As of late, it appears that powered speakers are taking over... and in many ways this is very true and here's why:
Over the last 10 years or so power amplifiers have become considerably less expensive, primarily because they’re also becoming more efficient, smaller, lighter, faster, and more power for less money. Back in the day it was a huge achievement when Peavey was able to deliver a CS800 power amplifier for $800; that amp weighed in at 60lbs, took up three rack spaces and required A LOT of electrical power to operate. Now-a-days you can get 2000 watts for under $1000 weighing in at only a few pounds (the chassis of the amp is most of the weight!) and it will almost run with all the electricity you can generate from a hamster running in a wheel... OK not really, but I’m still amazed by how little power you’d need.
It’s not about the amp or the speaker; it’s how the two interact with each other! Those who deeply studied and worked tirelessly to improve sound systems have always known that the magic was in making an amp and a speaker work well together that makes all the difference. If the manufacturer of the speaker can control the amp and processing used to drive it they can control the end result of the sound it makes... and even better you, when you are the manufacturer of the entire unit you can also control your costs and designs leading to a better value for your end user without sacrificing quality!
As time passed in the touring market, making amplifiers smaller and lighter meant that they could strap it to the back of a speaker. It also means it takes up less space in the truck going from city-to-city, weights less in the truck (lower fuel cost) and when in the air (reduced rigging costs) and requires fewer people to move it around. The labour savings is HUGE and at the same time the sound quality went UP and it was repeatable night-after-night... a dream come true! Transpose that to the everyday non-touring user and the trickle-down means that after many years of toiling, testing, real-world usage and a little more toiling, we believe that we've finally found the perfect general use rental speaker...
QSC K-Series Speaker Lineup
The K-8, K10 and K12 offer all the "good" of a speaker in an compact and lightweight package as well as those few extra-nice details that became inportant for a rental box:
- lots of various input and output connections
- a down-tilting stand adaptor
- a very well designed carry bag to protect the unit
- extremely reliable, almost no failures across 40 boxes in a year!
- they sound great!
The K8 looks tiny but sounds huge, the K10 is only slightly larger and also acts as a monitor, the K12 is the standard 12-inch box to reach for, and the sub is compact and punchy. For our rental fleet they have prooven to be the best options for just about everyone that needs powerful, great sounding speakers that won't break the bank.
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Manager, Professional Services