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Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker  

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Powered enclosure by one of the leading names in audio.

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

Order today and and be among the first to catch the ZLX wave.

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Electro-VoiceZLX-15P 15" 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (15)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Compact (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (13)
    • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (7)

    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

     

    Not enough power.

    My journey started with looking for replacement of Mackie 450 V2. After reading review ZLX 15P,looked like it was the best choice. What a disappointment it was. When I did my first...Read complete review

    My journey started with looking for replacement of Mackie 450 V2. After reading review ZLX 15P,looked like it was the best choice. What a disappointment it was. When I did my first gig, I noticed the sound wasn't loud enough. Nothing else changed in my configuration except the speakers. Limit light start coming on as soon as I go half way on my mixer ( I passed that mark by miles on my mackie and behringer 10 inch without an issue). So tried to increase the volume from the speaker. Now sound quality goes down. Also LIMIT indicator is in display panel so there is no way I know if its hitting limit unless I get up and see. (Vs red light in most of the speaker). It got annoying after few shows. Its not a 1000w speaker by any mean. What I was covering with 10inch Behringer Powered speaker, I was not able to cover with this. That says it all. I called the EV support and they said you must be supplying high input signal. If I just switch the speakers with everything set same, Mackie and Behringer will have no issue. But ZLX will show limit. I do not wanted to take a risk to shutdown in the middle of gig. Going back.

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    5.0

    Add a sub if you want more volume

    By Ryan

    from Ca

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

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

      In an earlier review I stated that these were not as loud as I hoped. I think I had unrealistic expectations of two powered speakers in this price range to provide plenty of volume AND bass for medium events to semi large events. I recently added a single subwoofer, set the crossover at 100hz on the ZLX-15P's, and with the sub handling the lows, I've had enough volume and sound in every situation I have been in so far. The sub (Cerwin Vega CVA118) seems to keep up with two ZLX-15P's, the combo of the EV's and Cerwin Vega really sounds nice. Since I added teh sub, I have had plenty of volume and bass for the small to medium sized events I've done. One huge plus with these speakers is the carrying options, the placement of the thee handles really makes them easy to carry and set up.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great but with limitations

      By Ryan

      from Ca

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

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

        First off these are great sounding speakers, especially their clarity, but they have their limitations, mostly in their volume output. Rated at 1,000 watts and 127 dB max SPL I was expecting a monstrous sound, I stepped up from Harbinger APS15's rated at 200 watts, and these don't sound all that louder (if any) than the Harbingers. Because of my volume expectation I had to knock them a star. Where these babies shine is in their clarity, separation of frequencies, portability (weight), looks and of course they're EV. Sound wise they almost have the clarity of less expensive studio monitors, like KRK Rokits, which to me for a PA is exceptional. With each one at the corner of the stage at 90 degrees, all the frequencies are present (in bigger rooms you'll want a sub if you want some thump, for smaller rooms a sub probably isn't necessary) and phasing seems good when placed at 90 degrees. They are very good looking professional speakers. They are super easy to use and way lighter than they look (just over 30 pounds!). If you want exceptional sound without breaking your back, and don't need to blow people away with volume, these are a good choice. I think these are better suited for live band use, my acoustic guitar and vocals never sounded so good, and they are good for typical acoustic volumes. As for a DJ set up or really loud live music, you may find yourself wanting more volume before these start clipping, although hey have a lot more head room if you cut off the lows at 100 Hz. If I were to do it over, I might save a little bit and go for the ZLX12's so I could buy a cheap sub for more bass, and volume.

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        5.0

        EV= "Extra Volume" when you need it!!

        By Dreammaker

        from Port Richey Florida.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any Set Up

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

          I purchased mine when they first became available. I have a six piece band and we pump everything into these speakers. They really kick butt. We get a lot of compliments about our sound and we don't even have a subwoofer yet.
          These babies can really handle it! We even overloaded them a few times by accident and they still kept pumping.
          The only problem we have is every now and then we have to power one of them down and turn it back on because we don't get an audio signal but it always manages to to work great for the rest of the night without a problem. Before we added a speaker management system we had virtually no feedback problems.
          I would recommend these speakers to any band large or small. I have serious medical back issues and I manage to mount them on to the stands with very little effort. EV, you get an A++ from me.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Works for me!

