Electro-Voice EKX-12P Loudspeaker and EXK-15SP Subwoofer
The EKX Series is the latest addition to Electro-Voice’s well-regarded PA line. Offering stunning fidelity and massive power in a compact unit, the EKX series is suitable in practically any context, from blasting club bangers to delicate gallery installations to DIY house shows. We were invited to take the EKX-12P and EXK-15SP (a powered 12” loudspeaker and powered 15” subwoofer respectively) for a test drive with the friendly folk at Factory Sound in their lush dedicated speaker-demo room.
BOSE F1 PORTABLE ARRAY SPEAKER SYSTEM
There is a good reason why line array speakers are used for most concerts and festivals these days, and it’s not simply because they look so darn impressive. It’s a matter of delivering the sound to the audience. There is no point having speakers up on a high stage firing right over the heads of half of the crowd. And you can’t blast the front row in the face when a raised setting is in place and expect the people up the back to still hear clearly. The way a line array system angles the speakers to cover the entire audience placement within a space allows everyone to hear more clearly. Bose have brought this principle to their new and exciting portable speaker system, the F1.
ALTO PROFESSIONAL BLACK SERIES POWERED SPEAKERS
I first came across Alto Professional audio products more than a decade ago. What I found back then and what I continue to find to this day is that Alto do indeed deliver a product that meets the needs of those looking for something within a price point, but also a product that carries a mark of quality that sets it above what you would expect for the price. So, when I first got to test drive a couple of speakers form the Black Series of powered PA solutions some months back, I was initially impressed by what I heard, but the range goes further than just a couple of speakers, so this month I had a look at the full power of the Black Series by Alto professional.
JBL EON206P Portable PA System
The entire range of JBL EON speakers including the portable PA’s have just been revamped with the commonly known models beginning with the number 5 getting an upgrade to 6. This is not just a repackaging of the old systems, but a rebuild that will give each model a longer technological lifespan.
M-AUDIO M3-6 ACTIVE STUDIO MONITORS
With so many manufacturers pushing to create small and lighter studio monitors for the bedroom environment, it’s nice to see M-Audio bucking the trend and delivering a new range of monitor speakers that are all about the sound and not the versatility of the cabinet. So, with the new M3-6 studio monitors you don’t get a compact housing, you don’t get lightweight cabinets and you don’t get ‘go anywhere’ portability. But you don’t get speakers that sound like that either. They are a solid build and a solid sound and should be heard to be understood.
JET CITY JETSTREAM ISO CAB
If you’ve ever needed to mic up a guitar amp in a noisy environment, or if you’ve used an amp that really needed to be cranked to achieve its optimal tone and your bandmates for some bizarre reason value their continued ability to hear, perhaps an isolated speaker cabinet is for you. The idea is simple: a speaker inside a box that’s more or less soundproof, with a microphone inside. Plug your amp into the speaker, plug the mic into a mixing desk and you’re off and rocking.
TX SERIES POWERED SPEAKERS
Alto Professional continues to deliver new products that go further in design and sound with every generation. Although a relatively young company in the audio market, they have certainly been able to expand their product range, refine it and improve on the products each and every year. It’s from this constant development process that we see the creation of the TX Series of powered PA speakers. Much to my neighbour’s dismay, I had the great joy in bringing home three separate models from the TX range, and right in time for a summer barbeque too. I always knew there were perks to this job.
PROEL WD10A ACTIVE STAGE MONITOR
I have always been a fan of Proel audio products. They don’t necessarily have the flashy marketing campaigns of some other big brands, nor do they always offer the biggest list of options with their products. No, this is a company that simply delivers quality products and proven results in a quiet and unimposing manner. So, you know that when you get your hands on a Proel product, it is going to be fit for the purpose and not just for the flash.