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The best powered monitor for bass

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by David A. Davis, May 27, 2012.

  1. bassmantam


    Apr 1, 2014
    PJ ear-box is spot on
  2. My GK 550 into 2x12 Neo cab was way too much for the small sanctuary I'm currently playing in Sundays. Tried IEM but didn't really like it. Plus I'm next to the Marshall half stack so I didn't feel like cranking an IEM up that loud. Cheapest for me was to put my 2x12 cab on a tllt stand right in front of me facing me for my own monitor. No control over EQ but no farting either. Plus other than the stand it was free. Board is a Berringer going thru amps in a rack room, so I doubt I have any EQ options other than straight from the board. Not the greatest BUT I can hear myself and no more farting on every note!
  3. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    I have a very simple, dB Technologies powered 12" wedge that gets the job done, provided it's not loud on stage. I used it once, when I subbed for a band and their whole setup commanded that i'd either bring a wedge or use the IEM channel of someone else. I decided for the wedge. It worked out OK. I was not expecting much, though.
    These things do not compete with a quality bass amp unless you take a really good 15" unit.

    You can't beat quality IEM earbuds, though.
    My perfect setup is an amp that does make my pants flap and sends the vibrations through my body while my ears are plugged into my customizable (behringer X-Air) personal IEM mix.
  4. catboyzee


    Jul 20, 2007
    Hi everyone,

    I've been thinking of getting a set of powered monitors for multi-purpose use, as I'm also multi-instrumentalist(bass, keys, guitar) and I'm looking to downside my gear stash. I know a few keyboard players who use QSC K10s and K12s, but not many local bassists doing so. I also hear that Daryl Jones uses a QSCs, and of course Anthony Jackson has been using Meyer powered monitors like, forever. I do like the flat, hi-fi response of a good monitor BTW. Decisions, decisions...
  5. Omnisphere


    May 7, 2012
    Oakland, CA
    Wayne Jones powered 1x10’s might be a good option.
  6. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    I’ve gotten good bass sound out of a combination of a powered full-range monitor and a powered subwoofer, but I’ve yet to find a powered monitor that could really handle bass or kick drum well on its own.
  7. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    :) This word “handle” sounds so subjective. Do we mean calm Eagles covers or Rocco Prestia Tower of Power punch? :)
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  8. Fixitinpost

    Fixitinpost Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2005
    Barefaced Bass - FR800 high resolution active loudspeaker
  9. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    JBL PRX 815
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  10. Rev. Cornelius

    Rev. Cornelius

    Jan 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
    QSC K12.2

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  11. Mike Arnopol

    Mike Arnopol Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Owner of MAS Soundworks
    I think that it's fair to chime in here. I do make powered speakers that were initially designed for bass but that many are using for PA mains. They go really low.
  12. Bass 45

    Bass 45 Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2011
    Tempe, Arizona
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  13. MarkA

    MarkA In the doghouse. Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    I was about to suggest a set of powered MAS 18 and/or 28, depending on size and volume/coverage requirements. They are hi-fi without sounding thin or brittle and shaped to allow "stand up" or wedge use. From what I've heard (I got to hear a couple of late-prototype 18s -- unpowered versions), they do well with recorded music. They definitely do well with bass.

    I've always preferred playing through a good rig vs. general purpose monitors, but I think that the MAS 18/28s would be good candidates for both.
  14. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    I have succesfully used:

    RCF 735 (I'm sure the newer 745 would do equally well but I haven't used it)
    KSC 12.2
    Barefaced FR800


    Oh, and I know someone who uses a nice Yamaha 15" powered wedge too. Sounds great.
  15. For tiny acoustic duo gigs I’ll use a QSC K8 with a MXR M81. Sounds pretty good.
    Using a monitor for a bass amp is a bit like using an oven as a heater. Not really what it’s designed for, but depending on the conditions, it’ll work.
  16. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    It's not a "powered monitor" per se, but the MAS 1/8 works great as a powered cabinet.:)

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