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Compact Active Line Array PA
By Paul White

This column PA system from RCF incorporates a digital mixer plus Softube guitar-amp modelling. Could it be all you need to take with you for small gigs?

The RCF Evox JMIX8 combines a portable mini line–array system with an eight-input digital mixer that can be controlled either from its front panel or over Bluetooth using a compatible iPhone or Android phone. With a total peak power of 1400 Watts, a frequency response of 40Hz to 20kHz and a maximum SPL capability of 128dB, the Evox JMIX8 is based around a 12–inch RCF woofer with a 2.4–inch voice coil, housed in a moulded, ported cabinet; plus a short, pole-mounted line array that consists of eight RCF 2–inch drivers with 1–inch voice coils. These cross over to the sub at 220Hz. The power amps can supply 400W peak or 200W RMS for the highs and 1000W peak/500W RMS for the sub, and are built onto a rigid aluminium rear–panel structure to provide mechanical integrity as well as heat dissipation. As expected, both thermal protection and a 'soft' peak limiter are built in.

RCF Evox JMIX8 column PA.RCF have clearly tried to make this system as versatile as possible, as the mixer includes not only effects but also a choice of guitar amplifier emulations from Softube. Even if you're not in the habit of using software-based amplifiers when playing live, it's nice to know that you have a 'get out of jail free' card available if your amplifier packs up on you mid-gig, and Softube's amp models are highly regarded.

Portable PA

The line-array column stows in the back of the subwoofer, where it's held in place by an elastic strap, so the only extra bits you need carry are the two-section mounting pole, a power cord and the Speakon cable that connects the sub to the top. These come in a nylon carry bag, and because the total system weight is just under 25kg, it is possible to carry it from the car with one hand using its top-mounted handle. An optional soft cover or a cover with a built-in wheeled trolley is available, and this also holds the bag for the pole and cables. The use of a fanless Class–D amplifier helps keep the weight down and the efficiency up. The overall size isn't too bulky either, at 235 x 350 x 450mm, so the speaker will fit comfortably into a hatchback along with a couple of guitars and a guitar amp. Having the mounting...

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Published August 2019