Passive Stage Monitors: Flexibility With Amplification

Nine makers for passive models, ranging from Peavey, D.A.S. Audio, Yamaha, EAW, Yorkville, Electro-Voice, JBL, K-Array, and Turbosound offer quality monitors ideal for a worship space.

Passive Stage Monitors: Flexibility With Amplification
When recognizing the need for stage monitors in your worship space, if your church has already invested in amplifiers, a worthwhile investment would be passive stage monitors.
Passive Stage Monitors: Flexibility With Amplification
When recognizing the need for stage monitors in your worship space, if your church has already invested in amplifiers, a worthwhile investment would be passive stage monitors.

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Passive Stage Monitors: Flexibility With Amplification

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You and your church have already invested in amplifiers.

With a plan to utilize stage monitors for a setup at your church, the thought is to opt for such a combination for the next few years at least.

Portability could be easier with a passive stage monitor, without the issue of added weight from the amplifier being built in.

While active stage monitors might be a worthy option in certain setups, having invested in amps makes the passive option one that would logically be the one to lean toward, at least for now.

If interested in active stage monitors, review the Worship Tech Director slideshow featuring nine such models highlighted earlier this year, on Feb. 22: Active Stage Monitors: Simplicity In One Package

The inherent belief with active stage monitors is that by having the amplifier already encased in each speaker, there is a certain convenience. But if you have a preferred sound that is specifically already offered by a series of separate amps that you already have on hand, you have the ability to test out the right match for the passive stage monitors, versus being tied to what has been designed as the appropriate match with active stage monitors.

In addition, by having the speaker and amplifier separate, it provides a greater likelihood that when it comes time to need to move the speaker, portability could be easier, without the issue of added weight from the amplifier being paired in the same enclosure. That portability also made easier by avoiding to have to contend with power cables, versus only having to connect only speaker cables that are typical with passive systems.

When deciding on the size of the passive stage monitor, particularly the low frequency drivers in each speaker, it comes down to what sort of instrumentation will be handled on the stage within your worship space. If it’s a mix of vocals, keyboards and guitars, for instance, a monitor using a 8- to 12-inch low frequency driver should definitely do the task. But if there is a significant amount of drums or bass guitar that is needing to be reproduced on stage, then the slightly larger woofers may be needed, i.e., 12 inches, and in some rare instances, up to 15 inches. To decide on what woofer size is ideally suited for your needs in the worship space, it would be best to receive feedback from an integrator.

For those you interested in investigating further some of the passive models on the market, here are nine models worth checking out (the slideshow with this article
provides a series of specs for the nine models discussed here). There are three models each in the three different price tiers, with the least expensive tier running $500 or less, the middle tier running between $500 to $1,250, and the third tier with the models running from $1,250 and up.


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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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