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The Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 is a compact, amplified loudspeaker system, which is designed for portable sound reinforcement applications that require ma...Read More

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Electro-Voice's popular, compact PA speaker is now amped.

The Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 is a compact, amplified loudspeaker system, which is designed for portable sound reinforcement applications that require maximum portability.

The EV ZXA1-90 audio speaker uses the EV8L, a high output, low distortion, 203mm (8") woofer. The woofer is paired with the DH2005, a titanium diaphragm 1" exit true compression driver. The compression driver is coupled to a rotatable 90 x 50 waveguide for smooth response to 20kHz and excellent pattern control.

The ZXA1-90 loudspeaker is powered by an integrated 800W, 2-channel amplifier module. The amplifier has XLR microphone and line level inputs, as well as an XLR line level output for daisy chaining several amplified speakers or a subwoofer. The biamplified design features steep crossover slopes and woofer excursion protection for maximum output and reliability. A switchable high pass filter allows for use with a subwoofer.

The Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 injection molded enclosure is made from high impact polystyrene for durability and light weight. The handle pocket and pole mount make the ZXA1-90 ideal for many portable applications. The ZXA1-90 speaker enclosure also features a built-in monitor angle for floor monitor applications. The bottom of the Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 features four #8-32 suspension points for permanent installation.

FEATURES
  • Integrated 800W power amplifier
  • Biamplified design with transducer protection
  • EV8L 8" high-output LF transducer
  • DH2005 1" exit true compression driver
  • 90 x 50 coverage pattern
  • Rotatable horn design
  • 123dB maximum SPL
  • Selectable high-pass filter for use with subwoofers
  • Line and microphone inputs
  • Integral monitor angle on enclosure
  • High-impact poly
  • Built-in pole mount
SPECIFICATIONS

ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker

  • Freq. Response (-3 dB): 60Hz-20kHz
    Freq. Range1 (-10 dB): 48Hz-20kHz
    Max. Calculated SPL: 123dB
    Horizontal Coverage: 90 or 50
    Vertical Coverage: 50 or 90
    Amplifier Power Output: 800W
    LF Transducer: EV8L, 203mm (8") Driver
    HF Transducer: DH2005, 25mm (1") Exit
    Compression Driver
    Crossover Frequency: 1.8kHz
    High Pass Frequency: 100Hz, User Selectable
    Power Requirement (120V): 95V-132V, 50-60Hz, 0.6A
    Power Requirement (230V): 190V-264V, 50-60Hz, 0.4A
    Line input: XLR and TRS Combo
    Mic input: XLR with independent Gain
    Line Output: XLR (Mic and Line Sum)
    Enclosure Material: High Impact Polystyrene
    Grille: Polyester Powder Coated, 18GA
    Galvanized Steel
    Dimensions (HxWxD): 457mm x 282mm x 264mm, (17.98" x 11.12" x 10.38")
    Net Weight: 19 lb. (8.6kg)
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Electro-VoiceZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bingo!

First I'll say that I am not a "gear snob" and didn't A/B test things to death. I just wanted a small, lightweight powered speaker for solo acoustic bar...Read complete review

First I'll say that I am not a "gear snob" and didn't A/B test things to death. I just wanted a small, lightweight powered speaker for solo acoustic bar gigs. I was hoping to get away with just one speaker. I have a Bose L1 rig that I use for larger venues and with my 4 piece band (1 L1 with 2 B1 subs for 3 vox and a sax). I don't play super loud, but I play bars not coffee houses so you have to get well above the din. I tried a Roland AC-60 but after 10 minutes I knew that was NOT going to cut it in a bar. It sounded pretty but no real balls without clipping. I searched on-line and found the ZXA1 but few good reviews that fit my situation but it looke promising. I bought one and just got back from my first gig. I was flat out stunned how well it worked. I had a second powered speaker just in case but after the first set I just ran the one ZXA1 off an Alesis mixer. Acoustic guitar and Shure beta 58 straight into the mixer. Had plenty of power to spare and people really enjoyed the tone and clarity - ZERO distortion and it was uncomfortably loud at time.I did a few tunes with an electric guitar through a Digitech amp modeler/pedal and that was great as well. People loved the tone and was as loud as needed.End of the night the manager said the other guys should take a clue from me - most of them have too much gear and it does not sound nearly as good. One ZXA1 is going to handle 80% of my bar gigs. I also tried a Fishman solo amp. The Fishman did sound more "natural" but the ZXA1 was far more "musical" whatever that means and it certainly responded much better to agressive slashing which I like to do on acoustic (not all the time...) Also the ZXA1 is much better looking than the Soloamp and you can control it remotely from the mixer. I'm very happy with the purchase.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unlike K8's, these REQUIRE a sub!

