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Another Powered Speaker Shootout (QSC, JBL, Mackie, EV, Yamaha, Peavey)

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Steve Cruz:
So, if I read the story correctly, they all sounded pretty close to each other when calibrated to put out the same volume. But Scott says the DSRs stand out at louder volumes. Would anyone else comment on which they thought are capable of loud and beautiful?

I ask because I own a pair of the older, V1 Mackie SRM 450s, but looking for something to fill a bit larger venues without carrying too much more weight.

Thanks in advance for any insights you can offer.

Steve Cruz
Coconut Creek, FL

Gordon Brinton:

--- Quote from: screws on April 12, 2011, 09:44:49 pm ---So, if I read the story correctly, they all sounded pretty close to each other when calibrated to put out the same volume. But Scott says the DSRs stand out at louder volumes. Would anyone else comment on which they thought are capable of loud and beautiful?

I ask because I own a pair of the older, V1 Mackie SRM 450s, but looking for something to fill a bit larger venues without carrying too much more weight.

Thanks in advance for any insights you can offer.

Steve Cruz
Coconut Creek, FL

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Steve,
They are all budget MI (Musical Instrument) boxes which are not necessarily designed for high volume performance. They are all rated between 131dB and 134dB, with the exception of the Mackie SRM450v2 which doesn't get as loud. But keep in mind that (depending on material content,) the built-in limiter will stop some of them from going that loud. I have been hearing that some of them can get a little ugly due to that.

I have read in a few other threads that the Yamaha DSR112 stands out as sounding good at high volumes. But I am just repeating what I have read. I have never used them.

Scott Bolt:

--- Quote from: screws on April 12, 2011, 09:44:49 pm ---So, if I read the story correctly, they all sounded pretty close to each other when calibrated to put out the same volume. But Scott says the DSRs stand out at louder volumes. Would anyone else comment on which they thought are capable of loud and beautiful?

I ask because I own a pair of the older, V1 Mackie SRM 450s, but looking for something to fill a bit larger venues without carrying too much more weight.

Thanks in advance for any insights you can offer.

Steve Cruz
Coconut Creek, FL

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Hi Steve,

There are 1 or 2 others in this forum that have indicated similar findings.  There are a couple of reviews here: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-DSR112-Active-Loudspeaker-106226970-i1546108.gc#customer-reviews

... one of them is mine, so it doesn't count ;)

One here: http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2742529-Just-demoed-the-new-Yamaha-powered-speakers...&highlight=yamaha

One here: http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2745885-AL-S-YAMAHA-DSR115-POWERED-SPEAKER-REVIEW

and my own thread here: http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2730461-DSR112-Reviews&highlight=DSR112

There may be more now since it is been a little while since I have searched around for info on them.

Steve Cruz:
Thanks to all for the help and advice. Sorry again about the username problems. I used to frequent this board a few years ago, and my old username of screws was never an issue back then. I've changed it to my full real name.

Thanks again.
Steve Cruz
scruz931@bellsouth.net

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