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Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels  

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The Gem Sound PXB150USB is full-range powered speaker equipped with 250 watts RMS power, a 15" woofer and a 1.75" high frequency driver. The cabinet is rugged blow-molded plastic and features rollaway... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Gem Sound PXB150USB is full-range powered speaker equipped with 250 watts RMS power, a 15" woofer and a 1.75" high frequency driver. The cabinet is rugged blow-molded plastic and features rollaway wheels and ergonomic handle placement for easy transport. It is equipped with USB connectivity, which facilitates playback from digital devices.

It is a powerful, great-sounding and lightweight speaker with versatile input and output options. Adding to its versatility, the cabinet is cut in such a way as to be a viable wedge floor monitor in addition to being a PA main speaker. In a category flooded with options, consider the Gem Sound 150USB as your choice. Consider sound quality, connectivity options, weight and price, and Gem Sound may be what you're looking for.

Features Speaker configuration
  • Active/passive:Active
  • Type:Two-way full range
  • LF driver:15"
  • MF driver:N/A
  • HF driver:1.75"
  • Power
  • Amplifier class:
  • Wattage:250 cont./1000 peak
  • Mixer/preamp:N/A
  • Audio
  • Frequency response:50Hz - 20kHz
  • Coverage pattern:
  • Max SPL:
  • Inputs
  • XLR:2
  • TRS:1
  • TS:N/A
  • RCA:Stereo pair
  • Output/thru
  • XLR:1
  • TRS:N/A
  • TS:N/A
  • RCA:N/A
  • SPEAKON:N/A
  • Enclosure
  • Cabinet material:18 mm ply
  • Width:18.7"
  • Height:20.8"
  • Depth:30"
Specifications
  • Woofer: 15"
    Tweeter: 1.75"
    Power RMS: 250W
    Peak watts: 1000W
    Impedance: 4 Ohm
    Frequency range: 50Hz - 20Khz
    Sensitivity: 96dB (+/- 2dB)
    Connecter: XLR/RCA
    Mic input level: ,5mV
    Line input/output level: 250mV
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty on all electronics. 3 year warranty on speakers.


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Gem SoundPXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (14)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Durable (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (8)
  • Home studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

So far, great value!!

Wow. I bought these on a lark- getting tired of lugging around my JBL MR925 speakers along with a QSC900 power amp. I figured I'd try a self-powered speaker, and a got a...Read complete review

Wow. I bought these on a lark- getting tired of lugging around my JBL MR925 speakers along with a QSC900 power amp. I figured I'd try a self-powered speaker, and a got a TREMENDOUS price here. So I set these up side-by-side with my JBL setup. I only had a microphone handy, and with spoken voice these speakers were just as clear and even MUCH LOUDER than with the JBL setup. I did have a pretty noticable buzz when I plugged into the "microphone" port at full volume, so I switched my mic receiver to the 'line' function and plugged into the line port on the speaker, and the buzz went away.

From a total weight perspective, this setup is probably less than 1/3rd of the JBL setup. I can easily carry these speakers with one hand. Each speaker is actually lighter than my old power amp!! So it makes transport and setup/teardown that much easier. They even have wheels, but I'm not really sure they're necessary since these are so light.

I'm sure if I started pumping music through both setups at high volumes the JBL setup would hold up better from an audiophile perspective. I will have to try that at some point, but I suspect the minimal tradeoff will be well worth it.

I haven't even tried the MP3 functions on the unit yet- but in my opinion, that's an unnecessary feature that only adds complexity and a possible point of failure. I would have much rather had an integrated bluetooth receiver, since mp3 players are EVERYWHERE these days- with that functionality I could stream from pretty much any device. But it is what it is, and doesn't take away from my rating at this time.

Other features that are really nifty are the screw lock for the pole mount; the ability to use on its side as a wedge monitor, three handles (top and both sides), and multiple line input options (XLR, 1/4", RCA), and the ability to adjust distinct input levels on both the mic and line inputs (so for a small show, say a solo acoustic guitar/vocalist, you don't even need a mixer). The only drawback I can find so far is that the included power cord is only about 4 feet, but that is cheaply remedied. (The supplied cords are 18 gauge, so you can just order a cheap longer 18 gauge c13 power cord like the C&E 25 feet Universal Power Cord NEMA 5-15P to IEC-320-C13 18AWG Power Cord.

I also don't know how 'deep' you can daisy-chain these (which is accomplished via XLR cables). I think I'm gonna buy a few more so I guess I'll know soon enough. I would think it would be virtually unlimited.

Count me as an impressed and satisfied user...at least in the first week of ownership!!

Now, the million peso question is how these things will hold up over time. I've had my JLB setup for 17 years now, and have had no problems (outside of replacing the speaker cables). Can the same be said for these? Only time will tell.

