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Drew Shaw:
Hi everyone - id be grateful for any input re the following:

Currently mainly do this as a hobby altho i have some limited exoerience of playing on other systems
at free parties and small bars a handful of times
The music played is predominantly reggae/dub which cab bleed over to experimental/dancehall/techno so clear bass is an important factor
Due to change in circumstances i plan to upgrade n have my eye on xprs range
Budget is 6K but i want to incl a dbx 260 (is it advisable to buy this as a used item?) in price wch leaves about
5+K

So i plan fr this - 2x xprs 10"; 2x 12"; 2 x 115 sub = iv managed to source these new fr total of £4,7k brand new
which is pretty good compared to RRP
How do forum members rate this range?

There is an option of buying the xprs 215 for only £100 more expensive than a 115 - That would potentially save me
about £700 but it migtht limit my future options of running a couple of spk+sub's - the 215 can run 2 speakers each one with a dedicated sub
but why is it so cheap compared to the 115?

Also the !2s are on offer cheaperthan the 10s (150Eurios cheaper each)- does any1 have any suggestions why this could be?

Any input (incl should i considder other brands - the budget can incr a little but i dont want it going to
obscene levels - i do this for love not money and i dont want to be pushung to 8k or over) would be appreciated

Drew

Rob Spence:
I would skip the DR260 and get a Venu360 instead. The 260 is showing its age and I think the 360 is easier to set up and sounds better. A used one wonít break the bank.

As far as speakers, I have never heard of any of the ones you mentioned. A question though... Why a pair of 10s and a pair of 12s?

Drew Shaw:
Well firstly since theyíd b used more at hme than out and I want to hve option of placing one of 12s in a 2nd room and another in a third and I was thinking that a 12 might deal with the bass adequately enough so I dnt have to get 2 more subs...are u suggesting 2 x15 instead

The reason for the 10s is I thought that if itís 1+1 then a 10Ē would be better than a 12/15 bec itís more suited to high freq

But I dnt have the tech knowledge at the level of this forums members - thatís why Iím here

Dave Garoutte:
Also never heard of XPRS.
Go with Yamaha DXR series or QSC k.2.
Those are probably as good as you can get in your price range.
Solid products with solid warranties.

Corey Scogin:

--- Quote from: Drew Shaw on August 03, 2020, 03:09:46 pm ---Well firstly since theyíd b used more at hme than out and I want to hve option of placing one of 12s in a 2nd room and another in a third and I was thinking that a 12 might deal with the bass adequately enough so I dnt have to get 2 more subs...are u suggesting 2 x15 instead

The reason for the 10s is I thought that if itís 1+1 then a 10Ē would be better than a 12/15 bec itís more suited to high freq

But I dnt have the tech knowledge at the level of this forums members - thatís why Iím here

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Here are a few things to keep in mind:

- You never want the listener hearing the same audio content from two different sources. For your situation, you'd never want to set two full range speakers next to one another on one side of a "stereo" arrangement where the listener can hear two speakers reproducing the "left" side or the "right" side at the same time. It will create comb filtering effects, negatively impacting your sound quality.

- Larger speakers generally reproduce lower frequencies better than smaller speakers. The 12s should play lower. Smaller speakers can sound better for certain applications. For DJ work, I'd suggest 12s with subs. They're a good compromise of size and weight and can be used on their own if necessary.

- Different speaker models (10s vs 12s) will sound different requiring separate processing to get similar sounding results. In your multi-room scenario, this might apply. I'd recommend getting as many matching tops as you need and don't complicate it with different sized tops.

- Pioneer isn't known for professional audio. It's unlikely anyone here has heard these boxes. They might be great or they might be crap. It's hard to tell.

- Look around for similarly priced options and, if possible, go listen for yourself. I don't know what's available in your area but nearly every pro audio manufacturer builds a 12" full range powered speaker and sub. RCF, Yamaha, QSC, EV, JBL, DB Technologies, FBT, the list goes on.

- Regarding the subs, you can always add more later if you stick with the same model. Subs combine nicely as long as they are placed relatively close to each other (within a few feet).

- You shouldn't need the complexity of an external processor (DR260 or Venue360) unless doing more complicated setups such as delays. Powered boxes, when deployed as intended, are built to complement each other and have a relatively balanced sound out of the box.

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