Plate amp for portable PA

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Plate amp for portable PA

#1 Post by y2kindyz » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:59 am

Ok I built a small amp rack for my wife's Zumba sound system. I made it out of 1/2" ply and loaded it with an iNuke 3000 dbx PA2 & behringer mixer. Probably overkill on the mixer, but in the future i plan to use it as a full PA.

Now my dilemma - it is too big & heavy for my wife to pick up and put out in the pool area. She puts it on top the J15 and uses a dolly to haul it in and out of the house for Zumba. She has requested something smaller and portable.

In Zumba I have found the SQ is not top on the priority list. So I am thinking of making a small box to house one of these. https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-au ... r--300-797

Music is usually played via phone, iPad, or computer.

Can this work ? I know there is only tone controls and no EQ

Is this worth trying?

Thanks in advance,

Oscar

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Re: Plate amp for portable PA

#2 Post by Bill Fitzmaurice » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:44 am

For what you're doing I'd say it's adequate, but you'll have to be sure that it can input the sources you want to use. Something like this would be better, and it has EQ:
https://www.parts-express.com/behringer ... --248-6824

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Re: Plate amp for portable PA

#3 Post by y2kindyz » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:32 am

Bill Fitzmaurice wrote:For what you're doing I'd say it's adequate, but you'll have to be sure that it can input the sources you want to use. Something like this would be better, and it has EQ:
https://www.parts-express.com/behringer ... --248-6824

Thanks Bill,

That's a better more powerful option. Just put it in a small box with 2 speak-on connectors and send her on her way. Should be able to make under 15-20 pounds. Now I may have to build a J15 or J12 Lite then she would really be happy.

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Re: Plate amp for portable PA

#4 Post by Bruce Weldy » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:37 am

y2kindyz wrote: Just put it in a small box with 2 speak-on connectors and send her on her way. .
Doesn't look like you'd even have to put it in a box. Hard to tell, but it looks like the ears on the sides might be handles. Just build an extra set of cables with 1/4" on end and speakon on the other.

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Re: Plate amp for portable PA

#5 Post by y2kindyz » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:31 am

Bruce Weldy wrote:
y2kindyz wrote: Just put it in a small box with 2 speak-on connectors and send her on her way. .
Doesn't look like you'd even have to put it in a box. Hard to tell, but it looks like the ears on the sides might be handles. Just build an extra set of cables with 1/4" on end and speakon on the other.
That is true Bruce. But I would still like to protect it a bit. I am actually looking at an rack bag that can make it easier to shoulder or carry by hand. It will cost a bit more than building a box with a shoulder strap and handle, it will be a quicker fix. Plus bag can hold cable and stuff.

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Re: Plate amp for portable PA

#6 Post by y2kindyz » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:21 pm

So I am assuming that with the power in this powered mixer there is no need to limit for the J15's loaded with the 3015 and CD's. Correct?

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#7 Post by Bill Fitzmaurice » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:37 pm

There's no need to limit for any top, as you'll hear major distortion well below where damage could occur. This assumes, of course, that no one has access to the gear who shouldn't.
I wouldn't necessarily go with that Behringer, I don't care for the 1/4" output jacks. I just mentioned it as an example of what's out there.

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Re: Plate amp for portable PA

#8 Post by y2kindyz » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:49 pm

Cool. I will look into it. Maybe I can install some speak-on connectors where the 1/4" plugs are. If there is enough room

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Re: Plate amp for portable PA

#9 Post by ncgrove » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:45 pm

Velcro tape a 12V Lepai amp to the cab. No weight and no complexity. The iPhone will plug right into it and it will be plenty loud.

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