Electro-Voice Roadshow 2014 - the place we found a new favorite
If you've followed what we've written for long enough, you've seen us switch gears and to offer new favorites of powered choir microphones, earset microphones, powered speakers, line arrays, video projectors and equipment in general. And we think that's okay. If we didn't have new favorites, that would mean that our suppliers were still turning out the same old stuff in new packages, and that's just not the case.
In September, we were invited by Electro-Voice to come out to one of its roadshows. Thankfully, it was here in Columbus, so we didn't have to travel very far, and they fed us lunch. That's always a plus.
For about two hours, we listened. We sat outside and got to hear most of the Electro-Voice product line at a full-sized outdoor stage. The picture above is not the Roadshow, but just a file photo.
At the Roadshow, we heard larger-format line arrays for festival-type use, line arrays for permanent installation right beside those larger arrays, new powered speakers on stands next to large-format conventional speakers with small format installation speakers close by, and more. Events like these are really rare, so we always try to get out to hear the lineup, especially when it's in a real-world setting.
All of it was pretty impressive, but one particular speaker group really stood out - the new ETX powered speaker family. Shown in the photo above.
We heard a 2-way 10". I like small loudspeakers, so I was immediately interested. One listener interrupted and asked "is the sub on?" It wasn't (we were all fooled). Amazing bass response. Then the demonstrator added the sub, switched it off and them fired up the 12", added the sub to that, fired up the 15", added the sub. Eventually, he moved to a 15" 3-way with two subs underneath. We heard $100,000 line arrays, we heard $500 smaller speakers, and people kept asking to listen to the ETX again. So we listened some more.