RCF EVOX 8: Active Adventures

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DVS and wireless DMX aside, the most important change in the mobile-DJing world over the past 15 or 20 years has been the continued innovations with active loudspeakers.

Of course, bigger shows like proms, corporate events and mega-weddings still require substantial sound reinforcement, but in the world of average events (150-person weddings and the like), the options for reasonably powerful, compact speakers has grown exponentially in recent years.

Unfortunately, as size and weight has declined, so has sound quality in some quarters, with very few smaller speakers being able to reproduce mids, highs and bass with any real accuracy and clarity.


Enter the audio experts at premiere Italian speaker manufacturer RCF to change the paradigm.

The EVOX series is RCF’s latest line of compact, portable PA speakers for users looking for a small footprint without sacrificing sound quality and power. Taking what might be described as the Bose L Series idea and making it even more compact and powerful, RCF has produced an amazing product here. I was provided with a pair of EVOX 8 speakers and, honestly, could not be more impressed.

The EVOX 8 is driven by a 700-watt RMS amplifier and is made up of a 12-inch subwoofer with a satellite module of eight two-inch, full-range compression drivers capable of achieving 128 dB max SPL. The EVOX array design features constant horizontal directive coverage of 120-degrees and a vertical array of 30-degrees, guaranteeing a correct listening environment and avoiding high-frequency beaming that’s typical of a straight array.

The system is also designed for easy transport and storage and the included three-piece pole allows the satellite to be positioned at varying heights, depending on your application.

Any discussion about the EVOX 8 has to begin with the fact that it is an amazingly compact system that’s completely self-contained and weighs in at just 51 pounds. There is a slot at the back of the speaker that accommodates the array section, an easily transportable 3-piece pole system (complete with clamps to keep your wires cleanly positioned behind the pole) and a super simple Speakon/Powercon system that is quick to set up and virtually foolproof. There is an available RCF bag for storing all the components and an optional trolley with wheels that makes the transport of this system incredibly easy.

But, none of this ease-of-transport means anything if a system struggles to move your dancefloor, and this is there the EVOX stands above all other compact line-array-type systems.

Having previously reviewed the mighty RCF HD32A, I am familiar with the virtues of RCF tweeters and found the mids and highs on the EVOX 8 to be every bit as pleasant as HD32A. Due to the decreased weight and the 8’s design, I was able to position the tops much higher than most other powered speakers, allowing the EVOX to truly cover the entire crowd from front to back, side to side.

The 12-inch sub is also formidable, with rich, punchy sound that handled everything I could throw at it from jazz to house music. It began to lose some of its punch when playing tracks with sub-bass (trap, dubstep, drum-n-bass), but that is more down to the physical limitations of a 12-inch speaker than anything the engineers at RCF missed.

In the end, I will be keeping my big-boy system for crowds of 200-plus or events where I need to push out 130+ SPL. But for all of the other events on my calendar (and 80-percent of them fall into this category), the EVOX 8 will become my system of choice.

Easy to carry, easy to set up, easy on the ears and eyes—the EVOX 8 is truly a major step forward for portable active PA systems. RCF has scored another victory here. Highly recommended.

6 Comments

  1. Apache Cai

    July 7, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Hi Paul, I’m also debating whether to get the Evox 8 or HD32A. I currently own the Art312 MK3 but found them lack of bass. I mainly use the systems for singing with backing music tracks, but occasionally I need to mic up the whole band including drums, what do you recommend? (I dedicated subs besides these tobs). Thanks a lot!

    • Paul Dailey

      July 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Apache – Nice to hear from you.

      I own a pair of RCF HD32As along with an RCF 8004AS sub, which is my monster system. I also now own the Evox 8 and like them both for different reasons.

      If you are using other subs – and looking for new tops, I would say the HD32A are just amazing speakers. They cover up to 200 people easily and sound clear and crisp. The Evox cannot compete with the HD32As and a bigger sub – they are simply not loud enough. BUT, for smaller events – I love my Evox.

      Different tools for different jobs.

      • Apache Cai

        July 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

        Thank you for the detail, Paul. From clarity’s perspective, is the Evox 8 as outstanding as HD32A? I’m also looking for a sub, what do you recommend? (Event size about 200-250), have been thinking RCF sub705as ii and FBT subline 15a. RCF is releasing the Evox 12, so not sure if I just get a pair of Evox 12 without sub, or get the HD32A with a sub?

        • Paul Dailey

          July 15, 2015 at 9:03 am

          Apache – I think you should go look at both products online, as you may be unclear on what is what.

          The Evox system includes a mini line aray (tops) and a sub. You dont need a separate sub if you buy Evox. But the point of Evox is to be compact and simple to use. If you need a big sub to power a big crowd, Evox isnt the best choice.

          Evox 12 will be a bigger sub and a 12 pieces line array – so more powerful than Evox 5 and Evox 8.

          I dont know about the 705 Sub but my impression is that it is an older design. If you buy a pair of those subs they will sound good, but it is also dependent on what top you pick.

          If you buy an HD10, then those 705s would likely be fine. If you want HD32As for your tops, those 705s would not be able to keep up.

          Do a bit more research and if you have detailed questions – Full Compass is a good resource. Good luck man.

          • Apache Cai

            July 17, 2015 at 1:18 am

            Thanks, Paul. Got you point. I’ll probably go by 2 HD10s and one dedicated sub such as Art905, almost the same price as a pair of Evox 8 but a little more powerful.

  2. Juan J Perez

    November 16, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I purchased 4 RCF Evox 5 I find it to be good for uptoo 300 people

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