The StudioLive Coaxial Active Integration (AI) loudspeaker package I utilized included the 312AI, 315AI and the 18sAI Subwoofer. There are no 10-inch models available, but there is a three-way, dual 8-inch cabinet, which I did not use. When the speakers arrived, they were much heftier than I imagined; with the subs weighing in at 94 lbs. and measuring 23” x 24” x 26” and the 15-inch model weighing in at 71 lbs. and measuring 27.9” x 21.3” x 18.6”, moving the units any real distance without assistance was out of the question. That said, I appreciate the cabinets’ constructions, which are designed and built to be very durable.

I first utilized the AI rig for an outdoor municipal block party. The speakers packed a good bit of output, and I must note that I was quite pleased with the quality of sound, really liking the full range from the 315AI models. It’s been my experience that more than a few comparable speakers cut out tons of midrange and, first being a studio engineer, I prefer a more even response out of my cabinets. The subs were impressive as well with their low-end punch. That said, some casters mounted to the bottom of them would make those much more manageable to transport.

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The Series’ USB wireless key feature allows control from the Studio-Live Room Control software, which includes monitoring of room temperature, clipping and other useful variables, as well as storing DSP settings. I installed the Dante cards as I am quite interested in utilizing Dante networking for future systems. While I got the speakers to connect via Dante Controller on my laptop with no problem, there are no redundancy ports; this means if signal is lost, there is no Dante backup. PreSonus suggests using the analog ports as the redundant backup, as the system is designed to automatically switch to the analog signal if the network is dropped. As with most equipment in this same vein, the speakers do not network thru, so every speaker has to have its own network cable routing back to a switch at the console. While this is fine for installed sound—think theaters, houses-of-worship and clubs—it is not so practical for quick live-sound setups and touring. That said, I went back to using the speakers in their analog configuration only, which worked just fine.


Liz May is a live sound mixer, producer/engineer, educator and schooled pianist now serving as Production Manager of Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem NC.