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Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels  

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  • Lightweight
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Versatile powered speaker with USB connectivity.

The Gem Sound PXB150USB is full-range powered speaker equipped with 250 watts RMS power, a 15" woofer and a 1.75" high frequency driver. The cabinet is rugged blow-molded plastic and features rollaway wheels and ergonomic handle placement for easy transport. It is equipped with USB connectivity, which facilitates playback from digital devices.

It is a powerful, great-sounding and lightweight speaker with versatile input and output options. Adding to its versatility, the cabinet is cut in such a way as to be a viable wedge floor monitor in addition to being a PA main speaker. In a category flooded with options, consider the Gem Sound 150USB as your choice. Consider sound quality, connectivity options, weight and price, and Gem Sound may be what you're looking for.

Features
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Order today for a great utility speaker with multiple applications.

 

PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels Specifications:

  • Woofer: 15"
  • Tweeter: 1.75"
  • Power RMS: 250W
  • Peak watts: 1000W
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Frequency range: 50Hz - 20Khz
  • Sensitivity: 96dB (+/- 2dB)
  • Connecter: XLR/RCA
  • Mic input level: ,5mV
  • Line input/output level: 250mV
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Gem SoundPXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Performances (6)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    So far, great value!!

    Wow. I bought these on a lark- getting tired of lugging around my JBL MR925 speakers along with a QSC900 power amp. I figured I'd try a self-powered speaker, and a got a...Read complete review

    Wow. I bought these on a lark- getting tired of lugging around my JBL MR925 speakers along with a QSC900 power amp. I figured I'd try a self-powered speaker, and a got a TREMENDOUS price here. So I set these up side-by-side with my JBL setup. I only had a microphone handy, and with spoken voice these speakers were just as clear and even MUCH LOUDER than with the JBL setup. I did have a pretty noticable buzz when I plugged into the "microphone" port at full volume, so I switched my mic receiver to the 'line' function and plugged into the line port on the speaker, and the buzz went away.

    From a total weight perspective, this setup is probably less than 1/3rd of the JBL setup. I can easily carry these speakers with one hand. Each speaker is actually lighter than my old power amp!! So it makes transport and setup/teardown that much easier. They even have wheels, but I'm not really sure they're necessary since these are so light.

    I'm sure if I started pumping music through both setups at high volumes the JBL setup would hold up better from an audiophile perspective. I will have to try that at some point, but I suspect the minimal tradeoff will be well worth it.

    I haven't even tried the MP3 functions on the unit yet- but in my opinion, that's an unnecessary feature that only adds complexity and a possible point of failure. I would have much rather had an integrated bluetooth receiver, since mp3 players are EVERYWHERE these days- with that functionality I could stream from pretty much any device. But it is what it is, and doesn't take away from my rating at this time.

    Other features that are really nifty are the screw lock for the pole mount; the ability to use on its side as a wedge monitor, three handles (top and both sides), and multiple line input options (XLR, 1/4", RCA), and the ability to adjust distinct input levels on both the mic and line inputs (so for a small show, say a solo acoustic guitar/vocalist, you don't even need a mixer). The only drawback I can find so far is that the included power cord is only about 4 feet, but that is cheaply remedied. (The supplied cords are 18 gauge, so you can just order a cheap longer 18 gauge c13 power cord like the C&E 25 feet Universal Power Cord NEMA 5-15P to IEC-320-C13 18AWG Power Cord.

    I also don't know how 'deep' you can daisy-chain these (which is accomplished via XLR cables). I think I'm gonna buy a few more so I guess I'll know soon enough. I would think it would be virtually unlimited.

    Count me as an impressed and satisfied user...at least in the first week of ownership!!

    Now, the million peso question is how these things will hold up over time. I've had my JLB setup for 17 years now, and have had no problems (outside of replacing the speaker cables). Can the same be said for these? Only time will tell.

    **UPDATE**

    Wow, I just found a very cool (and relatively cheap) solution to my "bluetooth" need as stated above. I bought this NFC enabled bluetooth receiver HomeSpot NFC-enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound System to try to use with this. My desire was to mount this on/on top of the speaker, and I was lamenting having to run additional AC power to the speaker. BUT, alas, this bluetooth device is USB powered, and the speaker has a USB jack, which DOES in fact supply 5vDC USB power! So, I just plugged the USB cable into the back of the speaker, and it powered up. Now, it didn't stream the music through USB unforunately (I guess the speaker is looking for MP3 files?), but I simply used the RCA cable that came with the bluetooth device (the speaker also has RCA inputs!!) and VIOLA, I was streaming bluetooth to the speaker without any additional power runs! A side benefit of this setup (as opposed to integral bluetooth in the speaker) is that when bluetooth get updated to longer-range, all I'll need to do is replace the BT device and use the same speaker. Pretty neat!!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Who is Gem Sound?

