My other thought would be to get some used EAW KF850EFs, and some QSC amps, but it seems that would be less SPL, not to mention their rather old speakers, and would likely end up costing a lot more (especially with the cost of amps, NL4s wiring harness for racks, more racks, etc etc).
EAW KF850's are in a class well above the EV ETX, JBL PRX, QSC KW, etc. The output from the 850 should crush that of the ETX. I'm not saying one's a better fit for you than the other, just pointing out that those don't compare. I do agree that the 850's will end up costing you more. You'll also need more people to lift and stack the 850's at 250lbs ea.
Just an update. The EAW 850 are just so old at the point we are going to stay away from them. We may just buy some of the JBL PRX or SRX (unpowered) and use them and see how we can grow with it. Brand name is usually key so I'm going to stay away from the EVs as much as they look like good competitors for the small festival market, JBL is more well known and the lack of a fan on the EVs scares me. We are pretty big on just renting mains, but it's not very cost effective for the small things. I think we may wait around til August or so to get moving on it.
It's hard to tell with the ETX since it was recently announced at NAMM and it's not proven in the wild yet. Have you looked at the JBL (PRX735 on PRX718XLF) or QSC (KW153 on KW181) equivalents?
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