Peavey XR 8600 D Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 7 customer reviews
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from West Palm Beach, Fl.
June 2, 2012Music Background:
Professional Solo Act, 25 years +
I've returned to PVI've always had PV equip. for 20 years plus. I bought a different PA head about 5 years ago because of weight, size, and power. I was happy with it but now have returned to PV again and this unit has it. Great power for it's size and weight. Thrilled to be back where I belong. You can't be better than your tools !
from Pittsburgh PA USA
May 11, 2012Music Background:
This PA head handles all we throw at it.I picked up this head last year and have been using it at gigs every week, I'm guessing that it's seen about 70 shows so far. I run it though different speakers depending on the venue. This is the primary PA head for two different acoustic trios that I play hand percusion in. Sometimes we run just vocals, at bigger shows we mic the congas, cajon, bass and guitar cabinets as well. I notice several other local acts are also running this same head. I lso play bass in a blues band and we've used it at a couple of snaller shows, also with great results. I think that it is a great value for the money.
from Los Angeles, Ca
December 14, 2011Music Background:
British Invasion- Classic Rock Professional Entertainer
THE BEST SOUNDING OF THEM ALL !! HANDS DOWN!!I use this little power monster for back-up... plus for smaller shows!
Sounds better than anything in it's class! I have had them all!
5 years warranty from Peavey ... I also have the Peavey PV-14 that I use for large gigs powered with qsc amps.. This new model has the D series.. light weight power amps inside 600 watts each. they sound great! lots of head room ! nice effects as well! I would have no problem using this for small to med outside gigs as well...it really is a great combo mixer!
from Port Charlotte, FL
July 6, 2010Music Background:
Great powered mixerPeavey XR8600 is great!
My PA system has been a QSC2450 + Mackie Mixer + Furman Power strip + Lexicon effects all mounted in a heavy Odyssey box. A super system for my needs but HEAVY (well over 100 lbs)and a 2 man job to move and bulky to transport.
I have yet to find a gig where my new Peavey XR8600 didn't replace it just fine.
The peavey has plenty of power for anything short of a stadium, sounds great, and is a 1 man job to carry. And now I have a "backup system".
The only thing I find useless is the feedback identifying led light system so I just ignore it.
from Nashville, TN
April 11, 2009Music Background:
Live/Studio musician, bandleader
The Box That Rox!My band needed a good, thumpin' sound system but we needed to keep things simple and concise. I purchased the xr8600 to power a pair of JBL jrx 125 enclosures. As we use in-ear monitors, we're sending 600w to each enclosure. The first thing that impressed me was how quiet the preamps are. With the xr8600, I was able to get a very hot signal out of all mikes and line instruments with almost no perceptible noise. The simple 25db pad buttons were a lifesaver as some of the band members were sending very hot signals. The L.E.D. FLS equalizer design is something that was long overdue. When a low end rumble began to develop, the offending frequency lit up like an xmas tree, and all I had to do was reach over and nudge it down. As a drummer, I can't lay out for a couple of bars to mess with the eq, so that's a much appreciated feature. As I took a set break, the guitarist cranked some dance music from his laptop. Mind you, this was an outdoor gig. The system moved air very efficiently. The bass thumped even standing a good distance away, and the vocals were crystal clear. Many powered mixers render, well, that dreaded powered mixer sound. Not here, sounded like a full rack of amp gear! The DDT speaker protection isn't just fluff, it really works. We had a few problems with volume spikes from the acoustic player's rig, and when the DDT light came on, you neither heard clipping nor an over-compression issue. The shell of this mixer is like a humvee, it's peerless to none. The interface is clean, simple, and intuitive. If you're looking for great sound, great power, ease of use, and an easy load-in, then this is the mixer for you.
from Spokane Valley, Wa.
November 28, 2012Music Background:
Pro...for 50+ years...musician
Peavey cleaned up their actI have owned peavey sound gear for 40 or so years. The price was always right, and the gear reliable and rugged. The sound wasn't always the best.
The XR8600D has changed my mind. It is super clean and even the effects are good. Hartley got it right!! I would reccomend this box to my best friend. Good job!!
from Gladstone, MI USA
June 22, 2012Music Background:
Hobbyist, small gigs
Good starter - poor monitor setupPros: Rugged case, easy to carry, decent power in a small package, decent price, good for a small group starting out.
Cons: Power rating is at 4 ohms so if you match with a pair of 8 ohm PR15's cut power rating in half (300W/ch @ 8 ohms in main/main or 600W main with speakers in parallel and 600W on monitor channel with 2 8ohm monitors). In either case, your 8ohms speakers are each receiving about 300W max.
Monitor bus is pre-channel-eq which means your monitor mix always sounds lousy. You have a master eq but still cannot eq individual channels.
You can reroute the main mix into power amp 2 which feeds the monitor ourput but you have no volume control on PA2 when rerouting through the front ports. This is a poor design in my opinion.
I get a little digital distortion on sharp high tones at times even when not cranked.
This unit is a decent buget package and overall, I am satisfied with the main sound (my Taylor guitar sounds sweet going direct in) but I am very disappointed with the monitor capabilites so if you are looking to use floor monitors keep shopping. You are probably better off with a mixer with a couple of pre-fader (post-eq) aux sends to use as a monitor out and a power amp....