While the sound was clear, the bass response was non existent. They are unusable without a sub, and I would even say they are not really full range speakers. I tried them at...Read complete review

While the sound was clear, the bass response was non existent. They are unusable without a sub, and I would even say they are not really full range speakers. I tried them at two events that K8's would have blown away and I might as well have had a boom box. I returned them and I await the arrival of some new K8's.

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5.0

So far so good- I would agree with the overall 4.6 consensus

By Howard K

from Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Good with Piano sounds
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

    My main objective was to find something to a) complement my ES8 internal speakers and use with my Juno Gi and Krome 61 to take out. I wanted something light and clear sounding.

    This seems to have fit the bill and was a good use along with the 15% coupon for labor day. Please note as reviews state the item does make a light hiss that you don't hear when playing. Perhaps due to having it next to a chair I had some vibration when playing F and F2 notes on the piano but don't seem to have them.

    The piano and rhodes sound very clear and it handled my Krome B3 bass pretty well. I have it in mono and think I will get a second one later.

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    5.0

    Absolutely incredible

    By CMC

    from Kalamazoo, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

      This cabinet is the best sounding professional speaker I have ever heard. I've used many over the years in bands and DJ applications and have always found EV to be superior equipment. They have outdone themselves. It's true that if you want to play bass heavy music that slams you in the chest, these won't do that. Get a Fifteen and a big amp for that and these will rock a huge room in sub mode. The mic input and dedicated mixer knob allow you to do medium sized rooms with a single cabinet, a microphone, and an iPod. Amazing.

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      5.0

      Great Product, Unbelievable Sound for Size

      By Rick

      from Hampden, Me.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 1/2 the wt. of old speaker, Twice the Watts.

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events

        Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

        These speakers are amazing. Light wt. and packs a punch! We have a music ministry and go to all size venues and these are going to work Great.

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        5.0

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        By Jamming

        from illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

            Great speaker

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best 8" powered speaker on market

            By Rich

            from Naples Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Small But Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

              Bought these speakers to do smaller venues of less than 100 people. Sing in a trio and have EV 115 15" speakers. The 15" are just too big and too heavy...these are great....800 watts of sound, but clear, hear all the words, back of the room as clear as front. Not a ton of bass, but our venues don't need bass ( 50's 60's + country ) Loaned these to a KJ friend who wanted to try lighted ( 18 lbs ) speakers...She loved them so much she ordered he own.

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              5.0

              I order the second one great!

              By Joseph Dj

              from Puerto Rico

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

                Great product with a great price give more than I expected a lot more!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love my new speaker

                By Don

                from St. Croix, USVI

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

                    I've been frustrated with keyboard sound for some time, was unsatisfied with the limitations of near field monitors, and was very interested from some comments on piano world, as I have been looking for something that would also support small group choral singing. I am amazed at the big grand sound of just one ZXA-1 90 with my Casio Privia PX-150. I am so pleased to have a full grand sound in soft passages, where undersized speakers lose bass response. I couldn't be more pleased. I'm no longer motivated to investigate software pianos trying to get a satisfying sound.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome

                    By jim

                    from Naples, fl.

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Indoor Outdoor Use
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

                      I have 4 zxa1 plus 2 zxa1 subs. Often use them w/o the subs with the full range button on. I use a high quality mixer and get extremely good sound with amazing bottom. Some of these reviewers are doing something wrong.This is one of four PA systems I own. They rock if used properly.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great little box

                      By jon

                      from taiwan

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

                        Great little monitor speaker for an acoustic trio. The sound is clean and you can hear every note, so it helps you to keep in tune and connected with the sound you are producing. It's really light and small, so easy to transport. We play at places with questionable PAs, usually loud and muddy sound, so bringing our own monitor gives us the sound we need to play well. We have separate bass amp for the bass player, so not worried about low frequency extension on stage, and we use the 100Hz low-pass filter just to keep the sound clean and avoid overloading the amp. We plan to buy a second one to give us more flexibility and a little more output.

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                        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Versatile, Light Weight, Durable

                        By ARC10U

                        from NY

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-90 Powered PA Speaker:

                          The addition of a monitor angle on the ZxA1 was a big feature for me - and something competitors did not have. The output with the 100Hz filter engaged is very strong for its size, obviously running them full range they will limit quicker. Durability has been excellent over time even with abusive rental business. I have run this box in very hot weather with no issues. The response is extremely clean especially in the vocal range. As a K12 owner, I do not mind having these on monitor duty (which K8's could not do) or side-fill/delay duty. The 90x40 disperson covers most uses adequately and "throw distance" is excellent. I would say the ZxA1 shines most as a vocal monitor - and it does that exceptionally well even with larger FOH systems.

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