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Mike Pyle

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Re: new monitor purchase
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2014, 10:29:03 pm »

Another good coax to consider is the Tannoy VX12 or VX12HP, or the VX15. These are some VERY sweet sounding compact cabinets but have a little taller profile on stage than the dedicated wedge designs. There is a good deal available on these passive models from Tannoy through the end of May.

They also make powered versions with a Lab Gruppen module, although those may be out of your budget.
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Mark McFarlane

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Re: new monitor purchase
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2014, 11:59:55 pm »

... The little RCF's are pretty nifty but the voice coils are to small for me.  2.5" on the woof and and a 1" horn?.

1.7" VC, 1" exit on horns.  Still 'small', but larger than quoted.
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Samuel Rees

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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2014, 12:13:07 am »

Sure, big coil monitors are great. I love d&b m4, JBL VP7212, all flavors of microwedge/aphex... but they all cost more than the RCF. I don't have the kind of gigs that bring in that kind of money, or the vehicles to carry that kind of weight. So I switched out my  KW122/K10 for NX12 and dropped 13 lbs per box, solid additional SPL, and a coax design.  All for a reasonable price above KW122 but below the big dogs. This is why it came up here in this thread. So no complaints about voice coil length here :) JBL SRX712 might have a bigger voice cool, but from my "earball" the NX12 keeps up. Not to mention it's only 3 pounds heavier but requires no amp rack. I wouldn't rely on specs so much.
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Re: new monitor purchase
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2014, 11:01:55 am »

Have any of you NX10/12SMA guys had the chance to use them as a main speaker? Smaller venue type stuff.

If not, would you consider one of these boxes at all?

I'm thinking about picking up a pair and trying to decide between the SMA and more standard trap NX box.
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Re: new monitor purchase
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2014, 06:23:24 pm »

JBL SRX712 might have a bigger voice cool, but from my "earball" the NX12 keeps up. Not to mention it's only 3 pounds heavier but requires no amp rack. I wouldn't rely on specs so much.

I don't rely only on specs. I did a 2 & 1/2 yr stint in a 2500 seat Casino showroom where the house monitors were 10 JBL 712 SRX and the acts were all names you would recognize and everyone used them unless they had in ears.  That's when I started liking them.
   Also I sometimes do festivals where the speakers are getting slammed for 10 hrs. at a stretch so bigger voice coils are just physically able to dissipate more heat and are less likely to suffer from power compression and burnout.
   Also w/ different acts changing out in festivals your having to move monitors around a good bit so having only 1 cable per box is a real labor saver. I already had a rack full of lightweight power amps so not having to carry all the extra extension cable for power distribution on stage was a plus.
   The NX's are getting a lot of love on here from people who actually own them so I respect that, it's just that after blowing up -er, I mean -mixing for 30 yrs. I've developed a distrust of speakers w/ smaller voice coils and statements like "totally feedback free". Yikes.
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Re: new monitor purchase
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2014, 06:58:55 pm »

Haha fair enough. The PowerCon helps with the two cables a bit. I just feed with XLRs from the snake, but run my power in different loops. I know what you mean though.
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Re: new monitor purchase
« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2014, 11:58:47 pm »

Have any of you NX10/12SMA guys had the chance to use them as a main speaker? Smaller venue type stuff.

If not, would you consider one of these boxes at all?

I'm thinking about picking up a pair and trying to decide between the SMA and more standard trap NX box.

I've used both the SMA10s and 12s on sticks as main for small gigs and I use them frequently as center fills. I prefer the SMA12s unprocessed, but neither sounds as good as my TT22A mains (at 2-3X the price, as you might expect).  The SMAs are still much better than the various MI-level wedges I used previously.
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Re: new monitor purchase
« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2014, 11:59:13 pm »

I've used both the SMA10s and 12s on sticks as main for small gigs and I use them frequently as center fills. I prefer the SMA12s unprocessed, but neither sounds as good as my TT22A mains (at 2-3X the price, as you might expect).  The SMAs are still much better than the various MI-level mains I used previously.
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Re: new monitor purchase
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2014, 01:37:37 am »

I've used both the SMA10s and 12s on sticks as main for small gigs and I use them frequently as center fills. I prefer the SMA12s unprocessed, but neither sounds as good as my TT22A mains (at 2-3X the price, as you might expect).  The SMAs are still much better than the various MI-level wedges I used previously.

Thanks Mark!
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