**UPDATE**

Wow, I just found a very cool (and relatively cheap) solution to my "bluetooth" need as stated above. I bought this NFC enabled bluetooth receiver HomeSpot NFC-enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound System to try to use with this. My desire was to mount this on/on top of the speaker, and I was lamenting having to run additional AC power to the speaker. BUT, alas, this bluetooth device is USB powered, and the speaker has a USB jack, which DOES in fact supply 5vDC USB power! So, I just plugged the USB cable into the back of the speaker, and it powered up. Now, it didn't stream the music through USB unforunately (I guess the speaker is looking for MP3 files?), but I simply used the RCA cable that came with the bluetooth device (the speaker also has RCA inputs!!) and VIOLA, I was streaming bluetooth to the speaker without any additional power runs! A side benefit of this setup (as opposed to integral bluetooth in the speaker) is that when bluetooth get updated to longer-range, all I'll need to do is replace the BT device and use the same speaker. Pretty neat!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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It seems loud enough but I have not had a chance to fully test this speaker. I've only used the MP3 player. So my review is more about the manufacturer.

I...Read complete review

It seems loud enough but I have not had a chance to fully test this speaker. I've only used the MP3 player. So my review is more about the manufacturer.

I bought this speaker upon recommendation of the online rep, and a ridiculous sale price. The speaker seems decent, but my faith in the company that made it is shaky.

Pro's: It's very lightweight, has handles on top and two sides, and wheels on the bottom. It has ports for a USB flash drive and SD card. If you insert a flash drive, you can use it as an MP3 player with the remote control.

Con's: You cannot get playback from a phone or laptop via the USB port as indicated. You'll have to use an 1/8" - RCA (red/white plugs) cable, or just plug your device in to your mixing board.

Other: Apparently this product is so new, it's not even listed on Gem Sound's website. The "instruction" leaflet that came with the speaker left much to be desired, so I tried unsuccessfully to find more info on their website.

The diagram on the back was illegible and there was no Company info on the leaflet either, such as address, phone#, website, email etc. Nor was there any warranty info or a product registration card..but it's difficult to register a product with NO SERIAL NUMBER.

Gem Sound's website says they are owned by Visual Effects Industries..which is inaccurate. It's actually Visual Effects, Inc. Visualeffectsinc.com They make lasers, disco balls, fog/bubble machines, speaker stands...Dj/party stuff.

I contacted them via Facebook, but never got a reply. They've been in business since 1979? What have they been doing?

Reviewed by 22 customers

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5.0

Great Value!

By John

from Oklahoma

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

    Packed up my home stereo. Just use this speaker with USB

     
    5.0

    Great speaker

    By Gordo

    from Austin Texas

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

      Showed up well packaged and sounds great! Thank you

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Distortion audible

      By Markoz

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

          I really wanted to like it but I encountered audible distortion on both line & mic inputs, so I sent it back.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great speaker and player

          By evil D zeier

          from Madison WI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

              Originally bought the 12" speaker for my electronic drum kit. Then I decided to get another one, but with the 15" for more lows needed.
              This is the ticket. Also great for playing along with songs using this awesome player.
              My whole music collection plays loud throughout the house.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              just as nice as they said 5 star good job

              By robbob

              from bosie id

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                great addition

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                buy the pxa instead!

                By Bmac

                from Peoria Illinois

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                    Buy the Gem PXA instead. They are super quiet and sound great.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    BEST BUY for this type of prduct

                    By DETROIT ROCKER

                    from DETROIT, Michigan

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                      I bought two of these for live shows. I also have one from another brand which is a bit louder but far less flexible and more expensive to boot. Beises PA, they make GREAT keyboard amps and are terrific in rehearsal. The USB MP3 player makes these stand-alone deejay systems. They are lightweight compared to similar cabinets and have bass and treble controls and three channel mixer. They are GREAT for augmenting an existing PA and are wonderful for a really loud home stereo system! I wouldn't mind at least two more of these, especially if I start playing out more again.

                       
                      5.0

                      wow, these speakers are amazing

                      By MICDOSS 185

                      from MENTOR ,OH

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                        I`ve played out in the bars with these speakers as the mains, and they do a fine job, plenty of bass and crisp clear highs, good enough for rock bands.if you play metal you might need 4,but I am happy with 2 and a nice clean mix on vocs, incredibly light wgt. for 15s/w horn and powered, 32 lbs. great design and perfect for my uses. have owned for a year now, no problems.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        I would still recommend it to my friends

                        By Bobby's DJ

                        from Rockford, Illinois

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Will Crack Around Handle

                        Best Uses

                        • Mobile DJ

                        Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                        I been using a traditional speakers for over ten years now and I'm always hesitant to switch to powered speakers. I decided to try to this one because of reasonable price. Used it on my last wedding gig indoor and outdoor, and July 4th picnic, it sounds great. I did not rate it as excellent because there is possible to crack around the handles, however I would still recommend it to my friends.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Value

                        By Brusteraider

                        from Concord CA

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                          First of all Musicians Friend's Customer Service is the best. They went totally out of their way to make me happy after a few shipping mishaps. Now for the review. These speakers sound awesome! I don't understand the weak Bass comments, hooked up to my board they have plenty of punch and power. Vocals are crystal clear and instruments are never compromised including Drums. I am definitely a happy camper with these. In some ways they even sound better than my JBL's

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