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Re: New Speaker On The Way - EV Everse 8

Postby Rusty Mike » 23 Nov 2022, 15:56

Spider wrote:Thanks so much for the early impressions Mike, it's always nice to have some real-world reports for such a new product. I've been using a pair of EV ZX-A1 for years now, and they're definitely the best speakers I've ever tried, for the same reasons that you like the Everse: small and lightweight but with an amazing sound, clear and transparent but not shrill or honky. And really cheap for the quality they provide, which never hurts!

One question: were you running the comparison in mono? If the EV was receiving only one channel of the stereo signal and the QSC the other, of course they would sound vastly different.


Thanks Spider.

The ZX-A1 is an impressive speaker. I was at NAMM in 2012 when they were introduced. EV had them hidden in a much larger speaker shell, trying to show people the level of quality that they produce even with an 8" speaker. Unfortunately the I/O doesn't work for my needs and they don't seem to be very popular here in the US.

To answer your question, yes I ran the speakers in mono, but using both outputs on the Nord. The 1 & 2 outputs ran from the Stage into their own separate channels in the mixer. No panning, so they are essentially two mono signals mixed together. Each mixer output sent the same signal to each speaker, making them mono reproductions.

Moreover, the QSC was connected to the Left mixer output and the EV to the right. If we go by our conventional thinking here, the right channel output (treble) would have been more piercing at the upper range. Again, since both left and right signals were even, it wasn't an issue.
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Re: New Speaker On The Way - EV Everse 8

Postby Rusty Mike » 23 Nov 2022, 16:15

Rehearsal Update

I used the EV on Monday night's rehearsal. As mentioned earlier, we rehearse in a church auditorium about the size of a grade school gymnasium. Tall ceilings, tons of natural reverb, etc. It was just the big band in the space.

I'm happy to report the EV sounded great in that environment. Prior to rehearsal, our drummer played some tunes on the piano so I could walk around and listen to the dispersion and sound quality. He used different piano samples so I could hear the differences, and they all sounded really great. I did a slight tweak to the graphic EQ - a tick down at 400Hz and a tick up at 2.5kHz. The presence, projection and sound quality all were very satisfying. It worked very well with the typical EQ settings I use on my piano patches.

Something else I want to mention about sound quality. I'm not sure others experience this, but there are some Nord piano samples where the upper treble range sounds very "tinkly" through the QSC's. The Grand Imperial and Italian Grand are two that come to mind, and are part of the reason I don't use them. It's a prime spot for jazz piano solos and the notes just disappear. The EV does not have this characteristic all. All of the pianos come through clear and strong throughout the range.

There was plenty of volume with headroom to spare. I did not have to change any volume settings compared to the QSC, and even turned it town a few times. So far, I'm very happy with this speaker.

This Monday we're playing a dance gig in a moderate size performance space. About 100 people are expected, so this will be a decent test. If all goes well, I will most likely put my K8.2's up for sale and buy another Everse to keep a stereo pair. I also own an original K10, but may still hang onto that one as sometimes I need to fill in on LH bass and that serves as a makeshift bass amp very well.
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Re: New Speaker On The Way - EV Everse 8

Postby Rusty Mike » 29 Nov 2022, 16:38

First Gig with the Everse

We played a dance gig last night. A local community arts center has a dance week festival, and the band kicked it off with a swing dance instructor. Great crowd, lots of dancing, happy people and a very appreciative audience. This was pretty much standard old style big band stuff - Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Sammy Nestico arrangements, etc.

The space is approximately 50'/15m wide by about 30'/9m deep and maybe 20'/6m high. About 60 dancers in addition to the 17 band members. Solid floor, drop ceiling and solid walls with the exception of full length curtains behind the band (the drummer and bass player were not happy at all). Unfortunately, the stage setup was less than ideal, as it was a 3-riser stage where the tiers were not very deep. The drummer had to set up on an angle, and took some unusual stand placement to get his kit working. I set up facing the band, but my speaker was right in front of me pointing out to the audience so I only caught a piece of my own sound all night long. As you face the band, the piano is usually to the left of the band, so I was near the corner. I have to admit that I could not play as well as I usually do because of the trouble hearing the piano clearly. When I struggle with the sound balance, I tend to play harder, and that is disastrous for dexterity and nuance.

I brought my Zoom H2 recorder with me and set it up in the far diagonal corner on a stand about 10'/3m in the air. The goal was to monitor the projection of the speaker in relation to the band's volume, but try to avoid the crowd conversation noise.

Listening to the recording this morning, I have to say that the EV sounded great! The piano projected exactly when it was meant to, and blended in perfectly. Without the ability to accurately monitor, I just set it at my normal volume levels and played, and the EV performed perfectly. I have a little EQ tweaking to do, as the lower midrange and bass were a bit lacking, but that is easily addressed over the next few sessions. I still can't get over the sound quality this thing produces for the weight.

The speaker is in what I would consider the mid price range, as it retails for $750 US (by comparison, the QSC 8.2 retails for $850). Since it's new, I'm not sure what kind of price breaks you can get right now. I paid full retail, but my retailer sold me a Gator carry bag for very cheap. I'm not one to haggle about price, as I see it more as a value purchase; I don't buy/sell much, hold on to my stuff for a long time and take very good care of it.

There are two more rehearsals and one more gig this month, but I've decided that the Everse is a keeper. I'm going to sell my QSC's. Once they're sold, I'll get another Everse for a matching set.

My hope is that some of you found this review somewhat useful. I know not everyone plays this music, and we all look for different qualities in our equipment. But we can all agree that finding appropriate live amplification for our Nord keyboards has its challenges, and I wanted to just bring some perspective to the forum with this experience.
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Re: New Speaker On The Way - EV Everse 8

Postby OrpheusNY » 29 Nov 2022, 22:21

Mike, when you use these speakers at a rehearsal or a gig, are you plugging in, or using the battery power? Does EV provide any guidance on whether it would be bad for long term battery health to use them plugged in when you don’t need (power) cordless operation?

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Re: New Speaker On The Way - EV Everse 8

Postby Rusty Mike » 30 Nov 2022, 04:52

I will probably use it only plugged in, like any other powered speaker.

Looking at the manual (which is freely available on the Electro Voice website), there is the standard safety language about the battery, and only this regarding charging and usage:

Installation and charging of battery pack
The EVERSE 8 comes pre-installed with a high capacity Li-Ion battery pack. Charge the battery for 24 hours before the first use to ensure maximum battery run time and life expectancy.

To charge the battery:
4 Plug the MAINS IN while the battery is installed in the EVERSE 8 .

After the first full charge, the expected battery charge times are as follows:
– 4 hours or less with no signal and the power switched off.
– 6 hours or less with the power switched on and audio playing at high output levels.

The LCD will display *CHARGING* while the battery is charging with the power switched off.
The LCD will display *FULL* when the battery has reached full charge.

Notice!
Battery self-discharge

All Li-Ion batteries experience self-discharge over extended periods (several months). If a battery sits for an extended period without being charged, the battery may fully discharge. It may take longer than normal to fully recharge. If this occurs, allow the battery to charge a full 24 hours again before using.

Inspect your loudspeaker and battery monthly and recharge the battery. This will help maintain the batteries run time and extend its useful life.
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