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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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    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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    A friend let me borrow a Driverack PA recently to bi-amp my hi-fi setup. I was using it to test in concept my plan to run 2 JBL 2235s active with a low pass cutoff around 80Hz, essentially creating a subwoofer. (I'm running the top section full range since it naturally rolls off around 80Hz.) The concept worked brilliantly. But based partly on threads on this forum, I decided to buy an Ashly XR-1001. To my ear, the analogue Ashly sounded much better than the digital Driverack PA. Note I was only using it for low end pass band duties, but the bass was much deeper and tighter. Frankly, I was shocked. It also sounded more natural. The controls are of course much easier to use to boot. Brought a big smile to my face.

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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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    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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