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The new RCF 4PRO Series 3002SMA: Powered fold-back… seriously

Finally, someone has developed a commercially available, purpose-designed, powered fold-back wedge that doesn’t cost the earth. If you are having trouble coming to terms with that statement, then read on.

In a speaker market simply drowning in product you would think that shopping for a good, but not too expensive, fold-back monitor would be an easy task. You would consider the hard part would be deciding between the many on offer. Well next time you are shopping for a good wedge (especially a powered one), consider this; there aren’t any, unless you have a big pile of cash to throw down.

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Compact with full-range performance

The fact is, with all the attention manufacturers have put onto making compact front-of-house boxes, almost nobody has really put the effort and time into developing really good purpose-designed monitors. This especially applies to powered monitors. There are some so-called, “multi-purpose” boxes but that generally means “multi-compromise”. The main reason appears to be lack of potential sales volume and the technical fact that it is harder to make a really good stage monitor than it is to build a good FOH box.

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Compact with full-range performance

With the worldwide success and pro-market acceptance of the RCF Art series boxes, RCF engineers decided to take up the difficult challenge of creating a compact, pro-standard, powered foldback monitor that monitor engineers would want to use.

A 1.4-inch driver flare combination designed specifically for monitors
A 1.4-inch driver flare combination designed specifically for monitors

The 4PRO is for pros

The result is the 4PRO Series 3002SMA. The 4PRO series products are RCF timber professional powered speakers, and they have already raised a few eyebrows in the price/performance department as they equal or surpass many upper price tag concert products for half the price. The reason for their success is related to the fact RCF would easily be the world’s leading high-tech driver manufacturer at this time. It’s easy for RCF to custom manufacture specialised components and it’s the summation of attention to small details that ultimately lead to a better product.

Lightweight and loud.
Lightweight and loud.

So what’s it got?

RCF 4PRO 3002SMA is an active, wide dispersion two-way bi-amped, self-powered dedicated fold-back monitor. It integrates a high power split rail low-frequency 350-watt amplifier, plus a class A+B top-end amplifier. With a complete digitally controlled electronic processor section matched to RCF low distortion, high power custom-designed transducers.

All electronics are on board this great looking fold-back wedge

All electronics are on board this great looking fold-back wedge

That was a mouthful but the result is a robust, highly efficient and accurate system, producing clean vocals with a uniform frequency response. Did I mention the new horn and phase plug geometry? You can get it to a high SPL before you need to touch the EQ and it’s built like a brick, yet with high-tech, lightweight drivers and Baltic birch cabinet (complete with fly points), it doesn’t weigh a ton. Remember this next time you have to carry a rack of amplifiers up four flights of stairs.

As a standalone monitor, it’s a great package and when you add up all the gear you now won’t need to put in the truck for a multi-send monitor system, it’s pretty good value as well, (not to mention truck space).

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