Mackie have launched a lightweight and portable column PA aimed at gigging musicians, the SRM-Flex. Like many similar recently released designs, it's based around a main speaker unit (here containing a 10-inch woofer and 1300W amplifier). Into this, up to three vertical sections, each containing two HF drivers, can be connected to the bass unit in a tower configuration, depending on how much vertical dispersion is required.
The bass speaker unit also contains a built-in six-channel digital mixer featuring two mic/line inputs on 'combi' XLR/quarter-inch jacks and line-level quarter-inch jack inputs to channels 3 and 4. Channels 5 and 6 are designed for stereo backing tracks and can be accessed via an eighth-inch mini-jack (for output from a phone or iPod) or over Bluetooth. The two main input channels have built-in two-band EQ and reverb with three presets to choose from, adjustable via dedicated top-panel controls, and a second SRM-Flex system can be connected via the main XLR Out if more amplification is required. Once erected, the system can be remotely controlled in detail from a bespoke iOS or Android app.
Each SRM-Flex system weighs under 30 pounds, packs away ergonomically into a supplied carry case and is available for around £945 in the UK$999.99 in the US.