The biggest problem that people overlook is the long-term evaluation of a product. When it comes to EV, JBL, QSC, MACKIE, PEAVEY. One could put a blindfold on and most often any of these brands would make one proud to own them.
As with ANY product there are pros and cons to EVERYTHING. Here at MADPROAUDIO, we do not believe any of these brands truly deserve the title of king as they all have their moments. Many times, the actual application determines the direction one might take.
The most exciting news we experienced was when EV released their ELX LIVE X series speakers. They took EV (one of the most famous speaker names EVER!) (Over 80yrs.) and personally oversaw the development of the LiveX series. Are they the BEST speakers? NO, do they deserve a place in history for a company who combined an unbelievable price point to quality ratio? YES!
Mackie and JBL are household names and in the overall scheme of things, very successful pick for anyone. Then you have the QSC brand which is famous for their power amplifier. Their jokes on what
their name means is legendary. QSC has been said to mean Quit Selling Cr@w#. Or Quit Selling Cr@p.
Yet actually means Quilter Sound Company. (Hmmm, I still have the Quilter QSC amp bobble head).
QSC came out with their K series speakers and EV came out with their Live X series and that’s when the real debate began. For the most part, many found at comparable prices, the QSC and EV where the best pick and we would have to contend that we feel the same way for the most part.
You sometimes hear people brag that EV Live X is better than QSC K series, yet that is actually not a fair statement. 1. QSC is much more expensive and we personally believe they edge the EV over the actual sound quality. YET that in itself is not a fair comparison. If you were to create a fair comparison based upon specs and price range. You would have to put the EV ZX series up again the QSC K series and we would have to bow to the EV in this respect. YET make no mistake about it, the QSC K series in our opinion is a better sounding cabinet than the Live X series.
Now let’s add another factor into this. For the consumers that cannot afford the QSC K series. Then that’s when the Live X becomes the NO 1 choice every hour of the day, every day of the week, and so on.
We swear by EV even though we sell many other brands and not for one second does this take away from the other brands. Sometimes you are just forced to narrow down your choices and we erase the BS marketing and give you our genuine opinion to try and help you as a person, not a customer.
Now let’s talk about the sub’s. Many try to compare the higher priced QSC K sub to the ELX118p EV sub and that is not a fair comparison. The EV sub is the best pick because it meets many more people’s expectation of what a sub should sound like for them. But that does not mean that it is actually better. The Ksub is better, just does not fit the needs of many of the customers we have spoken to. Now if you are talking about the QSC KW series sub, then we have a winner over the live X. Yet once again as we bounce back again to EV. Just the mere fact that EV gives you a price point that hits the best of the best sweet spots. That alone is why they edge out the other brands for what they give you. So you can’t go wrong buying EV , JBL, QSC, Mackie or other higher priced speakers. It’s a matter of preference, budget, your perception of value. OVERALL: EV Live X, WOW!!
Now onto another brand that is super popular and much cheaper than the higher end models. The Gemini GVX series. YES, we know they do not deserve to sit in the same room as the other brands we just spoke of. YET it still goes back to budget, overall value, etc..
Let’s say you are a dj just starting out and you just do not have the money to get the EV’s, etc. Do not feel bad about choosing a cheaper model Like Gemini GVX or even Alto Truesonic series speakers. They are awesome for the money. And yes, the veteran dj’s who have built a more expensive speaker will make fun of you because they think you are inferior to them, yet that is actually a very unfair position to take.
My brother started DJ’n 20yrs. ago and he started out with Gemini, WHY? Because he barely had 2 pennies to rub together and had to take the first steps like many other people do. He purchased a few Gemini speakers and loved his setup because he balanced his budget with overall quality for that budget. YES, the gemini delivered quality for the price. YET no where near the quality of the higher priced EV, JBL, etc.
After a few years in the business, he had money to expand and sure enough. Where he only spent maybe $350 on a pair of Gemini speakers, he was now spending over $1,000 on a dual 18 EV sub.
Guess what happened to my brother? He became part of the few dj’s that spend the money to blow away the competition. And you know what he then thought of his Gemini’s? He would always joke that they were now toys compared to what he upgraded to. Yet never losing site of the fact that the Gemini’s helped him build his business, gave him a start at a cheaper price.
Now fast forwarding to 2012. Local dj that we have known for many years and is a very modest man who lives paycheck to paycheck came in and purchased the Gemini GVX18 subs off of us. We let him make payments to help out. He LOVED his subs. He was educated to the fact that you get what you pay for in life and in the case of the GVX series, he was getting a little more for the money yet never to forget that it is only solid entry level and worth every penny in our eyes. 1 yr. later he teams up with a nightclub owner who was sold a set of speakers from another store that claimed they were top of the line. How about
“are you kidding me” when we found out what speakers they were sold” And without saything the name of the speaker this other company mislead the customer on, we can tell you that they sell for $199.99 each online and are dual 15’s. SORRY, $199.99 and dual 15 will NEVER equal quality to us. Can it be worth the $199. YES. Would we still be embarrased to sell such a speaker, YES!!!
Needless to say, We sold 2 EV ELX118 subs. Until he heard them, he kept asking me how it compared to his Gemini GVX18 subs. (EV’s are $2-300more each). For the price hike, it was a WOW experience.
the first second they heard the subs, they knew they had amazing quality for the money. We even told him that the live X series is EV’s economy line and that if we sold them the more expensive EV’s, they would even go future with their WOW experience.
Now after this guy owning the Gemini GVX18 subs and now hearing the EV Live X subs. I think we can all guess what he said about the Gemini’s. The GVX18 subs that he loved for the money now looked like toys to him. He could honestly tell us that the Gemini was junk comared to the EV. And still in the same breath agree with us that the Gemini was worth every penny and was the right choice for him money at the time.
Well, we just ordered the club a pair of EV ELX215 dual 15 loudspeakers that they will run with a QSC RMX2450 (would of loved to have sold them a new EV Q series amp) pairing them up with the EV
ELX118 powered subwoofers. No matter how many years I have been doing this. I am genuinly excited for every last customer that spends the time to share our passion and embrace products such as EV, QSC, etc.
Remember: This does not mean that EV is the best. It’s kinda like math. Add up all the pros and cons and come up with average score for a paticular product that fits your needs. Example; We are going to have a couple speakers installed in our store (which is an old bar converted into a coffee shop/proaudio.) and we need super compact. I really would rather have the EV Live X to save money and still have awesome quality for that money. yet I may have to invest more and go with either the EV ZX series or QSC K series. You see how Live X is our personal favorite yet does not always mean it is the best pick for a certain job. Yet on the flip side, we have a guy that wants to really rock a club and try to keep the price down. So without question, we wanted to hook him up with 4 EV amps, 8 18 inch ELX118 subs, 6 ELX112 loudspeakers (Hmmm, notice we mentioned the 12’s instead of the 15’s) Ask us why.
Trust us, if we had our way, this blog would literally be as long as a bible. PLEASE ask us any questions and we will write up a blog just for you!!