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7 years ago
I'm a fan of the Yorkie U15. The PRX sound good, but I've never been able to open them up. Much as I hate to say it, the 3-way Mackie's (I don't know which one) sound good, but I've not been able to open them up either.
I have heard the "Thump class" in the form of the Tapco brand (same speaker as the Mackie); however, there was no sound engineer—the band just set the settings (which were totally crap). I would like to hear what they sound like when used properly :p What about the JBL PRX515 or JBL PRX535?There is a dichotomy between passive and active speakers. Has active technology caught up with the sound quality of the traditional passive/amplified systems?
Mackie 450s aren't my favorite, but they get the job done. If one cannot make a good sound with them (within their power limits), s/he should not be mixing the band.
IME basically any active subwoofers on the market which will begin to approach handling ~200 people outside will cost somewhere between $1200-1500/cab. This leaves ~$1000/cab for tops. Given you've specified the hard rock genre and active cabinets you should look into any of the following systems; JBL PRX cabs; QSC HPR cabs; Yorkville, either Unity cabs or Nx or Elite series. I would also suggest EV either Sx or Z series (I personally use Sx cabs for tops); the Sba760 sub is reportedly comparable to some of the other subs mentioned.I have also used the QSC HPR 153i over the HPR 118i and been quite pleased with the sound. For your situation a pair of the 153i over two pair of 118is would likely handle ~500 people in a reasonably sized area outdoors.Really the best you can do is find somewhere to give each brand a listen and see what sounds best to you.
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