07-18-2013 04:10 AM
Although I had a fun run doing DIY, my BFM OmniTops just never sounded really good to me regardless of how much EQ I gave them, so I have been thinking about going to some non DIY speakers.
Not looking to spend too much as I will only be using them ocassionally, mostly for small weddings (100-150 people), or Bar gigs etc. I already have subs, so I won't need too much bass from the tops. I also have all my amps and crossover that I don't want to get rid of so I will be going passive.
I have been looking at the Alto series, Entry level EV and some Samson. With that said, and my budget not wanting to go over $300 per speaker should I even look at these brands or just stop thinking about this idea now and wait?
I would look at used as well, but living in Canada we don't have the luxury of a guitar centre, and most of the places that sell used gear still charge some insane prices (we just don't have the turn around volume like you guys in the US do).
07-18-2013 05:46 AM
I recently purchased a few of the ZLX-12P speakers for my church and am very happy with output and clarity they deliver. These are the powered version, but the non-powered should be right in your price range.
07-18-2013 05:57 AM
What are your subs? What amps do you run them with? What amps would you use with the soon-to-be-purchased tops? What type of music?
07-18-2013 06:01 AM
If you have amp enough to run tops already a hard look at EV's ZLX-12's is worth the time. For under $ 300 you'll get a great sounding cabinet.
07-18-2013 06:10 AM - edited 07-18-2013 06:14 AM
Bill - I've read that some were recalled for rattling in the cabs or a too-long LED cable inside causing a buzzing against other internal components inside... any truth to that? (EDIT: Of course, the LED wire buzzing would be a non-issue in a passive cab.) EV certainly knows how to do molded speakers. I only just recently let my SX200s go to a new owner... those were just awesome.
07-18-2013 07:10 AM
"Bill - I've read that some were recalled for rattling in the cabs or a too-long LED cable inside causing a buzzing against other internal components inside... any truth to that? (EDIT: Of course, the LED wire buzzing would be a non-issue in a passive cab.) EV certainly knows how to do molded speakers. I only just recently let my SX200s go to a new owner... those were just awesome."
I know you asked Bill this question, but I can answer that if you it's okay. Bill sold me the 3 speakers I have. The first one I received was a one of the buzzing units. EV had known of the issue and thought they caught all the bad ones and fixed them before the initial shipment (from my understanding) but some slipped through. They had me a replacement unit overnighted to me. It arrived before I even had a chance to send the defective unit back.
The rattling was caused by the LED wire. The strange thing about it though was that I could only get it to buzz by playing the low strings on my acoustic guitar through it. Pre-recorded music sounded fine. I even connected a keyboard and played the same notes that my guitar made the thing rattle, but still nothing.
Since then I've had no issues with them. They sound fantastic. In fact at my church we are considering replacing our main system for a pair of these over subs.
07-18-2013 07:36 AM
That's what I heard was the cause... and that EV has been amazing with regards to service/replacement. Thanks for the corroborating evidence. I've not heard the ZLX series yet... but I'm looking forward to it.
07-18-2013 09:18 AM
One of the reasons I suggest EV (Bosch) products is precisely because of their incredible service department. Although rare compared to some other brands, service issues are handled at light speed.
07-18-2013 09:31 AM - edited 07-18-2013 09:32 AM
My amps are:
Subs: EV Q66
Tops: RMX 850
Subs are 2 X Titan 39 (old build) and new build is 2 X PAL12 (Lab 12 tapped horn, NOT labhorn)
Music is mostly, Top 40, 60, 70, 80's etc wedding stuff. No specific genre, basicly mobile DJ stuff
07-19-2013 06:27 AM
Well, on the Toronto CL right now are a pair of EV SX300s (offer him $500) and a pair of Yorkville NX35s (also for $500... offer him $400)... either would be a great addition to your PA...
07-19-2013 08:08 AM
Any experience with either? I did a quick search and seems to favour the SX300 in terms of SQ, but that also can be a moot point. I havn't heard either so I'm curious.
07-19-2013 08:13 AM - edited 07-19-2013 08:24 AM
I owned the SX200s for over a decade. Hard to let them go. I've heard the SX300s MANY times as there's still a local provider here that uses 3/side over 3/side subs (edit: Eliminator i subs, I think) for local festivals. Sound is always great.
I've only heard the NX35s used as monitors so I can't comment on how they'd work as mains, but I would guess that they'd be pretty decent.
07-19-2013 11:38 PM - edited 07-19-2013 11:45 PM
I too have SX200s and it has always delivered high performance. I'm in the need of a sound mixer for live event production, just hired a live sound mixer a week ago and found it works great.
Here is the link for sound mixer: http://www.avdj.co.nz/allen-heath-zed-14-live-soun
Should I buy it or not?
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