B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker  

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The highly sophisticated compression circuitry in the B-52 ACT-1515X loudspeaker allows for impressively high SPLs while minimizing the risk of damage to either the amplifier or loudspeakers. The ACT ... Read More

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The highly sophisticated compression circuitry in the B-52 ACT-1515X loudspeaker allows for impressively high SPLs while minimizing the risk of damage to either the amplifier or loudspeakers. The ACT amplifier employs sophisticated circuitry including four stages of equalization, a built-in compressor, limiter and short circuit / over-current protection. The B-52 speaker has four-stage equalization network built into the amplifier is the perfect complement to the system's dual 15" loudspeaker components.

Features
  • Made in the USA
  • 1000W RMS
  • 13-ply Baltic birch construction
  • Reinforced internal bracings
  • Heavy-duty scratch-resistant durable black paint finish
  • Aeroports for lower distortion & increased output
  • Titanium compression driver on elliptical wave guide
  • Custom 15" transducers optimized for high output & low distortion
  • 16-gauge perforated steel grille for maximum protection
  • Flared ports for highest available output
  • Dimensions (W" x H" x D"): 21.25 x 48.5 x 18.5
Specifications
  • Class H Amplifier with 2-stage power supply
  • 1000 Watts @ 4 Ohms
  • Max system SPL: 136dB
  • Frequency response: 35-19K Hz
  • Max power requirements: @ 120 Volts AC = 5 Amps
  • Max Power Requirements: @ 230 Volts AC = 3 Amps
  • Rated THD: 0.03%
  • Built-in compressor-limiter 4-stage equalization
  • Amplifier S/N ratio = 100dB A-weighted
  • Subsonic filter: 18 dB / Octave @ 30 Hz
  • XLR balanced input & output
  • Amplifier thermal & short circuit protection
  • Signal sensing circuitry with LED indicators
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B-52ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Listen to the others,then listen to B-52!

I always had my doubts on whether a powered system could compete with a system with separate amps and passive speakers.B-52 changed that when I invested in the Act15-15 system.Combined with the Act18...Read complete review

I always had my doubts on whether a powered system could compete with a system with separate amps and passive speakers.B-52 changed that when I invested in the Act15-15 system.Combined with the Act18 powered subwoofers,I would challenge any one to find a system with this kind of output and killer bass.Exellent warranty and considering you will not have to fork out money for any amps makes this a easy decision,especially once you here them for yourselves.Highly recommend.

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worth the low cost, but cabinets & horn mounts could be made sturdier.

When I started playing in a duo locally between international tours, I didn't wish to use a large PA, so bought a couple B52 Act1515 speakers. Though friends claimed they'd be too big...Read complete review

When I started playing in a duo locally between international tours, I didn't wish to use a large PA, so bought a couple B52 Act1515 speakers. Though friends claimed they'd be too big for a duo, the floor footprint is actually smaller than small speakers on speaker stands. (I purchased the model with wheels & back handle) They're easy to throw in the back of my small pickup. The tone can be a bit harsh at times, but clear & punchy. The best thing is they seem impossible to blow. The wheels wore out & broke, so I had to purchase more direct from the B52 company. I did accidently tip one over & the back internal horn mount broke inside. On taking it apart to fix it, I discovered that the horn mount is exceedingly flimsy, so I'd be careful with transporting these. When I ordered the speakers a few years back, they had to deliver them 3 different times 'cause the cabinets were severaly cracked, scratched & broken during transport, so I know to be extra careful with them. I also bought the 18" cabs for subs later, but rarely need to use them. The 15's put out enough bass for most venues I do the duo in. While not the best powered speakers out there, & don't sound nearly as good as powered systems like QSCs, the B52s are very cost effective & I'm mostly happy with my purchase. Though I use them with a duo, it's mainly larger venues doing dance material, using tracked additional parts from my keyboards & computers, plus a guitar & vocals. These would be fine for a local club band, just add cabinets, depending on size of venue. When I tour with bands, I use house PAs, so I'm not sure how these speakers would do traveling more than local. I'd be leary on doing a lot of transporting, because they aren't built as sturdy as many other brands.

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3.0

worth the low cost, but cabinets & horn mounts could be made sturdier.

By Richard Flinders

from Modesto CA

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

When I started playing in a duo locally between international tours, I didn't wish to use a large PA, so bought a couple B52 Act1515 speakers. Though friends claimed they'd be too big for a duo, the floor footprint is actually smaller than small speakers on speaker stands. (I purchased the model with wheels & back handle) They're easy to throw in the back of my small pickup. The tone can be a bit harsh at times, but clear & punchy. The best thing is they seem impossible to blow. The wheels wore out & broke, so I had to purchase more direct from the B52 company. I did accidently tip one over & the back internal horn mount broke inside. On taking it apart to fix it, I discovered that the horn mount is exceedingly flimsy, so I'd be careful with transporting these. When I ordered the speakers a few years back, they had to deliver them 3 different times 'cause the cabinets were severaly cracked, scratched & broken during transport, so I know to be extra careful with them. I also bought the 18" cabs for subs later, but rarely need to use them. The 15's put out enough bass for most venues I do the duo in. While not the best powered speakers out there, & don't sound nearly as good as powered systems like QSCs, the B52s are very cost effective & I'm mostly happy with my purchase. Though I use them with a duo, it's mainly larger venues doing dance material, using tracked additional parts from my keyboards & computers, plus a guitar & vocals. These would be fine for a local club band, just add cabinets, depending on size of venue. When I tour with bands, I use house PAs, so I'm not sure how these speakers would do traveling more than local. I'd be leary on doing a lot of transporting, because they aren't built as sturdy as many other brands.

