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Use One Cabinet or Two? How to decide?

I'd appreciate your thoughts on the setup for an upcoming gig, specifically whether I should use one cabinet or two. I will have little to no opportunity to A/B it on site.

The room is about 25 X 50 feet. Ceiling is about 25 feet. Cement floor, all hard surfaces. The "stage" is in a corner. On the short wall to stage right there's an open roll-up door about 8 X 10 feet. Brewpub in a light industrial/warehouse building. People are there for conversation and beer, not a concert, so we don't want to be very loud.

The program material is vocals + acoustic string instruments + drums.

The cabinets are 12" RCF (no sub), and will be on stands about 5 or 6 feet high at the base of the speaker.

I'm thinking that two cabinets in a smallish bouncy room like that could easily interfere with one another and create a lot of mush. I'm also thinking that two cabinets could help with achieving coverage at a lower SPL. My thinking ain't worth a whole lot, though. What do you think?

Thanks.
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I'd appreciate your thoughts on the setup for an upcoming gig, specifically whether I should use one cabinet or two. I will have little to no opportunity to A/B it on site.

The room is about 25 X 50 feet. Ceiling is about 25 feet. Cement floor, all hard surfaces. The "stage" is in a corner. On the short wall to stage right there's an open roll-up door about 8 X 10 feet. Brewpub in a light industrial/warehouse building. People are there for conversation and beer, not a concert, so we don't want to be very loud.

The program material is vocals + acoustic string instruments + drums.

The cabinets are 12" RCF (no sub), and will be on stands about 5 or 6 feet high at the base of the speaker.

I'm thinking that two cabinets in a smallish bouncy room like that could easily interfere with one another and create a lot of mush. I'm also thinking that two cabinets could help with achieving coverage at a lower SPL. My thinking ain't worth a whole lot, though. What do you think?

Thanks.
I'd defnitely go 2' higher...or more...to even out the front>back coverage. If you add tilters, even better. 5-6' is just too low. Other than that I'd say set up two and turn on the second one only if needed for coverage.

If you're interested, study up on "critical distance": Critical distance - Wikipedia

Here's a link to a CD calculator to play around with:

Critical Distance calculator

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I'd defnitely go 2' higher...or more...to even out the front>back coverage. If you add tilters, even better. 5-6' is just too low. Other than that I'd say set up two and turn on the second one only if needed for coverage.

If you're interested, study up on "critical distance": Critical distance - Wikipedia

Here's a link to a CD calculator to play around with:

Critical Distance calculator
Thank you, Wyllys. My stands won't go higher, at least not safely.
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Thank you, Wyllys. My stands won't go higher, at least not safely.
What stands do you have? Which RCF's?

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What stands do you have? Which RCF's?

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Speakers are RCF HD32A. 41 pounds.

The stands are cheap-o Rockville RVES1. Mfr rated at 100 pounds, but I wouldn't even ... The highest setting that feels stable puts the bottom of the cabinet at about 5 feet.
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Speakers are RCF HD32A. 41 pounds.

The stands are cheap-o Rockville RVES1. Mfr rated at 100 pounds, but I wouldn't even ... The highest setting that feels stable puts the bottom of the cabinet at about 5 feet.
Those stands are quite sturdy. The manufacturers rating as to height is totally within safety limits at full extension.

No need to worry as long as the floor is level...

Nice speakers, by the way.

Have fun, good luck.
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Those stands are quite sturdy. The manufacturers rating as to height is totally within safety limits at full extension.

No need to worry as long as the floor is level...

Nice speakers, by the way.

Have fun, good luck.
Yes, I really like those RCFs. About to start loading up. Perhaps I'll put a bit more trust in the stands. Thanks again, Wyllys.
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The other three band members were late (both with and without valid reasons). I did the whole setup myself. I put the speaker stands on the lowest setting, thinking that once someone else was there to assist me, we'd raise them as high as seemed safe. In the hustle to get started within sight of the scheduled time, I completely forgot about raising the speakers. It didn't cross my mind until teardown. Next time ...

Ended up using both speakers and I didn't hear anything I could ID as interference from that, but soundcheck was, shall we say, brief.
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