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Weogo Reed

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Favorite Speakers
« on: March 01, 2017, 11:01:27 pm »

Hi Folks,

We all have used speakers that worked really well for what we are doing, and some that did not.
Over the past 27 years I have used many different speakers, but by no means everything out there.

Most of my gigs are smaller, in the 100~300 patron range, though I do some bigger events around 1000~2000 and last month had an overflow crowd around 10K.
Most gigs are acoustic instruments and voice, mostly just making everybody louder.

For most of my gigs, one speaker, hands down, is my favorite. 
This would be my desert island speaker.
This is the, well, any guesses?  Read on:

Most of my gigs are fairly modest volume.  Check.(OK, most speakers will do this!)
For a few gigs I have pushed these speakers harder than I would have liked and they got pretty loud and sounded good doing it.  Check.

Wide frequency range.  Wide enough that if a Guitar is my low end I'm ok without subs.  Check.

Fairly tight and consistent roughly 60 degree conical pattern.  Check.

Very good pattern control.  Sure there are bigger boxes with better pattern control, but this box is above average.  Check.
(I have bigger boxes when needed.)

High accuracy / intelligibility.  This is a huge consideration for me.  Check.

Speakers don't need massive or expensive processing to sound great.  Check.

Efficient.  A Peavey IPR3000 at 4 ohms will drive a pair of them quite nicely, though I use a Crest ProLite7.5 for louder gigs.  Check.
(On-board amp is an option.)

Light and compact.  This speaker is fairly compact, smaller than 21" x 21" x 17".  Check.
Under 60#, with the factory tilt yoke; they are light enough for me.  Check. 

High reliability.  I plug them in, they work. 
I plan on using these speakers a long time and believe they will be there for me.  Check.

(Relatively)Inexpensive.  Ok, so these are not the cheapest boxes to get in to.  But they get me repeat gigs. 
I figure over the life of these boxes they will pay for themselves many times.  Check.


What is your favorite speaker, and why?

Thanks for reading my ramble!    : -)

Good health,  Weogo
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2017, 11:19:39 pm »

It depends.

Right now my Runts are my favorite speakers, even though they are a bit heavy for my taste


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk.    Hanno
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 12:23:04 am »

I used some QSC K-10s with Meyer UMS subs for a 4 piece band and was pretty happy with the sound. Buy, yeah, like Hanno said it depends.
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 03:23:33 am »

Weogo,

Are these the ones Im thinking of?
I used to have a pair just like them. ;)

Glad to know you are enjoying them.

LOU
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2017, 06:14:48 am »

There are many that I like on different days for different reasons. I choose to purchase KV2 Audio ES series and EX series for my own inventory as they scale up and down well, are priced well and perform well above their weight.

Having said that, I love V'DOSC, Kudo, Clair i series. I am currently on a tour with Meyer MSL3, very old but very powerful. Martin MLA...do I need to keep going. There are lots of great options out there but where you spend your own money says a lot.
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2017, 07:39:49 am »

I am currently on a tour with Meyer MSL3, very old but very powerful.

To OP, mine would be a Meyer UPJ.  Ticks all of the above boxes except the pattern, but a great box nonetheless.

To Scott - ok, I gotta know - who dragged the MSL3 rig out of the barn and evicted the critters long enough to send it on tour?   ;D
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2017, 08:38:48 am »

Light and compact.  This speaker is fairly compact, smaller than 21" x 21" x 17".  Check.
Under 60#, with the factory tilt yoke; they are light enough for me.  Check. 

High reliability.  I plug them in, they work. 
I plan on using these speakers a long time and believe they will be there for me.  Check.

(Relatively)Inexpensive.  Ok, so these are not the cheapest boxes to get in to.  But they get me repeat gigs. 
I figure over the life of these boxes they will pay for themselves many times.  Check.


What is your favorite speaker, and why?

Thanks for reading my ramble!    : -)

Good health,  Weogo

I will recuse myself in this...;>)

I am still amazed at what one of my pair of Runts(SH95) can do.  Always a great sounding box, they were called upon in January to handle a great crowd of 200+ for a "Johnny Cash" night fundraiser I've been doing for the past three years.  I had my small 15" B&C loaded subs under them, powered by a rack with QSC PLX 3402 and 3002 and a Protea 4.24.  My extra engineer for the evening at the helm of this system is a veteran locally and nationally, and had the place rocking.

That said, I'm still thinking about a pair of SM80(or the outdoor version) to really up the compact output capacity of one of my rigs.  I know we both own TD-1s for large gigs, which still hold their own easily in today's market(I know three clubs in town still using systems with them, and two are 600+ capacity), and I love their performance, but having a pair of 70lb cabinets I can put up on stands like the SM80 and do what people have been doing with them for years now is just appealing to this "no longer 25 year old" feller.

Best regards,

John
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2017, 09:19:03 am »

I am currently on a tour with Meyer MSL3
Scott,  I just did a show last Saturday on the Meyer MSL3 with a Midas Pro3 at FoH and it sounded great.  They may be old, but if processed correctly they work great.

Bill
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2017, 09:31:56 am »

Hey guys & girls,

    The speakers that I use all the time, that have paid for themselves over and over and over again are my JBL MRX 512's. I pair these with a Crown xti4K  and the they just get the job done. They aren't my favorites as far as sound, that would be our VTX monitors, but the MRX's weigh 34lbs each and are consistently used for gigs under 250 people or so. They are 70 degrees conical, have been dropped, rained on, and require very little processing to sound decent. Yeah, they have a bite to them that needs tamed, but once that is taken care of the money rolls in. Probably the best financial purchaseI've ever made for the business.

  Scott
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Re: Favorite Speakers
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2017, 11:47:39 am »

Hi Hanno,

The Runts(Danley SH95s) are great two-way speakers with a 90x55 pattern.
Sensitivity is 91db. 
The speakers I have are three-way and sensitivity is 8db higher.
My speaker has a coax 5"/1" for mids/highs, which
maybe makes it a slightly more complex box than the Runt,
making the Runt a better desert island box?

Robb, I've been happy with the K10s as modest volume wedges, and
as smaller show, lower volume mains. 

Lou, yes, I'm certain you are VERY familiar with these speakers,
and thanks again very much!    : -)
How's the BandotGW doing?

ScottM, I heard KV2 for the first time about 15 years ago.
Cranked up they held together very nicely.
At 240#, MSL3s are a solid choice, if somebody else is moving them!

Brian, agreed, UPJ is another very good, solid box.

John, I believe we are on the same wavelength here!
SM80s are another great box which will run circles around mine for SPL. 
For many of the gigs I do I wanted just a little tighter pattern control, and
the option of not bringing subs.

William, nothing wrong with old school boxes or boards;
I used to work in a venue that had an XL250.  Nice board,
if you have somebody else to move it around!

ScottS, I've heard good things about the MXR512, in particular for its low weight.


For anybody still guessing, the speaker I'm talking about is the Danley SM60F.
Having heard them only once in a demo,
I bought these a year ago with a bit of trepidation, 
in particular wondering if they would really go loud enough for what I needed.
And again I was reminded that Danley is one of the most
conservative companies when it comes to specs.
They go plenty loud!

Thanks and good health,  Weogo
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