QSC K.2 Speakers now have DELAY – This is a BIG deal!
With the K.2 revision of the incredibly successful K series powered speakers, QSC continues to make products that provide the tools that are actually needed in real world situations. Of all of the features that you could possibly put into a powered speaker, at the very top of my wish list for the longest time, has been a simple line delay. While it’s quietly tucked away in the specs and not really highlighted in the marketing material, this is an absolute game changing feature for such a modestly priced, well vetted and proven little utility speaker.
If you’re unsure about the importance of having local delay at a speaker, you have probably not had the pleasure of running multiple hundred foot plus runs of XLR around an event space in order to feed different speakers needing slight differences in their delay times. Being able to run one (or two if you’re into redundancy) XLR cables to the zone speakers and then dial in delay at each location, while passing on the un-delayed signal to the next speaker in the line, is HUGE. It might seem simple, but this will save an incredible amount of time and resources on many of the jobs where we deploy this type of speaker in zones or delay groups.
More than any other speaker I have used in this price range, the K series has always felt from the ground up as though it was designed for real live sound use. They are simple enough to be used by anyone, but fundamentally made for folks who are paying attention to the details when deploying a sound system. When they first came out, their design practically disappeared into the background at events in comparison to the bulbous, odd shaped look of the then ubiquitous JBL EON. The K.2 revision looks to be in keeping with the original K series design and build quality, which is welcomed news.
The original K series came on the scene when the JBL EON was a very typical powered speaker to see in many companies inventories. With a cleaner more discreet design, more comprehensive i/O and superior sound quality, the K series quickly became the choice for those looking to step up from their well worn EON
inventory. Looking at the i/O, you have input, output, pass-through and mixer capabilities that make other boxes look stingy and poorly designed by comparison. Adjustable speaker cups to angle the speak
ers down at the people, gives you the tools to get the coverage you need . Locking power connector, they remembered that too, and now they’ve also added a 3.5mm input for easily connecting your background music.
I’m looking forward to putting the K.2 to the test very soon, and will report back when I’ve had a chance to try them out side by side with their predecessors.