I'm looking for some advice on some new small tops.
I do sound for my rock cover band.
I have two systems that I switch between, based on the size of the room.
The components that are consistent:
Crown ITech amps (a 4k and an 8k)
I always bring those components, and I swap out my speakers based on the room.
Big rooms - Two Dual 18 Sierra subs (loaded with JBL 2241's) and two JBL SRX722 tops. This system stacks nice and I love it. The problem is, it's too much system for some smaller rooms. (I wish the srx722's could pole mount, because I'd always use them.)
Small rooms - one JBL SRX728 sub and two JBL SR-X 4722 tops.
These two speaker set ups allow me to utilize the same one pa rack.
I always take my x-rack and iTech amps...and just connect to which ever speakers I bring.
I'm happy with everything except the tops on my small system (JBL 4722's)
Some others I've tried:
I own - 2 QSC hpr122i, 2 JBL 4702. I don't like any of these better than the JBL 4722.
I have tried the srx712's also, and liked the 4722's better.
I should also mention that I have an RCF nx12ma wedge that I love.
I have not a/b'd it against the 4722's...and I'm sure it will sound excellent/better, but it has really narrow dispersion, so I doubt it will be the right choice for FOH, (but maybe the non-wedge RCF NX would be).
If I went with passive tops, then my set up process stays consistent, and I get to continue to use the iTechs.
But I'm not opposed to going powered as that seems to be the majority of what's out there.
I have always been happier with 12's for tops because vocals and guitar seem to be clearer.
So my question is: what 12" tops would people recommend for my small PA??
They must pole mount, and I'd like to keep the budget under $1500 per speaker.
Thanks for any input.