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#355070 - 09/19/11 09:16 PM EP500 work at a hall?
Ya_basta Offline
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Hey guys,

My sister and I are having a surprise 40th anniversary party on the 30th for my parents. The hall we've rented holds 80 people, is 1400 sq. ft., and my sister said it has a vaulted ceiling.

I'm taking my Denon 3801 and M80's, but I'm wondering if my EP500 would be powerful enough to fill that large of a room, and whether or not I'll need my Emotiva RPA-1 (I'm thinking yes)?

If the RPA-1 (300 watts/channel) still won't be enough juice, I could probably rent a pro amp, but I really don't want the added expense.

Your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Cam
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#355072 - 09/19/11 09:49 PM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: Ya_basta]
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Cam, first let me say that it's great that you and your sister are doing that for your folks. How're you gonna "surprise" them into that hall?

As to the sound levels, of course your equipment can "fill" the hall with some level of sound even at the farthest points. For example, if the farthest listener is about 40' away, rather than the 10' more typical of home listening, the level there would be about 6dB lower than at 10'. The RPA-1 would have a maximum output about 3dB greater than the 3801(double the power)and this would partly compensate at the farthest listening spot. My thought is if levels aren't to be employed which would deafen the guests(as well as your parents)your M80s, EP500 and RPA-1 would be enough to assure a musically enjoyable time.
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#355090 - 09/20/11 07:44 AM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: JohnK]
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Thank you very much for your input, John. Now to get someone to move my EP500.

What we're doing, is Tammy is going to pick up my parents for dinner, and tell them that I'm at the hall for a function with Aislinn (a friend). When they get there to "pick me up for dinner", she's going to tell them that I need help getting out the door. They'll come to assist, and voila - *SURPRISE!*. smile
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#355094 - 09/20/11 08:24 AM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: Ya_basta]
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That's awesome Cam. I really enjoyed meeting your family at the Axiom bash. Please pass on my congratulations!
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#355105 - 09/20/11 11:29 AM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: Ya_basta]
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Originally Posted By: Powertothepeople
Hey guys,

My sister and I are having a surprise 40th anniversary party on the 30th for my parents. The hall we've rented holds 80 people, is 1400 sq. ft., and my sister said it has a vaulted ceiling.

I'm taking my Denon 3801 and M80's, but I'm wondering if my EP500 would be powerful enough to fill that large of a room, and whether or not I'll need my Emotiva RPA-1 (I'm thinking yes)?

If the RPA-1 (300 watts/channel) still won't be enough juice, I could probably rent a pro amp, but I really don't want the added expense.

Your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Cam


Since the room is no bigger and probably smaller than most HT rooms of many of the members on this forum, no problem at all for any of the equipment you are contemplating taking for the party. You will have plenty of pop and a better sound too.

Keep in mind that if you were comparing yourself to a DJ, they tend to use PA systems to play their music which are really not designed for that purpose and even the largest PA monitors don't go much below 50-60HZ anyway. They use them because PA systems, even more powerful ones, are pretty cheap to buy today, somewhat more portable and considerably less expensive than a quality audio system like yours.

Your EP500, especially, will be a significant bonus in sound.

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#355106 - 09/20/11 11:29 AM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: casey01]
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You guys have HT rooms only a titch bigger than my entire house? I hate you.
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#355108 - 09/20/11 12:02 PM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: Ken.C]
Ya_basta Offline
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Originally Posted By: Murph
That's awesome Cam. I really enjoyed meeting your family at the Axiom bash. Please pass on my congratulations!


The feeling was mutual, bud. I'll pass along your congratulations; they'll like that.

Wait, we can get you and Sharon here. Oh yes we can!

Originally Posted By: casey01


Since the room is no bigger and probably smaller than most HT rooms of many of the members on this forum, no problem at all for any of the equipment you are contemplating taking for the party. You will have plenty of pop and a better sound too.

Keep in mind that if you were comparing yourself to a DJ, they tend to use PA systems to play their music which are really not designed for that purpose and even the largest PA monitors don't go much below 50-60HZ anyway. They use them because PA systems, even more powerful ones, are pretty cheap to buy today, somewhat more portable and considerably less expensive than a quality audio system like yours.

Your EP500, especially, will be a significant bonus in sound.


Thanks Casey.

Cheers, dude.

Originally Posted By: Ken.C
You guys have HT rooms only a titch bigger than my entire house? I hate you.


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#355143 - 09/20/11 06:49 PM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: Ya_basta]
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put the sub in the corner to get the best BOOOOOOOOM affect across all nodes, lol
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#355155 - 09/20/11 09:07 PM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: SirQuack]
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Honestly, I'm pretty skeptical about using HT equipment in a room that big. It's going to take a lot of power to fill. Sorry to be the naysayer. I think the Emotiva might be a pretty good idea. I mean, if we're talking vaulted ceilings, maybe estimate that as average height 12 ft, that's 16800 cubic feet to fill.


Edited by Ken.C (09/20/11 09:08 PM)
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#355156 - 09/20/11 09:19 PM Re: EP500 work at a hall? [Re: Ken.C]
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Cam, nice touch! Met your family (and caregiver) and everyone was just way too nice. Apparently you spent most of your time swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool! laugh

Please give them my best wishes & congrats at the event. My bride and I celebrated our 40th this past August.

Also, you probably have time to get Chesseroo and some of that clear liquid brain destroyer he drank at Axiom. Pretty cheap entertainment.

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