04-30-2013 01:25 PM
Hello all !
OK without going into a lot of detail let's say a pair of RCF ART 312A MKIII's will do what I want them to. They can be had for about $470/cab.
I've read a lot of good things about the cabs (considering the price range) but I can't audition them because no one around me sells them.
From the collective experience are there other cabs in approx the same price range that I should be considering?? Right now I'm using a passive system for FOH. I could continue in with that type of setup but need to replace the mains so the RCF cabs look inviting.
So, "Bang for the Buck" ....passive? Powered? RCF 312A's or something else? I've listened to K12, DSR's etc. but obviously they're not exactly in the same price range.
04-30-2013 02:32 PM
Wait for more-knowledgeable folks to chime in, but imo, the RCF ART312As are hard to beat at that price.
I recently got into powered speakers, hadn’t auditioned others, got these (six of them now) based on price and recommendations, and I just couldn’t be more pleased.
Depending on the need I’ve used them single, double, with and without subs, and they deliver spectacularly.
Two of the guys in my band do the DJ gigs, last week I sent them out with these (and subs) to do a prom, they were happy, and not five minutes ago I got a call from a lady who was doing security there to do her wedding reception.
04-30-2013 02:50 PM
04-30-2013 03:28 PM
No dount about it, you'll never match the bang-for-the-buck of the 312a's, by going with passives. You get a dedicated amp and cab-specific processing, and it's warranteed to work together. I wouldn't even consider passives at that price you're getting the 312a's for.
04-30-2013 04:20 PM
04-30-2013 06:05 PM
What do you have for existing power amps in your passive setup? If you have decent power it may open up some other options to think about with just replacing your existing passive cabs.
05-01-2013 04:52 AM
NU3000. I know B's don't get a lot of respect but, they are light weight, I don't need to push them for my gigs, they don't shut down in the hot TX sun, and I've had no complaints using them as mains(@ 8OHms) or monitor amps(@ 4 Ohms).
05-01-2013 06:19 AM - edited 05-01-2013 06:22 AM
Louis Schwartz wrote:
Not an expert here, but a satisfied user of a 312a MKII and more recently of 4 310a MKIII's. They have been everything I'd read they'd be.
I think you might be able to do slightly better on the price, too. Check with Mike Pyle at:
Good prices and service.
I recently bought two 312As from Mike, his cost was less than the OP stated. I highly suggest calling him before you order.
I can also attest that it would be hard to find a better performing cabinet for the price. I bought two 312A and two JBL PRX612m recently which allowed be to compare the two. The JBL sounds like it has a bit more "oomph" in the midrange frequencies while the 312A sounds to me like there is a very slight dip in the midrange. The JBL can also put out more clean bass, but since we only use them for FOH duties they are not receiving frequencies below 90 hz. Both sound excellent, and the 312A can almost get as loud as the JBL. All of this to say, the JBL costs more which makes the RCF a great deal at this price point. We use the pair as our front monitors and are very happy with them.
Something else to consider, the 312A has a very spartan input section. This doesn't effect us, but if you need a speaker that can accept multiple sources at the same time it might be a problem.
05-01-2013 08:23 AM - edited 05-01-2013 08:26 AM
05-01-2013 10:37 AM
I am a fan of Peavey and have had good luck with their products, if I was in your situation I would get a pair of SP3BX which you can find for just slightly over your budget. A lot of people here are more fans of active cabs, my preference is passive...either solution can sound great. I have the SP3BX (and others), I prefer the sound of them over other cabs I have heard in the price range, to me they have a smoother top end than JBL and they are clean all the way up to lighting the bulbs.
I am not saying active is not a viable solution, a lot of people here run them and like them...just sharing my opinion on what I would do. I like the redundancy that passive brings, on an active setup if you lose the amp, the crossover or the speaker you are down for all 3; although this isn't as common as it used to be, it can be a big factor depending where you live/play and how close service centers are.
05-01-2013 11:45 AM
If you're using over subs, I'd probably choose the 310A's over the 312's. I don't know how the new ones sound but I continue to be impressed by my MKII versions when I occasionally use them as FOH cabinets over subs.
05-02-2013 04:48 AM
05-02-2013 05:03 AM
05-02-2013 05:04 AM
Thank you for all of the input.
I'm not a fan of particle board cabs but appreciate the info.
I'm running a single sub.
The price of $470 includes delivery.
Unless someone knows of a super deal the Peavey SP3BX are a lot more expensive, larger, and weigh too much for me, but thanks for the suggestion.
Why 310 over 312's ?
They just work well. Same SPL, same compression driver, but smaller, lighter and cheaper. The 312A is in a box that's also used for the 315A so it's a bit oversized.
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