The new M-Audio GSR series PA speakers have really impressed me! They don't sound too flat or too colored. I think these are a great bang for the buck. These are perfect for mobile DJs or live bands.
Great Sounding PA
These are probably the flattest sounding PA speakers at this price I have ever used, and loud, especially for the modest power output. I do not want to overtly question the other review, but the compression driver is very bright, so I do not understand how they sound as if there's a blanket over them. The EQ's are very subtle, and frankly, I would rather have it that way and do most of my EQ from the source with the speaker reinforcing what I am trying to do from my mixer.
These speakers aren't perfect, the protection circuitry kicks in a little too early, but I arribute that to the power output, and for 500 bucks, I can't get too picky when they don't get as loud as something that costs twice as much. But unless you're in a huge room, it doesn't really matter.
As an experiment to try and cut down on the amount of gear my little said band has to take to gigs, we played a small show only using the GSR's, an Eleven Rack instead of an amp rack, keys, a couple of mics for vocals and put them through a small Mackie mixer leaving the EQ's flat. I was blown away at how good that setup sounded. I don't think we could have gotten anywhere close to that kind of sound if we were playing speakers 'tuned' to sound good as many are in this price range.
Good Price, Great Sound
Great self-powered PA for the price! I've owned a pair of these along with a GSR-18 for a couple months now, and I've DJ'd with them and used them as mains for a few band gigs. They don't disappoint! Like another review said, the protection does seem to kick in a little early, but, then again, that's better than too late. I tried experimenting with the different EQ settings, which I think would be handy for certain applications. I prefer to leave them on 'Normal' and tune the room myself, though.
Volume is great for small-medium venues, but I'd like to get a second pair of these to use at least four (2L,2R) for FOH in bigger medium-large rooms.
Overall, I think they're great speakers, and I'd be excited to see M-Audio make some more higher-powered models!
I own a lot of M-Audio products and have never been disappointed until now. These speakers sound very murky, like there's a thick blanket over them. The mid-range is very pronounced and the highs and lows are practically non-existent. The built-in EQ presets don't do much either, causing only a barely noticeable difference. The only thing this speaker has going for it is it's light weight and good looks.