FBT vs. RCF?

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I always liked my FBTs. They sounded great, weren't heavy to transport and were very durable.

I had 3 of the FBT Maxx 2A (2 for the gig, 1 in the car as backup, or to be used as a ceremony speaker, if the ceremony were outside, or in another room), and I also had the FBT Maxx 9SA sub.



I bought them at Electronic Bargains.
 

spinnerdoc

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I always liked my FBTs. They sounded great, weren't heavy to transport and were very durable.

I had 3 of the FBT Maxx 2A (2 for the gig, 1 in the car as backup, or to be used as a ceremony speaker, if the ceremony were outside, or in another room), and I also had the FBT Maxx 9SA sub.



I bought them at Electronic Bargains.
Thanks John,
I agree with you 100%. I love the way they sound and love the fact that they are so light.
I have a pair of the 12's, as well as a pair of the subs. I just flipped the subs to one of my partners and picked up the Yorkville ls 800 p.
I use that set up for smaller jobs, as well as cocktail and/or ceremony set ups.
I know RCF is an excellent brand, but I never heard their powered tops. I was just curious. Thanks again John.
Why did you get rid of them?
 

Steve LeBlanc

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I have the FBT Maxx6A's ...awesome box. I did an 80 person wedding 3 weeks ago; didn't bring the sub, sat the tops on the floor.....They sounded great !!!!

I think FBT for some reason or another are a bit pricey compared to the equivalent RCF box (distribution issues?). I believe though, that FBT uses RCF drivers.....
 

spinnerdoc

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I have the FBT Maxx6A's ...awesome box. I did an 80 person wedding 3 weeks ago; didn't bring the sub, sat the tops on the floor.....They sounded great !!!!

I think FBT for some reason or another are a bit pricey compared to the equivalent RCF box (distribution issues?). I believe though, that FBT uses RCF drivers.....
Thanks Steve. I agree, it's because of the shipment that they are so pricey, but I think that it's definitley money well spent.
 

Papa Deuce

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I heard both the FBT's and the RCF's last year at the AC DJ Times show.... I liked the FBT's a LOT MORE.... but I never did get to hear an FBT sub... the RCF sub was nice, though.
 

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You knew this post was coming, didn't you? LOL

They are both great speakers. I own two pair of the FBT Maxx 4a's and work them hard regularly, usually without a sub. They are very smooth sounding speakers with very strong bass output at 50Hz. There have been times when I've used one pair on stands and the second on the floor as subs, that is the beauty of having a built-in 3 band EQ with the low-band trim at 80Hz. They weigh in at about 33 pounds a piece which sure comes in handy when I have to haul them up a flight of stairs, like up at Grouse Mountain last weekend... FBT uses state-of-the-art B&C Italian made drivers with lightweight neodymium magnets on their lightweight speakers. Even their 10Sa sub has a neo magnet on the woofer and it is supposed to eat the Art 705AS for breakfast! B&C and RCF are two of the better speaker manufactures in the world, you can't go wrong with either brand.

I also own a pair of RCF Art 705AS subs that I can pair them up with on larger jobs but sometimes I feel that I don't really need them. The sound I get out of the four 4a's on their own is awesome and more than enough for most of my typical applications. I even did 50 kid school dances with that set up and the bass was strong and clear on the dance floor.

It would be a tough decision on which brand I would buy if I had to purchase again. A powered RCF 322A is priced much lower but has more output, but also weigh 50 pounds... The FBT 4a is believe puts out much more than they claim, cost a bit more but weighs much less.... According to spec's on paper, the RCF 310A is lighter and has more output then the FBT4a, it's also priced lower. I would like to do a head-to-head of the 310A vs. the 4a to see what would really happen. I just can't see a 10" powered box out doing a 12" powered box. But then again, that's exactly what the FBT 4a did to the JBL G2... Mike Pyle, can you shoot-out the two speakers in your store?
 

Papa Deuce

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Steve, I like the FBT so much that if I had 6A's, I don't imagine I would ever even want a sub for the types of events I do... I like the way you described them... "smooth".
 

maestro

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One extra 4a comes in handy for ceremony's. Then later at the reception you can throw it on the ground, under your table or at the foot of your speaker tripod, jump an xlr from one of the other 4a's to it and turn down the mid and highs. Voila, mini wannabe sub-woofer! Works really good!
 

spinnerdoc

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You knew this post was coming, didn't you? LOL

They are both great speakers. I own two pair of the FBT Maxx 4a's and work them hard regularly, usually without a sub. They are very smooth sounding speakers with very strong bass output at 50Hz. There have been times when I've used one pair on stands and the second on the floor as subs, that is the beauty of having a built-in 3 band EQ with the low-band trim at 80Hz. They weigh in at about 33 pounds a piece which sure comes in handy when I have to haul them up a flight of stairs, like up at Grouse Mountain last weekend... FBT uses state-of-the-art B&C Italian made drivers with lightweight neodymium magnets on their lightweight speakers. Even their 10Sa sub has a neo magnet on the woofer and it is supposed to eat the Art 705AS for breakfast! B&C and RCF are two of the better speaker manufactures in the world, you can't go wrong with either brand.

I also own a pair of RCF Art 705AS subs that I can pair them up with on larger jobs but sometimes I feel that I don't really need them. The sound I get out of the four 4a's on their own is awesome and more than enough for most of my typical applications. I even did 50 kid school dances with that set up and the bass was strong and clear on the dance floor.

It would be a tough decision on which brand I would buy if I had to purchase again. A powered RCF 322A is priced much lower but has more output, but also weigh 50 pounds... The FBT 4a is believe puts out much more than they claim, cost a bit more but weighs much less.... According to spec's on paper, the RCF 310A is lighter and has more output then the FBT4a, it's also priced lower. I would like to do a head-to-head of the 310A vs. the 4a to see what would really happen. I just can't see a 10" powered box out doing a 12" powered box. But then again, that's exactly what the FBT 4a did to the JBL G2... Mike Pyle, can you shoot-out the two speakers in your store?
:rofl:
I saw that one comming!
What can I say? I don't know what I was thinking! lol. I'll stick with my FBT's. I never had any complaints with them, but I was just curious on how the RCF's put out. You know.. I have the adapters for my FBT's that hold both tops on one stand.. and one of my partners also has a pair of FBT's with an adapter. How awesome would that sound.. 2 FBT's one each stand with a Yorkville ls 800p in the middle??!! :sqeek:
 

Jon Tuck

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I will go RCF as Im planning to match em to the RCF subs and eventually be going with the next great Bose experience. For my final rig.
 

jfactor1

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I heard some of the FBT tops last year. They sounded pretty sweet.

I haven't heard the RCF tops, but I own thier 4PRO-8002-AS sub and I'm super happy with it.
 

maestro

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Steve, try this... Put the speakers up on the stands for cocktails and dinner. Then drop them to the floor for the dancing portion that way you get more bass out of them and the sound will stay more on the dance floor. I do that quite often to get that extra bass out of them. It makes a HUGE difference as you know. I'm talking 4a's here but you've got the 6a's which should give you plenty of thump even on stands. No way you need a sub for 75 people, are you kidding me?