    It seems loud enough but I have not had a chance to fully test this speaker. I've only used the MP3 player. So my review is more about the manufacturer.

    I...Read complete review

    It seems loud enough but I have not had a chance to fully test this speaker. I've only used the MP3 player. So my review is more about the manufacturer.

    I bought this speaker upon recommendation of the online rep, and a ridiculous sale price. The speaker seems decent, but my faith in the company that made it is shaky.

    Pro's: It's very lightweight, has handles on top and two sides, and wheels on the bottom. It has ports for a USB flash drive and SD card. If you insert a flash drive, you can use it as an MP3 player with the remote control.

    Con's: You cannot get playback from a phone or laptop via the USB port as indicated. You'll have to use an 1/8" - RCA (red/white plugs) cable, or just plug your device in to your mixing board.

    Other: Apparently this product is so new, it's not even listed on Gem Sound's website. The "instruction" leaflet that came with the speaker left much to be desired, so I tried unsuccessfully to find more info on their website.

    The diagram on the back was illegible and there was no Company info on the leaflet either, such as address, phone#, website, email etc. Nor was there any warranty info or a product registration card..but it's difficult to register a product with NO SERIAL NUMBER.

    Gem Sound's website says they are owned by Visual Effects Industries..which is inaccurate. It's actually Visual Effects, Inc. Visualeffectsinc.com They make lasers, disco balls, fog/bubble machines, speaker stands...Dj/party stuff.

    I contacted them via Facebook, but never got a reply. They've been in business since 1979? What have they been doing?

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I would still recommend it to my friends

    By Bobby's DJ

    from Rockford, Illinois

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Will Crack Around Handle

    Best Uses

    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

    I been using a traditional speakers for over ten years now and I'm always hesitant to switch to powered speakers. I decided to try to this one because of reasonable price. Used it on my last wedding gig indoor and outdoor, and July 4th picnic, it sounds great. I did not rate it as excellent because there is possible to crack around the handles, however I would still recommend it to my friends.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Value

    By Brusteraider

    from Concord CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

      First of all Musicians Friend's Customer Service is the best. They went totally out of their way to make me happy after a few shipping mishaps. Now for the review. These speakers sound awesome! I don't understand the weak Bass comments, hooked up to my board they have plenty of punch and power. Vocals are crystal clear and instruments are never compromised including Drums. I am definitely a happy camper with these. In some ways they even sound better than my JBL's

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Who is Gem Sound?

      By Bwichd

      from Hammond, IN

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

          It seems loud enough but I have not had a chance to fully test this speaker. I've only used the MP3 player. So my review is more about the manufacturer.

          I bought this speaker upon recommendation of the online rep, and a ridiculous sale price. The speaker seems decent, but my faith in the company that made it is shaky.

          Pro's: It's very lightweight, has handles on top and two sides, and wheels on the bottom. It has ports for a USB flash drive and SD card. If you insert a flash drive, you can use it as an MP3 player with the remote control.

          Con's: You cannot get playback from a phone or laptop via the USB port as indicated. You'll have to use an 1/8" - RCA (red/white plugs) cable, or just plug your device in to your mixing board.

          Other: Apparently this product is so new, it's not even listed on Gem Sound's website. The "instruction" leaflet that came with the speaker left much to be desired, so I tried unsuccessfully to find more info on their website.

          The diagram on the back was illegible and there was no Company info on the leaflet either, such as address, phone#, website, email etc. Nor was there any warranty info or a product registration card..but it's difficult to register a product with NO SERIAL NUMBER.

          Gem Sound's website says they are owned by Visual Effects Industries..which is inaccurate. It's actually Visual Effects, Inc. Visualeffectsinc.com They make lasers, disco balls, fog/bubble machines, speaker stands...Dj/party stuff.

          I contacted them via Facebook, but never got a reply. They've been in business since 1979? What have they been doing?

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gem 15" powered speaker

          By none at this time

          from Amarillo, Texas

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

          Great speaker and found nothing wrong at all. Easy to use and fast service.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Product, Well worth it.

          By Big Mike

          from Slocomb,Alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Great For Pa Monitors

          Cons

          • Not much bass

          Best Uses

          • Vocals For Pa

          Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

          Great for doing vocals with main speakers. Good extra set up have with subs.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great deal on versatile speaker

          By Jason

          from florida

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

            I am surprised at how loud this speaker is. It actually kicks out 1,000 watts. The MP3 feature and remote is cool. For the money, its a steal.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            very nice sound very clear for karaoke

            By guaro

            from tampa, fl

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                very nice sound very clear for karaoke

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Sounds , lots of features !

