Help me choose between these two powered monitors...

Discussion in 'Digital & Modeling Gear' started by FumHucka, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. FumHucka

    FumHucka Senior Member

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    ok, I'm looking for a decent sounding floor monitor to push my Zoom G5. Uses are for home practice and small stages as well as serving as a vocal monitor with my home PA I use for jams when I'm not using it for guitar stuff. Budget is maxed at $400. Here's two I narrowed down so far that seem to be up my alley.

    Pros and Cons of each if anyone has one would be mucho appreciated.


    Alto Truesonic TS112a



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    Electro-Voice ZLX-12P[​IMG]
     
  2. RLD

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    Can only comment on the Alto TS112A as I've used it for about 2 years with a Zoom G3X in the exact scenario you described.
    Have no complaints and for the price I don't think there is a better value.
     
  3. turbolx5oh

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    I've a had a pair of the TS112As that I use with an Eleven Rack for about a year now. They are a great value. I play live with them 5-6 times a year.
     
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    While I haven't owned either, I did audition them extensively and thought that the Alto is great bang for the buck, but overall preferred the EV. I saw GC has just dropped the price on the EV by $50 so that makes them more appealing.
     
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    I have a pair of the EV ZLXs (and a pair of the ELX 112s as well). Use them with my Axe FX XL and for light PA duty. KILLER units, haven't had any issues, great features, great price point.
     
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    The TS112a's are amazing for the price.
     
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    The new Yamaha DBR10 should be a really competitive product. It seems that it sounds very near the DXR10 it's cheaper and weigh only 23 Lbs.
     
  8. speedyone

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    Had both the Alto 10s and 12s.

    I kept the 10s as the bass response is less exaggerated than on the 12s.

    Cannot be beat for the money.

    I Have heard the EVs sound more guitar-cab like, but the Altos are very light, and sound as good as Monitors costing several hundreds more.
     
  9. Old Mans Ghost

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    Are the 10s loud enough to use for a stage monitor if you go direct through the PA's for a gig? I keep going back and forth myself trying to decide between the alto 12's and 10's for essentially the same use as OP.
     
  10. mattball826

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    ev are built better. i like their drivers better too.

    sound? pretty close to even until you really crank them. then ev wins again.

    yamaha would be another step up.

    for running modelers? most are decent enough. i heard a pod hd through some american audio (peavey pr12a clones) and they sounded fine.

    just pick the one with the least amount of hiss. that's what annoys me more than anything.
     
  11. Karl Houseknecht

    Karl Houseknecht Supporting Member

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    The EV units are nice. I'd go for them over the Alto.
     
  12. speedyone

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    The Altos are DEAD silent, even with the fan going.

    They are plenty loud as monitors.

    I use them as monitors for my guitar and vocals,nand my wife's keyboard and vocals.

    If you CAN try the Altos against Yamaha, EV, and others I recommend doing so.
     

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