Let’s take an in-depth look at the Mackie SRT210 powered speaker. In this article, we’ll go over the speaker’s key features and specs, the settings we use at our events, recommendations about who the speaker is for, and answer some speaker-related FAQs.
Quick Answer: The Mackie SRT210 is a well-rounded, lightweight, versatile 10″ speaker ideal for an AV production company serving event clients. Multiple inputs and built-in digital mixing tools mean you don’t always need to ship a mixer to more basic events.
- Mackie SRT210 Powered Speaker: https://currentprice.io/mackie_srt210
Putting Our Mackie SRT210 Overview Into Context
Pre-Covid, Kettner Creative was an audio-visual company running up to 1300 events a year. The events ranged from a pair of speakers at a trade show booth to 20,000 capacity conventions spread across 12 rooms at a convention center.
Mackie says the SRT210 is a workhorse for the live event industry, so we’re going to be looking at the features that we would expect to see and use all the time at our client’s events. We’ll also point out any must-have features that we feel are missing.
Mackie SRT210 Powered Speaker Specs
We’ll look at some of the specifications in more detail, but here’s a quick overview of how the SRT210 stacks up.
XLR Direct out per channel + Mix out
47 Hz – 20 kHz
5 voicing modes, 3-band EQ, delay (0-100 ms)
28.2 lbs / 12.8 kg
Mackie SRT210 Power & Peak SPL
- Peak Power: 1600 W
- Peak SPL: 128 dB
While the SRT210’s peak power is 1600 W, you can expect it to routinely run in the low hundreds. That means you could easily get 6-8 of these speakers on a single 15 A circuit.
Even at the craziest parties, you are unlikely to be pushing this speaker beyond 110 dB, and anything over 100 dB is starting to put the guests’ hearing at risk. If you need to go higher, we recommend using more speakers instead of pushing one to its limit.
Mackie SRT210 Frequency Response
- Frequency Response: 47 Hz – 20 kHz
This range is typical of a 10″ speaker; it’s not getting down as low as 20 Hz, so you will need to add a sub to your setup for any music-heavy events.
Mackie SRT210 Speaker & Horn
- Medium Driver: 10″
- Horn: 1.4″
The Mackie SRT210 is a two-way speaker with a 10″ mid driver at the bottom and a 1.4″ horn at the top to deliver those higher frequencies.
Mackie SRT210 Speaker Acoustics
- Width: 90°
- Height: 60°
With an acoustic range of 90° x 60°, the SRT210 produces a wide, boxy field of sound, making it a very flexible speaker.
We would often run two of these speakers grouped in an array on either side of a large ballroom stage, aligned so that each pair provides 180° coverage for that side of the room.
Mackie SRT210 Mounting Options
The Mackie SRT210 offers a lot of the standard mounting options you would expect. The casing’s angular, low profile shape makes it versatile in a variety of free-standing floor positions too.
- On its side
Great for a low profile front of stage front fill.
- On its side – Angled up
Perfect when using the speaker as a floor wedge for a musician.
- Flat pole mount
We would use the speaker in this configuration 95% of the time.
- 7° angled pole mount
When you have to place your speakers up on a stage, the downward angle helps the sound reach your audience and prevents it from being lost to the room.
Mackie SRT210 Weight
- Weight: 28 lbs
In some jurisdictions, there are limits to the amount of weight one person is allowed to carry; this limit can range between 60 lbs to 75 lbs. Coming in at under 60 lbs, one person can safely lift a pair of SRT210s.
This is a huge time saver when you have to carry 15-20 speakers into a convention center!
Mackie SRT210 Carrying Handles
- Side Handle
The SRT210 only has a side-mounted handle, which is a little disappointing. We find the top-mounted handle on the 212 and 215 much more convenient, especially when you have to move a lot of these speakers around a convention center.
Mackie SRT210 Connectivity
- 2 x Combi jack inputs
XLR mic and line level, and 1/4″ (including instrument level).
- 1 x 1/8″ aux input
Mackie SRT210 Bluetooth Connectivity
Bluetooth connectivity is a popular consumer-level feature, so we understand why Mackie has added it to the SRT210, but we would never rely on it for an event.
Whenever we’ve given in to clients wanting to use Bluetooth at an event, something has gone wrong. Either they get a phone call, or they simply forget and walk away with their phone. No matter how it happens, it’s your fault if the music stops.
Mackie SRT210 EQ, Delay, Profiles & Settings
- 3-band EQ & HPF
The Mackie SRT210 processor features a 3-band EQ with a high pass filter, great for super simple setups where you don’t have an audio mixer.
Set a speaker delay of up to 100 ms.
- Profiles & settings
Save up to 10 different profiles with your go-to settings for frequently visited venues or common scenarios.
Mackie SRT210 Powered Speaker Set Up
- Connect the speaker to power
Don’t use a power bar with a powered speaker. Check out the linked article to find out why.
- Perform a factory reset to clear the previous settings
Push the rotary button > Select the settings icon > Config > About/Res… > Factory reset > Yes.