          By hammersandfrets

          from Bartlesville, OK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • No Mid Range Dsp Control

          Best Uses

          • Performances

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

          I play in an Irish band and use these to reinforce sound with acoustic instruments. I upgraded from an old set of Behringer Eurolive B215A powered speakers. These are definitely lighter when carrying around. I did a bit of a sound test, and I found the clarity through the mids to be much better on the Ev speakers. Plenty of bass. My only wish is that they would include a mid range control on the DSP. I think that would have been pretty easy to do.
          My only other comment is that they seem to scuff up or atract dirt pretty easily. I have only done one gig and they already look used.
          I thought hard about getting the new JBL EON615 speakers, which have bluetooth remote programming feature, but JBL is late in coming out with the app, so I found no reviews on it, and any review about the speaker itself was less favorable. What I did find was literally dozens of good reviews on the Ev speakers, so I figured better safe than sorry and bought the Ev.

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By Andre' L.

          from Anniston, Alabama

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

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

            I've played with bands that use these as mains with subs. In my band, I use them as stage monitors. Great crisp, clean sound. Plenty of power and punch. Very happy with them.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not enough power.

            By tamtam

            from chicago IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Low Power
            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

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

              My journey started with looking for replacement of Mackie 450 V2. After reading review ZLX 15P,looked like it was the best choice. What a disappointment it was. When I did my first gig, I noticed the sound wasn't loud enough. Nothing else changed in my configuration except the speakers. Limit light start coming on as soon as I go half way on my mixer ( I passed that mark by miles on my mackie and behringer 10 inch without an issue). So tried to increase the volume from the speaker. Now sound quality goes down. Also LIMIT indicator is in display panel so there is no way I know if its hitting limit unless I get up and see. (Vs red light in most of the speaker). It got annoying after few shows. Its not a 1000w speaker by any mean. What I was covering with 10inch Behringer Powered speaker, I was not able to cover with this. That says it all. I called the EV support and they said you must be supplying high input signal. If I just switch the speakers with everything set same, Mackie and Behringer will have no issue. But ZLX will show limit. I do not wanted to take a risk to shutdown in the middle of gig. Going back.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Speakers!!

              By Mike

              from Boston

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Mobile DJ

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

                DJ'd a wedding last night with about 200 people, these speakers rocked the house! With ZLX 15's ---- sub woofers are not needed if you don't have the budget, lots of boom boom boom. In the past I have run Mackie 450's (With Subs), QSC K-10's & the Bose L1 model 2, these speakers give all three of those brands a run for the money!!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Well balanced sound. Love the controls

                By Cenycal

                from Siloam Springs, AR

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

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

                  Bought one of these to replace a bad JBL EON. The difference is very noticeable. In our Live Setting we still have one of the JBL's paired with the EV. The sound coming from the EV is so much crisper. Plus the digital display makes setup quick and tweaking setting very quick and easy. Can't wait to buy another to replace the JBL

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Cleanest Sound for the price

                  By Dr0pDba$$

                  from Southport NC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

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

                    I have the ZLX 15s (and the ZLX 12s, and the ZXA1 Subs). I use the subs and the 12s for small to medium venues, the subs and 15s for medium to large venues, or all 6 for larger or outdoor venues. These EVs are just amazing sounding. For the price, they definately give QSC and JBL a run for the money.

                    The 15s by themselves are good enough without subs for most things (but I like lots of bass and you just cant beat a sub, even if its only the amazing 12" inside of the ZXA1)

                    I like the bottom and side handle for lifting onto poles / stands. They are lightweight which is good for may back.

                    They look and sound awesome.

                    I have read that they are wired so they don't fully utilize the 1000 watt amp they come with. So they are a little (not by much) softer than their QSC/JBL/Mackie competitors, but I think they sound better (and isn't that what counts?) That is probably better anyway so you won't ever blow them....

                    The digital EQ settings on the back are easy, nice, and work well.

                    I think the bottom line is that if you are looking for a powered speaker in this price range, EV ZLX is the best deal you will find.

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                    4.0

                    Best speaker in this price range

                    By JR

                    from St George, Utah

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances

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

                      I bought this speaker after my new EON failed. It was a good move. EV is superior at this price range by far.

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