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Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 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-15P is a powered PA enclosure with a 15" 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-15P is a powered PA enclosure with a 15" 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. Extend your low-end with this portable powerhouse. Whether used on its own or with a sub, the ZLX-15P provides crisp, clean highs and tight, deep lows for larger spaces - all with enough amplifier headroom to make sure you're heard both loudly and clearly.

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-15P 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 loudspeaker.

Features
  • LCD display and unique single-knob DSP control with presets
  • Input level meters and independent amplifier control
  • EV-engineered components matched with a custom-built 1000-W Class-D amplifier
  • Lightweight, super-durable composite construction with unique hi/lo grip design
  • Patented split-baffle design for superior driver time alignment and enhanced sonic impact and intelligibility
  • 1000W (Class D); 127 dB max SPL; 42 Hz - 20 kHz
  • 15" woofer and 1.5" high-frequency titanium compression driver
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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-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
 
4.4

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (23)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Compact (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (13)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (8), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice sound - extra bass, light weight

I've done sound reinforcement, live events and DJed for 35 years. I've used Altec, JBL, EV and TOA.
Most recently I've used EONs which I've really liked but they are looking...Read complete review

I've done sound reinforcement, live events and DJed for 35 years. I've used Altec, JBL, EV and TOA.
Most recently I've used EONs which I've really liked but they are looking very beat up and I've never liked the way they pack in a truck (too oddly shaped). That is what drew me to the ZLX speakers - they look very sleek. Then I listened to them at my local Performance Audio. They sounded great - maybe a little too heavy/colored on the low end.
I've now used them for a live vocal concert and they did great.
Here is some technical assessment.
While the specs tell the SPL output (127dB), they don't list the power consumption.
Using my Kill-A-Watt power meter, I measured 18 watts idle as compared to about 23 watts on my EONs.
I put pink noise in the ZLX15P until the LIMIT showed up on the LCD (which is a very nice feature). The power consumption was about 55 watts. I don't have an SPL meter any more so I don't know the output power but it was fairly loud.
Increasing the volume until I could hear distortion raised the input power to about 110Watts.
I then ran a single tone generator from 20Hz to 16kHz and adjusted the volume until the "limit" indicator came on. The input power ranged from 70 watts to 55 watt, low Hz to high Hz respectively.
My conclusion is that the amplifier only runs about 30 watts before it clips. (assuming HE switching class amplifier)
I think they should have increased that a few dB. They have a spec'd max output of 127dB. I'm not so sure it's capable of that due to the wimpy amplifier.
I noticed that the ZLX-15 passives are rated at 126dB with 250W input. That doesn't make sense. EV is playing marketing numbers.
**** This is why I've rated the ZLX-15P 4/5 stars. ****

The cabinet is sturdy and somewhat durable. However, I don't think it will be near as durable as the EONs because the grill is very large, covering the whole front and wrapping around the front sides. This means it is vulnerable to dings on the front edges.
The cabinet is a heavy duty plastic which is great but the edges have a tight radius which feel like they will get dinged.
I also bought the gig bags. They should help on dings.
I would recommend them but beware they are not high output.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good sound but far from meeting published specs

I will cover a few different topics here: Sound: Overall the sound quality is very good. The mids and highs are very good. The low mids seem to be missing. The bass...Read complete review

