JBL SRX835P THREE-WAY SELF-POWERED LOUDSPEAKER

The SRX800 Series is a premium portable PA (PPA) range featuring a variety of Harman-cultivated technologies for what I would call tour-grade performances.
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The SRX835P is an 85 lb., sturdily built plywood-cabineted beast featuring a combined total 1500 W/2000 W (continuous/peak) of Crown tri-amped power, and much more. The SRX800 Series is a premium portable PA (PPA) range featuring a variety of Harman-cultivated technologies for what I would call tour-grade performances. I know this by applying the full-range SRX800 Series’ flagship—the three-way SRX835P—in a variety of outdoor and indoor sound reinforcement applications—as mains, side fills, for DJ/playback and in rehearsal settings.

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The SRX835P ($1,599 street), in particular, is an 85-lb., sturdily built, plywood-cabineted beast featuring a combined total 1500 W/2000 W (continuous/peak) of Crown tri-amped power, a notably broad frequency range (33 Hz to 21 kHz), a maximum SPL of 137 dB, and comprehensive I/O including Ethercon with HiQnet iOS and Android OS control options with the range’s intuitive DSP functionality. As such, the SRX835P is a rather future-proofed “hoss” of a powered enclosure and flexible for employment almost anywhere you want to transport it. Far more portable options exist in the five-model SRX800 range, too—12-inch and 15-inch two-way full range models plus single 18-inch and dual 18-inch subwoofers; in a way, the SRX835P is the excitement of the range, all rolled into one enclosure, albeit 38.7 x 21.4 x 18.7 inches in size.

In use, the SRX835P was “relatively portable PA” with a lightweight handtruck and/or two healthy people; I transported the pair via pickup breaking little sweat. For one-man sound outfits and city-based hustling/moving, I’d recommend something smaller from the range. Yet for permanently installed house systems in small- to medium-sized live music venues and theaters, even modern houses-of-worship, an SRX835P pair could be your silver bullet—just add mixer.

I did appreciate the DSP functions of the SRX800 range. On-board, the 400 MHz DSP provides 20 PEQs, 2 seconds of delay, signal generators, input mixing, amp monitoring and 50 user presets. Lending to its aspirational qualities, V5 JBL Tunings also allow use with tour-class VerTec and VTX systems. A simple master encoder knob and a “back” button allow easy preset and control access even without the aforementioned iOS or Android control. Its full HiQnet Network Integration is simple to use yet deep—a technology likely worth a freestanding review of its own. Read more about the SRX835P’s digital features via this link: tinyurl.com/of2572q.

Sound-wise, the SRX835P provides incredibly detailed, effortless- sounding performance, especially notable in its impressively detailed midrange and natural-sounding high frequency responses. With only a slight learning curve and some work with its plentiful DSP control options, savvy end users can provide pro reinforcement nearly anywhere.

There’s little not to like about the SRX835P, as its open, balanced and musical characteristics would please most any client and audience. It’s relatively big and heavy for “portable PA” applications, but similarly spec’d speaker products from other manufacturers would be similarly challenging in transport. This cabinet would be ideal, for one example, flown as mains in an open, multi-purpose/theater-style house-of-worship featuring contemporary music. Finally, the SRX800 range’s Harman lineage could make such a system a wise buy for those installing what will ultimately be networked audio/video solutions—again, making it ideal for permanent install apps. That said, the SRX800 is a very fine sounding premium PA line from a respected, integrated family of audio products, and its $1,299-$1,999 street price range is quite reasonable.

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