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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 ...Read More

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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
Speaker configuration
  • Active/passive:Active
  • Type:Two-way full range
  • LF driver:15"
  • MF driver:N/A
  • HF driver:1.75"
  • Power
  • Amplifier class:
  • Wattage:250 cont./1000 peak
  • Mixer/preamp:N/A
  • Audio
  • Frequency response:50Hz - 20kHz
  • Coverage pattern:
  • Max SPL:
  • Inputs
  • XLR:2
  • TRS:1
  • TS:N/A
  • RCA:Stereo pair
  • Output/thru
  • XLR:1
  • TRS:N/A
  • TS:N/A
  • RCA:N/A
  • SPEAKON:N/A
  • Enclosure
  • Cabinet material:18 mm ply
  • Width:18.7"
  • Height:20.8"
  • Depth:30"

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
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (26)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Durable (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (14)
  • Home studio (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (10)

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

 

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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?

Reviewed by 31 customers

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5.0

Great Value!

By John

from Oklahoma

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

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

    Packed up my home stereo. Just use this speaker with USB

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    4.0

    Great speaker for what I paid

    By TI Singer Dude

    from Illinois

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    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:

      These speakers are a great value if you wait for them to go on sale. I got a really good deal on 4 of these over the Labor Day Weekend, 2016. They are crystal clear, light weight , easy to use and more powerful than I expected. I perched two of them above a pair of Peavey PVXp Subs and they really rock the house. I'll use the other two are for monitor wedges. They're not built as tough as some higher end products so again, wait for them to be on sale. They also have USB and SD slots to for mp3 playback but control over how those tracks are played is really not there. There's not even a shuffle option. Too bad. But that's not why I bought them. The USB slot can however be used as a charger. I plugged a Bluetooth receiver into the USB to keep it charged so I could wireless DJ. Worked real good.

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      5.0

      So far so good

      By Scottish Canuck

      from Kelowna, BC, Canada

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      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:

        I paired this with a Unify Bluetooth receiver. The sound is awesome and loud. Great for parties or for just quite listening on the patio. Versatile and easy to move. Tailgate party if you have a truck with a power supply. So far I am happy with this purchase.

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        5.0

        Great speaker

        By Gordo

        from Austin Texas

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Showed up well packaged and sounds great! Thank you

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          5.0

          Great Value!

          By Uncle John

          from Geneseo, IL

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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:

            I bought the speaker for use with my Yamaha mixer for small performance venues, for our 2 man group. I happened to be in the market for just such a speaker when it came up on MF Stupid Deal of The Day. If I had not bought it, I would indeed have been stupid! It sounds crystal clear and is amazing light weight (lighter than a 12" powered speaker I have of another make). We used it for the first time at a gig the other night and got many compliments on our overall sound. Actually wouldn't mind buying another.

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            5.0

            Great Sounding Powered Speaker

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            By Doc

            from Tejas

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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

              By Bluesman

              from Schertz, Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

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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

              By Markoz

              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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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Nice features in an affordable design.

                  By Bruce

                  from Near Winston Salem, NC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    By Gumby

                    from Mooresville Indiana

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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