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Anybody has any experience with a sound system for 6-7000 sqft space?
Mostly open space, rafters, no ceiling tiles, rubber mats on the floor.
Should I go with multiple small speakers - like Sonos - all around, or
other option is 1 big stereo speaker pair and an amp with a streaming device.
I just want to fill the space with music, not booming sound.
But don't want weak eather.
Any ideas? Experiences? Thanks.
If you've read Stereophile, and especially the column by the greatest audio writer of all time, so sacred is his name that I can't even type it here or otherwise this reply will be deleted and I'll be banned [clue A.D.], then you'll know that any device that creates sound automatically receives a raving, orgasmic positive review, because it "engages" the reviewer and makes him/her/it feel good [the way it actually sounds is irrelevant]. So, the speaker pictured is all you'll ever need for your home, your SUV ----- or your gym.
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Peavey and Newey, did you plan this? :-)
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6000 to 7000 square feet is really large. Two things flow from that.
One, which you might not have thought of, is that that really puts you outside the "Safe Harbor" for small commercial establishments' listening to music over the radio. That means that ASCAP and BMI can demand that you pay licensing fees for the music you listen to from CDs, internet radio, or internet streaming services. You can avoid ASCAP and BMI by signing up to a paid music service. But a conscientious honest professional sound system designer, in my humble opinion, should not take peoples' money to put in a big system without not first making sure they were aware of that potential cost factor.
Second, to do the job really up right would require some serious professional Public Address loudspeakers, most likely Line Array designs, and it is also likely that you would be wasting your money if you did not install at least some acoustical materials.
The thing you can try (even though their fine print might exclude business uses) is Sonos' new Play:5 one-box systems with onboard DSP (digital signal processing) via an iPhone app.
The Play:5 costs $500, and two can be paired for Left and Right stereo.
My guess is that two pairs of Play:5s might have enough oomph (technical term) to cover a 70 x 100 area, especially if you were to spring for Sonos subwoofers.
The good parts are, the Sonos are as Wi-Fi ready as can be, so all they need is a power cord and a wi-fi signal. So, synching up four boxes would be a breeze compared to wiring up 6, 8, or 10 line-array speakers to cover the area.
And, the onboard DSP feature (that allows you to tweak the factory-preset EQ target) should eliminate a lot of what would OTW be boomy sound.
But even though the Sonos system I describe would cost between a couple and a few thousand, there are no guarantees from me or anyone else that they would satisfy you and your customers, and I have no idea whether Sonos would honor a Money Back Guarantee for a commercial use.
Best of luck,
I contacted Sonos (I already have an account with them) to see if they would let me test this option. Still waiting for their response.
Response from Sonos support :
If you buy anything from our website you have a 45 Day money back guarantee. You can use these as a way to test to see if our products are the right call for your gym!
I might try that.
since finding music everyone agrees on can be a challenge.
I agree with this. Most people at the gym I go to use earbuds. They have multiple smaller speakers all around the area. Not too many people hear them but I hate having my hearing blocked in public.
Most folks will throw two or four bigass speakers in the middle of the room hanging from the ceiling. They'll achieve muddy sound everywhere, hateful standing waves, totally unintelligible vocals when used as a PA system looking for parents of lost kids, or calling the winner of a raffle to the office.
The best-sounding roller rinks I was ever in had one thing in common: Bose 901 (two pair, but I could see three or four pair in a larger venue) located around the room, not in the center. They'd be turned "backwards" so the 8 drivers were facing the intended audience.
Lots of amplifier, music in mono, and of course the appropriate Bose equalizer. One rink had a Phase Linear 700; I don't know what the other had. Of course, this was more than thirty-five years ago. Big amps are easier now than ever before.
If you like roller skating, Brookpark (Cleveland, Ohio) Skateland has an absolutely incredible sound system........ (Provided the place is still operational.)
Look around at the other gym(s) in your area for an idea of the sound system that you would like to own. Where in Ga are you located?
You'll need pro gear for that. PA is another world.
Go with products made for the application: a 70-volt amp and 70-volt speakers.
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