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duane massey

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Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:04:31 pm »

I have a client who wants replace some Yamaha passive wedges with powered monitors. Only used for vocals, no drums, bass, etc. House gig, no rider issues. I don't have access to a variety of products to compare, so I welcome any real-world suggestions.
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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2014, 10:42:49 pm »

I have a client who wants replace some Yamaha passive wedges with powered monitors. Only used for vocals, no drums, bass, etc. House gig, no rider issues. I don't have access to a variety of products to compare, so I welcome any real-world suggestions.

You didn't mention what wedges, size of stage etc.

Some shots in the dark at two ends of the market.

db Tech Flexsys FM8 about $700/ea street

Alto SXM112A about $300/ea street

If you don't like coaxial drivers the EV ZLX series make great monitors.  The ZLX12P is about $400 or so.  Only thing with these is you need a 6x6 slab of high density foam to put underneath them since they sit naturally at your knees.  I think they were beta tested on

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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2014, 10:51:47 pm »

Small stage, somewhat loud band, three wedges for performers who do not move around much. Currently have Yamaha 15" wedges, but the club owner/drummer has decided he wants to relpace with powered speakers. Not for him, as he has a pair of SRX 725's for his monitors.
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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2014, 11:15:56 pm »

QSC K12's are a popular choice for powered festival stage monitors. We use them heavily now. This year they were used for one of the secondary stages at Creation fest NW (the main stage was still EAW microwedges). If no riders have to be meet and its a club where it might get abused you might look into some Peavey power monitors.. I think they have both a 10" and 12" under $300 each.
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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2014, 11:45:26 pm »

DSR112.  Sound good, play loud.
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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2014, 06:29:05 am »

Was there a budget set for the monitors?
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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2014, 09:44:34 am »

Adding on to budget, are they willing to buy used?
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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2014, 10:28:51 pm »

I would estimate the budget would be moderate ($400-600 per cabinet), as the cliebt has learned that the cheapest gear is rarely the right gear (hence the pair of SRX 725's for drum monitors). Unlike most situations each mix will be only the vocalist in front of the cabinet. Again, these will not be moved around so weight is not a factor. I am assuming  12" wedges would be suitable, but I'd love to hear what others experiences and opinions are. Thanks.
"Used" may be an option.
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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2014, 11:06:11 pm »

Before you jump on the powered band wagon consider this. you will also want to purchase cover for those shiney new boxes, you will likely also have to buy more signal and power cables to wire them up as well. If its a bar gig you will also be putting electronics in harms way.

Consider a new multi channel power amp, new amps are light weight.

 If you are using cheap, consider the behringer inuke nu4-6000, street price ~$350  4 channels x 440 watt 8 ohm, weighs under 15 lbs

for good consider PLD4.2 from qsc which is about same output but has DSP and is about 20 lbs street ~$1000

also consider this would keep the electronics out of harms way and you could conceivable hook up 4 mixes with 2 cable runs if you had some of the wedges set to pinset 2 on speakon connectors.


$600 per box would still leave you shopping in the basment bargain bin. after factoring in assc to do the job right
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Re: Need suggestions for powered stage monitors
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2014, 06:14:47 am »

I love my ELX112ps as monitors. 45 lbs each, get very loud and stay clear. Excellent for vocals in a situation where vocalists are going to be relatively stationary. They point at your ears, not your knees.

Can definitely be had for your price range even with necessary additional cabling.  Shop around, I picked up 4 of them brand new for less than $1900.
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