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Nightclub/Performance Space

Open Seating/Dance Floor with End Stage

This may be a converted warehouse, reclaimed historical structure, or an extension on a pub or dining establishment, but everyone knows it as the local venue to check out the up-and-coming acts. By design, it needs a bass boosted, robust audio system that energizes the crowd and encourages dancing.

For broad-spectrum performances in support of a wide range of instrumentation three-way mains supplemented by medium to large-format subwoofers are mandatory. Vocalists and nearly all musical instruments convey fundamental mid-range information. Therefore, it is important to support each band member individually to maximize clarity. Offering low distortion transducers, the IP8-1153, V2-32, and V2-35 models are usually the best choice for “Mains”. Select subwoofer complements based on Max SPL ratings that exceed the target broadband SPL by at least 10 dB.
Array formats are often Left/Right – particularly in shorter ceiling scenarios. Where trim heights allow, consider the benefits of a centrally oriented array to primarily reinforce vocals and allow for mix imaging 
[Be sure to encourage the establishment to provide hearing protectors to the patrons.]
Left/Right Coverage:
Two (2) IP8-1153 for the Mains, with additional IC600 compacts mounted to the inside providing front fill support. IC600 models can also cover any ancillary spaces on the sides.
Four (4) IS6/8-118 stacked subwoofers are shown. Dual or stacked subwoofers flank the performance area on-stage or at floor level.
Suggested model families:
I SERIES (IP600/800, IS600/800) and V SERIES (V2-6, V2-26, V2-8, V2-28, V2-32, V2-35)


For maximum system performance and longevity, the loudspeakers must be properly powered to achieve the needed sound pressure level (SPL) in the listening area.  Refer to the product spec sheets for appropriate amplifier ratings.


To properly process, equalize and protect the loudspeaker systems, it is recommended to use the Community dSPEC226 digital signal processor.

Some amplifiers have built-in processing which may be adequate when properly programmed. Community's suggested DSP settings can be found HERE.

All of the loudspeakers require an electronic high pass filter for protection against over-excursion from bass-heavy program material.

Loudspeaker protection on the dSPEC226:
Protection is handled by three stages of protective limiters: these include a short-term peak limiter to prevent over-excursion of drivers and to control amplifier clipping; a mid-term RMS limiter that prevents system overdrive; and a unique long-term power monitor that works to protect your loudspeakers from long-term thermal damage.  All three limiters operate interactively, providing unique driver protection, while allowing each loudspeaker’s full dynamic range to be utilized without compromise.



When considering the distance between the amplifier and the loudspeaker(s), the following minimum cable gauges are suggested.

Less than 50 feet: 14 AWG
50 to 100 feet: 12 AWG
100 to 250 feet: 10 AWG

It is strongly recommended that all loudspeaker level wire be stranded, twisted and never shielded. Loudspeaker wires should not be connected to earth ground or supporting structures.



For technical and applications assistance, please contact the Community TAG Team (Technical Applications Group) at 1+(610) 876-3400 or



To view the entire Presentation & Performance Loudspeaker System Design Reference Guide, click HERE.