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Branko Pucekovic

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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2018, 03:03:56 pm »

2 x Lab Hruppen FP 3400 for
 subs
2 x FP 3400 for mids
2 x Mackie M1400 for highs
2 x INUKE NU 4-6000 for monitors
2 x Crown CDi 1000 for small speaker on sticks application
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Steve Loewenthal

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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2018, 03:14:20 pm »

This probably does not qualify for your actual post unless you are very generous in the definition of "using"
I have a pair of PV-4C amps (but no passive PA speakers)
1 of the amps (which blows the channel B circuit breaker on power up) is used about 1 time every 3 years when I play electric guitar with my rig. My electric guitar rig is a line6 POD XT and a 15" Eminence Patriot speaker in a open back cabinet, powered by the PV-4C with the 1 operating channel.
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Tim McCulloch

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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #22 on: July 08, 2018, 03:18:51 pm »

I thought I'd add that most of our new utility loudspeaker purchases (i.e., everything except our vertical arrays) are trending to "power inside" designs as we replace older, heavier inventory.

Camco?  We auditioned a Nexo GEO S rig powered by Camco amps and in the 3 weeks we had them, experienced no problems.  That rig sounded really, really good but was too small for most of what we do.  One of the shows we did with it was Ladysmith Black Mambazo in a small-ish university concert hall.  The BE had me delay the PA a few ms. and it was like having the singers right in front of you, 70 feet back.  Almost no system EQ was used by the BE.

I bring this up because in the grand scheme of things power amplifiers should be "wire with gain."  Nothing more, nothing less.  As JR often points out, what happens at the extremes of operation tend to determine our impressions.  Ladysmith would not tax the power amps at any SPL the audience or artist would tolerate but it was pretty obvious that the controller and amps were not coloring the sound in a noticeable way when operated within their linear range.

Some amps *are* better than others when it comes to this relatively simple task, and old amps *are* more likely to develop "character" as the caps dry out and other heat/age related things take their toll.  Don't discount that some users like the sound of distortion, too.

Oh, I just remembered we have ONE Behringer Inuke in a Gator case that gets used for SoS... /confessions
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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2018, 03:39:21 pm »

All Qsc with the exception of one Peavey Ipr2 7500 on subs.
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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2018, 03:39:52 pm »

(2) Crown MA5000i 
(4) Crown XLS2500
(2) Crown XLS1500
(2) Crown XLS1000
(2) Crown XLI3500
(1) Crown XLI800
(2) QSC PLX 3602
(2) QSC GXD8
(2) QSC GX7
(2) Behringer EP4000

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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2018, 04:58:51 pm »

mid/high cabinets - active RCF

Subs - MacroTech 9000i
Monitors - QSC PLD

QSC -PLX3602/2502 amps sitting around for backups or for the occasional one-off or rental.
 
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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2018, 05:13:54 pm »

Behringer I nuke 4-6000  on monitors,
2 Crown xls 1500
2 Crown xls 2500

Backups or smaller venues

2 Carvin Fet 450
Carvin Fet 1000
Carvin Fet 400

Crown macrotech 410
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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2018, 06:47:45 pm »

I have 1 system that isn't self powered....  Yorkville speakers.

(2) Yamaha P7000s powering dual 18subs, 1 driver per channel at 4ohms.
(1) Yamaha P5000s powering dual 15 low/mid at 4ohms/ch
(1) Yamaha P3500S powering 2" comps at 8ohms/ch
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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2018, 12:44:41 am »

All QSC
PLX3402 mostly (1 PLX1602 for HF)
Several PLX1804 for smaller gigs
Used to have PL6.0 for subs - now all powered subs
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Re: Gear Survey: What Amps Are You Using (Really)?
« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2018, 09:32:47 am »

I have the following

A Rig - EV XLC-127
4 Crest CA-6
8 Crest CA-9
4 Crest CA-12

B Rig - JBL SRX
4 QSC PL-380

Mon., SOS, Nexo PS-15
4 QSC-PLX-1602
4 QSC PLX-3402
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