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Electrovoice Sx200 Speaker System (part 4)

What does the Sx200 system sound like? That’s the $128,000 dollar question, allowing for inflation...

The sound

What does the Sx200 system sound like? That’s the $128,000 dollar question, allowing for inflation. We are not talking about a studio monitor, nor are we talking about a top end home hifi speaker. The requirements of PA are different in that the sheer quantity of sound is the key factor, taking the size of the enclosures into account. And there is no particular requirement for a flat response, it just has to sound good. I have heard a number of small PA speakers where the sound quality has been on the borderlines of acceptability for anything other than music which is meant to sound amplified, such as rock music, and if the sound produced by the Sx200 was in the same category I would certainly say so. But within all reasonable expectations the sound quality really is good, and I would be happy to use these speakers for all types of music (speech too) where small speakers are appropriate. I wouldn’t list them as first choice for the classical guitar PA I mentioned earlier because where extremely small quantities of sound are required, good small hifi speakers can give a better result, but I don’t think you will be disappointed when you try the Sx200s out. Of course, with such small cabinets it is going to be the bass that is the problem area. Without the subwoofers, the sound is pleasant but lightweight. Raising the low frequency profile excessively results in extra ‘bottom’, but it is not all that well defined so care is necessary to find the right compromise. With the subwoofer the bass is very adequate for appropriate types of use, and in conclusion the Electrovoice Sx200 System has my recommendation.


Specifications

Sx200 full range speaker

  • Frequency range 80Hz to 25kHz
  • Usable low frequency limit 55Hz (10dB down point) with Xp200 controller
  • Power handling 300 watts (long term average)
  • Sensitivity 101.5dB SPL (300Hz to 2kHz, 1 watt input measured at 1 metre)
  • Dispersion 65 x 65 degrees (horizontal and vertical, 2kHz to 20kHz, measured at 6dB down points)
  • Transducers 1” compression HF, 12” LF
  • Nominal impedance 8 ohms
  • Input connections Two Neutrik Speakon NL4MP in parallel
  • Dimensions 58.7 x 42.9 x 31.2cm
  • Weight 17.7kg

Sb120 bass module

  • Frequency range 50Hz to 500Hz
  • Usable low frequency limit 43Hz (10dB down point) with Xp200 controller
  • Power handling 300 watts (long term average)
  • Sensitivity 94dB SPL (50Hz to 200Hz, 1 watt input measured at 1 metre)
  • Dispersion Essentially omnidirectional
  • Transducer 12” long throw LF
  • Nominal impedance 8 ohms
  • Input connections Two Neutrik Speakon NL4MP in parallel
  • Dimensions 58.7 x 42.9 x 31.2cm
  • Weight 14.6kg
By David Mellor Thursday January 1, 2004