OK, Demo is done, and I'm looking to sell my act to venues. So, they need to hear me, which puts me in the market for a 10 or 12 inch powered box. Funds are tight, and I"m going to have to buy on the cheap and upgrade later. Prices and availability here (Hobart, Tasmania) are not what they are in the USA and I only have 2 real choices at the moment:
Alto TS112A - $350 Pros: Cheap, has a fan. Cons: Limited reviews available, haven't heard yet. Specs on paper are OK, but real life performance is what matters.
EV ZLX12P - $600 Pros: It's EV, it should't be total crap. Cons: No fan and summer is coming. The horn is a bit directional
Other options in this price bracket are Behringer, Mackie Thumps, and Samson, but I have decided against each of these options for one reason or another
Application will be solo acoustic guitar/vocals in restaurants and bars of mostly less than 200 people. If I get a larger bar on a busy night I'll hire a pair of K12s or something, but I want to at least be covered for 95% of the gigs I am likely to get.
I'm sure the EV ZLX is a better speaker than the Alto, but since I could almost get a pair of Altos for the price of one EV, I have to ask, is it really $250 better?? Anyone out there working with the Alto? Any ideas on what it can and can't handle?