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    I went from a high end component rig after it was stolen a few years ago to a Mackie 404m and 15" cabs and I was fairly happy with the sound although it was light on power. And yes that was stolen also while I was traveling. Because of budget issues I was convinced by a friend that owns a music store that the Samson xm910 was a good value for a Powered Mixer. I was told by another store that the peavey PR15 Neos would be fine for cabs and they are inexpensive. Again I had limited $$. I bought them. I'm not satisfied. Just not clean enough and tone is lacking. I'm have a solid acoustic solo act and my sound is very important to me. What would you do in my situation? I realize I may have to stretch the budget.

    PS I'm still using the same FX. Zoom A2 and Digitech Vocalist 2

    Thanks,
    Capt. Ron

  • #2
    What would you do in my situation? I realize I may have to stretch the budget.


    Are you keeping the Samson mixer? What's the budget? Do you use tracks with drums and/or bass, or any kind of live bass playing? SX300's do sound pretty good. BTW, what's your location?
    YMMV.

    Release your inner DJ... then you will begin to see.

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    • #3
      I don't know what to keep or exchange. No tracks, can't stand them. As far as the budget I will spend more if I have to. I'm OCD about my sound. The question is how much more. I paid $220 ea. I would go up to probably $400-$450. I'm in Stuart.

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      • #4
        If you were to post in the acoustic guitar forum I think you would find that a lot of guys are switching to the Fishman Solo Amp. Both for its sound and for its light weight.

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        • #5
          You might consider the EV ZX1. Passive version is about $300. New active version is apparently in the $450 - $500 range.

          I use them for solo acoustic stuff and couldn't be happier. Very compact, incredibly light weight (19 pounds, I think) and clean, clear EV sound.

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          • #6
            I would also consider budgeting for some gear insurance.

            Probaby the nicest acoustic rig I've heard is a 1RU Pendulum Pre/processer, into a Hafler power amp into a Daedalus cab.

            It sounded like hi-end studio monitors, and he was just using a 58 and a PU in the guitar.

            MG
            "Thank You, NASA!"

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            • #7
              I'm in Stuart.
              I've definitely been hangin' out on OJ too much so I'll be good and just ask what universe, galaxy, solar system, planet, continent, country, and state/province is that in?

              Try a pair of PR10's if you only have guitar and vocals in the PA - quite a bit clearer than the PR15's .

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              • #8
                The PR's are not the most natural sounding cabinet IMO. Cheap, light, yes, open sounding... not really.

                I have a pair of SX-300A's available used, but like RR, don't have a clue where Stuart is loacated.
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                • #9
                  The PR's are not the most natural sounding cabinet IMO. Cheap, light, yes, open sounding... not really
                  They open up nicely if you apply CD-horn EQ to them - I'm pretty sure they don't have it in their internal passive crossovers like the more expensive Impulse series. They are certainly not SX-300A's but they are pretty great for $150 each shipped.

                  He'd certainly get a whole lot better sound with any decent active speakers and a passive mixer if he can afford it.

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                  • #10
                    Way over your budget probaby, but I have been using The JBL MRX series speakers (15's)....Could not be happier. The active version is the PRX.

                    I would seriously think about the Ev ZX1's and a small powered sub.

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                    • #11
                      like RR, don't have a clue where Stuart is loacated.


                      C'monnnn guys,,,, Tokyo, London, Paris, Stuart,,,, you know,,,, it's like the Cher, or Madonna thing.

                      My money's on Nebraska.
                      Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

                      (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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                      • #12
                        My money's on Nebraska.


                        Mine's on this one, since they don't mention where the **************** they are either....

                        http://cityofstuart.us/























                        *yeah, you have to be pretty dumb not to figure it out, but still......
                        "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else" - Yogi Berra, 1925-2015

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                        • #13
                          I would also consider budgeting for some gear insurance.


                          forget the insurance... 2 systems stolen? Hire the biggest biker you can find to stand over your sh*t!
                          Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. -Will Rogershttp://facebook.com/SpitShineRocks

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                          • #14
                            My money's on Nebraska.
                            http://www.stuartne.com/

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                            • #15
                              forget the insurance... 2 systems stolen? Hire the biggest biker you can find to stand over your sh*t!


                              it's more likely he could sell the systems back to you.


                              "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else" - Yogi Berra, 1925-2015

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