Peavey RBN Stage Monitor Speakers music gear review

Music Gear Review: Peavey RBN Series Stage Monitor Speakers

The Peavey RBN Series starts with the RBN 112 speaker enclosure and the RBN 215 powered subwoofer. These active monitor speaker systems are noted for their super reliability and feature an internal temperature monitor combined with a variable-speed cooling fan.

The 1,500-watt RBN 112 monitor includes Peavey’s proprietary 120-mm ribbon tweeter driving an optimized waveguide for a “recording studio” sound. You get a 12-inch dual-voice coil neodymium Scorpion® speaker, level and clip indicators, and onboard DSP provides program EQ presets, infrasonic high-pass filters and a 9-band graphic EQ/delay. The RBN 112 also has a compres- sor/limiter and high/low-pass filters for both crossover and external subwoofer integration. Made from heavily braced 18-mm birch plywood, Peavey’s 2,000-watt RBN 215 powered subwoofer has dual 15-inch woofers and maintains full output down to 36Hz.

The rear panel setup wizard with its LCD screen and built-in VU meter allow selecting the speaker’s application and stage orientation as either monitor wedges or side-fills. The RBN series features two XLR combination inputs, a 3.5mm input, mic/line level selection and auto-off power down.

With side and top handles, multiple side and top fly points, heavy-duty locking casters, pole mount, the RBN 112 sells for $1,499.99 and the RBN 215 sells for $1,999.99 MSRP.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com