Product PointsApplications: Live sound; broadcast
Key Features: Wireless handheld and lavalier mics; 100 selectable frequencies
Contact: Vega at 800-877-1771; 626-442-0782; www.vegawireless.com.Seeking to make a mark in the low- to mid-priced speaker market, Electro-Voice has come out with the Eliminator speaker series. With four cabinets (two full-range, a sub and a monitor) touting hotrod styling and trickle-down features from EV’s higher-end products, these speakers are poised to become a staple in affordable sound systems everywhere.
The Eliminator is a two-way cabinet that measures 30.25 inches by 16.9 inches by 24 inches (HWD). Its narrow front profile is accomplished through a unique design that lets the box maintain substantial internal volume. The cabinet’s newly developed handle configuration permits comfortable transportation from any orientation. You can pick it up with nearly any part of the cabinet against your chest – the top, the back, the grille, whatever. At 66 lbs., the Eliminator sits squarely in the midweight class.
The carpet-covered box has a stylish, wrap-around metal grille, hefty corner protectors and a stand cup. The cabinet is tuned to 50 Hz and is made from Roadwood, which is claimed to have half the weight and twice the strength as particleboard. The Eliminator also comes with either 1/4-inch or Neutrik Speakon input connectors.
The heart of the cabinet is a 15 inches driver and a high-Q, 60-degree by 40-degree CD horn with an EV DH2010A driver. The system utilizes EV’s proprietary Ring-Mode Decoupling (RMD), which is claimed to control several fundamental mechanical ringing modes, yielding substantially improved vocal range intelligibility and system openness.
With regards to power handling, EV is somewhat fanatical about its measuring process. It uses a rating system that more closely resembles the rigors of everyday use. Using random-noise input signals with increased energy at extreme highs and lows and a signal that includes both continuous and short-duration peaks has several claimed benefits. This rating system is more apt to detect thermal problems as well as mechanical reliability problems related to cone and diaphragm excursion.
The result is a conservative power-handling figure. With a rating of 350 W continuous and 1,400 W short term, this 8-ohm cabinet can take some punches. The Eliminator’s components have a crossover point of 1.6 kHz, and combine to yield a frequency response of 50 Hz to 20 kHz (measured at 10′, on axis, normalized to 1W/1 m, +/-3 dB) with a modest bump in the 7 kHz range.
I used the Eliminator cabinets in a variety of situations over an extended period. The cabinets demonstrated excellent durability and sonic prowess. They are surprisingly light, considering their size and power handling capacity.
One of the most telling engagements for which I used these speakers was an outdoor rally in Washington, DC, staged by the International Campaign for Tibet. This event had a crowd of about 1,500 people and featured traditional Tibetan musicians playing acoustic instruments and a variety of guest speakers, including actor Richard Gere.
At this event, I used the Eliminators with other full-range cabinets configured in two point-source arrays augmented with sub-woofers. As I walked through the dispersion area of the arrays, I found some interesting characteristics. At close range (less than 25 feet), the EVs sounded very bright, almost to a fault. At a distance of about 50 feet, however, the Eliminators had superb intelligibility while still retaining good body in the mid frequencies. This proved beneficial when trying to amplify a soft-spoken Buddhist monk for the sizable crowd.
When using the Eliminators indoors at close range, I had to reconfigure my system EQ to accommodate their high-frequency gusto. After rolling off a little in the 7 kHz ö10 kHz range, the EVs sounded superb at any distance. When amplifying a full rock band, the Eliminators capably dealt with anything my 350 W per channel (8 ohms) amp dished out, including full-spectrum kick drum and bass. I was really impressed by the intelligibility of vocals and the punch of horns through these cabinets.
The EV Eliminator cabinets are a great value. I found them as sonically capable as some cabinets costing twice as much. Discovering they have a list price of only $658 each was a real shock to me. They deliver robust lows, punchy mids and a clean, open top end when EQ’d properly. If the other cabinets in this line are as competent as this pair, you could assemble a nice PA for a very reasonable price. In addition to their performance virtues, they are also very attractive. I think they are an excellent buy for bands, churches, nightclubs and even fledgling sound companies.
Contact: Electro-Voice at 952-884-4051; www.electrovoice.com.