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Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer

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Extending the ZXA1’s size-defying performance and sleek styling into the low-end realm, the ZXA1-Sub packs a 700-watt punch into a small, low-profile...Click To Read More About This Product

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This pro-grade subwoofer punches above its weight class with its 700-watt, Class D amplifier.

Extending the ZXA1’s size-defying performance and sleek styling into the low-end realm, the ZXA1-Sub packs a 700-watt punch into a small, low-profile wood enclosure. Match this powered subwoofer with a pair of ZXA1s or other smaller powered speakers and hear just how big a small rig can sound. Weighing in at a mere 46 lb., the ZXA1-Sub won’t break your back during transport and it easily fits into tight spaces. Whether you’re a DJ looking to add a deep thump to your set or you’re a live performer wanting to give the highs and mids some breathing room, this subwoofer has you covered.

 

Take the stereo XLR outputs from your mixer and plug into the stereo XLR inputs of the ZXA1-Sub, then patch the stereo outputs into a pair of powered main speakers. The ZXA1-Sub is equipped with a 100Hz high-pass filter that keeps everything below 100Hz in the sub so your main speakers' power amp doesn't have to process the low end. Low frequencies are the most taxing aspect of any signal for a power amp, so not only will you get a perfectly tuned low end, your main speakers will operate with much greater efficiency.


FEATURES
Integrated 700-W Class-D amplifier
EVS-12S 12-inch woofer
126 dB maximum SPL
Dual XLR stereo inputs and outputs
Pole mount for full-range systems
9-ply/15-mm wood enclosure, internally braced,
with textured paint
46 pounds, with integral handle for easy carrying

Get one today to transform your compact system from ho-hum to BOOM.

SPECIFICATIONS
Speaker Configuration		
Active/passive: Active
Type: Subwoofer
LF driver: 12 in.
MF driver: N/A
HF driver: N/A

Power
Amplifier class: D
Wattage: 700 Watts
Mixer/preamp: Not applicable

Audio
Frequency response: 44Hz-118Hz
Coverage pattern: N/A
Max SPL: 126 dB
Wireless and Streaming
Dedicated app: Not applicable
Bluetooth: No

Inputs
XLR: 2 XLR/TRS combo
TRS: No
TS: No
RCA: No

Outputs
XLR: 2 Thru
TRS: Not applicable
TS: Not applicable
RCA: Not applicable

Enclosure
Cabinet material: Polymer
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Electro-VoiceZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound quality (23)
  • Easy to set up (20)
  • Attractive (16)
  • Good power output (16)
  • Easy to mount (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Smaller rooms / apartments (16)
  • Basic systems (14)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (10)
  • Outdoors (9)
  • Large rooms (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (10), Tech savvy (4), Audiophile (3), Professional musician (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

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(31 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EV hits the mark!

By Charles Hunt

from Boston, MA

Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

I use a pair of these EV subs along with the EV ZXA1 tops for my band PA. We are a 8-piece pro outfit, performing mostly high end wedding and private functions in the 100 to 500 person range. Outdoor events, tents, function halls, as well as small to medium size clubs. I can hear the snorts from sound engineers everywhere as I write this. Believe you me however, this system really hits the mark far above anything that you would ever imagine. With a top end that is loud, clear and musical, along with subs that deliver tight punchy bass and kick that you can feel in your chest, I couldn't be happier. I would describe the sound as high fidelity, short throw, which is perfect for our needs. When you consider price and portability, there is nothing on the market today that comes remotely close to these little EVs. Don't think that you need large woofers to push air. IMHO, 18's can get pretty flabby. I like the 12' subs better...they are tighter and more accurate for live sound.
Light, portable and pwerful. Volume control and several sets of i/o for flexibility and ease of use.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little MONSTER

By Sean Kirkendall

from Smackover AR

About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Technically Challenged

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Basic Systems
  • DJ / Mixing
  • Larger Rooms
  • Outdoors
  • Smaller Rooms

Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

This is one of the greatest subs ever. It kicked my two 15 inch boxes in the pants. This little box can take a beating. My friends and I were together at a show and they wanted a sound demo and the pavilion we were under almost collapsed. You could seriously hear the roof Shaking. EV is an AMAZING SPEAKER BRAND.

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  • No

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it so much I bought another

By CrawdadStew

from York,PA

About Me Pro Audio / DJ

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Awesome Tone
  • Compact
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Basic Systems
    • DJ / Mixing
    • Home Theater
    • Outdoors

    Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

    When I decide to increase the power of my main system there was no question to buy another one of these subs. It's simply amazing you can get that much bass out of a cabinet this small. Word of advice, you need one of these for about every 500 watts you have pushing your tops.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Little Sub-Woofer

    By TheDogFather

    from Southern California

    About Me Professional musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Light weight

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

      Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

      I've been down-sizing my equipment looking for lighter weight while maintaining good sound quality. I bought the QSC K-10's and although they sound great for live music they lack just a bit in the low end for DJ work. I had to push them pretty hard on larger gigs. I looked at every sub-woofer on the market and in maintaining quality vs. light weight the "Electro-Voice ZXA1 Sub" was my choice.