I will cover a few different topics here: Sound: Overall the sound quality is very good. The mids and highs are very good. The low mids seem to be missing. The bass is good but amplified too much and too colored. In 2 presets the bass is almost excessive. There are 4 EQ settings meant for 4 different installations that mainly change the bass response. These settings are good because the bass response is different depending on surroundings such as on a flat surface vs on a pole in free space. Construction: The cabinet is plastic with a metal grille. The finish of both is smooth, looks very nice but I'm concerned that scratches will show easily. The metal grille wraps around the front and is nearly top to bottom. This means that it's vulnerable to being dented easily as these get banged around on the road, even though the grill is heavy gauge. The rear top and bottom handles are very nice. They tilt back slightly which make them look nice and this is generally prefered to point the sound up a little. Features and connections: The 2 combo inputs are a good amount. There is a 3.5mm stereo input (that is summed to mono) that is controlled by input 1. There is a little DSP controller for preset EQ, volume limits and clipping indicator. This is a nice feature so the speakers are not overdriven and you know when you're clipping BUT they are way too conservative (discussed more below). There is a line level output for subs or daisy chaining. Technical teardown: There is a switching power supply that runs at 330kHz and supplies +/- 36V rails for the amplifier ICs. The HF amp is an ST TDA7294 linear amp IC that is rated for 100W. The LF amp is an NXP TDA8953 switching amplifier rated at 420W at 93% efficiency. The signal op amps are MC33178 (6). There is an ST ARM Cortex M3 uC 32F100 with 128k flash. This seems like overkill to run just an LCD and a couple knobs. There is an Analog Devices ADAU1701 DSP with 2 ADCs and 4 DACs built in. This is where the EQ and clipping detection and (over) limiting happen. It's all good circuitry but the TDA7294 is very inefficient. They probably didn't use a class D amp because of it not performing well enough at high frequencies and artifacts. The LF amp is very nice but EXTREMELY under utilized as it only outputs about 10W RMS max. Technical sound test: I uses a pink noise generator and ran the volume up until the LCD/DSP displayed "limit". The measured SPL with C weighting at 1 meter was 117dB. Turning it up all the way only increased the output by 1dB. I then changed the signal to 1kHz sine wave. The output at 1meter was 111dB before the LCD/DSP said it was at "limit". Increasing the volume to the max increase the output to 118kB. This output is FAR from the advertized and specified output power of 127dB. This is very disappointing and disturbing that EV would lie so much about the specs. I have been a fan of EV for 25 years because they have typically done a very good job on specs. They advertize a 1000 watt amplifier which is true IF it was configured correctly. Unfortunately the power supply is not capable of supplying the specified power as it is configured. With a 72Vpp PS, the peak into 8 ohms is 650W and 450W RMS but the DSP limits it much more. I measured the input power to measure efficiency (the 120VAC input on the power cord) at 3 different conditions: During idle the power consumption is 20W. During full power (no clipping), pink input, the power consumption is 55W. During full power with clipping the power consumption is about 110W. Assuming a 93% efficient amp for the LF and 40% efficient amp for the HF, the combined output can only be about 15 Watts. 15 watts of amplifier output is far from the 1000 watts advertised. Very disappointing.

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5.0

Yes I would like by again

By Rosendo

from Apopka Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

    I'm very happy with the speaker this sound he's very nice I love that

     
    5.0

    I like it

    By Quang

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

    Works great as replacement for my drum amp,much louder than I could ever use.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Speakers!

    By DJcs

    from La Puente, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

      I purchased these speakers about two weeks ago.They sound amazing! What I especially like about these speakers is that they are light weight compared to the JBL EON's. Huge difference in weight. The EV's out do the JBL's by a mile when it comes to sound. I highly recommend these speakers hands down!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yes I Like this Speakers

      By John

      from Salt Lke City, utah

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

        No Comment

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great speakers!

        By Joe

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

        We use these as our stage monitors. They work great. I wish I had two more.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        wonderfull speakears

        By jose melara

        from las vegas nevada

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

          great

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not a happy camper, had both speakers replaced

          By DJDALE

          from Toledo, Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

          I've owned two of these, and both within 1 year blew out one channel. The speakers were replaced under warranty, but with another rebuilt speaker. Very disappointd

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          No 5, no power cord!

          By Soundog

          from Illinois

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

              Amazing sound, easy to use but come on, no power cord?

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great product

              By Choco

              from Aurora colorado

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

              Great sound

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Clear Thumping

              By Robdog

              from Bakersfield

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker:

                Sound very clear great bass response everything Eq straight off the mixer

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