I have been debating on the purchase of JBL's SRX800 series for a while for small to medium shows... nobody nearby has had any, until a friend of mine purchased a set for his band, 4 SRX835P and 2 SRX828SP for a jazz style band. I'm borrowing two tops and the 2 subs for the next week to try out, tomorrow I'm using them with a live band (band is friend of mine's who I also work with on shows) and going to try to find another show to use them on if I can. So far, I've used them this evening a bit with some track music, two tops and one sub (the other does not have casters so I didn't want to move it around by myself) but I'm very impressed with the quality so far. Vocals are nice and warm, and the top end is extremely hi-fi, with adjustments in the higher frequency bands easily noticeable. Bottom end seems to be very full and heavy, as they say you can never have too much low end. I'm really intrigued to see how they work tomorrow night.As far as moving around, they are relatively easy. Subs only weigh about 150-160lbs, so standing them up and turning them off the casters is a breeze, the tops are lightweight as well for what they are, but are a bit bulky due to the size to fit a 15", mids, and horn in. Considering I work with a band that has older JBL SR-A 3-way tops and they're a lot heavier, it's a welcoming change. I'm a young guy (at 23) so hiking them on top is easy for me (though my back will hate me later if I do it all the time by myself) but I've done it before with my old QSC KW153's. When you stack the tops on the subs on end, the stack easily reaches about 7 and a half feet in height, meaning the mids and highs will get over people's heads easily at ground level. Though you may want to make sure it is perfectly level ground as there are no feet on the ends for such a movement, when I plan to purchase some I'll probably add some feet on each end. So far, no complaints, I haven't really played with them much but tomorrow will be the first challenge. Will report on Saturday (or Sunday)
I added feet to my SRX818's. I placed them on the side of the cabinet, to aid in moving them around. To place the box in my van requires me to put it on its side. I then lift it by the handle to get it in. I roll them with a hand cart on their sides as well. It was a great upgrade, highly recommended!
What size van? Once we got a large cargo van I hate loading the mini vans. What you are describing sounds like the torture I put myself through until I got an e350 diesel.Beyond any speaker, mixer, amplifier or whatever it is the single purchase I can point to that helped move us on that continuum to being a "big boy". Perhaps we are in training pants at this point.
That's a surprise! I've always thought loading a full size van would be more difficult - less doors, higher lifting. I use an old Montana mini van, seats removed and a fairly flat cargo bay with carpet. I love the 2 side doors and hatch back opening. I have been considering a full size van lately, as I have to really load my mini van when I have 6 monitors and lights added to the show. In addition, I do not have room for double 18 sub's, something that I'm planning on adding.
The guys went over some tracks and the shock towers in the back were rusted and the whole thing came down in one big boom. They tipped the AAA guy some extra money and showed up to the gig with the van on a flatbed. Dumped the whole thing in front of the club and the show went on.We didn't have much class back then.
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