Mackie SRM150 Reviews4.4/5.0 based on 23 customer reviews
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from Fayetteville, AR USA
December 13, 2012Music Background:
Musician, Electrical Engineer
Amazing sound for the size and priceI bought this to carry on the plane for out of town gigs. It's all I need for small events and sounds great with vocals and acoustic guitar. It's a lot of bang for your buck.
This was the first item I have ordered from Sweetwater but I was impressed with their personal attention and speedy delivery. One of their reps actually called me to let me know they were shipping it the next day.
November 5, 2012
Fantastic!Years of loud music makes it hard for me to hear the floor wedges (not to mention it's hard to get a decent mix that I want). This solves the problem for me. Volume is fantastic, I can point it at me and not disturb the other singers and I can get the mix I want (mostly my vox, lead singer vox, and guitar). Sure there's a lot of wires hanging out of it so I need to wrap them around the stand to look a little neater but I love this monitor. I've also used it as a portable PA for speaking engagements and it serves small rooms extremely well.
Charles K. Walker, Jr.
from United States
October 16, 2012Music Background:
Out of this world!!!Purchased the SRM 150 a few days ago, play around with it for a day or two. I must say this unit is astounding. For it's size, and price it really packs a clean, clear and when needed loud (150 watts) sound. I was impressed so I decided to take it to band practice to see would it really hold up. Not only did it hold up it surpassed all my exceptions. I was bombarded with questions about the PA. As I had told everyone I am getting up in age and lugging heavy equipment around is a no-no as long as I can help it. The SRM 150 fits the bill with weight too. Weighting in at 7.6 lbs Many who have seen and heard the SRM 150 asked where did I buy it and what did it cost? Naturally I said $249 at Sweetwater music, They said "I got to have one". It is perfect for the small venues as the amp I play through or as my monitor in a large venue. Not needing a DI box is a plus. I can say I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase. Mackie is right on target, a real bulls eye!
from New Orleans, LA
September 10, 2012Music Background:
Professional Singer, Experience Sound Engineer..
wowIncredible. People are blown away with the sound. I am blown a\way by the sound. I have use these in medium venues and they are awesome. I hid one behind a tall plant and I am tickled to see that no can see them and yet you have a beautiful sound. 5 5 5 ...
I love them. I can't say enough good things so far....I use to carry around the QSC 12", JBL's, and they are all excellent speakers...but they are heavy. These are so light and very powerful. Others can say what they want, I am satisfied with these. I don't even have them cranked up in the medium venues.
August 30, 2012
Exactly what we needReceived item next day. Very happy with help from customer service.
from NC, USA
August 24, 2012Music Background:
Mackie SRM150as good as it gets for performance and versatility
July 24, 2012Music Background:
Live Sound, Amateur Musician
It's Pretty Good for Such a Tiny Speaker, But...I am using it as a vocal monitor and I have to blame my ear for scoffing at it when in presence of JBL EON XT drivers, but it still sounds a bit tinny. Adding gain from the bass control helps a little.
It is what it is at only a maybe 7" driver. Lots of inputs though and you can daisy chain the unit. I suppose it will do the job to provide some side tone to the vocal, but it's clearly out classed by the large drivers.
from Sydney, Australia
June 28, 2012Music Background:
Over 40 years as a Sound Supervisor/Audio Director, mostly live and on location.
Five Things That Almost NOTHING Else Can Do......From one tiny box:
1) Achieve a perfect mix from EITHER of these two combinations:
a) Two mics, (48v Phantom or not) plus a replay unit, plus a line level source from its rear XLF socket, or
b) Any instrument pickup, (no DI box needed) plus one mic, (48v or not) plus a replay unit, plus a line level source from its rear XLF ... and then...
2) Accurately MONITOR that mix prior to passing it on, hum free, (at either mic or line level) to another speaker or an FOH console.
3) Sit atop its supplied non-twist spigot attached to an On Stage Stands Posi-Lok mini boom (MSA9502 for a mic stand, or MSA9508 for clamping to almost anything else) to achieve perfect monitoring ...in exactly the right place, ...from exactly the right angle, ...with virtually NO footprint.
4) Fill a small to medium-sized venue with crystal clear, coherent sound from something roughly the size of a shoe box, that only weighs about the same as a six-pack.
5) Save the world.
...OK, ...so (just possibly) the fifth may be a slight exaggeration...
...And I heartily advise AGAINST Mackie's suggestion of using their flimsy, short, dual-threaded pipe adapter to place this speaker in the "middle" of the boom stand that's holding a vocal mic above the SRM150.
In my experience, that simply does not work.
I have, however, successfully HUNG an SRM150 from an On Stage Stands MSA 9508 carefully (but securely) screwed into the Mackie's plastic top thread.
So, on what have I based the more reasonable four of my assertions?
