The original Mackies were designed and built by RCF in Italy, Mackie then moved manufacturing to China and never changed the designed but the quality of components were lowered.

The new MAckies are much better than the older China versions.

If the question is the new or old, the new wins hands down.

If you are going to compare the new mackies with the current crop of powered speakers, it's going to be a much harder decision

hope this helps

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