Active Speakers What To Use

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DJ nemar

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Hey Guys,
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.
 

Booch

Active Member
Hi Nemar!

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!

Booch
 

Ken Heath

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B52 Matrix for me...I have the Matrix 1000 and am very happy with it...the Matrix 2000 is even better I'm told, (review forthcoming)...

I have also been very happy with the performance of my American Audio APX-Power Pro's.

Keep on Rockin,

Ken

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bill_smith

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Nemar,

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.
 

Cap

Always At Your Service
Hands Down

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.
 

DjUtah

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FBT for full-range and Mackie for Bass.

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).

Luke
 

Earl From CloudNine

Canayjun, Eh!
I've done everything from small house partys to school gymnasiums with my Mackie SRM-450's (without subs) and couldn't be happier with their performance.
 

Gregoree

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I've been using EV SxA360s(powered) for about 4 months. I have nothing but praise for them (especially when you throw in a powered sub).
Self powered (500 watts/ unit), very light, sound great.

Greg
 

NickyB

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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.

NickyB
 

Ken Heath

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My Uncle is selling a pair of factory-new MACKIE 1521's...used maybe three times.

You can contact me anytime about them.

Keep on Rockin,

Ken

http://www.djken.com
(714) 686-8397
USMC 82-85, 0811/5711
Welcome To The United States of America...Now speak English or get out...oops, sorry, that was rude...get out, please!
 

Hutt

Pro Dj groupie since 1996
Totally awsome sounding is the EV Plasma system........but so is the price...sounds unreal, don't have them, but I did hear them :shock:
 
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