I'll be running sound for an event that includes a live band, and then later on an announcer (for award presentations). The venue is about 300 seated capacity, but it's a very long room with the stage at one end.
In previous years (at the same place) we've used a pair of active speakers either side of the stage, but the sound has been either too loud at the front, too quiet at the back, or both!
So what's the best way to set up a PA for a long room?
I've thought about hiring another pair of speakers and placing them halfway down the room on a delay line, but that might block the audience's view (benches are built into the side walls), and in any case we'd have to weigh the improvement in sound against the extra cost...