I own two SRM150's that travel as a kit in a diced-foam lined Gator Utility case that also houses their IEC mains leads, a pair of pre-angled Posi-Lok Mini Booms (with Mackie's supplied non-twist spigots attached) and assorted adapter cables.
Have done for six months.
Lethal force will be required should anyone wish to deprive me of them.
June 4, 2012Music Background:
Pro musician, Hobbyist home studio
NiftyI got tired of lugging around a huge floor wedge. I haven't gotten a chance to use this on a loud stage, but I'm impressed by the volume and I think it will be adequate. If it's not loud enough than I should be using headphones and protecting my hearing anyway. It's very small and lightweight - I was surprised when I got it out. It's just flexible enough for me. I love the handy input controls and the 3 band EQ. I'm a trombone player and this would be perfect for playing in pits. You can put it close to ear level to keep the volume down. It has a very small sweet spot, which can be a good and bad thing. It angles up quite a bit on a mic stand, so if you are seated you will need to get a shorter mic stand. You have to be directly in front of the speaker to get the full high range. I like that aspect of it, but someone who has to move around a lot might not like that. This is also the perfect portable setup for simple voice amplification.
from Brookfield, WI
May 29, 2012Music Background:
Powerful Little PackageI picked up my first SRM150 for a personal monitor for the conductor of an orchestra and it works great. Since then, it has really found a niche as a monitor to support computer presentations all over our campus. It fills large classrooms easily and with RCA jacks, it interfaces well. The 3 band EQ helps us get great sound when presenting videos. We bought another one, with the bag, so we can take it "on the road".
from Rochester, NY
May 8, 2012
Love themThey're quiet, powerful and will mount on a mic stand. They also look great in a pit!
November 6, 2011Music Background:
Playing since 1968 - currently live duo with big sound
Looks good, solid build and integrates wellSolid build, heavy duty plastic, made for the road. Lots of options which make it great for fold back or practice. Clear front and graphic easy to use on stage. I like it. Not sure if it really puts out 150 Watts though....
from Western NY USA
September 23, 2011Music Background:
Nice little monitorGreat sound for a little tiny lightweight speaker. I can set in on top of one of the carpeted boxes on my table and point it at the karaoke singers. It's amazing how much better some people can sing when they can hear themselves.
Stephen "Bruno" Brunson
from High Springs, Fl.
July 19, 2011Music Background:
Perfect Monitor for DrummerI explained my need to my sales rep Jason. We discussed several options. My band does not rely on volume but the stage noise can get muddy. Certain cues, like a guitar riff or a vocal prompt were getting lost. The Mackie SRM 150 sits on a mic stand approx. 2 feet to my side. I hear everything. And the other band members can't even tell it is on.
from Richmond, VA
March 30, 2011Music Background:
Live Sound Engineer, Sound Production Director, Technical Systems Director at Bethany Place Baptist.
Great quick spot monitorWow, this is one great speaker! Take any full 12 or 15" floor wedge, take that and a small loss of bass, and you get this thing. Perfect for sitting on the side of our grand piano, or on a micstand for the choir director and orchestra musicians. Outstanding volume and clarity, and deff. worth the price. Great buy, and sweetwaters shipping is amazing as always :) Another pleased customer :)
from SF Bay Area, CA
March 18, 2011Music Background:
Pro Musician, Live Sound Engineer.
Great active monitor, with some limitations...We use 5 of these for personal monitors with each performer getting their own mix. But due to design limitations of the SM-150, our configuration is an SM-150 on a stand, a separate direct-box, and a separate mic stand, and in some applications a separate headphone amp.
The primary monitor source is a line-level mix using the main input on back. The issue with this arrangement is that I'd like to use the SM-150 mixer for an acoustic guitar or keyboard direct box send to the FOH mixer...this would eliminate the need for a separate direct box. Unfortunately, the "thru" connector sums the mixer inputs with the rear main input and this cannot be defeated. So, when used as a monitor in a larger system, the mixer inputs are essentially useless.
We do run the instrument out from the direct box to the inputs for a "more me" monitor mix, but the gain slope on the inputs is pretty lousy...it goes from not loud, to not loud, to not loud, to BAAAAAM. I initially thought it was a bad unit, but all five are the same...definitely not the "mackie" preamp quality I expected.
The mike stand threads on top are not worth using. It's impossible to get the stand tight in the right position...so the boom has to be perpendicular to the front face and then you hope it doesn't move... Best to think of this as a monitor on a stand and plan on using a separate mic stand.
A headphone output would be nice...but that's mainly because we use these in a fixed installation and some performers use the linked direct-box "station" with in-ears and don't need the speaker.
