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Mackie SRM550

I was walking with my wife at Plaza Singapura a couple of days back and I came across an event being held there. The event company supplied four of these speakers, the Mackie SRM550s. Now, I know about the SRM series from Mackie. The SRM-450s were very popular and I still see some companies using them for shows. These are the new line from them…well, not really new, but you get my drift.

In any case, rhe SRM550 is paired with custom transducers within internally- braced all-wood cabinets. That is pretty good because the 450’s of old used polypropylene cabinets. The SRM550 features what Mackie dubs “High Definition Audio Processing™”, including acoustic correction DSP (Digital Signal Processing) for high-definition sound, plus system optimization tools like application-specific speaker modes. You can see it in the picture above. You can choose from PA, DJ, MONITOR or SOLO. Like the Yamaha DXR Series, it has a built-in mixer so you can use it as such for small roadshows without bringing a separate mixer. Check out the RCA inputs! It also has a feedback destroyer…of sorts. But let me ask you. What good is a feedback destroyer if you want to mount these speakers for say, permanent installs? But there you go.

Features-wise, this is a summary of what it has to offer:

  • 2-way, 1,600W powered speaker in an all-wood cabinet
  • 12″ LF woofer, 1.4″ HF compression titanium driver
  • Built-in DSP for feedback suppression, speaker voicing, alignment delay, and more
  • 4 voicings for quick setup: PA, DJ, Monitor, and Soloist
  • Built-in 2-channel mixer
  • XLR/TRS combo inputs and RCA inputs let you connect microphones and instruments directly for solo use
  • Smart Protect DSP protects your speakers from harm
  • 60-degree angle when on its side for monitor use

Mackie products are pretty expensive in Singapore that is why the many people gravitate more towards Yamaha. Speaking of Yamahas, I saw that the people who supplied this system used Yamaha MSR400’s for foldback monitors. I wonder why they did not make it an all-Mackie gig. In any case, as I was saying, I would take the Yamaha DXRs over these. That is because I heard these this afternoon and while they were very good, I find the Yamahas to be much better.

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