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 on: Today at 08:28:01 am 
Started by Bob Cap - Last post by TJ (Tom) Cornish
We had a small accident with our truck last week. a guy in a pickup truck tried to pass us on an icy road, lost control, hit the back of my truck and threw us in quite a bit of a spin back & forth. Got it back under control and discovered the rails inside the box had ripped off the wall and quite a bit of gear flew around.

We lost 9 of the 10 RCF ART500a speakers. The LS9/32 is trashed. Our wireless rack of 10 AT3000 wireless systems is questionable and several road cases are broken....

Now I am working with the insurance co...

I need some suggestions for replacements:

Monitors - 10 - 15 x 2 self powered
Mixer - replace the LS9/32
Wireless - What to replace the AT3000 series.

Throw me a few suggestions if you were doing this what would you get.

Thanks much

Bob Cap
Hey Bob - sorry you had the accident, but glad it was only loss of property.  We still have a bunch of ice leftover from the Dec 27th rain.

RE gear - I like Shure QLX-D wireless and A&H mixers. SQ5, 6, or 7 would be the top of my list.  The X32/M32 series while popular is nearing end of cycle, and is outclassed both in features and sound quality by the A&H gear. 

There are lots of good wedges.  I like and use Yamaha DXR and JBL SRX812p.  RE powered vs passive - powered wedges sound better per $ than passive wedges, are better protected, and if there is a failure, you replace both amp and speaker in one shot with a spare.  If an amp in a rack dies, that may or may not be easier to recover from depending on how your system is setup.  If you're like me, powered speakers get used as wedges on one show, then mains or fills on another show.  Unless something radically changes, I will never use passive utility speakers again.

 on: Today at 07:01:20 am 
Started by Spenser Hamilton - Last post by Chris Grimshaw

 I have two questions:
  • Does anybody have any experience comparing the B&C crossovers versus biamping the cab.
  • Looking at LG IPD series for power. Would an IPD1200 be sufficient, or should I spring for the 2400? (My instinct says to bone up for the 2400)

The 1200 will do 300w/ch into 8ohm, and the 2400 will do about 600w/ch into 8ohm.
Since the midbass section alone will handle 350w continuously (and then consider crossover losses and a second driver to power), I'd go for the bigger amp.

That said, if you can hold off purchasing those amps, the Powersoft T-series (which they've only just started talking about) is worth a look. I've had a set for a little while now and they get a thumbs-up for sure.


 on: Today at 06:51:45 am 
Started by Michael LaHatte - Last post by Keith Broughton
If you have the coin, buy a cedar dns 2. It's a very well made noise suppressor.  It's pricey, but if doing interviews in loud environments is your gig, this should be in your toolbox.
I looked into one of those once. The price was eye opening to say the least!
They do work, though.

 on: Today at 06:14:01 am 
Started by Joshua Buentello - Last post by Hollowayrace
The LA325 is a beautiful sounding box (one of my favorites from over the years), but it doesn't get very loud BUT if it gets loud enough for you, in the venues you work at...then I say keep it. It'll sound better than the 850ef for SURE. The 650Z on an 8800 processor is the next step up in the EAW line for 90% of people. You should notice a marked improvement going to those boxes (probably 2 per side). It's not gonna be cheap though.

If you're open to venturing outside the EAW range, try Community SLS960 / SLS980 boxes. They're old, but sounded great last I remember.

Josh Billings

 on: Today at 05:56:26 am 
Started by Mike Charnecki - Last post by DennyDragon23
Hello all, looking for info on the case I found and Carlo Sound.

I found this interesting

 on: Today at 02:47:53 am 
Started by Bob Cap - Last post by Dave Garoutte
Love my RCF NX10 SMA and NX12 SMA powered monitors.  Talk to mr Pyle.

 on: Today at 01:24:46 am 
Started by Chris Poynter - Last post by Lou Kohley
Wait. I had read that the minidsp has a limited amount of delay.
Is it capable of doing 100ms or more?

That would be a handy little box to have around.


 on: Today at 01:02:49 am 
Started by Bob Cap - Last post by Mark Cadwallader
I have gone from A-T 3000 series to the Shure QLXD wireless as my transition to the new spectrum. I have both bodypacks and handhelds. The new A-T 3000 bodypacks have changed to a different connector, so my existing A-T lavs, earworn mics, and guitar cables wouldn't work with the new style. Grrr.  For me, I have better cross-rental opportunities with Shure, so I've made the switch. YMMV.

Edit:  I'm glad that only your stuff was damaged, and you were not injured.

 on: Yesterday at 11:39:33 pm 
Started by Debbie Dunkley - Last post by Mike Sokol

unwind all your inductors?

 on: Yesterday at 11:32:01 pm 
Started by Bob Cap - Last post by Eric Snodgrass
Reading that list of gear you posted it seems to me that it was about time to upgrade anyway.  What happened to you is a lousy way to start that upgrade process, but start it must. 

For the console, I would suggest an Allen&Heath SQ5 or SQ6.  Yes, the SQ5 has 16 local mic preamps, but add a DX168 digital snake box and it adds 16 more inputs, giving you 32 total mic preamps.  I really like the small form factor of the console.  The SQ6 gives you 24 faders - SQ7, 32 faders (in case you really need all 32 faders at your fingertips without going through layers).  If that console line is a bit above your budget number then take a look at the Allen&Heath QU line. 

For the wireless, at a fairly comparable price point to the AT3000, check out the Sennheiser EW100 G4 offerings.  Rock solid RF kit that should last for many years (11 years ago I recommended the Sennheiser EW100 G2 units to a local theater company and to this day they are still using them with no problems). 

For the speakers, if you are looking for a dual-purpose powered speaker, take a look (and listen) at the EV EKX 12P or ETX 12P speakers (depending on your budget number).  I like them better than the QSC K12.2 speakers.  To my ears they have a smoother response.  Oh, and they are wooden cabinets too.  EKX 12P - 1500W amp.  ETX 12P - 2000W amp.  The EKX 12P comes in at 41lbs., while the ETX 12P weighs in at 52lbs. 

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