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Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer

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Part of Electro-Voice's Live X series, the portable ELX118P active sub features the latest Electro-Voice-engineered 18" woofer. With a generous 700W ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Fill the room with low-end boom with this 700W subwoofer.

Part of Electro-Voice's Live X series, the portable ELX118P active sub features the latest Electro-Voice-engineered 18" woofer. With a generous 700W Class-D high efficiency amp, 134dB SPL output, and a 42Hz-100Hz frequency response you'll be able to shake, rattle, and roll the crowd with aurally pleasing low end. It also features an XLR combo jack and XLR link output as well as easy-to use controls.

The ELX118P is constructed of 9-ply, 15mm plywood, and is internally braced, making it sturdy yet completely portable. It has built-in side handles for transport, and 35mm pole mount socket for convenient mounting of other speakers from the Live X series above it.

FEATURES
  • Designed for Pro Music, and other applications.
  • 18 in. woofer for powerful, engaging bass response
  • 32Hz - 130Hz frequency range; 134dB max SPL
  • 700W Class D lightweight amplifier - runs cool without fans
  • Rugged wood cabinet - supports pole-mounted or stacked configurations

For a balanced attack, add this high-quality sub to your setup. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Speaker Configuration
  • Active/passive: Active
  • Type: Subwoofer
  • LF driver: 18 in.
  • MF driver: N/A
  • HF driver: N/A
Power
  • Amplifier class: D
  • Wattage: 700W RMS
  • Mixer/preamp: Not applicable
Audio
  • Frequency response: 42Hz-100kHz
  • Coverage pattern: N/A
  • Max SPL: 134 dB
Wireless and Streaming
  • Dedicated app: Not applicable
  • Bluetooth: No
Inputs
  • XLR: 1 XLR/TRS combo
  • TRS: No
  • TS: No
  • RCA: No
Outputs
  • XLR: 1 Thru
  • TRS: Not applicable
  • TS: Not applicable
  • RCA: Not applicable
Enclosure
  • Cabinet material: 15 mm plywood
  • Width: 20 in.
  • Height: 26 in.
  • Depth: 22.6 in.
  • Weight: 69.7 lbs.
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Electro-VoiceELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (8)
  • Great sound quality (8)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Easy to mount (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (7)
  • Basic systems (3)
  • Large rooms (3)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

.Best Sub For your money.

I have had My EV's for almost a year now. I have put them to the test Beleave me. I am very hard on Equipment. I would have bet that they would have...Read complete review

I have had My EV's for almost a year now. I have put them to the test Beleave me. I am very hard on Equipment. I would have bet that they would have given up the ghost by now. But to my surprise they are still kicking butt and taking names. I have used both the JBL PRX618s XLF and the QSC KW118 sub , and was impressed with there performance the latter more so. But I must say when it come down to these factors, Sound Quality, Reliability,Cost, Durability and Potability. In That order, I would have to say you can't beat the EV's I would not hesitate for one second to get another set or two of these EV's if I ever need to replace these that I have now.
Bare bones in the features. But it makes up for it in sound quality. It May only be only 800 watts of power but it gives the 1000 watt class subs a lot of competition on the volume and soumd quality side.
The sound is great. There is no other sub in it's price range that can touch it. It gives QSC and JBL a good run for the money. I did find that the grill cover is not a tought as I would like it to be. That's why I gave it a 9 instead of a 10. You will just have to be a little more careful when you trow them in the back of the Van.
I bought 4 because the price was great and I wanted to make sure I had a back up just in case. I still have two in the boxes they came in, unopened. Havent needed them as of yet. Over 100 shows so far at loud volumes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great cabinet with a cheap speaker

At first I really liked these subs, they had great sound and were very light. After less than 10 months of using it 1-2 times a month both subs have blown. We...Read complete review

At first I really liked these subs, they had great sound and were very light. After less than 10 months of using it 1-2 times a month both subs have blown. We were always very careful with them, never clipped and watched the limits. When we pulled the subs apart we were disappointed to see how poorly made the actual drivers are. We have since upgraded them to Eminence drivers and they sound better than ever.

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound, price and lightweight

By Ryan Rowell

from Oklahoma

Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

This is one great sub. It is a perfect match for the EV ELX115P powered 15" speakers. It is fairly lightweight, yet powerful enough to shake the walls. This sub is a perfect choice if you want to FEEL your music.
This sub is all business. There are not many bells and whistles, but who needs them on a sub? This sub is very powerful and produces very tight and punchy bass.
Very durable construction. I would give the quality a 10 out of 10 if the enclosure and grill were a little more heavy duty. Just be careful when transporting the sub and it will look great for the many gigs to come.
For the quality and performance this sub is an amazing value. Less expensive than some of the competing brands, but very comparable in sound quality.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

.Best Sub For your money.

By Jimlwill49

from CA

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Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

I have had My EV's for almost a year now. I have put them to the test Beleave me. I am very hard on Equipment. I would have bet that they would have given up the ghost by now. But to my surprise they are still kicking butt and taking names. I have used both the JBL PRX618s XLF and the QSC KW118 sub , and was impressed with there performance the latter more so. But I must say when it come down to these factors, Sound Quality, Reliability,Cost, Durability and Potability. In That order, I would have to say you can't beat the EV's I would not hesitate for one second to get another set or two of these EV's if I ever need to replace these that I have now.
Bare bones in the features. But it makes up for it in sound quality. It May only be only 800 watts of power but it gives the 1000 watt class subs a lot of competition on the volume and soumd quality side.
The sound is great. There is no other sub in it's price range that can touch it. It gives QSC and JBL a good run for the money. I did find that the grill cover is not a tought as I would like it to be. That's why I gave it a 9 instead of a 10. You will just have to be a little more careful when you trow them in the back of the Van.
I bought 4 because the price was great and I wanted to make sure I had a back up just in case. I still have two in the boxes they came in, unopened. Havent needed them as of yet. Over 100 shows so far at loud volumes.

