03-06-2013 08:50 PM - edited 03-06-2013 08:51 PM
Yes, size, weight and cost.
and lack of availabilty, demand, and seeming purpose.
Other than that... I don't see a down side.
03-07-2013 09:57 AM
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).
03-07-2013 03:02 PM
Size and weight could be considerably lessened with a coaxial design for the tweeter and mid. I'd love to see a well-designed 3-way box like that put out in the m.i. market.
Not going to help the weight by much at all but will help with size. One of the systems I am thinking of was a coax 3 way design, with an LF, plus MF/HF coax. The problem with coax designs is that the horn flair is so small that it's difficult to have much meaningful patternm control below say 2.5-3kHz.
03-07-2013 07:18 PM
03-07-2013 08:43 PM
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.
03-07-2013 11:51 PM
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.
03-08-2013 04:35 AM - edited 03-08-2013 04:35 AM
Here you go... Grund GT-DW32M . 118 lbs, 44" long and $1,700. Assuming the purpose would be to increase the usable low end, I can't imagine a need for a 3 way box for anything other than a drum fill. You typically are trying to keep low end rumble and gak off the stage. Many dedicated floor monitors are specifically voiced not to do much under 70 Hz.
03-08-2013 08:00 PM
Tomm Williams wrote:
dennis a wrote:
They were an early Rat design...2x15, 1x10, 1x2
WOW, that's a big monitor!!!
and very heavy too...
Two people can lift one no problem. And they are low profile
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