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  • 3 way monitors ?

    Anyone ever seen one? Any reason why it's a bad idea to use one over a 2 way? I'm guessing footprint is the main drawback........................anything else?


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    Yes, size, weight and cost.
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    • Audiopile
      Audiopile commented
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      agedhorse wrote:
      Yes, size, weight and cost.

      and lack of availabilty, demand, and seeming purpose.

      Other than that... I don't see a down side.


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    Tomm Williams wrote:

    Anyone ever seen one?


     I've seen a bunch. All of them installs in big venues, most likely due to the reasons stated above.

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    • #4

      Tomm Williams wrote:

      Anyone ever seen one?


      I've used them with Misfits and Motorhead....I assumed they were spec'd

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        Dennis

        What were they?

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        • Audiopile
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          It seems like 3-way (typically bi-amped or tri-amped) monitors used to be somewhat "popular" as drum monitors... and sometimes keyboard monitors... for the heavy hitters anyway.  I ran a JBL 4699B (18", 10", 1") for a few years as a drum monitor in the system... which seemed to pass rider requirements at the time (20 - 25 years ago).


      • #6
        Tomm
        They were an early Rat design...2x15, 1x10, 1x2

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        • Tomm Williams
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          dennis a wrote:
          Tomm
          They were an early Rat design...2x15, 1x10, 1x2

          WOW, that's a big monitor!!!


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        Tomm Williams wrote:

         I'm guessing footprint is the main drawback........................anything else?


        Crossovers and crossover points are always a drawback.  After all ... the perfect speaker would be a single full-range one.  Unfortunately that driver doesn't yet exist (that has much output level).  More "ways" is a tradeoff.

        Don Boomer

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        • wasRbts
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          I owned a pair of three way monitors - for a while - they were custom - hand made - and awesome.  It was supposed to be some old monitors from a Judds Tour.  They were some heavy duty boxes - with castors - and clamping on lids that were operated by a recessed 3/8" allen wrench.  They required an outboard crossover - and separate power amp.  Sounded fu*king great!!  - But huge - and super heavy.  I couldn't sell them (of course) so about a year after I went to a lighter powered system - I just gave them back to the guy I had bought them from who looked at me like - "what am I supposed to do with these???".  (But at least I could park in my garage again.)

          I had been using them for front cabinets - and it took four NX 550P Powered Yorkville Speakers to do the same job - but people said the Yorkies sounded just as good.



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