I play bass and run sound for a cover band playing small venues mostly in a suburban location. Most places we play have a very small "stage" and and "installed" sound system, which usually equals a old powered head and speakers that saw the end of their usable life 10 years ago. We almost never have a soundman, and I have to run sound from the stage. I had previously built a 16U rack with a tilt top and passive speakers, but that rig was difficult to move and took up a lot of space in some of our smaller stage locations. I've been considering moving to a smaller, lighter powered system for some time now, and the Mackie DL1608 was at the top of my list. I finally decided to go for it and bought myself and early Christmas present, along with some Alto powered speakers. The thing that surprised me the most was how intuitive it was. I read the quick start menu in about 20 minutes and was up and running a few minutes later. The controls are very straight forward and easy to use. The wireless setup is a bit confusing, as the Mackie manual seems to try harder to be cute rather than convey meaningful information. Now that it's up and running, it's very simple to use. Not a lot else to report right now. I haven't had a chance to gig the system yet, but I'll be taking it to rehearsal this weekend. I'll add to this thread after I've used it in a live setting.