Recently had the same decision to make regarding active cabs and new mixer. I originally went for a Mackie ProFX8 purely because I had a Mackie DFX previously which was OK. The new ProFX8 was awful to say the least which may seem an odd thing to say about Mackie. The general channel EQ was OK but nothing to set the world alight but it was the effects that made me want to kick the "Running Man's" arse all the way down the street. They are horrible. Even a modest medium reverb sounded like I was singing into a tin can !! Very metallic sounding. I then tested a ZED10FX alongside a Soundcraft EFX8 at Digital Village in Cambridge. The A&H was nice and the effects were good, both had good channel EQ with a sweepable mid, but the A&H only had low and high eq on the stereo in channels. The thing that swung it for me was the Lexicon effects on the Soundcraft. They are very, very nice. Plus each preset can then be adjusted in another 3 areas to fine tune it. Both these units are around the £240.00 mark so it wasn't like I would have to pay through the nose for the A&H. On balance though the Soundcraft edged it. I just wish they did an EFX4 or 6 to make it slightly smaller.
Hope this helps..........Mark
Well I was almost sold on the A&H even though my initial thoughts were with the Soundcraft... this has now made me wonder again I think we need to go check out both and see where to go...Thanks for your imput.