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I am a professional disc jockey of 27 years who specializes in playing at wedding receptions in the Chicago area. I have owned Bag End, Fender, E.A.W. and JBL EON speakers over the years. I have to tell you; hands down the PRX series is the best sounding speakers I have ever owned! They look great, easy to move and they have a very big sound. You can also stack the PRX535s on the PRX518s for a sound tower. The PRX535s make the vocals and horns come alive with 3-way speaker system. They have great bass on their own. When you couple a pair of PRX518 Subwoofers with them, it sounds like the performers are right there. I have had loads of complements on my sound system by guests at wedding that I have played at.
Our 10-year-old PA system was showing its age, and it was time to move up. We visited the Atlanta GC store and spent a couple of hours comparing systems using a CD of live recordings of our music as reference. We actually came prepared to purchase a QSC system with a pair of K-12s and a single matching sub based on comments and reviews, but hearing them in the store changed our minds -- they certainly were loud and clear, but overly sibilant and edgy. It was a characteristic we couldn't dial out with EQ. Other QSCs were tried, but the 2-way systems just weren't giving us the warmth and even coverage across the audio spectrum we were looking for. Then we switched to the PRX535s and got exactly what we wanted -- a full-range 3-way cabinet that sounds like a great Hi-Fi speaker, only able to crank out 134dBs. They have plenty of solid low end to allow our bass player to play straight through the PA, and the drummer's V-Drums sound like a perfectly mic'd kit. No Sub needed. The female singer's vocals and guitar sound clean and natural with none of the harshness we heard in the other speakers. We play small clubs and bars -- maybe up to 200 people -- so the PRX pair have more than enough volume and punch for our needs. For our material -- acoustic/electric rock and jazz -- the sound is warm, full and accurate. At 74 lbs. the 535s are surprisingly light and easy to handle for their size (the comparable 3-way QSC HPR153i weighs 118 lbs. and none of us wanted to have to wrestle with a pair of those). Heavy rock, electronica, and others might prefer the loud and penetrating characteristics of systems like the QSCs (and I do believe they make quality gear), but for a clean, accurate, and un-hyped sound, the PRX535s are the best we have found.
I purchased a pair of 535's as an upgrade from my existing sound system to allow me to handle larger crowds, and after running these speakers for several gigs they have given me all that I have asked of them with more to spare, The only downside these may have is that they do offer a pole mount socket on the bottom for mounting on a pole or stand, but when on the stands the speakers are very top heavy and I am not comfortable with leaving them on stands and so I utilize crates that I bring other gear in to elevate the speakers slightly, But overall I am VERY satisfied with my decision to purchase these speakers.
The 2 535s paired with 2 518s are all you will ever want for most venues. The sound quality is better than expected.I have yet to even ask anything from them because they perform so well without pushing them hard. Large outdoor parties may need more subs but thats it.
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