Reviewed: Electro-Voice EVOLVE 50 Portable Powered Column System
It can definitely be said that music equipment features and power have increased while size has reduced. This has resulted in compact gear that performs at much higher levels than ever before. Guitar and bass amps have been big winners, as have PA speakers and systems. Subs, line arrays and column design speakers have all added power and clarity in smaller setups. EV have long been a major player in the pro audio and sound reinforcement game, so it’s no surprise they are continuing to develop their lines with the EVOLVE 50 portable powered column system.
Reviewed: QSC CP8 Powered Speaker
The QSC CP8 is a 1000W two-way speaker from QSC. Marketed as a live, club, DJ or dance sound speaker, the CP8 can reproduce music as a FOH speaker or single signals as a foldback monitor for live use. The CP8 is powered, and contains onboard processing to ensure a smooth and simple monitor setup, whether you’re hosting a party, monitoring on stage, or amplifying a DJ (and anything in between).
Reviewed: Mackie FreePlay GO
The Mackie FreePlay series offers three speakers of different sizes in the FreePlay GO, FreePlay Home and FreePlay Live. Weighing in at under a kilogram, the FreePlay GO is the smallest of the three speakers, but that doesn’t hold the GO back from packing a punch. The GO pairs very easily with a smart phone or computer, has its own volume and play/pause controls that sync with your sound source, and the offers a crisp, full-spectrum sound from this tiny lithium-ion powered Bluetooth speaker.
Reviewed: Mackie XR824 Studio Monitors
The team at Mackie are no strangers to delivering quality audio at all volumes. Over the years they have proven themselves with both powered PA speakers and studio monitors alike, so it makes sense that the XR Series of powered studio monitors continues to go from strength to strength with modern-day improvements that make these a very real contender when you are looking for your next monitoring option. The XR824 monitors found their way into my listening space this month and showed just how Mackie is set to deliver quality audio reproduction for home and professional studio use.
Reviewed: Eve Audio SC305 Studio Monitor
Eve Audio’s range of professional studio monitors has set a new standard in clarity built around their ribbon tweeter design that has become a signature feature of Eve monitors. If you’re looking for something rather unique in both styling and sonic delivery, the SC305 from Eve Audio is certainly worth considering.
Reviewed: Yamaha DZR & DXS XLF Powered Speakers and Subwoofers
It’s been a number of years since the team at Yamaha introduced a new PA speaker, or range of speakers, with the previous three levels certainly suiting most needs. However, they have certainly recognised an area for the premium speaker system in their range to receive an upgrade and have more than delivered with the DZR speakers and DXS XLF subwoofers. This is sound reinforcement for the serious. You not only get solid build, but volume and clarity all in one. I can honestly say I raised a smile when I first heard these speakers, especially when they were given some gas.
Reviewed: Mackie FreePlay LIVE Portable PA Speaker
Mackie has unveiled a number of clever designs in compact PA speakers over the last few years, stepping outside the box and changing the way in which musicians look at portable sound reinforcement. The Mackie FreePlay LIVE has arrived on my desk, and it is certainly a welcome addition to the range and one that I gave a good working out. It’s a fairly simple design, but still offers plenty of possibilities for a wide range of applications.
Reviewed: KRK ROKIT 5 G3 Studio Monitors
It’s been a number of years since the world was introduced to the yellow cones in the studio monitor world. These days, they almost seem commonplace as KRK has found its way in professional and home studios the world over. KRK’s incredibly popular ROKIT series, which offers an affordable range of studio monitors for rooms of every size, is now firmly settled into its third generation and continues to prove itself as a popular listening option for home studios looking for a monitoring solution for a small room and budget. This month, I revisited the ROKIT 5 studio monitors, and listened to them all over again with a fresh set of ears.