With a little more Mackie quality on the mic pre's and a few design upgrades, Mackie could have hit a homerun with the SRM-150. But in my house, they came up short of the fence.
from San Jose, CA
July 24, 2010Music Background:
Pro Musician, Musical Director
Good sound but fragileI've owned two of these so far. I use it as the main output for my wind synthesizer. They sound great but you have to baby them a bit or they'll stop working. They look rugged, but I've found they aren't very road worthy. They're great if you don't move around much.
from San Francisco Bay Area, CA
June 15, 2010Music Background:
Excellent, with one exceptionIn six months, this has become the only amp I use for my shows. Next time I'm in a bigger venue, I'll probably need to drag out the big PA, but this has handled every small- to medium-sized venue I've been in. When I get more money, I'll get something like a JBL Eon and use this to power it. As-is, it's cut the amount of stuff I need to schep to one trip most of the time - essential when parking isn't right up close to the venue.
My one complaint is about the threaded connector at the top for a boom mike. The threads have stripped out, after only six months' use. And I've tried to be careful. There's no easy way to fix it.
Even when using it, I was at the mercy of wherever "tight" was, which affected how I had to place the amp on its mike stand.
I will continue to use it and love it, but now I will need to take a second mike stand to shows or use my headset mike.
from Independence Mo.
May 25, 2010Music Background:
Been Professional Touring Musician with Major Country artists, but now play locally for fun
Mackie SRM150I love the sound, and the weight, but mine pooped out right in the middle of practice, not stressing it AT ALL...I play country gospel, so you know we weren't kicking it too hard..there's a neighbor right next to the church where we practice that calls the cops when we get too loud...anyhow..the solid state unit just crapped out, this SRM 150 is only a couple of months old..so now I'm kinda wary
from Mesquite Texas
August 27, 2009Music Background:
Live, reorded, music mixing and editing and oh year......MUSIC ENJOYING!
The best monitors period!Being a "Fogie" musician, I am always on the look out for ways to decrease equipment bulk. After trying out the SRM150 I realized not only did I succed in lowering my equipment load but improved my monitor operation unbelieveably. I have since bought monitors for all for the entire band. No more wedgies for me.
from Waupaca, WI USA
February 17, 2009Music Background:
Pro Musician, Live/Recording Sound Engineer
Loud and ClearThis little monitor is the perfect mix of functionality, quality, clarity, and VOLUME.
The other powered monitor I've used, with MUCH frustration, is the Fender 1270P. While the Fender is a feedback machine even at it's lowest volumes, you can turn the Mackie up and go for it without worry.
I've used this on small intimate gigs, for vocals and keyboards, but I also monitored a vocal group singing on a parade float, where it had to cut through crowd noise, the truck pulling the float, and the generator used to power the sound system! I was really impressed.
The only thing I want now is more of them to cover the rest of my band.
from Portland, OR
August 20, 2007Music Background:
Performing electric and acoustic violinist
Essential for violin on a loud stageI recently purchased this unit after trying a TC-Helicon VSM-200. THe VSM is voiced for vocals, and I found it both muddy and sluggish for electric violin. The Mackie is much clearer. Also, the on-board EQ (that doesn't go out the pass-thru to the board) is very helpful in bringing my sound up front in my personal mix without driving the sound guy crazy. Our salsa band is very very loud on a small stage. I play horn parts along with a trumpet, two saxes and a trombone. With the Mackie I can let the PA worry about the warmth of my violin. What I need in a personal monitor is to hear the notes or my intonation will be off and I will start to hide on stage. I have the Mackie on a mic stand at armpit level about 3 feet from my right front. It's just perfect. I used to rely on either the PA monitor, or my own amp on stage. But a violinist needs to hear himself loudest always and hear it before everyone else, in order to have correct intonation. With the PA or the amp, we all hear me at the same time. With the amp, I was blowing away the poor soul who was standing next to me. I've found, in my 20 years playing, that the band never wants the violin monitored as loud as I need it. But the Mackie has solved that problem. It's light, easy to mount and unmount, and fits in my all purpose carry bag with my other gear.
August 1, 2007Music Background:
Full Time Professional Jazz Vocalist / Jazz Quartet Bandleader
wonnnnnnnnnderful little PAI purchased this little PA to use on gigs while my BOSE PAS system was being repaired and have been blown away by the power, quality & size of this women's shoe box sized PA provides. I gig 5 or 6 nights a week, so it has been a lifesaver. People keep looking around me and my trio to figure out where my "big PA" is. They can't believe that this itty bitty thing is what is producing all that sound! I reccommend it whole-heartedly and am beyond thrilled with this product. I'm not a reverb using kinda girl, so not having onboard effects/reverb is fine with me. I use the FABulous Neumann KMS105 every night with this PA but was happy with the sound with my Sennheiser "Evolution Series" E935 as well as the good ol' Shure SM58. I would have been happy with a PA with half the quality of this one considering the tiny price tag. Don't think about it... just get it. You won't be sorry.