Mackie Has New Flagship Loudspeaker Series

Mackie says its new DRM Professional Powered Loudspeakers are its top-of-the-line loudspeaker products. With up to 2,300 watts of power, built-in DSP and full color displays, the DRM Loudspeakers offer what Mackie says is its best quality and reliability for a wide range of applications, including bands, install, houses of worship, rental systems and live events. Available models include the 1,600-watt 12″ DRM212, 1,600-watt 15″ DRM215, 2,300-watt 15″ 3-Way DRM315, 2,000-watt 12″ DRM12A Array, and 2,000-watt 18″ DRM18S Subwoofer. All models are also available in passive boxes.

DRM Series Professional Powered Loudspeakers deliver up to 2300 watts via ultra-efficient Class-D amplifiers with next-gen system protection. Universal power supplies (100-240V) feature Power Factor Correction technology that regulates incoming voltage for peak performance even with unstable AC power.

At the heart of every DRM Series loudspeaker is Mackie’s Advanced Impulse DSP module. Precision crossovers, transducer time-alignment and FIR filters overcome inherent physical attributes that can contribute to poor sound, especially at high SPL.

The DRM Control Dashboard features a color LCD display on the back panel for setup. On the default screen are all the settings, levels, and meters. Full-range models offer 3-band parametric EQ, venue specific voicing modes, alignment delay, user presets, and system lock. The subwoofer features a variable crossover, cardioid mode and more.

Custom high-sensitivity woofers and titanium diaphragm compression drivers housed in braced plywood cabinets are designed for consistent performance. On the exterior, each DRM is covered in a touring-grade textured coating. DRM Series Loudspeakers offer all the configuration options you would expect for professional applications. Equipped with M10 flypoints, dual angle pole mounts, and available line array configurations for maximum versatility. Both the DRM212 and DRM215 feature angled cabinet designs to allow for use as high-powered floor monitors.

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The series also offers solutions for production and install applications. Fly up to four DRM12A cabinets plus two DRM18S subwoofers for large venues and houses of worship. For customers that require passive loudspeakers, every DRM Series model is available as a passive version. Available in select countries, our all-new MX Series Professional Power Amplifiers are the perfect match for DRM Series Passive Loudspeakers. Combine with our SP260 Loudspeaker Processor for the ultimate Mackie passive system.

The Mackie DRM Series Loudspeakers will be available worldwide beginning January 2019. Sold individually, the U.S. list pricing is $999.99 for the DRM212, $1099.99 for the DRM215, $1499.99 for the DRM315, $2099.99 for the DRM12A and $1499.99 for the DRM18S.

The Mackie DRM Series Passive Loudspeakers will be available worldwide beginning February 2019. Sold individually, the U.S. list pricing is $629.99 for the DRM212-P, $699.99 for the DRM215-P, $1099.99 for the DRM315-P, $1499.99 for the DRM12A-P and $799.99 for the DRM18S-P.

The Mackie MX Series Professional Power Amplifiers will be available in select countries beginning February 2019. All the detailed specs are here.

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About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at