Winter NAMM 2011: ElectroVoice’s New Toys

EV's LiveX series EV's LiveX series of powered and unpowered speakers

EV had quite a few interesting new products to show. The new LiveX series of passive and powered speakers were on hand, and in the demo room we heard them in, sounded very impressive. I had been looking at the QSC K or K-W series as a replacement to our aging EONs in our student room; however, these LiveX speakers sounded quite a bit better. Which of course means I need to get a demo of both and shoot them out. What's even more amazing than the sound is the price point. The ELXP 12 single 12" powered with a 1000W amp is $599. Step up to the 15 and it's $699. The single 18" powered sub is $799. We heard the 12 without the sub and the amount of bass extension was impressive and clean. The passive versions of the cabinets are about $300 less than powered. Once I have a set to put up against the K-series, I'll let you know which one wins...


EV RE-320 EV RE-320Everyone knows how great the EV RE-20 mic is. Both a broadcast standard for voice over work and an amazing bass cabinet or kick drum mic, it's always a treat to see and hear the RE-20. However, it's not cheap. Following in the footsteps of DPA, EV has introduced the RE-320, the down-market little brother of the RE-20. With an interesting "dual-personality" switch, the frequency response can be changed up for optimal use as a kick drum mic or a voice-over/acoustic instrument mic. Dressed in all black, it looks cool and will retail for $300. Dang, another mic I need to buy...

EV's new R300 Wireless That's Kevin Sanchez's hand in the shot; he staged the lovely product shot.I don't know if EV is intent on capturing the low end of the market or not, but the new R300 wireless mic system may help them do it. At $300 per channel, it's certainly a low cost offering. Yet the packs are metal, not cheap plastic, and the handheld has the same thread and pin configuration as Shure wireless. Which means that for around $500, you could have this with a Heil PR-35 on it. How does it sound? Good question, I didn't get to hear it. I'll be seeing if I can get my hands on a set or two to try out soon.