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    DBX Driverack PA

    Does this unit do what it says on the tin ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by macaroonie View Post
    Does this unit do what it says on the tin ?
    Can you, be more specific about “on the tin”?



    http://www.dbxpro.com/PA+/

    Well if this, unit doesn’t do what you require from it, you could always buy “magic lamp” just rub it a few times and you’re crossovers and EQ is sorted! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with it, besides the sheer cost!

    You can throw away those primate dinosaur passive crossovers and use the electronic active crossover, selection and its wide variety of features to custom tailor you’re JBL till you’re blue in the face.

    With passive they just sit there idle! With active there more alive up and running and do a whole lot more for experimentation.

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    Active !

    Mac,

    I have not heard DBX ..... but ,I have heard XTA ... You seen Jungle Book , the snake Sir Hiss ? well they used the XTA for his voice over !

    Then again you have joined the PA set now ! traitor !



    Rich

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    Much more challenging old boy

    Ash , I know what it does thanks the question should have read something like , is this unit up to snuff.

    I can get a Driverack PA for £350. Discontinued model

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    What comes out doesn't sound like what went in...I'm glad they discontinued it.

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    Big differences sonically between the Driverack PA and 260 apparently. Save up for the 260...

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    The dbx will do what it says on the tin but it wont do it as well or as sonically satisfying as the equiv XTA. That said the base level XTA will run you a cool £2500 but wont sound 8x better.

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    Thanks for the replies fellahs. Thats the kind of info I was looking for. I'm guessing that the digital processing is not as tidy as it could be. It certainly does all the tricks as far as X/O EQ and Feedback supression but if it all comes out all spitty sounding then that is no use at all.
    Any farther experiences most welcome thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macaroonie View Post
    Much more challenging old boy

    Ash , I know what it does thanks the question should have read something like , is this unit up to snuff.

    I can get a Driverack PA for £350. Discontinued model
    £350 is that a good price! I thought they where a grand?

    What's the snuff? Mac, what you been drinking up there. That's tobacco! What you been smoking up there?

    Two places I’d look around thou I’m sure you know one of them is fleabay, the other Google Shopping product might show a few great price deals. £350 is just an average £100 dearer over a DCX2496 which is average £250 thou some places sale it, for just over £200 new in the box.

    dbx 4800 as used in the Empire Leicester Square UK prices average £3 grand plus!
    http://www.google.co.uk/products?hl=...-8&sa=N&tab=wf

    Fleabay has them going for £1.5garnd thou they are in the US so P&P might be £100 or so still its heck of saving over the UK price.
    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=d....c0.m270.l1313

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DBX-4800-Drive...ht_3398wt_1057

    Anyone got a few grand I can borrow.

    Some cool pricing for dbx driverack pa on fleabay
    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=d....c0.m270.l1313

    UK Google product not bad prices thou I'd look for the lowest price! Some are around £300 new in the box.
    http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=d...0&oq=dbx+drive

    millennium-music is doing it for £299.00 can't see on the site, but no doubt free P&P
    http://www.millennium-music.co.uk/pr...ail/key/p/ppp/

    Some of the sites on Google product listing look a bit dodgy. Millennium-music site is okay, thou I’d be careful about some sites that look shifty looking. Saw one site selling for£292.82 new, but looks dodgy.

    Most other sites are still flogging for near to £1grand.

    I looked right though Google product and the lowest price is Millennium-music.com.

    £244.01 US post worldwide not really worth it! I bet the P&P would be almost equal to £299.00 or just slightly over, plus it takes a few weeks when it could be a few days in the UK.
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DBX-Driverack-...item19bff30abd

    The only difference this has over DCX2496 is the twin 28 band EQ and auto lazy EQ for those who can’t be asked to do it manually. I’d need at least x5 for my set-up, with DCX2496 I’d only need x3 and less the cost! So that’s why I’d need a x4 DEQ2496 31 band EQ to add on to handle the EQ over LCRS LFE.1. Plus the DEQ2496 costs a bit more than DCX2496 and as auto EQ and bit more, so its weighing the pros and cons over these units.

    You’d still save a bomb with Behringer over dbx.

    If ASDA sold dbx drive rack the'd be going of £200.00 new!

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    Mac, you may be able to pick up a s/h Tannoy TDX2 oop there-which is a rebadged XTA 226(minus the card slot).
    I use one on xover/peq duties, it sounds great, transparent and flexible-it certainly isn't 'spitty or untidy..

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    Maybe !

    Mac ,

    Talk to Tony Shallon at Opus in cornwall ..... He designed there entire system .... from scratch ...that is the cleanist ANALOG pa I have ever heard .... I may not have heard as much as some ,but I do know what sounds good .....

    He's knows a bit .. I think its natural that being here on the JBL forum we tend to over look our own back yard ... MC2 is proof of that .... The Europeans know a bit too !

    Why would anyone buy a thrashed 20 year JBL pro power amp when you can pick up something as agile and musical as the MC2 gear for pennies more .

    Rich .... the usual disclaimer about opinion and all that mate !

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooky1257 View Post
    Mac, you may be able to pick up a s/h Tannoy TDX2 oop there-which is a rebadged XTA 226(minus the card slot).
    I use one on xover/peq duties, it sounds great, transparent and flexible-it certainly isn't 'spitty or untidy..
    Yeah right, does it look like Mac, has £2grand
    http://www.soundmastersdirect.co.uk/...ource=googleps


    Nice link to JBL set-up using XTA 226
    http://www.4xaudio.com/jblshowphotos.html




    4 channel input with 8 channel outputs so you can use it for straight forward stereo 2channel use the 8channel outputs or

    1Sub bass low
    2Bass
    3 mid range
    4 high range

    5Sub bass low
    6Bass
    7 mid range
    8high range

    Or LCR input with one channel for LFE.1

    1 left low
    2 left high
    3 centre low
    4 centre high
    5 right low
    6 right high
    7 LFE.1
    8 left low surround

    x2 dbx4800

    1 left high surround
    2 right low surround
    3 right high surround
    4 centre back left low
    5 centre back left high
    6 centre back right low
    7 centre back high
    8

    So there are multiple choices of designing the layout, all depends how many channels you want to custom tailor for independent amplification?

    If that doesn't satisfy you, you can always use it as glorified paperweight.

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    Yup!

    Yeah Rich, I heard an Opus club system http://www.opuspocus.co.uk/blog-news...d-system-k.htm that was the biggest hifi I've ever heard, equaled only by a Funktion1 dance stack http://www.funktion-one.com/home.htm set up with the meanest subs I've ever come across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooky1257 View Post
    Yeah Rich, I heard an Opus club system http://www.opuspocus.co.uk/blog-news...d-system-k.htm that was the biggest hifi I've ever heard, equaled only by a Funktion1 dance stack set up with the meanest subs I've ever come across.
    That was good link on the “K” and makes since about power heaters being on full at 1KW over a sound system that would never be pushing to its fullest, would overheat and shut down.

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    Bridge & Tunnel

    Cooky,

    the Funktion 1 rig I heard, the one and only time, was down here at the above venue , Bryston, Clear Audio, XTA ..... what else do you need ....

    I still don't understand why Keith from Matter @ 02 went with Martin . You would think that when you are rated The best club in the world, you would atleast go with the best sound in the UK ... I guess after getting the contract for Fabric the deal was too good to refuse !

    uF

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