A passive speaker is designed to be used together with either a powered mixer or power amplifier to make it work. Each speaker is given a power rating by the maker. The power rating should not be exceeded otherwise damage to the speaker or connected equipment may occur.
The speakers handbook will give the recommended power of a suitable power amp. If you are buying your speakers from us please ask us to suggest an amplifier if you require guidance.A full range passive pa system for live events including music will typically include:
- Tops for high frequencies and Mid range speakers, or, full range cabinets.
- Subs for frequencies below 125Mhz.
- Signal processing such as crossovers.
- Suitable amplifiers.
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Passive speaker types:
portable speakersWe define a portable speaker as a speaker designed to be carried from venue to venue. Usually the speaker internally is no more than 8" diameter. This is because larger speaker sizes are more transportable than portable.
PA speakersA PA speaker will have been designed for easy suspension either from hanging points or via mobile speaker stands. Many also have carrying handles to aid in transportation from venue to venue. PA Speakers are designed in various sizes and formats to suit venues from small meeting rooms to concert halls
Installation SpeakersAn installation speaker is designed for permanent speaker installation. They may use their own brackets for mounting, and it may have binding terminals instead of speakon connectors.
Monitor SpeakersStage Monitor speakers are designed to provide an audio relay to the presenters or performers on stage. Studio Monitors are designed to provide the studio engineer with audio foldback.
Monitor speakers can be pole mounted or floor standing
Outdoor Use of speakersMajor outdoor events often use line array systems due to the speaker power required. You can use any passive speaker outside with no risk of electrocution.
Active and passive speakers should be protected from the rain to avoid damage to the speaker itself.
We would avoid using active pa systems or powered speakers outdoors because they rely on mains power. Using active speakers or active systems poses a high risk in wet weather.