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.