Yp, I have to agree.. I first started using EV FM1202's and 1202ER's in 1989.. We just came off of a tour sponsored by JBL. We had blown the 12's in 4 out of 8 JBL monitors (don't remember the model number- I was not impressed)
Anyway, I was discussing this with a friend at an audio shop and the EV rep happened to overhear and said he had some 12" monitors we wouldn't blow.. So we gave 'em a try.. He was right we didn't blow any of the FM1202er and the monitors sounded great. We powered them with some Phase Linear 700B's
They are passive, though I have used some bi-amped... I had 10, 4 were standard FM1202 and the other 6 were the ER (extended range) variant.
The only difference between the FM1202 and the FM1202er is that the er uses an EVM12L-proline so it handles 100 watts more power. (rated @300 instead of 200) And the crossover point is
@1600Hz instead of 1500Hz as in the standard FM1202.
When we bi-amped these monitors we were using a Rane AC22 crossover a Crown MA1200 for the 12's and an old Crown DC300A for the Horns.. worked great...
Another note. I have used the FM1202ER with passive crossover, (they had NL4 connectors on the side) in situations where the band wanted bi-amped monitors, and NEVER had a complaint! In fact no-one noticed..
Now that may not be true today, but one thing sure is...
an EV FM1202ER with plenty of power behind it can really shine..
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