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Can i buy a P.A System just to play music ?

I am wanting a large speaker system for my garage so that i can chill but also something which can keep me entertained. I have always looked at P.A Systems and find them interesting but was wondering if you can use them just to play music. I would start learning how to mix songs but just for the time being i would just want it for music. Can you use it ??

Well yes of course you can. I have a neighbor who has PA speakers and amps in his garage and he does just this. It is not my particular cup of tea, I prefer high fidelity components for this and IMHO, my garage system sounds better than his. His will probably play more loudly than mine but mine is more accurate. It will play plenty loud for my tastes. Perhaps a bit more. PA components are quite a bit different than home audio equipment. Besides being built to take abuse, they are built to different technical standards. They make compromises that high fidelity components do not.
Were I to set up a system like this I would start with a pair of "top" speakers with a 15" mid-woofer and a horn such as a Peavey SP2BX. I would power this with a sizable, professional power amp such as a Crown with at least 500 watts per channel into 8 Ohms. I'd hook this up to a DJ style mixer. Numark has always been the brand for this. What you use as a music player is up to you as far as I am concerned. I still use CD players and occasionally turntables (Hi-Fi style - Thorens, not DJ style.)
This is a basic system. It will be weak in the bass but is a good start. To remedy this I would add what we used to call "bass bins" - what are now erroneously called "subs." No matter the terminology, another heavier amp - at least 1,000 watts into 8 Ohms, an active, 2 way crossover and a pair of bass bins such as the Peavey PV118. You will be able to purchase poles that go into the top of the bass bins and into the bottom of the tops. They mount nicely this way. I'm not a Peavey or a Crown salseman. Community, Electrovoice and JBL also make excellent components. You want to stay away from "cheapo" brands like Technical Pro. They are not made as well, don't sound as good and often deceive with outrageous claims on their specifications.
A syatem as I described will sound good and be able to play loudly enough to have the cops at your door in 15 minutes. It won't be cheap however. But used equipment can be had at considerable discount. The economy is lousy right now so people are flooding the market with gear that they either don't use or are desperate for money. I've had success on eBay. There are some vintage brands that are very desirable, Crest amplifiers for example. You just have to know what to look for and how to spot dubious sellers. I personally distrust Craig's list but others have had success with it. Local music stores often have piles of used gear.
I'm recommending PA stuff as you say that you are going to mix with it and I feel confident in saying that after you do this for a while, you are going to want to go out and gig with it. You'll probably want to invest in other stuff when that time comes such as power conditioner, perhaps a compressor, an Aphex or BBE and a rack case. Have fun.

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