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great cabinet with a cheap speaker

By tehsideshow

from Castro Valley, Ca

About Me Pro Audio / DJ

Pros

  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

  • Blow Easy
  • Cheap Speaker

Best Uses

  • Basic Systems
  • DJ / Mixing

Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

At first I really liked these subs, they had great sound and were very light. After less than 10 months of using it 1-2 times a month both subs have blown. We were always very careful with them, never clipped and watched the limits. When we pulled the subs apart we were disappointed to see how poorly made the actual drivers are. We have since upgraded them to Eminence drivers and they sound better than ever.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terrible

By GOOSE

from Belmont, NC

Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

We purchased a whole Ev Live X system and I can not recommend these products at all. While the sound quality was good they would constantly shut down. It is a design flaw that causes the amp to overheat, outside as well as inside. Heat sink is no where large enough and no built in fans, so you can't even get through a couple of songs without them going into safe mode (No sound). They costs us jobs and a bunch of money lost.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Massive bass for only being 69 lbs.

By pacman

from DFW ,Texas

About Me Pro Audio / DJ

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

  • Lack Of Power

Best Uses

  • Basic Systems
  • DJ / Mixing

Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

These are great little subs for being only 69 lbs. Yes they will clip or thermal shutdown if you push them past 12 o clock. However, they produce a great amount of bass up to that point. Seems like the only bad reviews these get is because people just expect too much bass from a small enclosure. They want to fill up a football field with only 2 of these lol. Yes, you can find louder subs but they will weigh more and cost more. At this price if you need more bass just add more of these.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Subs for the price.

By Jimlwill49

from CA

About Me Owner Of Sound Company, Pro Audio / DJ, Pro Sound Tech, Tech Savvy

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Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality
  • Very Underated

Cons

  • Grill Not Tough Enought

Best Uses

  • Basic Systems
  • DJ / Mixing
  • Large Out Door Events
  • Larger Rooms
  • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
  • Outdoors
  • Smaller Rooms

Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

For their weight and size, you are not going to find a better Sub for the money. I have a sound company and when I used these sub (8) I was very Impressed. For me that's saying a lot. When I read the specs I was very skeptical at first but after running them for several months now, I think the spec. are underated. My lumpers where impressed with the weight. In Fact there asked me to get 16 more and replace the other subs I have. LOL. If you are looking for a good set of Subs give these some serious thought. Heck their EV. a great speaker company. My only complaints are the grill covers. Not heavey duty enought, But There are easy fixes for that. So all in all they are EV. Enough Said.

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  • No

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Speakers

By DJ Legendz

from Miami Fl

About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Pro dj

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Mount
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

  • Lack Of Power

Best Uses

  • DJ / Mixing
  • Larger Rooms
  • Outdoors
  • Smaller Rooms
  • Wedding Sixteens Outdoor

Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

I own a pair of EV ELX115P & a pair of EV ELX118P. I must say that the speakers sound great crisp and loud. I personally have not experienced the thermal shut down issue that they supposedly have. we have done many events with them in different locations and i am very satisfied with the sound. The only issue i have encountered is that they might clip at a certain point and thats the only cons i have. just watch out for constant clip and you should be out of trouble.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!!

By alberto mcneill

from North Carolina

About Me Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • DJ / Mixing
  • Rock N Roll Band

Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

Has a great sound and pairs beautifully with EV ELX speakers. Has a better sound than the JBLs I've heard.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice working man's sub.

By Tim T.

from Portland, OR.

About Me Working Musician

See all my reviews

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Mount
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

      Running a pair of these subs with a pair of JBL PRX 615 tops and the Mackie DL1608 mixer. A handful of gigs in and all is good! Lots of compliments on the sound. (Love that Mackie too!) I run the subs just shy of 12 o'clock. For the price we are very happy! As many have said at 69 lbs they are easy on the back too. Plenty of bright, tight, punchy bass. Our drummer and bass player are very happy. I see some people experiencing shut down. If you are one of those people could you post how you are using them, settings, etc. Thanks. If you play small to medium rooms, pair these up with some good tops and it rocks.

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      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Huge sound without breaking the bank or Your back!!!

      By BIG D

      from Alliance Nebraska

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy to Mount
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

          These Subs are awesome,compact Great punch without breaking the bank or Your back!!! These Subs deliver week after week in my band, I use two and get by fine indoors and out.... I've compared these with other subs in there class and they hang right with higher price brands. Treat them right and they'll last...

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Subs

          By King Darwin

          from Mount Vernon, Ohio

          About Me 80's Rock Band

          See all my reviews

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Light weight
          • User Friendly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Larger Rooms
            • Rock Bands
            • Small Clubs

            Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

            These speakers are Great! They truely work great with the ZlX15P speakers. We use 4 zlx 15 inch powered speakers and 2 ElX118P subs. For the price range and features you can not find a better product. Very Impressive!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            HUGE DENT

            By Tyler

            from New Mexico

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Dented

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

            Ordered the open box one said there were no damages or might be very small signs of use but came in to find a huge dent in the speaker grill still useable and sounds great but annoying ...

             
            5.0

            Great choice in powered sub.

            By Keith

            from Sioux City IA

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • DJ / Mixing
              • Outdoors

              Comments about Electro-Voice ELX118P Active 18" Subwoofer:

              I bought this sub to play live music @ outdoor beer gardens this summer and after 3 hours of initial listening I am very happ

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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