Hi. I'm a student based in the UK, and I'm looking to build myself a small/medium rig for use in house parties, squat parties, outdoor raves etc. I don't have a great deal of expertise in the field of sound engineering (well, virtually none really), and I'm not too keen to learn just yet, so I think building an active system makes the most sense for me. I've done a lot of shopping around, looking at specs, prices, different brands etc, and the one brand that always seems like the most obvious choice to me is Mackie. I initially found a site where I can buy B-Stock SR1521zs for £320 each, and for a while they seemed like a good bet, with 130db SPL, a nice wide range of frequencies and generally positive reviews on the net. The cheapest I could find them elsewhere was £400 so £320 isn't a bad price. However, I'm looking to make a long term investment here (well, not so much an investment, but if I'm spending a lot of money on professional sound equipment, I don't intend to replace any of it for a LONG time). Mackie's SAz Series is very attractive, with SPL peaks around 136-138 (am I right in thinking that +3db equates to a percieved doubling in volume?), but it always seemed out of my league, as I hadn't once seen the SA1232z or the SA1532z for less than £950 a speaker, however two things made me seriously consider these as an option. I found a website selling brand new SA1232zs for £799 each(including VAT/shipping), and I found another website that not only guarentees to beat any price found elsewhere on any of their products, but also has a very attractive finance policy, which means if you spend over £1000, they give you 12 months to pay it, with no interest. I have several thousand worth of stuff I need to get around to selling, so I could comfortably buy a single SA1232z on finance (along with a few other items I need to make up the £1000 minimum), pay in the £700 I have to spend currently, leaving a comfortable 12 months to find the remaining £300, and all the time in the world to finish my rig, though hopefully I'll get my ass into gear and have it done in a few months Anyway I suppose my question is, am I making the right decision with the Mackies, or is their another route I've not considered that would be more favourable? Another brand perhaps, that can offer me more for less? The SA1232zs do seem to be just right for me - at 136 SPL peak (133 continuous), it's loud enough for the situations I'll be using it in, and from what I've read (and from the experience I've had listening to them personally) the bass response is so good that subs aren't a nescessity, which is good because I'll be building my rig piece by piece, and it'll be a while until I can afford subs to go with it.