Dropping in from the keyboard forum...
For the past 15 years or so, I've been using an EV PA system (EV PSX1600 powered mixer and SX300 speakers) with my wedding band for small gigs. (We bring in an outside sound company for larger events.
It's been a fairly solid set-up with almost no issues until recently, but I've had a few minor issues with the speakers lately and am starting to look at replacement choices.
A lot of folks I know are using the QSC K Series in similar circumstances, but I've heard some things about known issues that affect the K series.
I'm also a bit concerned about the additional running of power cords switching to a powered speaker setup would require. Right now, the setup is very simple. I need one power drop near my keyboard setup, which I plug the keyboards and powered mixer in to. Switching to powered speakers would seem to require three power drops, unless there is a way to work around this like a snake with seperately shielded power and speaker cables (if this is possible w/o causing interference).
Finally, switching to powered speakers would require a new mixer as well. I'd like to have 10-12 channels with good onboard digital effects, and accessible EQ on each channel (so no Presonus Studiolive. I need to be able to grab a knob and adjust it while playing live w/o needing to press bank buttons first.).
I'm looking for recommendations of speakers and mixers I could check out that would be comparable to the system I currently have and/or the QSC's.
In particular, IIRC, I've read some nice things about some of the EV, Yamaha, and RCF models, but since I wasn't looking at the time, I didn't note the model numbers. I'm sure there are other options I haven't heard about.
Can you suggest what speakers might be comparable to (or better then) the QSC's, and what mixer might be a good option to pair them with?
Thanks for the help!