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5.0

Even better than expected

By Al

from Houston TX

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

I bought 2 of the ACT1515X;s for my classic rock/blues band. These things, combined with my driverack px, sound amazing! They fill all of the clubs we play, and I have had to back down on the levels on the board. I run them wide open 8-12 gigs, and 3 practices per month, and they keep on trucking. Well worth the money.

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5.0

BEST BUY IN ITS CLASS, COMPARE TO JBL OR EV

By Pete Ferrell

from Charleston, West Virginia

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

I have a set of B-52 ACT-1515 coupled with a set of ACT-18 subs. MY BANDS LOVES THEM! We have yet to run short on power headroom in any night club we have played, even the larger rooms. They are clean and "breathy" in tone. Other musicians almost always comment on our P.A. with respect and admiration. Now for another great compliment: Set up time is only a forth of a passive system. No amp ramps to cart and wrestle. Set up is as simple as an XLR from the board or snake to the sub. All crossover, compression, limiter, equalization, and speaker protection are built in. Each ACT-1515 cabinet is pumping out a brutal 1000 Watts RMS. The ACT-18 subs are 800 RMS until you connect the matching B-52 passive cabinet, then you get 1200 RMS. We use a nice 32 channel board with built in FX and that eliminates carting an outboard rack too. We get compliments every place we run this P.A. Set up is lightning fast. The Baltic Birch cabinets are rugged and the electronics reliable even under demanding use. I plan to double my stacks as soon as I can. This same system in JBL cost 60% more. Why buy anything else?

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Amazing

By El Padrino

from Oakland, Ca

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

These things blow every speaker in this price range out of the water. I use 2per side along with the lx-18a/lx18 subs. so loud and clear for indoor and outdoor venues. combined with a driverack px this system can beat out systems that are double the price.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sinply incredible crystal clean high db output compare to EAW or JBL

By Pete Ferrell

from Charleston, West Virginia

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

I purchased a set of the ACT18x active subs to go with some JBL G215 Eons. Once I heard the incredible clear power of the subs, I wanted the Act1515x tops. I don't regret spending the investment. I set the PA up in one of the larger clubs in Charleston, West Virginia. I ran sound for a local contemperary Rock Band (Doing Stone Temple Pilots, Ozzie, Journey, etc.) Musicians from all over the area where coming in by the second and third night as the rumor of this PA spread around quickly by word of mouth. The system never squated one time, and I never pushed it needing more power. Even rocking hard and thumping the building. The best part is, it has CLEAN power. Anyone with an ear knows that volume don't mean squat. If it isn't clean nobody can stand to stay in the room with it. Then there is my favorite part. The system is perfectly tuned and matched. I run an XLR cable from the stage box to the subs which contain the built in cross-over, then jumper up to the tops. I just completed a three way system with two cables per side. The system has a built in crossover, built in equalization, built in compression. The ACT 1515x tops are 1,000 watts RMS true clean power. The ACT18x subs are about 900 RMS clean power until you do what I did, add a set of slave unpowered subs, then the power jumps to 1200 RMS per side. I found a used pair of the B-52 18 loaded scoops (Looks just like the Cerwin Vega Earth Quake cabs) The same 1000 watt RMS driver is in both cabinets so it's a perfect match. So what else can I say, I'm a very proud owner and the envy of every musician in the area. I can only conclude that if you can afford this system, it should be your first choice over JBL, Cerwin Vega, EV, or other. They sound that good.

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5.0

Affordable Professional Products

By Michael Freitas

from N. Providence, RI

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

Took some time looking around before I bought these power houses. Can not begin to tell you how awesome sounding the my setup is. My professional musician friends are impressed with my setup. More bang for you buck with these powerhouses. Did I mention that I have the sub as part of this setup. Great product. Thanks!

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5.0

Buy these!!

By Bobby

from Spearfish, SD

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

I bought these in order to announce rodeo events outside and use as a PA for my band. These things are absolutly amazing! Low and high end are mindblowing! We played and outdoor gig with another set of 15's and these...wow! I didn't think that we would have enough PA, wrong. Not very easy to carry, but better in one bundle than 5.

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5.0

Great all around speakers

By Mike

from Fort Wayne, IN

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

We purchased two of these this summer for our mobile DJ biz and they are wonderful. Standard B-52 quality (can't be beat) and great sound. We compared them side by side to the then new JBL PRX series and the high end blew the JBL's away, low end was equal. Only drawback is the weight, they are very heavy, require 2 people to move very far, or a 2 wheeler. They run great by themselves for events under 300 people, over that you'll want to add a sub or two.

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get more for your money

By Pacman491

from gallup, NM

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

We do sound for live music, mostly metal and rock. The mobility of not having to lug around amps and extra cords is a life saver, since the b-52's are active. The bass is impressive that we can mic drums without a subwoofer is awesome!

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All In one package!!!!!!!

By GT

from Ny, Queens

Comments about B-52 ACT-1515X Active Dual 15 Inch Two Way 1000 Watts Speaker:

I have been djing for years and ive never heard speakers like these. For the money these are the best Value. The sound out of these speakers could make anyone think you have a sub. The mids and high is clear no matter what level sound your playing at.Ive got neighbor coming over and telling me to low the vol down and the craziest thing is that i didn't even max it out. So overall these speakers are worth the money.

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