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  • KS Audio

    Found these guys online yesterday and am impressed with the specs they claim... http://www.ks-audio.de /// http://www.KSAudio.com

    From their, slightly biased, YouTube videos of people who use the product, they make them sound like they're in the Nexo / Meyer range.

    Has anyone here used KS Audio products and could chime in about their experience? I'm potentially looking to either buy more of or replacing my QSC GP212 subs and am ideally looking for a nice compact powered 2x15, the KS Audio CPD-W2 certainly fits the bill.
    ​Boston Common Band - Boston Wedding Bands
    Sound --- DB Tech DVA T4's + RCF TTS18a Subs | RCF TT08a + ART710 Monitors
    Rack --- A&H QU-16 | Sennheiser Wireless Systems | Furman P2400AR
    Lighting --- Chauvet Quad6 PARs | Chauvet + ADJ Lasers | QSpot360 Moving Heads

  • #2
    I wonder if those are the same guys who do the K-Series flat-panel line arrays. Pretty impressive stuff apparently.
    Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

    (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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    • #3
      I've used the 8" powered line array 3 times, and I know Nobert and Eric, the guys in Clearwater that rep that stuff. It is VERY impresssive stuff. Well laid out, well thought out, loud, clear, and easy as pie. The catch is that you HAVE to use their processing and amps (only on passive cabs). EVERYTHING, just like Apple, is propreitary, no substitutions allowed. Their floor monitors are great stuff, and pretty light. Pretty much can't say enough about them, they are great products. If you get a chance to try the stuff out, do it. If you need more info on how to get in touch with these guys, email me Graham at CompassRI.com.

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      • #4
        You are thinking of K-Array who are distributed in the States (not sure about Canada) by Sennheiser. http://www.k-array.com/
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        • #5
          I just spoke with 2 reps from KS Audio. Norbert, who called me yesterday afternoon from the MusicMesse show, and what I can only assume was late night for him (time difference). And another rep this morning... think it was Eric.

          Very very friendly people.
          ​Boston Common Band - Boston Wedding Bands
          Sound --- DB Tech DVA T4's + RCF TTS18a Subs | RCF TT08a + ART710 Monitors
          Rack --- A&H QU-16 | Sennheiser Wireless Systems | Furman P2400AR
          Lighting --- Chauvet Quad6 PARs | Chauvet + ADJ Lasers | QSpot360 Moving Heads

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          • #6
            Looks like pricey products, would be great to hear them though.
            I dont want to work, just beat on my drum all day!

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            • #7
              Well Folks...

              I flew down to Florida for the weekend to visit with some family, but had setup an appointment to swing by KS Audio for a demo of their Live PA product offering.

              I'll write up a full overview tomorrow when I have more time (getting dinner here at the airport before my flight home)... but let's just say that I'm blown away.

              Seriously.

              The term, "impressive" is so often used, but in this sense, I'm truly impressed. It's like they've figured out how to defy the laws of physics.
              ​Boston Common Band - Boston Wedding Bands
              Sound --- DB Tech DVA T4's + RCF TTS18a Subs | RCF TT08a + ART710 Monitors
              Rack --- A&H QU-16 | Sennheiser Wireless Systems | Furman P2400AR
              Lighting --- Chauvet Quad6 PARs | Chauvet + ADJ Lasers | QSpot360 Moving Heads

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              • #8
                Please keep us informed
                I'm looking for a new small format big sound system
                and after reading a little from their website it sounds very interesting

                let's just hope that the price is not in the Meyer territory

                cheers,
                Charles

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                • #9
                  Please keep us informed
                  I'm looking for a new small format big sound system
                  and after reading a little from their website it sounds very interesting

                  let's just hope that the price is not in the Meyer territory

                  cheers,
                  Charles


                  It is.

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                  • #10
                    It is.


                    Oh well,
                    still would like to know about them...

                    thanks,
                    Charles

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                    • #11
                      Oh well,
                      still would like to know about them...

                      thanks,
                      Charles



                      Great product, great support, stellar integration of hardware. Can't say enough about them. I've mixed on their CPA line twice.

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                      • #12
                        As promised, a more thorough "review".

                        I called Norbert from KS Audio about a month ago after reading a FOH Mag review on his gear and inquiring about the product. Norbert is more "mad scientist" than "salesman", which I view as a good thing. He's more interested in selling you what you need, versus up-selling a larger system.... and he DOES know his stuff.

