I have mixed feelings about the Galaxy Audio monitor.
On one hand, it’s the only personal monitor that I know of that has throughputs for BOTH channels. Most personal monitors have only one. It also has an always on 24v phantom power, which is good for using a DI box that requires it (in my case I use the amazing sounding DeeEye from Fire Eye Development. The combo channel XLR and 1/4” will ONLY output the XLR signal (hence the DI box) so don’t expect to plug a guitar cable directly into the monitor and have it routed though the XLR pass through.
Glad I tested that before a gig!
On the other hand, it just doesn’t sound all that great, but it’s more than serviceable. I can tweak it enough to make it warm enough to the ears by reducing the mids a bit and boosting the lows, but no matter how you cut it, it’s still a 6” speaker.
It also has a tendency to feedback so volume should be placed in that range where you can hear yourself (akin to playing against a hard surface wall.) Don’t expect to envelop yourself in your own sound, the unit can go that high, but feedback will make it unusable.
I think it’s a great idea though (though with a DI box pass through and Galaxy Audios own splitter you could conceivably make ANY powered monitor do the same thing, just with less control at your fingertips).
The Bluetooth is something I can’t ever see using. I wish that controlled a third stereo channel in, as opposed to channel 2 doing double duty.
My take is that I’ll use it as an emergency all else fails backup. I wouldn’t use this in place of a house monitor. Recently I played a show where there was no monitor or access to the board (it was locked in a rack, but there was a snake to plug into and everything was controlled via iPad). In that case, this personal monitor would have been perfect. It was actually this gig that steered me to purchase the Hotspot.
Should you get one, I recommend practicing with it so you get its nuance of volume before feedback, and general tone changes to your instrument. I’m not disappointed per se. There just isn’t much to choose from in this field.
What surprises me though these days is that with small drivers that sound amazing in Homepods, and Bose line arrays, this monitor couldn’t sound a bit better. But for what it is, I think it’ll be fine. I have three gigs coming up with no monitor. If I discover something new about using it, I’ll update my review.
If you’re on the fence about purchasing, I’d lean into a yes.
The included mic stand adapter is a nice touch. Though it will fit on a mic stand without it.
I also picked up the boom stand adapter and it’s a solid fit.
All in all, I’m keeping it.
*update: I’ve used it on several gigs now and it’s worked out great so raising it a star. Other musicians will thank you for having it, and really it’s easy to just carry around in a small duffel bag. While I stand by my statement in my review that it sounds just ok, in a weird twist of fate, it actually ended being a positive because it’s monophonic EQ nature cut through the restaurant noise surprisingly well. So, yeah, it’s not gonna replace so high fidelity system anytime soon, but it’s a bit and bolts tool every musician should have on hand. Recommended
Update 2: Turns out the Bluetooth came in handy after all. I’ve connected it to my iPad Pro and set up the monitor to be a speaker in front of an exercise machine. No audio latency !
Nice to use the PA6BT for more than only shows.
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