BSS FDS-388 or DBX Driverack 480... Which is right for us?

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Posted by Danny Whitesel on May 08, 2003 at 05:13:03:

After running a Driverack PA on our mains for nearly a year now, we're looking to move on up. Primary reasons for this are:

- our mains are 4 way and, since the Driverack PA is only capable of 3-way output, we have the low output daisy chained through an analog crossover to split up subs and low-mids
- the Driverack PA's noise floor hiss requires us to run the sensitivity on our Macrotechs in the 1.4v position. This results in the console/drive rack running out of gas before the mains do.

Money *is* an object, else we'd just go for two FDS-366s and be done with it. However, we're consdering either a used Omnidrive FDS-388 or a new/used Driverack 480.

Our concerns are as follows:

- Is the Driverack 480's noise floor as bad as the Driverack PA's?
- How do the following items stack up between the two units?

noise floor
transient response
EQs (parametric and graphic)
user interface (The Driverack PA's UI is horrible)

- I'm assuming either can be used in a "subs from an AUX" configuration? Is this true?
- How critical is the tempurature/humidity compensation feature of the Omnidrive? IE: When does this really start to make a difference? Does the Driverack 480 have temp/humidity compensation?
- To what extent can these units be integrated with Smaartlive?

Our mains consist of custom built 3 way tops (modeled after the KF-850) over front loaded subs (up to three stacks per side), all Macrotech driven. Drive rack processing resides at FOH. Our venues range from clubs to outdoor events with clients ranging from locals to regionals, with the occasional national.

Looks like the price of a used Omnidrive is about on par with the street price of a new Driverack 480. So, addressing the issues we have with the Driverack PA is most important for us.

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