                        Upon walking into the shop, I was ready to be given a demo and figured we'd be inside, in their controlled closed environment, tuned etc... but to my surprise, he had 5 different sets of speakers setup in the back parking lot with painted marks on the ground at 25', 50', 75', 100' away from the lineup.

                        System Lineup:
                        System 1) "Sat 3" system, consisting of 1 CB18 Active 18" sub, 1 Passive CW18 Passive 18" Sub, and 2 C1 (10" / 1") Passive Tops. -- This is their entry level system.
                        System 2) Pair of CPD W1 (15" Active Subs) and a Pair of CPD12 (12" / 1.4") Active Tops
                        System 3) Pair of CPD Subs (4x10) - Pair of C10's (10" / 1.4") Tops.
                        System 4) "Conset 4" System - Pair of C12, Pair of C1214 (Coaxial 12" / 1.4"), Pair TSub (8x10)
                        System 5) T-Line Array, 6 Tops, 2 Subs

                        Onto my "system" impressions....
                        "Satellite 3"
                        The Sat3 system was amazing for it's size. With the wind blowing at our backs and into the systems, you could still hear it, clear as day from 100' away. Granted SPL's weren't thumping back there, but nonetheless impressive for such a small system, outside, in the wind.

                        The coverage pattern was unbelievable. 120 degrees (per box) in the near field, then as you walked in the 50-70' range, you could sense it narrowing up... by 75ft, true to their marketing, it had tightened up to a 60 degree coverage pattern.

                        The only thing I didn't like about this system was the subs seemed a bit weak. Granted we were outside. Though Norbert claims the new version of the subs, just released at the Musicmesse a month ago added 200 more watts and are now 'perfectly matched'. He simulated this by having one of his techs boost the db's on the back of the sub, which indeed, brought them more in line with the tops.

                        Overall, if you're a bar/club band that plays to 300 people or less and want to really step up your game. THIS IS THE SYSTEM FOR YOU.

                        System 2
                        I really enjoyed the C12 tops... Every song demo that we put through the system made me smile. Clarity clarity clarity. I heard things on this system, OUTSIDE, that I could only hear on my home-studio monitors.
                        The CPDW1 subs were much more punchy... as you'd expect from a 15".

                        This system could easily keep 500-600 people outside VERY happy.

                        System 3
                        An interesting combo... I think Norbert really wanted me to hear how easily interchangeable their speaker combos are. I liked this system the least however... probably due to the smaller C10 tops, opposed to the C12s. However just like System 2, it was very clear and LOUD.

                        System 4
                        Definitely out of my price range, but listening with ears to recommend to other sound providing friends of mine, this system kicked some serious @$$ and took names. 100' away, wind at our backs... sound was projected CLEARLY. I've heard similar sized systems at local / regional festivals that couldn't hold a candle to these. Not to mention, when you got close to them (10-20ft), since there was no distortion, I felt, literally, no pain in my ears. (Granted, I wouldn't want to sit there for hours, but still... impressive.)

                        System 5
                        T-Array --- equally as impressive as the System 4 listed above... but had the typical Line Array mid-high boost and easily threw the sound long distance.


                        OVERALL:
                        I've never experienced small format boxes that could do what these systems can do. Berklee Colege of Music's Cafe 939 venue has a nice small Meyer system installed... and these are easily on par, if not better than it. It's definitely better than a comparable EAW and my Turbosound rig... and light years beyond the average consumer-level QSC KW, JBL PRX, EV, Yahama, etc... systems.

                        Pricing for the Sat3 system is affordable for bar bands that want to really step up their games... beyond that, things really start to ratchet upwards.
                        That said, I'll likely be purchasing a hybrid setup... 2 CB18's with 2 C12's.

                        Anyone interested in some Turbo TQ's and QSC Wideline subs? 9.5/10 cond... selling cheap.
                        ​Boston Common Band - Boston Wedding Bands
                        Sound --- DB Tech DVA T4's + RCF TTS18a Subs | RCF TT08a + ART710 Monitors
                        Rack --- A&H QU-16 | Sennheiser Wireless Systems | Furman P2400AR
                        Lighting --- Chauvet Quad6 PARs | Chauvet + ADJ Lasers | QSpot360 Moving Heads

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                        • #13
                          Wow, thanks a lot for the explanation
                          Now I'm really interested in these KS

                          It all depends on the price if I could swing it
                          I just sold my QSC system and I'm actually looking to upgrade

                          Just send you a PM

                          thanks,
                          Charles

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                          • #14
                            What are the prices of the said systems?

                            Cheers,
                            B

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                            • #15
                              What are the prices of the said systems?

                              Cheers,
                              B


                              If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
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