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Old 3rd May 2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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Has anyone used this for pro use? I plan to build a large 4 way sound system and use this from 2.6kHz either in or outside dance venues, for crowds 1000 and up 2 per stack and building 4 stacked sound system. How is the sound ( I saw a video of this inside venue sounds good for a cellphone video)? How is the reliability? (within the power requirements)
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Old 3rd May 2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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You are better off paying some more $ for Beyma TPL-150. They sound better, offer higher sensitivity and are most likely more durable for PA use. I started with the NeoPro5i for my studio main monitor project, switched to a small waveguide with a very good compression driver and ended up using the TPL-150. It worked out excellent.

The middle photo, you can see the NeoPro5i in place before we returned it. I would more likely get the TPL-H next time even though it is more money. We are crossong at 1.8KHz, so if you get the horn and keep it above 2KHz, it will just be cruising along.

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BTW, we are in Orlando, so you could always come over and have a listen if you are serious about this project... www.phatplanetstudios.com
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Old 3rd May 2012, 12:37 PM   #3
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I used the smaller Neo CD2.0 in my last project, and found that they need to be crossed quite high to get exeptable performance, I ended up with a LR8 @ 3100Hz. This bigger brother can cope with a lower XO point but it wouldn't be my first choice. I never had problems with power handling but my setup is not used for PA. Also they have a very narrow dispersion pattern, which can be a good thing if you are building a line array..
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So that is why the price are lower now at madison's site. Well I appreciate the invitation, I will look into the TPL-150 or TPL-H for pro use. I am not familiar with ribbon types or planars I do not have any experience with both but willing to try I am only exposed to CD with a horn. Anyway I will research more if the sound quality is really that much better. I am looking at an Altec 5124 and a 399 driver but I am half and half. I really have to check it out more before dropping money since this is a big amount of money to invest long term with the TPL's.
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So that is why the price are lower now at madison's site. Well I appreciate the invitation, I will look into the TPL-150 or TPL-H for pro use. I am not familiar with ribbon types or planars I do not have any experience with both but willing to try I am only exposed to CD with a horn. Anyway I will research more if the sound quality is really that much better. I am looking at an Altec 5124 and a 399 driver but I am half and half. I really have to check it out more before dropping money since this is a big amount of money to invest long term with the TPL's.
They are expensive drivers and not be considered lightly for a purchase. I have a feeling you are somewhat new to making speakers. Best bet for a good PA systems with these is an active set-up which also adds to the complexity and equipment needs.

I would not consider the vintage style Altec driver and horn at all. Better to use some good, modern parts like a nice Beyma 280 compression driver and a nice, CD horn. You are using these in club environment and need accessible, repairable items. Not stuff you have to track down on Ebay.

This can all really add up quick and if you do not have a lot of experience, you may end up with a mediocre sounding pile of very nice drivers. Better to just buy a nice set of Yorkville Unity horns or QSC powered monitors. Or build a system from Bill Fitzmaurice.

http://www.billfitzmaurice.com/

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