Headrush FRFR-108 Active Monitor

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Active Guitar Box

  • Active full-range / flat response guitar box for modellers & multi-effects
  • Contour EQ switch for improving muddy sounding stage mixes
  • Ground lift switch
  • Can be used as floor monitor as well as on a tripod due to wedge housing & tripod flange
  • Speakers: 1 x 8" Custom
  • Tweeter: 1.4" Neodymium
  • Power: 2000 Watt (1000 Watt continuous power)
  • Frequency response: 46 - 22000 Hz (± ± ±3 dB)
  • 2x XLR / 6.3 mm jack combi inputs with independent volume controls and clip indicators
  • XLR Line out
  • 5 Carrying handles
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 434 x 256 x 245 mm
  • Weight: 9.2 kg
  • Colour: Black
Max. Load 2000 W
Speaker size 1x 8"
Weight 9,2 kg
available since January 2019
Item number 456325
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£205
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Amazing Value and Bang for Buck
Stephen662 10.02.2020
I'd done the research, read the reviews and bitten the bullet.

Little did I expect such a great pair of FRFR Speakers when I plugged them in and connected up. I'm driving these from a GR-55 guitar synth currently (soon to be joined by an SY-1000), so the range of tones goes from deep bass to sparkling tops. And these speakers just handle it beautifully. I have yet to power them up to full volume, and using them at home, volume setting 2 seems loud enough, without thinking about turning up to eleven!

There ae no buzzes or hisses or strange atrifacts: just what goes in comes out pristine. Clear and uncoloured.

It's nice to see the extra inputs on the back, so I can accomodate a jam partner, or indeed connect extra inputs for myself, like a looper or drum machine / synth.
Ditto for the output to PA or other gear. I have not touched the EQ switches as I found no need, but will experiment in due course.

The build quality is above what I expected for the price, and I have these not in my studio, but in the living room sat under the TV shelf! They are just about the same size as a pair of domestic Hi-Fi speakers and look sweet. I believe you can remove the Headrush logo from the front grille, but I'm OK with it.

Worth mentioning is I have these on the floor in the upright position: since I'm not going to use a lot of volume using at home this sounds fine. Of course you can mount these on a pole if you are gigging with them: suitable for small to medium venues I reckon. For a larger gig, they can be put horizontally on the floor and are angled up towards you, so great for monitors, with the output feeding the house PA.

They are of moulded contruction, so should take the road nicely. I'd get a cover though or keep the great packaging they arrived in from Thomann (double boxed). Obviously, I can't comment on reliability as these are brand new. But, I think in all honesty, they will provide years of service if not abused.

Total rating; 10 out of 10... which I reckon is rare!
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Powerful & Affordable, But Limited
Buttnugget 16.11.2021
This speaker has plenty of power on hand. It´s lightweight and compact.

The output volume from the XLR output is linked to the input volume trim. I suppose that is useful if you are linking two FRFR units together but if you plan to use that output to send guitar to FOH then It´s not ideal. Every time you change your speaker volume the FOH engineer will have to adjust the gain at the board to compensate. Otherwise you will need a splitter.

Also, at least for my application, a HPF would be far more useful than the EQ contour switch. I'm using this with a NUX Solid Studio IR. Monitoring the NUX through ProTools or direct with headphones sounds great. However, connected to the Headrush the guitar sounds very bass heavy. I ended up modifying a splitter by adding a HPF in order to thin out the signal a bit.

If I could do it over again I would buy the Yamaha DXR8 instead. That said, the Headrush is half the price. Also it goes to 11.
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FRFR on a budget
Beneath 26.07.2021
Bought this product in mid-2019. I used it with my Fractal AX8.
So far so good it still working.

Pros: FRFR speaker that is good for the price
Cons: Sound is somewhat muffled but you can EQ it out.
You might need to buy two of these if you want it in a gigging volume.
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Good enough for my needs
Zanek 22.11.2019
Pros:
- lightweight
- loud enough
- simple to use
- low noise
- two combined XLR/Jack inputs with separate volume regulation

Cons:
- resonance in low frequencies when laying on the floor (stand solves it)
- loss of clarity in high volumes (but it is not intended to be used as PA for big crowds)
- it is rebranded Alto monitor which can be bought for lower price

Overall: good as monitor for Headrush Pedalboard, perfect for home use at low and mid volumes. I can definitely recommend it.
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