Incredible Bang For The buck
When I started playing in bands in the 70's if you had a Shure Vocalmaster PA with a 6 channel head and 50 watts per side, you were pretty much king of the hill. Back then, bands like Pink Floyd were playing large venues with less than 1000 watts of audio power.
Fast forward 40 years...and now I'm playing clubs with 6,000 watts using digital consoles, lightweight power amps, and super efficient speaker designs. And up until recently, I was using a crossover (albeit a good on from dbx) that was basically designed around 50 year old technology. That didn't make a lot of sense.
Enter the dbx DriveRack PA2. If you use it for nothing more than the AutoEQ for the room, it's worth the money. The system I've been using let me do that, but it required running pink noise at performance level for several minutes. If you're a bar band and trying to set up in the afternoon for your show, the bar flies that are in the venue are going to complain non-stop. But with the PA2, it uses a sweep frequency signal that completes before said bar flies have time to turn around and figure out what's going on.
Now, add in a precision crossover that doesn't introduce the phase errors that a conventional analog crossover would, system limiting and compression, feedback suppression (which I haven't needed since the system was EQ'd to the room we were in), and a host of other features and you've got an insane amount of processing power for the money and in one stinking rack space.
Oh...did I mention networking capabilities allowing you to run this thing from your tablet, PC, or smart phone? Yeah...it does that too, and with one of the best user interfaces I've some across in a long time. Since we were already running a WiFi network for our Presonus console, it was a no brainer to add this in. If you're in the same position, the way I did it was to keep the WiFi router at the power rack with the PA2, and added a Wifi extender with an ethernet port at the FOH console...that way we were able to keep everything on the same network.
We took our PA2 out for is maiden voyage this weekend, and our regular fans were coming up after the first set asking what we were doing differently. Their words..."we've never heard you guys, or any other band for that matter, sound so good".
Whether you're using a modern digital system or a conventional analog one, the dbx DriveRack PA2 will put you way ahead of everyone else out there. That is, unless they have one also. In that case, you had better keep practicing.