      When I used it for the first time I was very pleased. I never had to turn it much past unity gain and depending on the music I actually had to cut the gain. Some user reviews claimed that it doesn't have "bone crushing" lows; I don't want my music to crush bones. I want a good balance with defined lows. This was the missing link in my new set up. My system is complete; two K-10's, one ZXA1 Sub, great sound, great balance, light weight. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who cares about sound quality and does not need to crush bones with their music.

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      • No

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Small Very Powerful

      By CrawdadStew

      from York,PA

      About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • DJ / Mixing
        • Outdoors
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

        Even though I had read the dimensions when I bought it I was still impressed by how small this actually was when it arrived. That was a key selling point for me as, like many of us, I frequently end up performing on some tight stages.

        Matched this single sub up with a pair of 3 way 15" Carvins being driven by 500w of power. This sub provided all the tight thump I was looking for at half volume.

        My crosssover point is at 120hz and the main volume on my Carvin mixer happens to also control how much signal gets sent to the sub, so my set up might be easier to adjust than most.

        At 3/4 Volume it was a little heavy for my mains and at full volume it was flat out boomy, which I know a lot of DJs and rock bands like.

        Since my Carvin system is so transparently clear, it's downright eery, I was concerned I might have to screw around a lot getting a sub to fit in nicely which is why I spent the extra money on an EV.

        Really glad I did. I have a 4 piece Blues band playing to crowds of 100-200 people and this 700w single sub does the trick. No need to buy a second one for me. Which I think saves me money overall.

        I highly recommend this.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING PUNCH

        By dhill

        from myrtle beach sc

        About Me Active Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Midsize Rooms
          • Outdoors

          Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

          I had a Mackie sub for 11 years, It was a work horse, and made in Italy back in 2000, however after reading current reviews on Mackie, I decided to try the EV. All I can say is WOW!!!, I was Amazed at the Punchy low end output. I will buy another one

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          • No

          (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Powerful little Package and light.

          By Geno

          from Estero, FL

          About Me Professional musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
            • Outdoors
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

            Been a musician my whole life, and tired of shelping gear. Finally a sub this size with power with sound quality.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Big Sound, Small Package

            By His Bassist

            from Orlando, Florida

            About Me Musician Vocalist, Pro Audio / DJ

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy to Mount
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality
            • More Bang For Your Buck

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems
              • DJ / Mixing
              • Larger Rooms
              • Outdoors
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

              I wanted to upgrade my system with a useable powered Sub System.
              I chose the 12 inch model based on size ( and sound ). I could have picked up the 18 inch subs, but that would have defeated my initial intent.
              I replaced my 2 - 18 inch EV Eliminator bottoms with one ZXA1 - 12 inch Sub and I am so glad I did.
              No need to use a trailer, Bulky subs, extra amp, and additional time for set-up. Just plug and play...and what sound !!!
              It fits nicely in the back of my 'Burban with no problems and leaves me adequate room for another sub if needed.
              Even with the small cabinets, the ZXA1 supports both my powered 3 way speakers, and my JBL half columns without tipping over.
              Thanks EV !!!

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              • No

              (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Smells like a skunk/pot

              By Seriousaboutaudio

              from Santa Barbara, CA

              About Me 10 Years Live Sound

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Good Value

              Cons

              • Smells

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Outdoors
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

              As soon as I opened the box my first thought was "Wow this smells like a skunk." I put it in my music room and every person that walks into my music room thinks it smells like pot. (I do not smoke pot or let anyone bring pot into my house.) I tell them it's this subwoofer so they smell the subwoofer and realize I wasn't lying.

              For the price and size I have no complaints about the sound. I bought this to replace my bulky Peavey PV118D and it was worth it.

              But if you're worried about people thinking you smoke pot, this sub is not for you.

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              • No

              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Compact and powerful

              By Folkrock

              from Sacramento, CA

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              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Portable
              • Strong sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                  very compact, light weight and surprizingly strong unit. I'll likely add 1 more but exc as it is.

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                  • No

                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Don't judge a sub by it's cover

                  By jgreg

                  from Sheboygan Falls,Wi.

                  About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Systems

                    Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                    I have not had a chance to play out and use this sub because the job was canceled. I tried it with my ipod touch and it sounds good. I like it because it's lighter than the big subs. I bought it because I don't have a lot of room to carry PA around. It's easy to set up and I use mine with two JBL PRX tops.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    ZXA1 sub (2 of them) plus QSC K10 mains.

