With its powerful built‑in battery and water‑resistant cabinet, E‑V’s new compact PA will deliver the goods whatever the weather.
It is almost as thought the music industry looked into the future, saw the prospect of rolling power cuts due to energy shortages, and decided to build more equipment capable of running on batteries. Combining Electro‑Voice’s loudspeaker know‑how and Dynacord’s electronic expertise, the battery‑operable Everse 8 is a two‑way speaker, employing an eight‑inch woofer alongside a waveguide‑mounted, one‑inch, titanium‑dome tweeter, cooled using ferrofluid. Its moulded, ported polypropylene cabinet is available in either black or white and is shaped so as to allow it to be used horizontally as a floor monitor, vertically in a ‘kickback’ position, or as an upright pole‑mounted speaker. As the dispersion is symmetrical at 100 x 100 degrees, the performance is essentially the same in either landscape or portrait orientations. A carry handle is fitted to the top of the cabinet and there’s a standard pole‑mount socket in the base. Dynacord are responsible for the amplifier design and for the effects.
The housing, which has a powder‑coated steel grille, meets IP43 requirements for resistance to light rain and splashes. As shipped, a plastic cover protects the rear‑panel connection, and an optional slip cover is available for enhanced weather resistance. This speaker is ideally suited to portable use, with a weight of only 7.6kg and a compact size of 400 x 275 x 272mm.
In common with many recent portable PA speakers, the Everse 8 incorporates Bluetooth music streaming and digital signal processing. At its heart is Electro‑Voice’s QuickSmart DSP, which looks after all the usual housekeeping, protection and crossover (2.25kHz) duties, as well as providing a four‑channel mixer with effects, an automatic feedback suppressor (AFS), compression and ducking. Its battery pack provides over six hours’ running time at maximum level, and double that at more modest levels. Thoughtfully, there’s a 12V DC power port for running an RE3 or R300 wireless receiver, or any third‑party device that has the same power requirements. There’s also a USB‑C port for charging mobile devices. When no signal is present, a battery‑preserving power‑saving mode kicks in.