Monitor wedges for the last few years were feeling like a possible thing of the past; but now that IEM’s are all the rage it seems that a good monitor wedge in our rental inventory is what everyone was asking for.
A 12” driver (or 15”) with a horn config was common and in most cases it seemed to make sense (because your speakers were the same config). But… wait for it… you don’t want a monitor to be a speaker… YOU WANT A MONITOR TO BE A MONITOR! (I should be on Dr. Phil! It’s so simple!).
When a manufacturer designs a speaker product they are usually looking for it to be as versatile as possible. Obviously the more jobs their new product can do the more people it will appeal to. Over the years there have many “multi-purpose” speakers that do both jobs well – the JBL SRX712 comes to mind. But like many other “products” when it’s designed to do only ONE thing and do it well, it does that job very well; that’s why we have chosen the dB Technologies DVX DM28 monitor wedge for our rental arsenal:
- Dual 8” drivers plus a horn on a 60x60 waveguide
- 750 watts of power
- A shallow angle giving it a low-profile on a stage
- Great looks
- Weighs in at about 30lbs – including power!
….and even better, it sounds great because it was designed for the job!
But the absolute best feature about the DM28 is where it “fires” sound; if you come by and check one out you’ll understand what I mean :) With a typical monitor (that’s also designed to be a speaker… remember?) the monitor angle is determined by a bunch of other factors, and not exactly by where the sound should exit the wedge. The DM28 allows for excellent positioning on stages, large and small, directly behind the sound source.
This is good for lots of reasons (including the way it looks to the audience, the artist, and the way it sounds) but by having the wedge closer to the person that has to hear it you use less volume to achieve the same result!
So… what you have is a good monitor that’s stable because of where you can position it, and because it’s purpose made for the job it sounds better and requires less volume to achieve a great result for the artist.
….how many can I get you? :)
Manager, Professional Services