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.
Reviewed: Alto Professional TS312 Powered Speaker
It’s been a while since I last got to hear and test any powered PA speakers from Alto Professional, and before I even had this guy out of the box, it was evident that there had been some serious improvements with the new Truesonic 3 range of speakers. Now, I don’t need to deliver the written version of an unboxing video. We’ve all seen those and don’t need to know how many layers of packaging this speaker has in it, but I can certainly say that when the TS312 was out of the box and plugged in, I was more impressed with it than I originally expected. These speakers are a big step up from the last time I got to test out any PA from Alto, so let’s take a closer look.
Reviewed: Mackie Thump15BST
I’m sure you’ve all seen Mackie Thump speakers in stores, at gigs and even in venues over the last few years. They have proven to be a popular budget priced speaker from the company that has been bringing you power speakers for a very long time. I’ve used and heard my fair share of the different models of Thump speakers since their release, and now have a chance to listen to the latest model in the range, the Thump15BST. Not only is it an upgraded amplifier and driver to the previous Thump models, it also comes with a range of added features like digital control and wireless streaming and connection between multiple speakers. This may just be the perfect party speaker for easy setup and big sound.
Reviewed: Nux DA30 Electronic Drum Monitor Amplifier
There couldn’t be a more perfect time for a unit like the Nux DA30 personal drum monitor to come along. Not only are electronic kits more popular than ever due to their easy setup and their more affordable mobility on the road, but there are all sorts of other devices out there that can benefit from a unit like this. Think about the Singular Sound’s BeatBuddy pedal, for example: a drum machine pedal for guitarists and bassists which needs to be plugged into a full-range system to reach its full potential. Or perhaps you’re in a pub-level band that has selected pre-recorded backing tracks to fill out the sound, and you need an easy way of getting the signal to the musicians onstage so you know what the hell you’re playing along with.