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Goerge Thomas:
Hello all,

I am narrowing down my search for a great pair of speaker on sticks for medium size live bands and have come down to RCF ART 945s. There is nobody locally in Ohio to demo these from so Iím trying my best to find information online.

Specs seem decent. Under 50 pounds. 4 inch HF VC with 650hz crossover and 15 with a 3.5 inch neo magnet. Iíve got external processing and 2 JBLSRX 828 active subs. Normally 15 inch drivers donít interest me but with the low crossover point I donít think I will have the traditional concerns that have led me to purchase 12 inch systems in the past. I am upgrading from a pair of JBLSRX 812ps that got loud but never sounded all that great.

Any personal reviews or thoughts? I canít justify the TT series price wise and the NX45 and HDM45 donít make sense as I donít need RDnet nor do I care about a wooden enclosure.

Thereís nothing else in this class that seems like itís coming up as worth my time for the price point of under $5000 for a pair that are active. JBL QSC YAMAHA. None of them have any products that include large format HF drivers in the portable speaker on a stick solution format.

The large-format high frequency driver with a low crossover points greatly interests me on this. I donít traditionally like the sound of 3 way boxes either. This seems to be the ticket for under 4k for a pair.

Paul G. OBrien:
Will you ever use these boxes without subs? If so then you have the right box but if there will always be subs in use then you might consider saving yourself even more size and weight and get the ART 932a instead. You still get a large format CD with a low crossover and they are only 40lbs. I understand if you think this won't be enough of an upgrade from the JBLs.... just my 2c.

Goerge Thomas:

--- Quote from: Paul G. OBrien on January 22, 2023, 11:37:13 AM ---Will you ever use these boxes without subs? If so then you have the right box but if there will always be subs in use then you might consider saving yourself even more size and weight and get the ART 932a instead. You still get a large format CD with a low crossover and they are only 40lbs. I understand if you think this won't be enough of an upgrade from the JBLs.... just my 2c.

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No I wonít use them without subs ever. If I do, Iíve got a whole separate rig for that. Iím looking for an upgrade in clarity and on par with output. The specs from JBL at 136 for the SRX812P I would wager are the exact same as RCF at 135 in the real
World for this box. If I had to guess.

Sean Anderson:
In most cases I agree with Paul. But in this case, the 4" hf driver on the 945 is better than the 3" on the 932. I have nx45 and nx32 and the 45's are a smoother, louder, and better FOH speaker. It's not as close as it would seem on paper/by spec. The 32's are great, but if you are doing shows where 2 srx828's are needed, get the 45s.

Thomas Le:
Um, the SRX812P does have a 3 inch HF driver but JBL crossed it high, so don't know what's going on there... FWIW

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