Since: Dec 04, 2007
I think it'd be hard to go wrong with a reasonably priced self-contained powered monitor setup like the Yamahas, JBL, Mackie, or EV.
Are these going to be mostly for personal monitors, like the self-contained portables maybe doing double duty as a smaller PA for small gigs? Or are you strictly looking for floor wedges?
I'm not super familiar with wedges, but on the personal monitor front:
I was looking at PA/monitors in Sam Ash Saturday because I'm toying with the idea of getting a lightweight/portable personal stereo monitor/PA pair for use with my Roland VR-09 at rehearsals. All-in-one, powered, and self-contained. The Yamahas StagePas are a bit out of my budget, and probably more than I need. The Samson Expeditions look usable for me, though, looking at the XP150A, at least for rehearsal. 75W/channel might not cut it on stage, even if I set them at ear level to me.
JBL EON also has a smaller 160W self contained stereo PA system for $450. Out of my budget, but maybe in the future if I save up. Apparently Fender also make some personal PA stuff.
But if it's wedges you're looking at, I don't really have any recommendations other than the usual suspects. Try em out in a shop if you can.
Of course, my immediate goal is to nab a Neo Ventilator 2 or the Mini Vent 2 to beef up my keys rig a little. Preferably the full Vent 2 so I get the stereo inputs. Sometimes keys/organ/synths don't compress down to mono very well.
I didn't get up close to see the model, but there was a modest PA setup at the Narberth art fest in the street last Sunday. A pair of EV, and a pair of Mackies at the front. FOH guys did a great job of getting a good clear sound with no feedback. The band members (Raw Honey) all had their amps as well. Keyboardist was running a Nord Electro through a MarkBass amp, possibly the ninja after looking at models online. Bass player was going through a GK of some sort, I think, and the guitarist through a Fender amp. Kind of a pop/funk band doing covers (Stevie Wonder, etc.) They had a great, tight performance. I didn't see what kinda wedges they were using. Here's a pic/video of one of the other groups there though. They were on before Raw Honey.