Active Stage Monitors: Simplicity In One Package

If you're in need of a set of stage monitors for your portable church or another setup, these models from Behringer, dB Technologies, Electro-Voice, JBL, QSC, Peavey, RCF, Renkus-Heinz, Turbosound and Yamaha offer various quality options for your church.

In need of a monitor solution for your worship band, predominantly two solutions exist: In-ears or stage monitors.

Worship Tech Director already featured eight in-ear monitor models a few months ago in a slideshow:

It's Time to Be Heard Clearly Without the Loudly, by Andres Caamano

Therefore, it made sense to now offer up a series of 10 stage monitors. Each provides the most valuable simplicity, whether you work in a portable church, or for those who don't want to be concerned with matching the right amplification with the stage monitors. Each model featured is an active, powered stage monitor.

If any of these 10 models will be planned to serve as stage monitors in your worship space, each should handle that role well.

While this slideshow features active stage monitors, passive models will be featured in a future slideshow.

Seeking Power, Stage Monitors Offer Choice

Among these 10 powered stage monitors, though, they each come with an all-in-one package of having their own amplification. Each offers continuous power ranging from 200 watts, up to 1,000 watts. At first glance there might seem to be a wide discrepancy in the power performances between some of the models. But realize if these speakers will serve as stage monitors in your worship space, each should handle that role well.

At the high end of the power scale, is the impressive QSC K10. That model can serve well as a small format speaker, but with the benefit of including wedge bumpers, can easily handle the loudest stage environments with its 1,000 watt continuous rating as a monitor. Other models offering plenty are the Yamaha DXR10, at 700 watts, and the RCF ST Series 15-SMA, at 600 watts.

Portable Church Setups: Don’t Discount Weight

If you’re looking to add stage monitors for a portable church arrangement, then weight should definitely be a consideration. The last thing you want is have your volunteer tech staff groan each week when setting up prior to service. Among the 10, only one tips the scale at more than 50 pounds, the Renkus-Heinz CF-121M-2, at 54.4 pounds. Even better, four of the models come in at under 35 pounds. That’s pretty impressive, recognizing an amplifier's built in to each monitor (Turbosound Flashline TFM122M-AN, QSC K10, Yamaha DXR10, JBL EON612). If you choose any of the lighter options, your volunteers (and their backs) will thank you for the gesture.

Pay Attention to Balanced Connections

When it comes to working with inputs and outputs, one thing to keep in mind is whether you need a stage monitor with balanced XLR inputs or outputs, 1/4 inch connections, or whether your balanced cables are to connect with XLR/TRS combo jacks.

Among the 10, each offers a variety of either separate XLR, 1/4 inch or XLR input connections. Then there are those that are paired with a single combo plug. Unfortunately, half of the models only incorporate XLR connections.

Half offer flexibility in some form or another, as the Turbosound Flashline TFM 122M-AN and QSC K10 offer separate XLR and XLR/TRS combo jack connections, along with the Electro-Voice ZLX12P and JBL EON612. The Peavey PV 15PM monitor, offers the XLR/TRS combo jack, along with ¼" TRS connections.

The other five, the Behringer F1320D, dB Technologies FM12, RCF ST Series 15-SMA, Renkus-Heinz CF-121M-2, and Yamaha DXR10, each offer balanced XLR inputs and outputs, but no XLR/TRS combo jack connections.

With these different variables, make sure that you haven't already invested in wires that won't work with your new setup. If your cables are terminated with TRS ends (avoid needing to invest in adapters), find the right monitor that matches your cables. If you've invested in XLR cables, each model is a perfect match, making it easy.

Which Stage Monitor Fits Your Church’s Budget?

In the interest of offering a wide array of various quality selections on the market, each of the 10 are from different manufacturers. Also in the interest of offering a wide selection of price ranges, the models are spread into three different price groupings. Three range from more than $250 to less than $400 (Behringer, Electro-Voice and JBL). Another four range between more than $400 to less than $700 (QSC, dB Technologies, Yamaha and Peavey). The top trio covers a range between less than $1,000 to less than $1,250 (Turbosound, RCF and Renkus-Heinz).

We understand that this grouping of 10 is in its nature to likely leave out some models from the same manufacturers that are solid stage monitors in their own right, or simply other manufacturers. Nonetheless, I am always interested in hearing from readers who offer their explanation to why another model should be added to this list of stage monitors.

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