How to Choose the Best DJ Speakers for a Wedding DJ
As a wedding DJ, you know how important it is to have a good sound system that can deliver clear, loud, and balanced sound to your audience. You want your music to fill the room and create the right atmosphere for the celebration. But how do you choose the best DJ speakers for a wedding? What factors should you consider when buying or renting speakers for your gigs?
In this article, I will share with you some tips and advice on how to choose the best DJ speakers for a wedding DJ. I will also review my top 3 choices for best DJ speakers on the market, based on my personal experience and technical knowledge of speakers. By the end of this article, you will have a better idea of what to look for and what to avoid when shopping for DJ speakers.
What to Look for in DJ Speakers for a Wedding
There are many types and brands of DJ speakers available on the market, but not all of them are suitable for wedding gigs. Here are some of the main features and specifications that you should look for when choosing DJ speakers for a wedding:
This is the amount of wattage that the speaker can handle and produce. The higher the power rating, the louder and more dynamic the sound will be. However, power is not everything. You also need to consider the size and acoustics of the venue, as well as the number and location of your speakers. For most weddings, you will need at least 1000 watts of total power for your speaker system, but this may vary depending on your situation.
This is the range of frequencies that the speaker can reproduce, from low bass to high treble. The wider the frequency range, the more balanced and natural the sound will be. However, frequency range is not always accurate or consistent across different speakers. You also need to consider the frequency response curve, which shows how loud or quiet each frequency is relative to others. Ideally, you want a flat or neutral frequency response curve, which means that all frequencies are equally represented and no frequency is boosted or cut.
This is the maximum sound pressure level that the speaker can produce without distortion or damage. The higher the max SPL, the more headroom and clarity you will have at high volumes. However, max SPL is not always reliable or comparable across different speakers. You also need to consider the sensitivity and impedance of the speaker, which affect how loud or quiet it will be with a given amount of power. Ideally, you want a high sensitivity and low impedance speaker, which means that it will be louder and more efficient with less power.
Size and weight
This is the physical dimension and mass of the speaker. The size and weight of the speaker will affect its portability, placement, and coverage. Generally speaking, larger and heavier speakers will have more power, bass, and projection, but they will also be harder to transport and set up. Smaller and lighter speakers will have less power, bass, and projection, but they will also be easier to transport and set up. You need to find a balance between size and weight that suits your needs and preferences. I have personally suffered when transporting huge speakers up and down stairs, through long coridoors by hand, so trust me when I say don’t go TOO big.
Design and durability
This is the aesthetic and structural quality of the speaker. The design and durability of the speaker will affect its appearance, performance, and longevity. Generally speaking, you want a speaker that has a sturdy and sleek cabinet, a protective grille, a robust handle, and a reliable amplifier. You also want a speaker that has a versatile mounting option, such as a pole mount or a fly point. You need to find a speaker that looks good, sounds good, and lasts long.
Our Top 3 choices for best DJ speakers for a wedding
Based on these criteria and my own experience as a wedding DJ, here are my top 3 choices for best DJ speakers for a wedding:
RCF EVOX 8 Active 12’’ Loudspeaker
This is my personal favorite and my go-to speaker for most weddings. It has everything I look for in a DJ speaker: power, clarity, balance, portability, and innovation.
It has 1400 watts of output power, which can easily fill up large venues with powerful sound. It has an adjustable frequency range from 40Hz to 20kHz, which can be tailored to different musical genres I play at weddings by changing the shape of the flexible array system or boosting bass by pressing a single button. It is also actively powered so no need for a separate amplifier.
It has a 128db max SPL, and it seems very loud and clear at high volumes based on my experience. It has a large and heavy design, weighing 23kg or 52.47 lbs and measuring 13.62W x 20.87H x 18.07D inches. It has an elegant and modern cabinet, with an aluminum grille and an ABS enclosure. It has one mounting option, which is pole mount.
When I use this speaker at weddings, I am impressed by how amazing it sounds and how unique it looks. I can customize this speaker to suit different environments and preferences by adjusting the vertical coverage pattern of its eight drivers. I can use this speaker as a standalone system or as part of an array system depending on my needs.
I have it in white, as I prefer white for most weddings, but they also do it in black.
Mackie C300z Passive 12’’ Loudspeaker
This is my second choice and my backup speaker for weddings. It offers decent performance and features for an affordable price. It has 750 watts of peak power handling, which can handle moderate to large venues with adequate sound level.
It has a frequency range from 45Hz to 22kHz, which covers most of the musical spectrum I play at weddings. It has a max SPL of 123 dB, which gives me enough headroom and clarity at high volumes.
It has a relatively small and light design, weighing 46 lbs and measuring 16w x 26.1h x 14.8d inches. It has a durable and simple cabinet, with a steel grille and an injection-molded enclosure. It has one mounting option, which is pole mount.
When I use this speaker at weddings, I find it easy to set up and transport. I also find it versatile and adaptable to different venues and acoustics. I can use this speaker as a main speaker or as a monitor speaker depending on my needs.
Bose F1 Model 812 Flexible Array Loudspeaker
This is my third choice and is a premium option for weddings. It offers exceptional performance and features for a high price. It has 1000 watts of output power, which can fill up large venues with powerful sound.
It has an adjustable frequency range from 52Hz to 16kHz, which can be tailored to different musical genres I play at weddings by changing the shape of the flexible array system. It has a 132db max SPL, it also seems very loud and clear at high volumes in my experience.
It has a large and heavy design, weighing 20.4kg and measuring 26.18 in H x 13.16 in W x 14.67 in D. It has an elegant and modern cabinet, with an aluminum grille and an ABS enclosure. It has one mounting option, which is pole mount. You can change the pattern of the speakers for upwards and downwards directional sound for when on a stage or performing to people above you.
When I use these speakers at weddings, I am impressed by how amazing they sound and how unique they look. I can customise these speaker to suit different environments and preferences by adjusting the vertical coverage patterns of thei eight drivers. I can use these speakers as a standalone system or as part of an array system depending on my needs.