This full-range PA system can make your vocals sound clear, even at the back of the room
Item: LD MAUI 11 Mix, Portable Line-Array PA System With Integrated Mixer
Price: £500 UK, $? US (contact local dealer)
At A Glance: The LD Systems MAUI 11 MIX is a Class D powered vertical array PA system with integrated mixer. It has very high feedback resistance combined with 120° horizontal coverage that can eliminate the need for dedicated monitor speakers for most performers. The amplifier features digital processing to keep the sound balanced and to protect it from overloading, and its on-board mixer provides a useful array of inputs and the digital processing making it the perfect all-in-one solution for solo performers, small groups, mobile DJs and corporate applications. It is loaded with 2 x 6.5″ drivers the system’s vented subwoofer and the sealed aluminium column design with eight 3″ speakers and single 1″ horn tweeter deliver a peak output of 1200 watts.
High Notes: The on-board mixer panel includes an input for microphone, balanced line inputs, hi-Z input for connecting an acoustic guitar and a 3.5mm stereo input for connecting MP3 players or laptops. There are separate level controls for the main inputs as well as an overall system and subwoofer level adjustment. The MAUI 11 Mix is extremely easy to set up and requires no speaker stands – simply connect the top speaker section to the subwoofer and you are ready to start plugging in. There is also an output if you want to use multiple systems for larger venues.
Off Pitch: You need to be a couple of meters away from the speaker to hear a perfect full-range sound; also there are no master EQ controls to adjust the systems sound for use in differing acoustic environments. It is also a shame that the top speaker does not split into two parts like on the Maui 28, as it makes it difficult to fit in the boot of most cars – meaning you will may have to put it across the back seats of your car or in your front seat instead of a passenger.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Considering these are the smallest speakers in LD’s Maui range, when they arrived I was surprised by how large and loud they actually were. When set up they stand at around 7ft tall and with a pair of systems you could play venues up to around 200 people. I tested a pair of Maui 11 Mix systems at a range of venues from 50-150 people in both a solo capacity and with a swing band and they were quick to set up and easily filled the room. They have a fairly bright and forward sound that helps vocals to project clearly though a well populated room and I was immediate struck by how balanced and loud the sound was at the back of the room when compared to a more traditional PA system. The dedicated MP3 input was also a useful feature for easily putting on background music between sets. Overall, if you are looking for a quick to set up, full-range PA system that focuses on producing a great sound at reasonable levels, the LD Systems Maui 11 Mix is highly recommended.
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.ld-systems.com
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