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Thread: Help!!! Question about my DJ Controller/ Speaker set up

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    Quote Originally Posted by conanski View Post
    If you keep the ELXs the best option to power them is a standard 2-ch rack mount power amplifier, but you still won't have stereo sound with that mixer.
    I understand why you might like those EV speakers, I own a bunch of different models myself and they sound great but mine are all self powered. There are very good reasons why this type of speaker is so popular now, they're so easy to use... it's even possible to connect a DJ controller directly to these in some cases. And these boxes don't just include a power amp, they also include custom DSP that delivers better performance and protection than is possible with outboard equipment. I also don't understand why those powered box mixers are even available anymore, the one you have is a perfect example of how limited they are so I definitely do not think you should buy another. If you buy another mixer make it small console style like the Mackie Pro FX8, this has all the tools you might need for connecting microphones and stereo sources and also has balanced XLR outputs for driving power amplifiers and powered speakers.
    There are places where that cable could be used(to insert a device into an effects loop) but connecting a stereo source to a mixer isn't one of them.
    Ok thank you all for the input. Iím considering getting rid of them now since everyone is saying the powered speakers have so much more potential. I did find a good price on a local line array. However they are expensive. I was wondering if I got one line array (here is a link to the specific one with all the specifications: https://jblpro.com/en/site_elements/...lap-spec-sheet) if thatís could also work. I understand that the distribution of the sound is completely different, however I was wondering if getting one is still an option. And if so, how good are line arrays? Obviously they do very well with many but can one do well too? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zvo View Post
    . I did find a good price on a local line array. However they are expensive. I was wondering if I got one line array (here is a link to the specific one with all the specifications: https://jblpro.com/en/site_elements/...lap-spec-sheet) if that’s could also work. I understand that the distribution of the sound is completely different, however I was wondering if getting one is still an option. And if so, how good are line arrays? Obviously they do very well with many but can one do well too? Thanks!
    That would be no, no and No, one of those boxes is just an expensive point source box, and that box in particular is not actually part of a line array it belongs to a constant curvature array which is a different animal altogether. And... they are nasty sounding.. don't go there.
    The closest you will get to a line array is something like the JBL EON One, EV Evolve50, Turbosound iP2000, Bose L1, and more which are considered column arrays. These systems are super portable and offer decent fullrange sound but they're not cheap and for the same money you could have a traditional powered speaker that gets a lot louder.
    Last edited by conanski; 05-16-2020 at 03:15 PM.
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    Passive can be just great but you have got to have the right gear to go with it...
    Modern powered speakers are bi-amped, are digitally processed (time aligned, equalized, limited, dynamic eq...). All things your current setup does not have.

    You CAN do that with a passive setup.. I do with my setup. But I can't move my minimum setup in anything smaller than a cargo van and with anything less than two people.
    My setup is what you see backstage at a small to mid size club, NOT what you want to bring out to a wedding.
    I'm into electronic music, I'm a scenester and I'm serious about it. It's a little different than the usual mobile DJing.

    So, yea, basically if you want to grow, don't grow your current system.
    As a mobile DJ you'll get better results, easier, with powered.

    As far as the JBL VRX array.. unless you're buying FOUR of them (two per side) plus at least two subs, don't bother.
    Even then, I thing there are others like that which sound better.


    So here's the 6 million $$ question: What size parties do you do, and what kind? That will determine what kind of speakers are gonna work best for you.

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