#1
Five piece band with 3 singers. We are not a super loud band. This would only be for rehearsal, so we would only be using it for the vocals. No monitors needed.

Looking to keep the price down.
#2
i use a phonic PA with 10" enclosures for practice. i will usually run just vocals through it, but i have been known to support the keyboard player too.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/phonic-powerpod-620-plus--s710-pa-package

many companies produce something similar, but this is one of the cheaper ones i can find (budget was a big factor for me at the time) and it has held up over the years. i wouldn't use a PA with much wimpier specs though, else the sound quality really suffers. i must admit that i do also use speaker stands to get the speakers up to ear level and it helps quite a bit.

another option is to use powered wedges.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/kustom-pa-kpx112p-12-powered-speaker?rNtt=powered%20speaker&index=18

something like that (i'd use a pair), but you will probably also need a small mixer to facilitate the multiple singers.

i'd find either of these options small, cheap, capable and manageable. pretty ideal for a practice situation and small gigs, but not very scalable for larger gigs or if you need to facilitate more sound reinforcement.
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Last edited by gumbilicious at May 13, 2016,
#3
Honestly, there's really a cutoff point below which you're sort of wasting your money and above which you can get some relatively decent gear that's capable of handling a lot of different things. For example:

A pair of these ($272 each):



http://carvinaudio.com/products/pm12a-molded-2-way-12-inch-powered-loudspeaker-monitor

Each unit has an amp putting out 400W RMS (not "peak" or "program" watts).
Depending on what you need for inputs, a Harbinger L1202FX 12-channel mixer ($114 at Guitar Denter) should handle most things, including vocals and keys.




By Comparison, The Phonic Powerpod 620 in the post above has speakers that can handle:
Power handling: 160W (Peak); 80W (Program)
which translates to about 40W RMS each.

The combination is about half the price of the Carvins plus Harbinger mixer, but has 1/10th the power output and barely-there mixer capabilities.
Last edited by dspellman at May 13, 2016,
#4
While you're at it, haunt eBay and Craigs -- PA systems are generally hard to get rid of and difficult to ship, so you can often get some good (if a bit filthy) gear for cheap if you're willing to go used.
#5
Quote by dspellman
While you're at it, haunt eBay and Craigs -- PA systems are generally hard to get rid of and difficult to ship, so you can often get some good (if a bit filthy) gear for cheap if you're willing to go used.

How tough would it be to get rid of other people's DNA. Would new be worth it in this case?
#6
I am partial for these bang/buck:
http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-SAM-AROX12DA-LIST

They can take 2 mic inputs as well, os maybe you won't even need a mixer, or just grab a little Yamaha or Mackie mixer or look for used mixers. You don't seem to need too many channels.

The Carvin system ^ also looks good.