Submitted July 11, 2019 by Jason M in Yucca Valley, CA
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Well, first of all the subs are nice and light compared to others. 72 pounds is pretty easy for me to move around by myself. Once I got them to the venue and hooked them up, just playing music in live mode, I noticed they would limit pretty fast compared to the JBL SRX4718X subs I already have powered by a Crown CH2.It took a bit of EQ work and turning the EVs down about -7 before they would be able to match the unity output I have on the JBLs. The Crown amp doesn't clip at these settings, but the EV would.Taking out some 60hz helped give me more headroom, but doing so took away some of the punch. I'll probably have to put the EVs on a separate send than the JBLs for better control. But for 1,000 bucks each, I'm not all that impressed.My Crown amp is rated for 660 watts per channel into 4 Ohms, and the EVs are rated for 1300 watts, which I know isn't anywhere near what they are actually outputting. They should of more than kept up with the JBLs at least.Also, setting the subs to 'music', or 'club' mode, you lose even more headroom since the DSP in the sub boosts the low end bass even more.They sound great though, and once I tweaked them with an RTA mic, I got the EVs and JBLs thumping happily together.One last note, I wish EV would put their actual RMS wattage with their products, I know it's much lower than what is claimed. I think QSC with their kilowatt line specify theirs as being RMS not peak power. Might have to look into returning these for something else. I'll know after tonight's show. We have metal bands, and nothing like loud metal to see if the EVs are going to be up to snuff for me to keep them or not.
Sound engineer for live music
rock, metal, reggae, blues, country.
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