The StudioLive 328AI is a 3-way system that features dual 8-inch woofers, a coaxial 8-inch midrange speaker and 1.75-inch compression driver. It delivers full-range and high-powered performance in a very compact and handsome package. These transducers are driven by a hefty 2,000W RMS of quad-amplified, Class D power. The rear of the 328AI active speaker reveals a combo XLR/TRS line input and an XLR microphone input with an XMAX Class A mic preamp and 12V phantom power, as well as an XLR mix output. In addition to the input mixer, you get speaker level-attenuation control, USB and Ethercon connections.
PreSonus uses ferrite woofers which are a bit heftier than neodymium magnets. What I mean is that the plywood enclosure weighs in at 56 lbs. The 328 is pole-mountable and has two ergonomic side handles, interlocking stacking, and M10 fly points. Four operation modes allow the user to choose DSP presets for their application, such as MP3 playback, live performance, or stage monitoring—or create a custom preset using SL Room Control software for Mac, Windows, and iPad. For my purposes I set the speakers at “live performance”.
My gig was supplying live audio for a meeting of about 50 individuals representing chamber of commerce’s and business entities that are centered in the Los Angeles county. My contract is with a company called BizFed which organizes these meeting on a quarterly basis. The sound requirement for these events is to simply deliver perfect audio. Well, the Presonus speakers helped me do just that.
Right out of the box the 328’s sound amazing. The speakers are beautifully voiced. They sound natural and authentically reproduce the human voice. I also played some programmed music through them and that sounded great. The only limitation I had is that this was only a speaking gig. I would like to hear the 328’s as monitors or front of house speakers. Which actually will happen because my friend, editor and writer Bill Evans will be reviewing the entire StudioLive speaker line.