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At Valley Bible Fellowship in Las Vegas, three powered VUE Audiotechnik hs-28 subs below the stage complement flown hangs of VUE al-4 and al-4SB elements.
At Valley Bible Fellowship in Las Vegas, three powered VUE Audiotechnik hs-28 subs below the stage complement flown hangs of VUE al-4 and al-4SB elements.

New Sound Systems: Powered or Unpowered?

Vince Lepore
Sound Sanctuary

Powered speaker systems have evolved considerably over the past 20 years. The popularity of powered speakers has exploded, the price has come down substantially and the performance has improved. I’ve met a lot of audio engineers and techs that prefer powered speakers by default just because of the convenience, and don’t really stop to think about the long-term implications of powered vs. unpowered systems. The realities of the powered vs. unpowered debate are complex, and one type of system is not necessarily better than the other. As with most things related to audio, your individual situation will dictate which type of system you choose.

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

Knock It Off!

Baker Lee
FOH at Large

Recently, I was approached by one of the better audio engineers with whom I work, and he was excitedly and earnestly trying to interest me in some Chinese knock-off audio gear. He informed me that he received the information from another reliable and well known engineer who has used the gear and wholeheartedly vouches for the same. He showed me photographs of amps and speakers that appeared to be from top name brand producers that looked just like the real thing. Lab.gruppen amps, L-Acoustics and d&b speaker knock-offs were all on display at a fraction of the cost of the real brand name gear. For a mere seven thousand dollars I could be the proud owner of four brand new L-Acoustics ARC knock-off speakers with Lab.gruppen knock-off power amps and, as everyone knows, this is a deal, considering what the real gear sells for new.

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