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Debbie Dunkley

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« Reply #30 on: June 04, 2021, 05:13:30 PM »

Although you are probably already set with those RCFís (nice), I just wanted to mention that I picked up a pair of the Alto TS310ís ( the TS312ís were mentioned earlier) and they are surprisingly good. I was able to test them against my DXR8 which of course is only an 8Ē compared to a 10Ē BUT the Alto holds up and even sounds better on some sources IMHO.
I used MP3 music of various styles to test and both Chris and I agreed that the Altos have a slightly clearer and punchier upper mid yet provide a beefy low end too. The build isnít as good perhaps and the finish - well that wonít remain unscated for very long but when it comes down to pure sound quality, they are pretty amazing for what I paid.
One of them went out on their maiden voyage last week as monitor and the guitar player LOVED it. We were all shocked how much we could push it and it still performed admirably...

OH and it is REALLY lightweight!!!
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Richard Penrose

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« Reply #31 on: June 04, 2021, 07:07:52 PM »

Yep those 10Ē Altoís are really surprising little boxes. I have 3 of the older TS210ís and they have been used several times a week as wedge monitors, keyboard/bass amps and foh for small acoustic events and they have been a great workhorse that has paid for themselves over and over on a weekly basis! The TS310ís are said to be an improvement over the TS210ís.
A while back I saw a post on Facebook advertising a new Alto TS4 series with improved driver and amp module but this has since been taken down!
My only complaint with the Alto TS series is the finish on the cabinets. This finish scratches easier than any other speaker Iíve used by far! I really wish Alto updated these cabinets to something much more durable!
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Debbie Dunkley

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« Reply #32 on: June 04, 2021, 07:45:28 PM »

Yep those 10Ē Altoís are really surprising little boxes. I have 3 of the older TS210ís and they have been used several times a week as wedge monitors, keyboard/bass amps and foh for small acoustic events and they have been a great workhorse that has paid for themselves over and over on a weekly basis! The TS310ís are said to be an improvement over the TS210ís.
A while back I saw a post on Facebook advertising a new Alto TS4 series with improved driver and amp module but this has since been taken down!
My only complaint with the Alto TS series is the finish on the cabinets. This finish scratches easier than any other speaker Iíve used by far! I really wish Alto updated these cabinets to something much more durable!

Yes that was/is my concern too especially as I am quite fussy about how I look after my gear. I had a pair of the EV ELX speakers a few years ago and the finish was pretty poor - easily chipped and marked BUT at least any marks could be easily painted over and any dings could be filled and then painted because they were wood.

I have covers for the Altos but I know that even looking at them will cause marks over time.

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« Reply #33 on: June 04, 2021, 08:36:04 PM »

I wonder if a nice thick clear coat wouldn't keep the cabs looking good?
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« Reply #34 on: June 06, 2021, 10:18:46 PM »

I have 6 of the RCF art 310a that I use as monitors. The NX wonít go wrong.
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« Reply #35 on: June 06, 2021, 11:47:30 PM »

I wonder if a nice thick clear coat wouldn't keep the cabs looking good?

I could see that being a possibility with wood  - but they are plastic.

BTW - We used one of them again last night for a different band and once again I got the thumbs up!
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« Reply #36 on: June 07, 2021, 08:57:50 AM »

Well, after I posted something on FB asking if someone was selling some speakers.  I am picking up some lightly used RCF NX12SMA within my 'high' budget.

You will be happy with this purchase.
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« Reply #37 on: June 07, 2021, 11:23:29 AM »

FWIW - an associate up in Seattle just fixed his alto inventory.  by pulling the amps, installing passive crossovers and sealing the box up again...

Mal do you know why he did this? Did he have amp modules that were failing? If so, do you know which speakers?
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« Reply #38 on: June 17, 2021, 06:29:10 PM »

I used my Alto TS210ís for an outdoor choir rehearsal in a park yesterday. I had 1 vocal mic, keys and bass. The bass player used one of the TS210ís as a bass amp. I was really surprised at how well these little budget speakers performed. You could hear the vocal and keys clearly across the park and the bass sounded surprisingly good!
Iím not claiming these are better than other budget alternatives by RCF, EV and Yamaha etc, they have possibly been my biggest earners as they get used several times a week, most weeks of the year. They have also been very reliable and the limiter did a great job protecting the drivers when I made a big mistake. One of my TS210ís was being used to plug a vocal mic into it for a choir director and the input was turned well up into the mic gain at around 80%. Later that evening that same TS210 was being used as a monitor for a drummer who wanted to hear a lot of bass, keys, 4x vocals and I forgot to turn the input down into the line level area. When the band started the sound check, the sound was absolutely screaming through this little budget speaker. The bass was practically shaking the box and the sound was pretty distorted. At first I didnít work out where this was coming from so the TS210 took a hammering for a good minute or two. Amazingly though, when I turned the level down to line level and not mic level the speaker was still working perfectly. The speakers is still working perfectly 3-4 years later. Iíve had similar speakers blow for a lot less than this!
I just wish the cabinets were more durable as these are somewhat a bargain (I paid less than £200 each)!

Iím now getting to the point where my TS210ís are looking quite tatty and could do with being replaced. I am seriously considering the TS310ís based on my experience with the TS210ís but am slightly put off with the poor cabinet. I will probably wait a little longer fo the TS4 range as from memory, the brochure I saw said the cabinet will be more durable along with upgraded drivers and amps!
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