I purchased a Harbinger MLS1000 Speaker system

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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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There is no MAIN volume knob on the unit. However, They chose to to have a volume knob for each individual channel.

Next time you go to Guitar Center in your area. Ask to listen to both the MLS1000 and a Evolve 30M. You tell me if the EV Evolve 30M sounds a whole lot better. It really doesn't imo. Brighter, and the highs are maybe a bit more defined, but it has less bass.

I purchased the 3 year protection on the system. So if something happens to it in the next 3 years. I simply return it for a new one, or get store credit towards something else if I want a different speaker. And if nothing happens to it, I figure I will get my moneys worth out of it in 3 years time. If nothing happens to it and it still sounds great 5 years down the road then it was truly a great buy.

It seems to be built sturdy and the columns are pretty thick. I bet it holds up to mobile use just fine as far as the externals go. Only time will tell how it's internals handle.
I'm a high fan myself. I love highs. Bass is cool yet highs are needed to clearly identify vocals.
 

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I do understand that everyone has budgets and different ideas of worth. For years, I bought cheap gear and got by. Once I made the nervous plunge to try top notch gear, I no longer had to hope and pray that everything would be ok at a wedding. I could look customers in the eye and tell them I’m only using top gear for their event and be extremely proud of what I’m using. Yes, I probably could have gotten by with cheaper gear and maybe no one would notice the difference. But I WANT people to notice the difference. Also, because of longevity and resale value, I don’t believe my total cost for use has been any higher than when I used cheap gear.

its why I’ve only used sennheiser EW series for years. Rock solid for what I do.

Great gear will never be more important than the talent but great gear will help make a great Dj’s performance better.
 

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While I agree quality is important and and I would personally buy the EV over the Harbinger for a main system think about what it's mainly being used for..A ceremony/cocktail system. If you were banging away at this system every weekend and pushing it to it's limits every weekend you may notice the difference in quality/longevity in comparison but to go easy on it unless really bad on the inside there should really be no noticeable difference. In reality with the way they disperse sound he may be better off with this than the S1
 

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What I find is name brand quality gear has reputation to keep up so people will keep buying their products. Those no name or lesser quality companies are just in it to make some money and quality is not their top priority. For example there's Pyle Professional. The stuff they make is stuff for beginners. Not true professional DJs. Those who know better wouldn't even look at buying anything from Pyle because their gear is a Pyle of junk.
 

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Using it tomorrow for the first time at an event.

I had multiple inquiries for May 14th, but somehow I did not book anything. I believe I talked with one couple who ended up booking another DJ, and I had 5 other inquiries that did not pan out. I finally had a CEREMONY ONLY event come in. They have a band for the reception, and a strings trio for the ceremony music. All I am doing is providing microphones and a speaker for the ceremony. This seems like a great time to try out the new array speaker system. I am bringing the Bose S1 Pro as well, but may not set it up. I am outside on a terrace, so there should be power for me to plug into.

This is a 1 hour booking, but the ceremony is only suppose to be 30 minutes long. Outside of the drive down and back, this is going to be the easiest booking I have this year. Just supplying a lav Mic, and a mic stand with a wireless microphone, and speaker (maybe 2). The downside is that this is in D.C., and parking is limited at the nearby parking lot near this venue so I have to leave extra early to make sure I can get a parking spot. Nothing like leaving 3.5 hours before start time for just a ceremony gig. I plan to get dinner somewhere on the way home. Trying to think of places outside of my local area that I have not eaten at in a long, long time.

To add to this post: Something just dawned on me. They have a band. I think the band missed out on an opportunity to upsell PA service for the ceremony. Perhaps bands just don't care about that stuff, or don't think about any add on services they can provide to their clients at weddings. OR...perhaps the planner/couple don't think a band is the right vendor to ask for PA services for a wedding ceremony. Better to search out a DJ who typically provides this service for a wedding ceremony Either way, it's easy money in my pocket so I'm glad this came in.
 
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OR...perhaps the planner/couple don't think a band is the right vendor to ask for PA services for a wedding ceremony
Unless they have a dedicated sound man they would be right. most bands I have worked with don't know an equalizer from an airplane
 

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The downside is that this is in D.C., and parking is limited at the nearby parking lot near this venue so I have to leave extra early to make sure I can get a parking spot. Nothing like leaving 3.5 hours before start time for just a ceremony gig.
Ricky, we appreciate you being the guinea pig on this system! :pillyes:Looking forward to a full event report.
 

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Just got back from loading out into storage. Bought the Harbinger speaker home to play with it in my basement lol.

So I got to the venue super early today. I did a lot of waiting around. I had to wait to complete my set up while the bridal party took pictures. They did over 1 hour and 40 minutes of family and bridal party pictures on the terrace. This speaker stands 78 inches tall.

I used the harbinger along with the Bose S1 Pro on a stand on the other side of the terrace. I noticed that the channel when set to MIC is a bit sensitive. Not as bad as the American Audio ELS GO 8BT Mic channel, but it's definitely something you have to be careful turning the gain up on. I noticed that doing sound checks today.

This speaker has 4 "voicing" settings that you can select with push of a button. There is "Standard", "Live Band" "Dance" and "Speech". I put it into speech during the ceremony since I was only using a LAV microphone and no music. Ceremony went great! No signal issues. Sound was just right for a ceremony.

I moved the umbrella and bags for the actual ceremony. I did get some rain drops on my Shure Receiver box, and the speaker as a very light rain was coming down, and where I was set up wasn't really far enough under the roof. Space was limited.



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Here is a picture of the band. I saw them do sound checks, and practice a bit before the ceremony. They were using Two JBL JRX 18' Subs, and 4 OLD JBL EON Speakers. They were an old model prior to the EON 3 series. Probably 16+ year old speakers. The sound was fine though. They were also using two Alto TS312 speakers as monitors on the floor. They had plenty of sound for a 140 person wedding! The female singer up front had a very nice voice. PXL_20220514_204347754.MP.jpg

If I could do anything over again on this event...I probably would have arrived an hour later than I did. Too much down time for me waiting for them to get done with pictures, and the ceremony to start.