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

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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.

Versatile powered speaker with USB connectivity.

FEATURES
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Order today for a great utility speaker with multiple applications.

SPECIFICATIONS

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

  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (21)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Compact (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (12)
  • Home studio (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (9)

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!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for the money

I bought a pair of these from stupid deal of the day. I wanted something easy to set up, light, and sounds half way descent. These fit the bill. I am 63...Read complete review

I bought a pair of these from stupid deal of the day. I wanted something easy to set up, light, and sounds half way descent. These fit the bill. I am 63 years old and can easily carry both speakers at the same time. As posted before in other reviews they do not have a lot of bottom end. I had an old Aphex Type C exciter with Big Bottom which I hooked inline to the speakers. Unlike the bass and high controls on these speakers the exciter has very little effect on the built-in amps headroom with less chance of peak distortion. This combo made the speakers sound very punchy without sounding muddy and a little cleaner to boot. I was very pleased with the sound after using the Aphex with these speakers which reminded me more on the lines of my old JBL none powered speakers. Not a big deal but one of the speakers was missing the grills over the bass ports exposing the electronics. Over all I am pleased with these speakers.

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5.0

Great Sounding Powered Speaker

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

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

    The Handles are very nice as is the Durable Plastic

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    4.0

    Excellent for the price

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    from Schertz, Texas

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Didn't come with any warranty info!
    • Only 200 watts, but works for smaller gigs fine.

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    I saw the price on sale and was going to give it a try. It arrived 2 days before a gig, so I used these and was very impressed with the sound and projection. The place was fairly big that could hold up to 300 people with plenty of room for more. The guys in the band were also surprised that these could sound so good.

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    1.0

    Distortion audible

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    from Raleigh, NC

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

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

        I really wanted to like it but I encountered audible distortion on both line & mic inputs, so I sent it back.

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        3.0

        Nice features in an affordable design.

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        from Near Winston Salem, NC

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

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

          The USB port and sd card reader did not acknowledge media.

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          3.0

          Great for the money

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          from Mooresville Indiana

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events

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

            I bought a pair of these from stupid deal of the day. I wanted something easy to set up, light, and sounds half way descent. These fit the bill. I am 63 years old and can easily carry both speakers at the same time. As posted before in other reviews they do not have a lot of bottom end. I had an old Aphex Type C exciter with Big Bottom which I hooked inline to the speakers. Unlike the bass and high controls on these speakers the exciter has very little effect on the built-in amps headroom with less chance of peak distortion. This combo made the speakers sound very punchy without sounding muddy and a little cleaner to boot. I was very pleased with the sound after using the Aphex with these speakers which reminded me more on the lines of my old JBL none powered speakers. Not a big deal but one of the speakers was missing the grills over the bass ports exposing the electronics. Over all I am pleased with these speakers.

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            5.0

            great speaker and player

            By 

            from Madison WI

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Originally bought the 12" speaker for my electronic drum kit. Then I decided to get another one, but with the 15" for more lows needed.
                This is the ticket. Also great for playing along with songs using this awesome player.
                My whole music collection plays loud throughout the house.

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                5.0

                just as nice as they said 5 star good job

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                from bosie id

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

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

                  great addition

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                  5.0

                  Excellent deal with caveat ......

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                  from Berkeley Springs, WV

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

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

                  Very pleased with the product and special pricing. Absolutely clear sound and quite adequate power. The "Owner's Manual" is minimal at best, however, it is easy to operate. The MP3 player will read a flash drive or SD Flash Card. Be sure to ask you sales person to have the speakers double-boxed (see Service/Delivery Comments)!

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                  5.0

                  Nice product for the money!!!!

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                  from Dundee, Florida

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

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

                    To amplify an accordion with a midi.

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                    4.0

                    One great audio system. Hope to buy a companion unit soon.

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                    from Delaware

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Mobile DJ

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

                      We love the compactness and the multiple handles makes for easy loading & unpacking

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