A co-worker of mine has a wife who used to be the shyest gal around, but since she took the stage of a karaoke bar one night, she's never turned back. She'll actually get upset if she's not called up enough! That has lead to her wanting to venture into doing karaoke work semi-professional at small halls and bars around the area. That's basically the application. There aren't really any super-large arenas she plans on doing. The situation: Her husband told me she has already purchased a karaoke machine. I'm assuming it has no amplification (he wasn't sure) but does processing only. The climate around here can be quite cold in the winter. She'll probably have to carry it outdoors for only a few minutes at most when transporting them. Basically, they were wondering what a good approach is to getting proper power to them? I'm all about accurate sound, so I began swaying them away from pa monitors (which is popular for some karaoke people aroud here), but didn't want to misinform them. Should they go with a good receiver and floor standing speakers or powered monitors? To give you an example of their budget, they were looking at a set of Behringer monitors, which roughly retail for ~$300/ea. Initially I thought a good receiver and nice floorstanding speakers would do it, as I said above, but the cold weather transportation got me wondering. What do you people think the best approach would be?