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All-in-One Column P.A. Systems

George Petersen • Buyer's GuideSeptember 2021 • September 10, 2021

 

 

These days, column array P.A. systems offer high intelligibility, wide bandwidth (when used with a companion subwoofer) and features such as light weight, versatile mounting, an unobtrusive profile and onboard DSP. We decided to look at some powered systems with integral mixers for those everyday grab-and-go P.A. gigs. The onboard mixers tend to be basic, but you can simply connect to a line input and feed from an external console for more mix versatility.

Bose

Bose L1 Pro16

  • Drivers: (16) 2” HF; 10×18” LF
  • Response: 42 Hz – 18k Hz
  • HxV Dispersion: 180° x 30°
    Max Height: 79.2”
  • Weight: 55 pounds
  • Power: 1,250 watts
  • Mix Inputs: (2) XLR combo; 1/8” stereo
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Control App: Yes
  • Notes: Space-saving oval woofer
  • Street: $1,799

http://pro.bose.com

EV

Electro-Voice Evolve 50M

  • Drivers: (8) 3.5” HF; 12” LF
  • Response: 43 Hz – 20k Hz
  • HxV Dispersion: 120° x 40°
    Max Height: 89”
  • Total Weight: 59 pounds
  • Power: 1,000 watts
  • Mix Inputs: (2) XLR combo; 1/8” & RCA stereo
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Control App: Yes
  • Notes: White version available
  • Street: $1,699

www.electrovoice.com

HK

HK Audio Polar 12

  • Drivers: 1” HF; (6) 3” MF; 12” LF
  • Response: 35 Hz – 20k Hz
  • HxV Dispersion: 120° x 30°
    Max Height: 86”
  • Total Weight: 62 pounds
  • Power: 2,000 watts
  • Mix Inputs: (2) XLR combo; ¼” hi-Z; aux input
  • Phantom Power: No
  • Control App: No
  • Notes: Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Street: $899

www.hkaudio.com

JBL

JBL PRX One

  • Drivers: (12) 2.5” HF; 12” LF
  • Response: 40Hz – 20k Hz
  • HxV Dispersion: 130° x 30°
    Max Height: 80.4”
  • Total Weight: 55.6 pounds
  • Power: 2,000 watts
  • Mix Inputs: (4) XLR combo; (2) Hi-Z; 1/8”
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Control App: Yes
  • Notes: Onboard DriveRack and Lexicon effects
  • Street: $1,599

www.jblpro.com

K-array

K-array GP-8A

  • Drivers: (4) 2.5” HF; 8” LF
  • Response: 45 Hz – 20k Hz
  • HxV Dispersion: 100° x 40°
    Max Height: 73”
  • Total Weight: 32 pounds
  • Power: 200W
  • Mix Inputs: (2) XLR combo; 1/8”
  • Phantom Power: No
  • Control App: No
  • Notes: MP3 playback from BT, USB or SD card
  • Street: $699

www.kgear.it

LD Systems

LD Systems Maui 28 G2

  • Drivers: (2) 1” HF; (16) 3” MF; (2) 8” LF
  • Response: 45 Hz – 20k Hz
  • HxV Dispersion: 120° x 20°
    Max Height: 81”
  • Total Weight: 68 pounds
  • Power: 2,000 watts
  • Mix Inputs: XLR mic; ¼” Hi-Z; 1/8”/XLR combo/RCA line
  • Phantom Power: No
  • Control App: No
  • Notes: Available in black or white
  • Street: $1,199

www.ld-systems.com

Mackie

Mackie SRM-Flex

  • Drivers: (6) 2” HF; 10” LF
  • Response: 50 Hz – 20k Hz
  • HxV Dispersion: 90° x 50°
    Max Height: 79”
  • Total Weight: 29.6 pounds
  • Power: 1,300W
  • Mix Inputs: (2) XLR-combo; (2) ¼” hi-Z; 1/8”
  • Phantom Power: No
  • Control App: Yes
  • Notes: Bluetooth streaming
  • Street: $699

www.mackie.com

RCF

RCF Evox JMix8

  • Drivers: (8) 2” HF; 12” LF
  • Response: 40 Hz – 20k Hz
  • Dispersion: 120° x 30°
  • Max Height: 92.5”
  • Total Weight: 54 pounds
  • Power: 1,400 watts
  • Mix Inputs: (4) XLR-combo; (2) ¼” line; 1/8”
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Control App: Yes
  • Notes: White version available
  • Street: $1,549

www.rcf.it

Studiomaster

Studiomaster Direct 121

  • Drivers: (6) 3” MF; (1) 1” HF; 12” LF
  • Response: Hz- k Hz
  • Dispersion: 120° x 30°
  • Max Height: 57”
  • Total Weight: 50.6 pounds
  • Power: 900 watts
  • Mix Inputs: (2) XLR combo; ¼” hi-Z; 1/8” & RCA stereo
  • Phantom Power: No
  • Control App: No
  • Notes: Versions with 10” sub and digital mixer also offered
  • Street: $789

www.studiomaster.com

Yamaha

Yamaha StagePAS 1K

  • Drivers: (10) 1.5” HF; 12” LF
  • Response: 37 Hz – 20k Hz
  • Dispersion: 130° x 30°
  • Max Height: 79”
  • Total Weight: 51 pounds
  • Power: 1,000 watts
  • Mix Inputs: (3) XLR-combo; (1) 1/8” stereo
  • Phantom Power: No
  • Control App: Yes
  • Notes: Bluetooth streaming
  • Street: $1,199

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/proaudio

Yorkville

Yorkville EXM 400

  • Drivers: (4) 3.5” HF; 10” LF
  • Response: 50 Hz – 20k Hz
  • Dispersion: 150° x 70°
    Max Height: 78”
  • Total Weight: 43 pounds
  • Power: 400 watts
  • Mix Inputs: (2) XLR-combo; (2) 1/4” stereo
  • Phantom Power: No
  • Control App: No
  • Notes: Bluetooth streaming
  • Street: $1,279

www.yorkville.com

 

 

 

 

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