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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 powere...Read More

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Breakthrough design. Breakthrough price.

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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Electro-VoiceZLX-12P 12" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
 
4.5

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (26)
  • Good audio (26)
  • Lightweight (26)
  • Easy to use (23)
  • Versatile (20)

Cons

  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (13)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (20), Experienced (11)

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

 

Excellent Sounding Speaker with Some Reservations

I picked up 1 of these specifically for use as a floor monitor while also picking up a pair of cheap Harbingers on a SDOTD just for comparison. The EV is a far better...Read complete review

I picked up 1 of these specifically for use as a floor monitor while also picking up a pair of cheap Harbingers on a SDOTD just for comparison. The EV is a far better sounding speaker with various internal EQ curves depending on your usage. (Speech-Club-Live-Music). However, there are a few important issues lacking on it that make the Harbinger, arguably, a better overall option. First, even with various internal EQ options and level controls,the EV is more prone to feedback than the Harbinger. (I've found the "Speech" setting work best for me). Second, due to the exterior design of the speaker, it can only be oriented on the floor one way, and that's with the tweeter facing to the left, so if you wanted to put a pair of these on the floor you wouldn't be able to orient them opposite one another. (Harbinger you can orient any way you want). Third, it scuffs and nicks very easily, so the cover is a must own. Overall, these may be better suited as PA speakers than floor wedges, but for the price + protecting your investment there are better options out there.

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4.0

Solid monitor

By John

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About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

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

    Though I agree with some of the other comments about the enclosure scratching easily with normal care and handling I think it will hold up just fine. I use a padded cover and, though the speaker goes out for a gig once or twice weekly, it still looks and works fine. No lack of volume or bass here. If you read the manual and know how to send a quality mix in to the speaker then you'll be fine. I've never had a clipping problem or noticed a lack of bass. To the contrary, most of the time I need to rein the thing in to satisfy the FOH engineer. The venues I play are auditorium sized and hold 200-300 people, so our PA is plenty powerful. I use this speaker as a monitor and I can hear myself on the stage without a problem, even over a beastly drummer. I have used this speaker as a PA in smaller spaces and been fine. Realistically you aren't going to use a set of 12's as a PA anywhere open/large and get even projection. Especially without subs. That said, I have no reservations about this speaker being used as a PA even though I don't really do that. As part of a proper system it would do fine, but if you can't manage that you probably should be getting 15's instead of 12's.

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    4.0

    Good speaker quality and price, just needs to be bigger for

    By Joe

    from undisclosed

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

    We use this as a stage monitor. It seems a little under powered. It won't keep up with our 15's.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    overkill monitor

    By Boss Karaoke

    from Berryville AR

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

    Great Speaker, bought for use as a monitor. way overkill :-)

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not enough power- scratches too easily

    By Freestone

    from Delray Beach Fl

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Limits with bass very quickly
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Scratches too easily
    • Sounds more like 200watts than 1000

    Best Uses

    • Acoustic music or low volume bands or DJs

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

    Bought these from Guitar center as I couldn't afford the k12s. They were a waste of time. Thank god they returned them, . I played one gig with them. For acoustic guitar and vocals they were nice, at low volumes the DJ set was ok. When I needed extra power for the DJ set the limiter cut in, they can't handle any bass at all. They also scratch so easily it's ridiculous. I'm used to gear that is durable (yamaha mostly) and these are so cheaply made that if you don't baby them they will end up dented and scratched within a week.

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    5.0

    Awesome sound, great bargain!

    By Ozman

    from Decatur, IL.

    About Me Professional Musician

    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:

      I purchased 2 12"s one year ago, and I gotta say these speakers sound awesome! so awesome, that I just now purchased 2 15"s to go with the set! Can't beat the price for the sound, and they are light and very easy to use! I have used the powered 12's for DJ, Live Sound, and for monitors during band practice. Never had a problem one!

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Excellent Sounding Speaker with Some Reservations

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      By pjmuck

      from West Orange, NJ

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      I picked up 1 of these specifically for use as a floor monitor while also picking up a pair of cheap Harbingers on a SDOTD just for comparison. The EV is a far better sounding speaker with various internal EQ curves depending on your usage. (Speech-Club-Live-Music). However, there are a few important issues lacking on it that make the Harbinger, arguably, a better overall option. First, even with various internal EQ options and level controls,the EV is more prone to feedback than the Harbinger. (I've found the "Speech" setting work best for me). Second, due to the exterior design of the speaker, it can only be oriented on the floor one way, and that's with the tweeter facing to the left, so if you wanted to put a pair of these on the floor you wouldn't be able to orient them opposite one another. (Harbinger you can orient any way you want). Third, it scuffs and nicks very easily, so the cover is a must own. Overall, these may be better suited as PA speakers than floor wedges, but for the price + protecting your investment there are better options out there.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Great sound, Undependable

      By Gunner

      from Destin Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

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

      Out of the 4 speakers that I have purchased, Two of them have already been sent away for repair.And I have a third one boxed up to send back. The first one completely stopped working. The second one, the tweeter cuts in and out. And the third one, the tweeter cuts in and out. Customer service has been great at sending replacements but that doesn't mean much when I'm at a gig and my equipment isn't working.

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      5.0

      BOOM!!!

      By DKC

      from Hawaii

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Scuffs Easly

      Best Uses

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

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

      a great quality sound in a great quality display. you NEED the covers if you want to keep them presentable for your discerning clients. I have been using QSE k12's for the past 3 years got these with the 12" sub from EV too because I needed an affordable 2nd system, and WOW!!!! This box is by far the best box in this price range. gives QSE a full run for the money. You cant do better than this. Thanks EV Exactly what a busy mobile DJ/MC/Sound rental serves needs to get the job done and look good doing it too!!!

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      5.0

      Excellent Value

      By Sandy

      from Boca Raton Florida

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Powered Monitor

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

        Sounds as good as more expensive models. I use for floor monitors but these would be fine as mains for small clubs.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good sound and plenty loud

        By Steve75x

        from Houston tx

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Bass

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ

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

        So far I'm happy with them they have tons of volume
        The bass doesn't hit as low as I had thought but the specs match other powered 12's so maybe my expectations are wrong. This is only an issue with hip hop/heavy dance beats. Salsa sounds great. The club setting definately added more punch to the bass but if hip hop is your thing you will want to add some subs for sure. I have taken just one to small house parties and it was enough by itself to get complaints from the neighbors. We also did an event at a large indoor mall(baybrook mall) and brought only one speaker because of the walking distance carrying it and the one speaker on a pole really filled the area we were in(the area where they do the tree and photos with Santa for those familia with the mall) the sound was nice and clean and really carried

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