                By heqtbaq

                from 29 palms , CA

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Built In Wheels Handles
                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Mp3 With Remote
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Big Parties
                  • Events
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Portable Pa Use

                  Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                  I bought another pair of these after such positive results with the first two pairs !
                  Versitile is an understatement , especially with the added features thoughtfully included .
                  The sound is indeed very good for plastic cabinets , and without wood they do weigh less and are easy to carry or roll . They are plenty loud while providing good sound , and if you need more coverage just get another pair or two . At the sale prices , they are very affordable .
                  As usual , the shipping people try their best to destroy your gear before you get it , and with these you may end up with a dent in the grille .
                  I am planning to make a puller tool to straighten the grille out without chipping the paint or plastic . I suspect any negative experiances would relate to damage caused by rough handling .
                  I am extremely happy with these speakers and highly recommend them !

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  So far, great value!!

                  By Bucky

                  from Cold Point Hill, PA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • No 14

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                  Wow. I bought these on a lark- getting tired of lugging around my JBL MR925 speakers along with a QSC900 power amp. I figured I'd try a self-powered speaker, and a got a TREMENDOUS price here. So I set these up side-by-side with my JBL setup. I only had a microphone handy, and with spoken voice these speakers were just as clear and even MUCH LOUDER than with the JBL setup. I did have a pretty noticable buzz when I plugged into the "microphone" port at full volume, so I switched my mic receiver to the 'line' function and plugged into the line port on the speaker, and the buzz went away.

                  From a total weight perspective, this setup is probably less than 1/3rd of the JBL setup. I can easily carry these speakers with one hand. Each speaker is actually lighter than my old power amp!! So it makes transport and setup/teardown that much easier. They even have wheels, but I'm not really sure they're necessary since these are so light.

                  I'm sure if I started pumping music through both setups at high volumes the JBL setup would hold up better from an audiophile perspective. I will have to try that at some point, but I suspect the minimal tradeoff will be well worth it.

                  I haven't even tried the MP3 functions on the unit yet- but in my opinion, that's an unnecessary feature that only adds complexity and a possible point of failure. I would have much rather had an integrated bluetooth receiver, since mp3 players are EVERYWHERE these days- with that functionality I could stream from pretty much any device. But it is what it is, and doesn't take away from my rating at this time.

                  Other features that are really nifty are the screw lock for the pole mount; the ability to use on its side as a wedge monitor, three handles (top and both sides), and multiple line input options (XLR, 1/4", RCA), and the ability to adjust distinct input levels on both the mic and line inputs (so for a small show, say a solo acoustic guitar/vocalist, you don't even need a mixer). The only drawback I can find so far is that the included power cord is only about 4 feet, but that is cheaply remedied. (The supplied cords are 18 gauge, so you can just order a cheap longer 18 gauge c13 power cord like the C&E 25 feet Universal Power Cord NEMA 5-15P to IEC-320-C13 18AWG Power Cord.

                  I also don't know how 'deep' you can daisy-chain these (which is accomplished via XLR cables). I think I'm gonna buy a few more so I guess I'll know soon enough. I would think it would be virtually unlimited.

                  Count me as an impressed and satisfied user...at least in the first week of ownership!!

                  Now, the million peso question is how these things will hold up over time. I've had my JLB setup for 17 years now, and have had no problems (outside of replacing the speaker cables). Can the same be said for these? Only time will tell.

                  **UPDATE**

                  Wow, I just found a very cool (and relatively cheap) solution to my "bluetooth" need as stated above. I bought this NFC enabled bluetooth receiver HomeSpot NFC-enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound System to try to use with this. My desire was to mount this on/on top of the speaker, and I was lamenting having to run additional AC power to the speaker. BUT, alas, this bluetooth device is USB powered, and the speaker has a USB jack, which DOES in fact supply 5vDC USB power! So, I just plugged the USB cable into the back of the speaker, and it powered up. Now, it didn't stream the music through USB unforunately (I guess the speaker is looking for MP3 files?), but I simply used the RCA cable that came with the bluetooth device (the speaker also has RCA inputs!!) and VIOLA, I was streaming bluetooth to the speaker without any additional power runs! A side benefit of this setup (as opposed to integral bluetooth in the speaker) is that when bluetooth get updated to longer-range, all I'll need to do is replace the BT device and use the same speaker. Pretty neat!!

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great powered speakers !

                  By heqtbaq

                  from 29 palms , CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Parties
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Gem Sound PXB150USB 15" Powered Speaker with USB/SD Media Player/Wheels:

                    I bought a second pair of these speakers after such a good result with the first pair . They are affordable , work well and have the bonus features of MP3 players and remotes . Sound is very good and they are plenty loud . For larger events , just add an extra pair . These are great speakers for the price offered !

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