Magazine article Guitar Player

Guide to Powered Stage Monitors

Magazine article Guitar Player

Guide to Powered Stage Monitors

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POWERED STAGE MONITORS AREN'T JUST FOR BANDS WHO LUG THEIR OWN P.A. systems to gigs. For even if you perform at club venues with installed house systems, you may desire more articulation, separation, and/or volume levels for critical instruments. For example, one of my bands has a cajon player instead of a trap drummer, and if the band can't hear her, we all collapse into a stuttering jumble of off-the-rails rhythms. So when a house monitor mixer can't or won't bring up the cajon to a comfortable reference volume for the band, we break out our own trusty powered monitor speaker, split the cajon mic to the house system and the stage monitor via a stereo mic preamp, and crank the groove until everyone is nodding their heads in rhythmic bliss. Many powered stage monitors can also do multiple duties as mains for small venues, side fills for huge stages, and expanded frequency range playback systems for laptop guitarists. Here's a sampling of some excellent performers at various price points.

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JBL EON 515XT

PROFILE: Wedge or main

POWER: 625 watts

SPEAKERS: 15" woofer, 1" neodymium compression driver

GOODIES: Onboard EQ (bass/treble), limiter, 3-channel mixer.

PRICE: $699 street jblpro.com

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Behringer Eurolive F1 220A

PROFILE: Wedge

POWER: 125 watts

SPEAKERS: 12" woofer, 1" HF driver

GOODIES: Feedback filter, limiter, mic/line input with volume control, B-band EQ.

PRICE: $217 street behringer.com

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Yorkville YXI SP

PROFILE: Wedge or main

POWER: 200 watts

SPEAKERS: 15" ceramic woofer, 1. …

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