Powered stage monitors?

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  1. bobbymack

    bobbymack Supporting Member

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    What are the best options out there as far as price/performance?

    Mackie SRM350? Peavey? Anybody use the little Galaxy vocal monitors (Hot Spot etc)?

    We run mostly vocals through the stage monitor mix...

    Thx!
     
  2. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    My band uses the JBL Eon 10s, which I like a lot. Not the cheapest, but worth the extra, IMO...

    Another fellow I play with uses the Hot Spots, and quite frankly, I think they're basically worthless. They don't sound very good, IMO, and they clutter/obstruct the view...
     
  3. bobbymack

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    That's what I figured on the Hot Spot, I'll probably bite the bullet on the Mackie 350s...
     
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    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    I've heard good things about the Mackies, but have no first-hand experience with them.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Ogre

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    I use the unpowered JBL Eon 10s and they are fabulous for vocal monitors. I never liked the bigger JBL Eons, as the Mackie 450s smoke them. I haven't heard the little Mackies, but based on my experience with the 450s', I would check them out.
     
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    Why powered? Running several power cords out to the front of the stage can be a real pain in some places. I get that not having to deal with an extra amp is convienent, but...
     
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    My band just sold some powered Mackie's for that exact reason. Running AC cables all over the place just sucked.
     
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    don't discount Yorkville or even Carvin. I believe both have a few powered stage monitors to choose from.

    dave
     
  9. fullerplast

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    Agreed. You also get to choose the power and the quality of the power amp. If you use a dedicated monitor amp you have a spare mains amp as well. Finally, the monitors are lighter without an amp in each one and you have a couple less 50 ft extension cords to wrap up at the end of each gig...:D

    I use the same EV 300 speakers for monitors that I use for mains-that way I know exactly how it sounds out front, and since we don't usually have a dedicated soundman that's a big plus.
     
  10. Rob Husulak

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    using Wharfedale LA15P. Powered monitors. for features very good sounding and priced good. have a pair going on 2 years this fall.
     
  11. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Anyone using the TC Helicon VSM-300XT VoiceSoloXT Active Personal Monitor? I like the fact that it's designed for easy clip on and off to your regular mic boom stand and that your mic apparently can go directly into the unit with a dry line out to the mixer.
     
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    I've been using Mackie SRM450's for years and they sound great, but they do have a tendency to overheat when pushed hard when used as a floor monitor. They just don't get enough circulation in that position. I put a small fan behind mine, and they've never failed again.
     
  13. Scott Peterson

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    Jon,

    I've owned and used that monitor from TC Helicon twice. It's nice.

    The absolute BEST I've used yet is FBT's Verve series. I own the 8ma and am getting the 12ma. Being in the FRFR game with the Axe-FX, I've tried a lot of self powered monitors from Carvin, JBL, Mackie, QSC all the way down to the little TC-Helicon stuff.

    The Verve series is the real deal. The highest of recommendations for any application for self monitoring.
     
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    Carvin. no doubt. best bang for the buck. and they're just floor monitors so why spend a ton for YOU to hear your sound. FOH speakers? get very good ones. but monitors?
     
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    I have the original 15" self powered/EQable EONs, work great and you can use them as mains ... can even use them as a bass amp. I returned the 10"ers, I thought they were too nasal.
     
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    I've seen lot's of HotSpots blow speakers at relatively quiet gigs. I have two of my own that need new speakers. Galaxy needs to find some better speakers for what they're charging for those things.
     
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    FBT powered Speakers / Monitors.
    I have been using them for 5 years.
    Great clean, balanecd tone, loud & light weight!

    Highly recommended!!
     
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    Scott knows what he's talking about. FBT is an Italian company that makes phenomenal gear. The drivers are B&C, the amps and enclosures are all made in house.

    I use FBT Maxx4a's for mains....400 watts biamped 12" two way, 35 pounds. Full disclosure...I sell them, but they're not cheap. No problems with mine in 7 years of ownership.

    www.FBTUSA.NET
     
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    JBL Eon 10 powered. They are great for acoustic/electric gtrs too.
     
  20. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the tip, Scott. The FBTs look excellent but I believe they may be overkill for my application. Our band just isn't that loud (I recently "downsized" from my 40W Reverend Hellhound to a new 25 watt Supro Sahara for this reason). If in your view the small TC Helicon is still nice I'm tempted to choose that one as it's very small and stand mountable. It's also less expensive.
     

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