Two 15's or Two 12's + Sub?

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azdeejay

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The Go rack is a piece of junk, my opinion. A good quality compressor is what will make the difference. Biggest thing, the 166xs has an "over easy" mode that makes it more like a mastering compressor. No pumping/breathing and it tames the transients right down, giving you a big increase in headroom.
Agreed, a full on compressor is going to blow the Go Rack out of the water.
 
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We do about 100 wedding gigs a year personally and do a lot of traveling. We usually have somewhere between 40-150 guests and have decided to downsize our speaker inventory and rent speakers if we need them for a larger gig. I just recently demo'd (is that a word?) the RCF J8 and ordered a pair. They sounded better and are more practical for travel than my K12.2s with stands, and I think they will hold their own against or at least be close enough to my K8.2's with KS112 subs. I'll update after I blast them for a few days.
 
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You're correct Mix.... and too often I get a little ahead of myself. I was trying to keep my speaker purchase around 3k... and with that I initially looked at ZLX 15's and EKX subs. I do like quality sound though.... so keeping with that budget, maybe I'll just start with two ETX 15's. That should be plenty for what I'm doing at first.... then maybe add a sub down the road if the need arises.
With $3K to spend I'd go with a pair of QSC K12.2's and a KS112 sub.
You can use just the 12's with up to 150 people and use the whole system for larger events. I've used this system for a long time and never run out of headroom.
 

PhaseIIPro

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With $3K to spend I'd go with a pair of QSC K12.2's and a KS112 sub.
You can use just the 12's with up to 150 people and use the whole system for larger events. I've used this system for a long time and never run out of headroom.
Anyone out on Long Island that is interested in picking up a barely used KS212? I have a good friend that has one and he absolutely hates it.
 

Albatross

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I always prefer 12s (or even 10s) for tops over a 15. When you're running a sub, you're just not asking the tops to produce those lower mid and low range frequencies, so there is no need for it. And for the gigs where I wouldn't bring a sub, I'm not that worried about hard hitting low end. I'd rather have nice punchy mids from the tops and whether it's in my head or not... I think the 12 is going to be better in that range.

I agree with @ittigger that you can start with one sub. I ran K10s over a single 181 for many years as my primary rig. And I rent or borrowed other 181s when I needed to go bigger than that. Easy to scale up when it's needed.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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I always prefer 12s (or even 10s) for tops over a 15. When you're running a sub, you're just not asking the tops to produce those lower mid and low range frequencies, so there is no need for it. And for the gigs where I wouldn't bring a sub, I'm not that worried about hard hitting low end. I'd rather have nice punchy mids from the tops and whether it's in my head or not... I think the 12 is going to be better in that range.

I agree with @ittigger that you can start with one sub. I ran K10s over a single 181 for many years as my primary rig. And I rent or borrowed other 181s when I needed to go bigger than that. Easy to scale up when it's needed.
You remind me of why I picked the Yamaha DSR 115's over others I heard at Guitar Center. I'm a high fan myself. I love highs. That's how you hear the vocals in a song clearly. I also picked them because of the brand name. I knew they were quality boxes. We still use them and have no plans on getting rid of them. I took all the money I had at the time and bought them. I don't regret one bit leaving GC spending all that money. I don't understand why they discontinued them other then the weight issue.
 

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You remind me of why I picked the Yamaha DSR 115's over others I heard at Guitar Center. I'm a high fan myself. I love highs. That's how you hear the vocals in a song clearly. I also picked them because of the brand name. I knew they were quality boxes. We still use them and have no plans on getting rid of them. I took all the money I had at the time and bought them. I don't regret one bit leaving GC spending all that money. I don't understand why they discontinued them other then the weight issue.
Ross's point was why NOT to choose a 15" (because of the high's) - and you agreed (because of the high's), but you instead chose the 15".
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Ross's point was why NOT to choose a 15" (because of the high's) - and you agreed (because of the high's), but you instead chose the 15".
I see you missed what I said. I bought those because I loved the highs vs. others I was listening to. I understand a lot of DJs on here would choose 12's over 15's. Not me.
 

ittigger

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I see you missed what I said. I bought those because I loved the highs vs. others I was listening to. I understand a lot of DJs on here would choose 12's over 15's. Not me.
I see you missed what others said - they would not buy a 15 because it drowns out the highs. You must have been comparing them to 18's, which would make your statement true - 15's are better than 18's for highs.
 
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sonic-vision

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JBL has better highs than Yamaha
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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JBL has better highs than Yamaha
That's your opinion and you're welcome to it. All I know is I bought the Yammies and have no regrets. Besides with 15's at certain events the punch from the bass will be good for events where a sub is not needed.
 

LittleTreeGuy

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Thanks for all of the feedback guys. I found a pretty good package deal yesterday so I pulled the trigger today. I went with two ETX-12p's and two ETX-18sp's. The four speakers, 4 speaker covers, a rock-n-roller cart and a mic in the package and saved me about $500.

Now I just have to hope I still have enough muscle to get those subs into my truck. LOL
 

sonic-vision

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Go big of go home! little tree guy went big!! You going to be very happy with your ETX
I use the EKX 12 & 18 and there nice . Plenty of head room.
 
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