Hands-On Review:B-52 Matrix 1000 PA System

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B-52 Matrix 1000 PA System

Great mobile sound is built right in.

By Alex Berkson


There are many aspects of mobile DJ life that remain frustratingly out of your control. How many times have you been asked to set up in the corner of a long and tall rectangular room, only to have party-goers complain about the sound? Fighting bad acoustics, odd requests, overly aggressive patrons, and other situational issues is part and parcel of being a DJ.


Wrestling with your sound system every night, however, should not be part of your life. Unfortunately many DJs suffer avoidable problems due to poor sound system design. Electricity and signal woes, speakers that never sound the same way twice, connection problems, and the hard manual labor of lugging around a backbreaking system can drain your enthusiasm for the job and kill any pleasure you derive from it. Don't waste your time on the same problems over and over again-get a system that works for you, not against you.



B-52 Matrix 1000 Sound System

These problems were the focus of B-52's engineering team and the Matrix 1000 represents a simple but elegant solution. B-52, a veteran company based in Huntington Park, California, is approaching it's 25th year in business and has developed a very successful line of impressive professional speaker systems. They offer more than 75 distinct active and passive models in 10 categories ranging from large permanent installations to compact mobile systems. From top to bottom, each speaker is built with the highest quality components and is designed by some of the most well-respected engineers in the world. DJs and sound contractors everywhere rely on B-52s for insanely great, trouble-free sound night after night.


Click to Enlarge It's all in the design
It is easy to see why B-52's Matrix 1000 is exciting for anyone needing a system that delivers superior sound and mobility without losing flexibility in the process. With the Matrix 1000 your sound problems will disappear faster than free beer on spring break. This system consists of a 15" subwoofer with a built-in 700W three-channel amplifier that also powers the 10" two-way satellite speakers. An electronic crossover, compressor, and equalizer are built into the amplifier circuitry and have been fine-tuned to match the output levels of all components.


One of the most common mistakes made with mixer-amplifier-speaker combinations is the use of components that are not properly matched. It is crucial that your speakers and amplifier be carefully mated in wattage and impedance. It is very easy to cause speaker damage by using an amplifier with either too much or too little power. The lack of headroom, or reserve power, will cause the amp to clip, sending a distorted signal to your speakers that can easily blow out the components. With the Matrix 1000 this simply doesn't happen. All of the components were designed to work in harmony, so matching problems are a thing of the past.


Click to Enlarge Having an amplifier overheat in the middle of a gig is a huge hassle. If you don't have your system set up right, you're guaranteed to overheat or shutdown. The Matrix 1000 amplifier has two built-in fans and a substantial heat sink to keep the amplifier running cool. The Matrix 1000 amplifier does not suffer from problems common to amps not properly matched to the speakers they drive. So your Matrix 1000 is one cool customer-literally!


With all the variation in room shapes and sizes (see problem scenario one in the intro), there aren't really any absolutes in speaker placement when it comes to mobile systems. The best thing you can do is to get your speakers up in the air above shoulder level. When mounting the Matrix 1000 satellites on speaker stands, you elevate your speakers above the crowd and prevent loss of mid and high frequency sound that would otherwise be absorbed by the audience.


Click to Enlarge If you've ever dealt with insufficient coverage before, you know how this can ruin the night for everyone. It's what happens when you get 1,500 screaming teenagers in a gymnasium with two speakers on the floor and a tiny amp. Parting the hair of the first eight rows of dancers with high-volume music in order to make it audible for those in the rear of the room is not acceptable. With 150W driving each of the two-way satellites and 400W going to the sub, everyone will be able to hear all of the music without blowing anyone out of the room.


The Matrix 1000 provides extremely even and well-defined coverage. For ultra-large settings, multiple Matrix 1000 systems can be connected together by running XLR cables from the outputs of one Matrix system to the inputs of the next system. You can daisy-chain as many systems as you like-a Matrix can expand ad-infinitum.


Tearing down
Packing up is never a pleasure, but owning the Matrix 1000 will make it a lot faster and easier. The front panels of both two-way speakers are convex so they will fit perfectly onto the subwoofer's front grille. Turn the subwoofer onto its casters, pull down the satellite speakers, strap the satellites to the subwoofer, and cover the whole system with the included cover. The whole rig can roll through any standard-sized door with ease.


While there is no such thing as a perfect solution for every individual's sound system problems, the Matrix 1000 is as close as it gets. It cures a lot of woes that DJs and bands running mobile PAs encounter. The B-52 Matrix 1000 is a mobile system with the power and authority to truly move and entertain the crowd.


For complete convenience, pick up the Matrix 1000 Value Package. It includes the Matrix 1000 System, plus two speaker stands and two 20' Conquest 16-gauge speaker cables. It's a special deal on a remarkable PA system and all the accessories you need to set it up and run your show.





  • Subwoofer power output: 400W
  • Satellite power output: 150W
  • >1% THD
  • XLR I/O
  • Speakon speaker NL4-style connector
  • Frequency: 120Hz; 24dB/octave
  • Speaker: 1 x 15"
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 40Hz-120Hz +/- 3dB
  • Max SPL: 127dB
  • Weight: 115 lbs.
SatellitesComplete system
  • Woofer: 1 x 10"
  • HF Driver: 1 x 3/4" titanium diaphragm on horn
  • Dispersion: 900 x 400
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 120-19KHz +/- 3dB
  • Max SPL: 124dB
  • Weight: 25 lbs.
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Dimensions (transport): 19"W x 39"H x 23"D


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