Context: I'm an older (retired) dj-hobbyist (paid and unpaid gigs) with decent equipment (Traktor S4 Mk2, QSC K-12s and K-Subs, iPad backup source, etc). I mostly do private parties/events, reunions, occasional wedding, etc. My claim to "fame" is: (1) Good music selection; (2) High-quality playlists tailored to the client/event (mostly iTunes files and 320 kbps MP3 rips w/ Platinum Notes processing as needed); (3) Great-sounding equipment, properly setup; and (4) Decent MC skills. I play a fair amount of oldies, some beat-matched dance sets, and a lot of "cocktail-hour" background music. Frankly, lugging around my K-12s to smaller venues that didn't require chest-thumping bass got tiresome, so I decided to get some smaller PAs. Naturally, I considered the QSC K-8s (I think the K-12s are great) and the DXR8s. They're very similar, but in the end I went with DXR8s because of price (they were $250 cheaper for the pair with rebates) and because Crutchfield is an authorized Yamaha dealer and proven commodity to me (yeah, I'm a fanboy). QSC makes a very high-quality product, but their online authorized dealers are iffy (I have first-hand experience with a number of them). QSC is very clear on their website that their warranty only obtains through their authorized dealers. I don't think it's fair to compare the DXR8s to my K-12s, but, subjectively, the DXR8s are very musical for PAs and sound a little smoother/less-sibilant than my K-12s. The K-12s, naturally, have more punch.
Pros: DXR8 Price vs. QSC K-8s Quality product Musical PA sound Versatile inputs and onboard mixer (but see "Cons" below) All switches, knobs, etc. feel exactly the same on both speakers (i.e., consistent quality) The dual stand-mounting-hole (level and downward-angled) arrangement vs. QSC K-8's single adjustable mounting-hole
Cons: Relative to QSC K-8s: Prefer K-8s 2 "combo" (XLR/TRS) inputs vs. 1 XLR and 2 TRS inputs on DXR8; switches/knobs feel slightly more robust on K-8
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