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Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker  

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With ZLX, Electro-Voice set out with a singular goal: to deliver best-in-class performance across every detail. The Electro-Voice ZLX-12P is a powered PA enclosure with a 12" woofer and 1.5" titanium ... Click To Read More About This Product

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With ZLX, Electro-Voice set out with a singular goal: to deliver best-in-class performance across every detail. The Electro-Voice ZLX-12P is a powered PA enclosure with a 12" woofer and 1.5" titanium compression driver that gives you the confidence of the industry's most trusted components. The enclosure is engineered to exacting standards to bring exceptional EV audio quality for larger applications, with or without a subwoofer. The compact, lightweight ZLX-12P was designed to give you power and performance beyond the scope of other small-format loudspeakers, making it a standout choice for smaller-venue sound reinforcement or stage-monitoring.

ZLX combines decades of proven pro-audio engineering know-how with a bold new look and user-friendly features that give you an extraordinary amount of control over your sound - all with the renowned EV quality and reliability the pros trust. The ZLX-12P is perfect for use as either mains or monitors, and represents a new standard for musicians, DJs, and all performers looking for more from a portable powered loudspeaker.

Features Speaker configuration
  • Active/passive:Active
  • Type:Two-way full range
  • LF driver:12"
  • MF driver:N/A
  • HF driver:1.5" titanium driver
  • Power
  • Amplifier class:D
  • Wattage:500W RMS, 1000W peak
  • Mixer/preamp:N/A
  • Audio
  • Frequency response:65Hz - 18kHz
  • Coverage pattern:90 x 60
  • Max SPL:126 dB
  • Inputs
  • XLR:2 XLR/TRS
  • TRS:
  • TS:
  • RCA:
  • Output/thru
  • XLR: 1 mix output
  • TRS:
  • TS:
  • RCA:
  • SPEAKON:
  • Enclosure
  • Cabinet material:Polypropelene
  • Width:14"
  • Height:24"
  • Depth:14"
  • Weight:34 lb.
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Microphones: 3 year full replacement
Wireless: 2 years
Speakers: 3 years active, 5 years passive


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Electro-VoiceZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
 
4.6

(based on 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (40)
  • Easy to use (39)
  • Lightweight (39)
  • Compact (34)
  • Versatile (30)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (35)
  • Outdoor events / games (26)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (21)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (28), Experienced (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile and Transparent Speaker

Owned a pair of these for almost 6 months from when they were first released. I have been very impressed for the price. Compared to JBL EON's, QSC's (higher price), Alto's,...Read complete review

Owned a pair of these for almost 6 months from when they were first released. I have been very impressed for the price. Compared to JBL EON's, QSC's (higher price), Alto's, and Behringers in similar price range. I have owned previous EV models like the iForce monitor and the ZXA1's, and honestly for the price I was not impressed. I am far from an EV fanboy, but have owned and used a lot of their equipment. It is all treated me really well, but usually not the greatest value.

I will start with the cons...which are few:
-The enclosure shows wear and scratches almost immediately. The top handle is positioned so that the front lip scrapes when picked up. Highly recommend cases/covers if you are using this as a wedding or professional combo system to keep it looking clean...very attractive otherwise
-There was supposedly a defective batch when they were first produced which resulted in a rattling behind the front logo, check yours immediately for this, EV has since corrected but they may still be floating around.
-Gets harsh long before the "max spl" rating...but then again what speaker doesn't lately?
-Most of the presets are disappointing and unbalanced. HOWEVER: the "live"-"monitor" setting really puts this speaker up into the higher echelon of powered speakers above it's price point.
-Slightly "boxy" sound, due to lightweight enclosure flexing at very high volumes, otherwise at medium volumes it sounds very clean and transparent
-2-band EQ for simply "bass" and "treble"...would have really liked a 3-band with a mid parametric! Maybe asking a lot...but come on how much more difficult could it have been to add into the programming?? :)

Pros:
-VALUE! WOW! The sound and features you get for the price. I am very impressed!
-Other than the scratches, the construction looks and feels rugged. Very impressive lightweight. Great handles with rubber grips(minus the top one scraping the lip mentioned earlier), these feels really solid. Very sturdy grill, you could stand on them confidently (even grill facing up)...recessed DSP knobs and screen would be undamaged as well as the grill. At the same time they are gorgeous and look twice as expensive as they are. Pole mount and thread are very well built, strip resistant threads with a screw cap that is easy to use with bare hands.
-"Live-Monitor" mode on DSP really lets these shine! A lot of the other mode settings are unbalanced and can get harsh. But this one is right on the money. Compared it with an using a reference mic and RTA to a QSC K12 on white noise and frequency sweeps, it really gave the QSC a run for the money. Almost identical. When you start to push the volume it loosens up and loses ground to the QSC, but otherwise for medium/low volume on paper it might as well be a K12.
-Easy to navigate and attractive light up blue-screen DSP with adjustable contrast for outdoors and sunlight viewing. EQing and variable crossover are user-friendly and a breeze to operate. So easy to set when using an attached sub! Measures all adjustments in dB. Input sensitivity is a very easy to set (usually a huge problem for powered speakers) due to display. Real time input sensitivity graphs on DSP are awesome. Really lets you know where your inputs are at so you can get a great signal/noise ratio for your volume.
-Shows clipping warnings large on the rear display after DSP has been idle. Very handy. Can also set front LED as a clip indicator clipping as however this leaves the front LED off until a clip. Clipping is a huge issue with self-powered units. Many units are sold short because the input gets set too hot, or the signal to noise ration is off because of the input too low and master too high. It seems EV has really hit the mark on this one through the use of DSP and front LED idicator. No need to second guess your gain structure...which leads to my next point:
-Master out works great, when the slave unit us set at unity the input signal is the exact same as coming in on the master. Anyone who has tried to chain together self powered monitors know that this saves a huge headache!
-Aux input is pretty handy for smaller shows if you don't want to juggle a mixer. Also shows levels on the DSP through channel-1, but...it is redundant if you have two of them as mains.

