The iQ and iX speakers look very similar, except for the electronics (more powerful amplifier, UltraNet connection for the iQ, Bluetooth for the iX).
Do they use the same speakers for low- and high-end and the iQ only has a more powerful amplifier (at least at peak RMS) to get less distortion / clipping at high volumes? Or are both the amplifier and the speakers different for iX and iQ? Is there an audible difference in sound quality between the products?
If I would get an Ultranet-enabled mixer in the future, would I be loosing a lot by only connecting to a digital stagebox from the mixer and then via normal XLR from the stagebox to the speakers?
I didn't previously respond to your post because I have no knowledge or experience with the iX line. So I don't know whether they use the same drivers, etc. I do have one iQ12 and planning on getting a second one in a week or so. Robert, on the other hand has a number of the iQ speakers and really likes them. We were actually discussing the iQ line last night (waiting for the forum to go live again). One thing he mentioned that he noticed with the iQ is that you can push them hard without any noticeable distortion.
The one advantage of using the Ultranet interface is the ability to set some of the DSP settings in the digital console itself, such as the speaker emulation, etc. Unfortunately not all settings are currently available from the console. TurboSound does have a nice editor that can be run from a laptop and connected to the speaker's USB port.