When it comes to column personal PA system design, Samson doesn’t mess around. Their Resound VX8.1 comes loaded with eight 3.5″ speakers arranged in a mini line array atop a 12″ subwoofer. This gives you low frequencies down to 40Hz. Backed by a mighty 700-watt, Class D amplifier, the Resound VX8.1 can blast out 125dB and cover up to a 200º spread. A 3-channel mixer accommodates everything from singer/songwriters and soloists to small bands, and you even get Bluetooth playback — perfect for playing along to backing tracks. And when it comes to holding up to regular use, you’ll be hard pressed to find a tougher column PA on the market.
One of the things many of us here at Musiekwereld like the most about the Resound VX8.1 is its 3-segment column construction. Not only does this configuration allow you to break down your Resound VX8.1 for easy storage and transportation, it also lets you control the width of the array. By default, the horizontal spread is 120º, but when you rotate two of the Resound VX8.1’s segments 45º in opposite directions, you get a 200º spread that’s perfect for large audiences.
Flexible 3-channel mixer
The Resound VX8.1’s integrated mixer adds versatility to this amazing sound system. The mixer includes plenty of useful I/O, allowing you to connect microphones, instruments, and line-level gear. What’s more, this mixer includes Bluetooth connectivity, which lets you play music remotely from your phone or computer. And if you want to expand your system with an additional Resound VX8.1, then the Thru output makes chaining them easy. On top of that, integrated DSP gives you four preset modes (Music, Live, Speech, DJ) for the perfect sound.
Power meets portability
Lightweight Class D amplifiers like the ones in the Resound VX8.1 are revered throughout the sound-reinforcement world for their extreme light weight. The ones Samson packed into the Resound VX8.1 are heavy hitters, providing a total of 700 watts (350 watts to the array and 350 watts to the subwoofer). With the weight off the amp, Samson was free to build the Resound VX8.1 from sturdy materials, including solid plywood and steel. The result is a slim and highly portable PA system that travels like a champ.