#1
Hey everyone!

My band and I have been practicing for sometime together, but recently we've noticed the lack of a PA system.

I have a small 10 or 15 watt solidstate POS amp and we've used but it wasn't ever loud enough. My friend also has one. I was thinking of doing one of two things:

Option A
Ghetto-engineer both amps together to make a "single amplifier."

Option B
Wire together the speaker from a second amp in parallel to have two speakers for one amplifier.


This is just a temporary solution to our problem.

Is Option A really even an option?
Would Option B yield volume enough to get over a band?


Any help is greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance


-Spencer
#2
to answer your questions no and no.
my band had a similar problem the vocals will probably not only be quiet but will blow your amp.
go and find a used piano amp or pa thats at least 200-300 watts.
might cost 300-400 bucks so split it up between you all
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#3
Thanks for the quick response!


I figured Option A wouldn't be viable but I figured I'd ask anyway.


Why wouldn't Option B work?
Just my curiosity kicking in. I figured if i wired the speakers in parallel it wouldn't change the resistance which wouldn't cause problems from the amp itself.

Would it cause problems or just simply not be loud enough?


Buying one isn't exactly an option for me right now because I don't have a job >.<


This isn't exactly ON topic but if we did buy one together who would get it if we split up?
#4
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Why wouldn't Option B work?
Just my curiosity kicking in. I figured if i wired the speakers in parallel it wouldn't change the resistance which wouldn't cause problems from the amp itself.
wiring two identical speakers in parallel causes the impedance to divide by 2.

two 8 ohm speakers in parallel = 4 ohms.


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Would it cause problems
maybe. it could cause the output transistors in the amp to fail.


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just simply not be loud enough?
two speakers =/= twice as loud.
noticeable difference, but just noticeable.
hardly worth the bother.


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Buying one isn't exactly an option for me right now because I don't have a job >.<


This isn't exactly ON topic but if we did buy one together who would get it if we split up?
never buy stuff as a band, unless you are working gigs. it just leads to arguments.

even then, it still makes more sense for each person to buy something and they keep ownership.

one could buy lighting gear.
another could buy a powered mixer
another could buy speakers
etc.

and always buy your own microphone and keep it private.
you don't want someone else's stinky beer breath on your mic.
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#5
Thanks someoneyouknew!
A lot of information there!

I really appreciate all of that :]

Looks like i'll be bitching at the rest of the band to buy stuff