As it so often happens when I receive a product for evaluation, an unexpected opportunity arises to put said product immediately to work. With the LUCAS NANA 608i, (from HK Audio) the original plan was to field test it as a “ceremony” sound system. As luck would have it, shortly after big brown brought the 608i to my doorstep, a group of friends, who play in a band, called requesting vocal reinforcement for a booking that evening.
More accurately, they requested I bring my BOSE PS1 (I still have one of the original ones, with the big D-Shaped bottom) which has been my go-to solution whenever I get a call for this type of job. It’s a beat beat up, but still works just fine. This time, however, being that the 608i was right at hand, I tossed it into the back of the truck and sped off to the gig.
Even without cracking the owner’s manual, it’s obvious from first glance that 608i is a 3-way system with a single 10” sub woofer mounted in the main unit, and two satellite boxes, each with a 4.5” woofer and 1” HF driver, which dock to the main unit during transport. It has 4 combo Mic/Line/Instrument inputs, which is one more than I would need. The inputs are the XLR-or-1/4” type which have become pretty much the standard. A selector switch on each channel sets the sensitivity. There are 8 input channels in all when you include the additional 1/4” (2) and RCA/mini-plug jacks. Those will come in handy for playing wedding music as will the built-in bluetooth capability – but for now, it’s all about vocals.
Next – setting up the satellite speakers—which are cleverly clipped right to the main unit. Simply turn two little releases to undock the two smaller units from the housing. Next, pull the two part speaker pole from it’s bag, and set this in place on the main unit. This requires a small knurled adapter that apparently provides extra support for the pole. Don’t lose this adapter or you’ll be unable to use the pole mount. I suggest taping it right to the bottom of one of the pole sections so it doesn’t get misplaced.
With the pole mounted to the main unit, simply clip the two satellite speakers to the provided plastic support, position it at the top of the pole, and connect to the LEFT output (as I was using only side in MONO) of the main unit with the provided Speakon cable. Assembly is complete and can probably be done in less time than it took you to read about it here.
From that point, it was just matter of running microphone cords and setting the levels. The one thing that became apparent at this point was the lack of any EQ controls on the 608i’s mixer, at which point I was thinking, “Hmmm.. Maybe I should have cracked open the owner’s manual.” As it turns out, that would have explained how to EQ the system, and I’ll go into that in part 2 of this review. As it turned out, for this application, I was able to dial in the vocal sound I wanted simply by adjusting the level of the subwoofer. Then, I added a bit of reverb for richness, and viola!, happy singers.
The following evening, the 608i got it’s first crack at providing sound for a wedding ceremony, and I’ll talk about that, the wireless capabilities of this rig and how we tried to fry the subwoofer in part 2.
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