# Inexpensive Stage (band) monitors

#### jkowtko

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Our upcoming show includes a live 5 piece band and our intent is to (for the first time) give the band members some monitors (in the past the band leader has worn an ALD -- assisted listenening device -- which isn't really cutting it any more).

Our music director, also the drummer, has his own set of in-ear monitors. However I don't think any of the other band members do, so we'll need maybe two small powered monitors.

Since we don't run live band shows like this very often, I would also like to use whatever I buy for FX speakers as well.

Some options I've been looking at (order of street price from low to hi):
- Galaxy pa5x140
- Fender 1270p
- TC Helicon VSM200/300
- Mackie SRM350/450
- Yamaha msr100

Any other ideas?

Thanks. John

#### SHARYNF

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Here would be my suggestions
Get the behringer HA8000, not the greatest system in the world but reasonable quality, and gives you 8 individual headphone amps so you have a lot of flexibility and also expansion, they sell for about 139 dollars (you can get other head phone systems that are cheaper but these tend to work off the speaker level outputs or don't really have the gain control you need.

The inexensive buds would work, not perfect, but I would guess that you will find that the musicians will opt to get their own, so you can provide the low cost solution, and then they can add their own.
This will not be as flexibile as a higher end system in that each user will not be able to do their own mix, but you will be able to have individual levels, and you can control the monitor mix from your mixer.

Sharyn

#### jkowtko

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Sharon, do you know anything about the AMP800 -- looks like a 4 channel version of the HA8000 and is styled for a "mini-rack" set of products ... but it's much cheaper, and if our drummer has his own amp then I can get by with only four headphone channels. The product literature claims this is on par with their high end headphone amp quality ... do you know anything about it vs. the HA8000?
Thanks. John

#### jkowtko

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Okay, point taken :| ... I'll stick with the HA8000 as a minimum quality amp.
Thanks. John

#### SHARYNF

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You can always go to GC or wherever and have you or one of the players try it out, The ear buds are going to have the most effect on you quality.

sharyn