had a ’57 Chevy with an AM radio. I was perfectly content with that AM radio because I didn’t know any better. Then FM or tape or a CD player comes along, and we expect that higher level as the norm. It is the job of engineering and manufacturing to design better and better loudspeaker systems to meet that expectation. That’s why we exist.”

Steve La Cerra is Mix’s sound-reinforcement editor.

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