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Andrew Klingensmith

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Weird comparsion of the Day: EV XLC or RCF HDL20a
« on: September 10, 2015, 12:27:44 pm »

OK...so I know a guy, who had owned the ElectroVoice XLC DVX rig (12 box) . He ran them with hi end Powersoft amps, and over X Line subs and the DX46 processors

He once told me he had a gig where there were 2 main and separate areas in a large convention center, more or less equal, and he had the one room (XLC hang was 6 boxes per) and another company had the other area, who used the HDL20a, also flown

He told me he wished he had gone with the HDL20a as he was "shocked it kept up with his, was smaller, and self powered".

I wish this is something I could of heard myself,  as I have been a fan of XLC for years and was considering some, and more so I am in a heavy market here for XLC

But that is a BOLD statement I have not forgotten. So on the long shot, anyone have experience with both for a comparison/ contrast?

Weird, but both these boxes were ones I have really considered for a long time (along with VT4888's). And yes, every penny counts....I am a modest size place. And in a whole other category, Nexo Alpha. But we kinda have that general vibe handled on the cheap with some XI-1183

We can't stock everything, especially on the audio as we are more small time there....but want one SOLID rig. Think Midas M32 budgets, not Calrec Alpha 100. Hence the older, or more cost effective, technology appeals to us, but the new RCF's are in range

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Re: Weird comparsion of the Day: EV XLC or RCF HDL20a
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2015, 01:32:33 pm »

But that is a BOLD statement I have not forgotten. So on the long shot, anyone have experience with both for a comparison/ contrast?

I've heard both systems many times and I've mixed on the HDL20A. I was pleasantly surprised with both the XLC and the HDL20A. I heard both of these systems at the same two open-air venues and I can say that the HDL20A is loud and sounds decent and can certainly hold its own in the presence of some larger arrays.

In my opinion, the XLC had a much "fuller" sound than the HDL20A. Even after messing around with the EQ quite a bit, it left a lot to be desired in terms of sound quality. Very clear highs and surprisingly good bass.

The XLC system sounds VERY nice. The price is quite steep, granted. But it makes up for the price with build quality and sound quality.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Weird comparsion of the Day: EV XLC or RCF HDL20a
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2015, 01:42:27 pm »

It totally does help. I don't get the chance to do this myself. so.....thanks
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Re: Weird comparsion of the Day: EV XLC or RCF HDL20a
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2015, 01:47:20 pm »

We're RCF/DB Tech dealers.  We're also heavily invested in VerTec 4887/4889/4880 and ITech HD.  I've got little experience with EV's line arrays.

I've done direct comparisons between the HDL20a and VT4887.  In almost every way my crew & I preferred the 4887 but they come at a higher price when you factor in roughly $1.4k/speaker for amplification.

The HDL20a is also a 2 way box and I find the vocal range doesn't "hold up" over distance the way it does with the 4887 which is a bi-amped 3 way system.

The 20a in a nice speaker for the money and RCF's warranty service is very forgiving of initial owner silliness but I'd be skeptical about the comparison of the EV DLX to the HLD20a. 
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Re: Weird comparsion of the Day: EV XLC or RCF HDL20a
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2015, 02:43:30 pm »

Hi Andrew,

I have a 16 box XLC-127 rig, I am not sure of what model RCF I heard but it was a small format powered line array and I don't think there's any way they would keep up with the XLC's.
I have heard some smaller rigs that I think would keep up with it though. One that I mixed on was the L acoustics DV, that thing rocked.
If I had it all over to do again, for the clientele I have, one week in a outdoor field and the next week in a ballroom, I would have bought a smaller box. I'm sure there are others that sound great, Meyer, Nexo even EV has a new smaller rig I heard at Infocom, that sounded great in the demo room. As for a smaller box, you may have to buy a few more boxes to keep up with the XLC's but the smaller box gives you a lot more possibility's as far as deploying them which equates to more job opportunity's and gives you one system that could cover most of your jobs. 
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