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Active PA Speaker By Paul White
Published July 2020

JBL's compact new PA speaker is small and cheap — but sounds quite the opposite!

When JBL designed the compact, two-way, active IRX108BT speaker, they clearly went out of their way to make it meet a wide range of needs. At one end of the spectrum we have gig PA applications, perhaps using the speakers in pairs, while at the other we have presentations and other scenarios where a single speaker might be adequate, as well as on-stage monitoring — it has multiple applications wherever amplified sound is required. Its onboard DSP provides EQ and features dbx feedback suppression, while for DJ use the speaker also incorporates Soundcraft's 'music ducked by voice' system. Music can be streamed into the speaker via Bluetooth 5 (supporting Bluetooth True Wireless Stereo for when you're using pairs of speakers), and everything has been designed to be easy to use for non-experienced operators. Four EQ presets called Music, Vocal, Speech or Flat match the speaker response to the most common applications, and basic mixing is afforded courtesy of two mic/line 'combo' jack/XLR inputs and the aforementioned Bluetooth input. There's also an XLR 'thru' output that can be used to feed additional powered speakers. A larger 12–inch, the IRX112BT, is available for those who need more...

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Published July 2020