I'm thinking about buying two active speakers. What would you recomend? i've been eye balling the mackie's, samson's , jbl's ,yorville's.
what are the pros and cons of these brands and which would you recomend.
Though you didn't list ElectroVoice as a brand name, I just thought I'd tell you that I absolutely love the SXa250s I bought. Used them for the second time last Saturday and they kick some serious tail! I never did a side-by-side test with another speaker before I bought them.....just took some advice from some very knowledgeable folks here at ProDJ.com.....but I certainly don't regret my purchase!
As far as it goes, active speakers are a great purchase, a win win no matter which brand you buy. Generally speaking(scuse the baaadd pun), powereds are going to sound a lot brighter than passives. You'll need to adjust the eq a little differently to get exactly what you want.
I'd suggest this though....look at the speakers and accessory options(Bags) to protect your investment, and visualize them fitting in with your current load in process.
I love my mackies, and I also have two JBL powereds...but the JBL shapes are a PITA. The mackies fit on my rock n roll cart much easier because of their shape.
All of the brands mentioned above ROCK. So it's like choosing Barry Bonds or Sammy Sosa....sooner or later you have hit a bona fide homerun.
Point being, you can listen to actives all day long, and they will all sound good. Look for the ones you can visualize fitting in the best and go from there.
A whole new physics in sound propagation technology, like nothing you or anyone else has ever heard, experienced, or would dare to believe.
The BOSE PAS system.
Every DJ who has taken the time to research, listen, and trial them has dropped any thoughts of buying current conventional systems UNLESS they could not afford them and were compelled to find fault to cover up that one factor.
Do your self one great big huge favor. Go listen to the BOSE PAS before buying anything. Then, send me a thank you card.
The standard grey plastic Mackies seems quite harsh in the high-end when compared to a FBT with its 2" exit compression driver. Some of the larger, nicer Mackie full-range speakers are incredible sounding (but I have not purchased any).
Depending on the size of your gigs, there are many many great sounding powered speakers out there. I use the new SXa-360/SBa-750 combo from EV and they are truly awesome but also expensive. I recently purchased a pair of American Audio APX Power Pro's to use for ceremonies .... These surprised me and I wouldn't hesitate to use them for gigs up to about 150 people. What will surprise you more is their price and they use a 15" driver with a horn.