- Connecting a mic-level input
Plug your microphone into the speaker using an XLR cable > Open the config menu > Set CH1 IN to MIC (LINE is the default setting) > Set channel gain.
- Connecting a line-level input
Plug your input into the speaker > Set channel gain.
If you performed a factory reset, the input is set to line-level by default.
- Connecting an aux input
Plug the aux cable into the jack > Set channel gain.
- Direct out
The XLR direct out sends a copy of the input above it to another speaker or device.
- Mix out
The XLR mix out sends all audio inputs to another speaker or device.
Mackie SRT210 Frequently Asked Questions
- How many Mackie SRT210s can I have on a 15 A circuit?
Even if you’re using these speakers for music, you can easily get 6 Mackie SRT210s on a single 15 A circuit.
- How many speakers do I need?
As with most 10″ – 12″ speakers, we recommend 1 Mackie SRT210 for every 75 guests at your event (seated environment). So for a stage with 150 guests, two speakers would be just fine. For 300 guests in a ballroom, spread 4 speakers across the front. For 450 guests in the same ballroom, add 2 more speakers against the sidewalls, halfway back. See our guide for more information on how many speakers you need.
Mackie SRT210 Speaker Delay Set Up
The built-in delay function found in the Mackie SRT210 means you don’t necessarily need a digital mixer to manage this feature. Delay helps eliminate the artificial reverb experienced by guests at the back of the room, where the sound from speakers at the front of the venue reaches them later than the sound from speakers positioned closer to them.
- Measure the distance from your supporting speaker to the one at the front of the room
- Open the speaker delay menu
Push the rotary button > Select the settings menu > Delay.
- Set the delay
Increase the delay value until the distance shown matches your measurement from step 1, and press enter.
Mackie SRT210 Speaker Voicing
The speaker voicing presets are a series of built-in settings, giving you a quick base setting for various environments and use cases.
We would use this mode when working with an audio mixer and making all EQ adjustments from the console.
Adds a low-mid scoop at around 400 Hz.
Builds on the live profile, adding a high pass filter and a reduction at 6-8 kHz to prevent feedback.
A lot more bass-heavy (as bass-heavy as a 10″ speaker gets anyway!).
Monitor mode rolls off the bass frequencies to help reduce the bass overload that can often occur on stage.
To access the presets: Press the rotary button > Select the settings menu > Mode.
Our Favorite Mackie SRT210 Features
- Factory reset
We think this makes the speaker fast and easy to use.
- iPhone app
While we’d avoid using the app in large-scale production environments, we can see that it would be really helpful for one-man-band operations, adjusting speaker settings remotely.
- Delay feature
A great feature that you can implement without the need for a digital mixer.
Who Is The Mackie SRT210 Good For?
The Mackie SRT210 is perfect for somebody running an AV company. The 210’s size means you can transport 20 units without taking up too much truck space. The built-in digital mixing tools mean you don’t have to send a digital mixer to every event just to set up delays or EQ.
The speaker’s size and shape make it a highly versatile solution that will serve well for the bread and butter events that make up 95% of a production company’s calendar.
Mackie SRT210 Pricing
- Mackie SRT210 Powered Speaker: https://currentprice.io/mackie_srt210
- Mackie SRT212 Powered Speaker: https://currentprice.io/mackie_srt212
- Mackie SRT 215 Powered Speaker: https://currentprice.io/mackie_srt215
- Mackie SRT218 Powered Subwoofer: https://currentprice.io/mackie_sr18s
- Mackie ProFX10v3: https://currentprice.io/profx10v3
- XLR Cable: https://currentprice.io/xlr_cable
- TRS Cable: https://currentprice.io/trs_cable
- Mic Stand: https://currentprice.io/desk_stand
- Rode PSA1 Boom Arm: https://currentprice.io/boom_arm
Mackie SRT210 Overview, Setup, & FAQ Topics
- 0:00 – Introduction
- 0:50 – Pricing & Specs
- 1:19 – Event Context
- 2:15 – Specs
- 2:25 – Power & Peak SPL
- 3:35 – Frequency Response
- 3:53 – Speaker & Horn
- 4:06 – Speaker Acoustics
- 4:36 – Mounting Options
- 6:00 – Weight
- 6:28 – Handles
- 7:35 – Connectivity
- 8:02 – Bluetooth Connectivity
- 8:52 – EQ & High Pass Filter
- 9:10 – Delay
- 9:23 – Profiles & Settings
- 9:35 – Factory Reset
- 10:06 – Connect Mic Level Input
- 10:52 – Connect Line Level Input
- 11:17 – Connect Aux Input
- 11:44 – FAQ – How Many Speakers Per 15A Circuit
- 12:01 – FAQ – How Many Speakers Do I Need?
- 12:45 – Setting Up Speaker Delay
- 14:23 – Favourite Features
- 15:15 – Speaker Voicing
- 16:50 – Who Is The SRT210 Good For?
- 18:16 – Final Thoughts