Summary:
Really well thought out speaker that has a huge value for small bands and acoustic acts. Great construction and a gorgeous enclosure/grill. "live-monitor" mode is balanced and even, most of the other presets are not very useful. Plenty of volume but does start to loosen up and get harsh before the "max-spl" rating. Looks like a K12 on paper for half the price! Got a false start with the defective batch but has since been remedied. Only one very minor design flaw is that the bottom lip scratches when picked up from top handle, could be remedied very easily with an rubber strip (similar to the feet) along the front bottom lip. This seems like a nitpick, but polypropylene scratches very easily especially against hard surfaces. Two band EQ is not very versatile, would have been blown away if they had made it a three-band with a mid-parametric! That would have greatly increased value of the DSP! But, the input sensitivities graphs, easy 1-knob use, and clever clipping indicators do make up for that. Very solid investment. Looking forward to how they hold up to long term use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sound good so far, some MFG QC issues

Just got the first pair of the 3 seperate pairs ordered and only had 1 out the box for a listen and inspection so far. I did find some quality control issues, the badge...Read complete review

Just got the first pair of the 3 seperate pairs ordered and only had 1 out the box for a listen and inspection so far. I did find some quality control issues, the badge had some slight rattle if I tap on the grill so I wemoved the screws and pulled the grill where I found several issues. Made in China at it's best! Of the 8 screws that fasten the LF driver in the frame, 3x were about 3/4in still sticking out and the rest were not very tightly installed, The little IC behind the badge that holds the front LED was loose and one of the 6x screws that hold the front grill on dont get tight because the plastic threads are stripped. This was a sad sigh for me to see and leaves me uncertain if these things will last a long time or fail early. The audio check I performed was only a basic test at home with several tracks sampled via ipod directly connected and with some brief high volume audio and tested on the dirfferent dsp modes. Sounded good with some powerful output and I can't wait to try these in a live performance as stage monitors as that will be the intended use.

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5.0

great sound

By mikieG

from tx

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

    great speakers , you cant go wromg with the way these babies sound , ...

     
    5.0

    Very Good Speaker Services My Purpose Well

    By J. into Sound

    from N.C.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

      Couldn't be happier will be purchasing 2 more.

       
      5.0

      Clean. Powerful. Good price.

      By Sprattman

      from North Houston

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

      Love these. Bought one to start after consulting in-store with tech, and then the second once I had in house. Clean. Powerful. Good price.

       
      5.0

      Perfect for Dj'ing

      By Brandon

      from Brea Ca

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Deep Bass
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

      Although it is a little hard to put on a stand, its all around awesome. Deep Bass, Tall Highs, and durable.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Clear, powerful sound. Lightweight unit. Easy to use.

      By JF

      from Wilbraham, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

        Perfect with the Yamaha mixer for a keyboards & vocals performance.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome!

        By Charlie

        from Smithfield NC

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Not very easeasy to mount in ththe air

          Best Uses

            Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

            Great product! Such awesome sound and quality

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good clear punch

            By Jimmy shay

            from Mount pleasant mi

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

              My plan was to replace my portable fender passport for individual gigs with these and a small mixer
              Then use these as monitors on our full band as I upgrade our larger system to power speakers also
              This should work!
              I have used them on one outdoor solo gig and they really have a loud clean sound
              I was surprised that after 100 ft away the sound really drops off so the don't throw/ carry the sound as far as I would have thought.
              Hopefully the 15" will better.

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Great price, potentially great sounding. Resonance buzz.

              By Doc Solo

              from West Chester, PA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

              I'm using ZLX12p speakers for acoustic performances.

              2 of the 3 ZLX12p speakers that I've purchased have a resonance buzz, meaning, at specific frequencies the cabinet resonates which produces a buzzing type sound. For example, playing a low G, G#, or low A note causes the cabinet to buzz, even at very low volumes. Any note played outside these frequencies is full, crisp, and clean.
              I've reproduced the exact same issue using an iphone guitar app to rule-out the issue being my guitar.
              The first speaker was exchanged. I demonstrated the problem at my local guitar center which handled the exchange promptly. I tested the new one, in store, prior to leaving.

              I purchased a 2nd speaker (also tested in store prior to leaving) a few weeks later because of the great sound quality, size, and price. Last night, while performing live, I noticed the same issue with one of the 2 that I currently own. This inconsistency is bothersome. I'm hoping the warranty will cover the repair or the replacement.

              Again, I really like the speaker for a variety of reasons, but if this problem persists, I'll be forced to change to a different manufacturer. On that note, I've also experienced this same effect with a Yamaha DXR.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very solid piece of equipment

              By Chris

              from Wellsville, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

                I spent several days looking for a quality powered speaker that wasn't going to break the bank, and I found it.
                Very clear, good bass response and good features.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Speaker is amazing . Exactly what I was looking

                By Djcertify

                from Ny

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

                  Great look
                  Great sound
                  Light weight
                  Good price

                  Upgraded from Altos and Mackie thump
                  these are way better

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