                    By alaskacreeker

                    from Anchorage, Alaska

                    About Me Live Band

                    Pros

                    • Loud Punchy Bass
                    • Super Lightweight
                    • Very Small Si

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Live band

                      Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                      These subs are INCREDIBLE! for there size! I have a 4 piece band that plays fast, grungy bluegrass (we call it grungegrass or blueCrass).

                      I have 2 ZXA1 subs on the bottom and 2 QSC K10 main speakers on top. We have used them at several events, large and small. Our last event was Arctic Man, a 10,000+ person festival here in Alaska. We played in a huge enclosed tent with 30 ft. ceilings and was about 150 ft x 300 ft. There were over 800 people inside and the acoustics were horrible, BUT
                      these two tiny subs had the crowd dancing, especially within 50 ft. of the stage. I turned the subs on the "extra bass" feature and I was absolutely shocked at how much bass they put out for such a tiny box. They really do sound better than the majority of subs twice their size.
                      Even when the DJ started playing hiphop inbetween our music sets, the little subs still had the whole room bumpin.

                      Very impressed. I would highly recommend not getting the EV 8" mains and instead purchasing 2 QSC K10 main speakers. The K10's sound much much much better than the EV 8's (K10s have much fuller sound, less tingy/high pitch).

                      I would definitely buy these subs again!

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Sub Woofer !!

                      By Bag

                      from Walterboro, S.C.

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                      Pros

                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                          I've done business with Muscians Friend for years and they are awesome. "Service" is NOT jut a word.
                          After talking with them and reading the reviews, I purchased this sub woofer. I'm running a Denon DJ controller w/ two 15" Harbinger speakers. The sub woofer added superb fulness of sound with rich deep bass. The sound was just what I was looking for..!!

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                          • No

                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer

                          By DJ JoeMD

                          from Los Angeles Ca

                          About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • Basic Systems
                          • DJ / Mixing
                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                          I needed a compact with great sound quality Sub-woofer for smaller events and hands down this fit the bill. I would highly recommend anyone needing one buy it from Musician friend due to thier excelllent service and promt delievery of the item.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great sub - lightweight & crisp!

                          By staurosjohn

                          from Nottingham, Maryland

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                            I purchased two of there to replace two Yamaha subs... the Yammies were 76lbs... the EV's are 45lbs! With a bad back- weight is a top priority for me... they are also small enough to fit in my car - with my other equipment. Nice, tight punch & pretty good volume for my needs (usually less than 150 person venue).

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                            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Nice sub - and reasonable weight

                            By hutchinstuff

                            from Pittsburgh, PA

                            About Me Long Time Band Vocalist

                            See all my reviews

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • No Chest Thump If Desired

                            Best Uses

                            • Smaller Rooms
                            • Solo Performing

                            Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                            Since I now live in a rural area with few actively playing bands, my chances of performing as a front man are slim. Decided to strike out on my own and needed a system that I could handle by myself. This is a nice sounding sub that won't break my back or give me another hernia (no fun).

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                            • No

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Does what it needs to do

                            By Axman832005

                            from Johnston ri

                            About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                            Pros

                            • Light weight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Smaller Rooms

                              Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                              I use it for a drum sub, it does the job but I wish it had a bit more. I sacrificed power for less weight.

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                              • No

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent Sub

                              By Urban Guitar Legend

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Practical, Professional musician, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Anything Needing A Sub
                                • Basic Systems
                                • DJ / Mixing
                                • Home
                                • Home Theater
                                • Larger Rooms
                                • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
                                • Outdoors
                                • Smaller Rooms

                                Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                                I can't say enough great stuff about this sub. Bought on Musicians Friend for 479 - that includes tax and shipping. So I saved almost 200 (when you add tax) buying it new. We use this to give the kick drum some punch in live situations. It more than delivers. 700 watts of power for under 500 can't be beat. All wooden construction and it's light too. You totally hear the difference it makes to the kick drum adding the punch we need. Definitely would not leave home without it.

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                                • No

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Yes

                                By CFOO

                                from Honolulu HI

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Basic Systems
                                  • DJ / Mixing
                                  • Home
                                  • Larger Rooms
                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                                  Have two of them
                                  Sweet!!

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                                  • No

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great sub for reinforcing K10's

                                  By 55 Tele

                                  from Suburban Chicago

                                  About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Basic Systems
                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                    Comments about Electro-Voice ZXA1-Sub 12" Powered Subwoofer:

                                    Bought this to add to the sound of K10's. Will use for recorded music and live acoustic duo. I was tempted to buy two, but the one does the trick so far.

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