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

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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
 
4.3

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (33)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Versatile (27)
  • Durable (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (25)
  • Outdoor events / games (22)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (20)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (14), Novice (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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(6 of 10 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?

      (6 of 6 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!!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Sounds , lots of features !

      By heqtbaq

      from 29 palms , CA

      About Me Experienced

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      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 !

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great deal on versatile speaker

        By Jason

        from florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        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.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Product, Well worth it.

            By Big Mike

            from Slocomb,Alabama

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            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.

            (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

            See all my reviews

            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

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great powered speakers !

                By heqtbaq

                from 29 palms , CA

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

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                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 !

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Value!

                  By Uncle John

                  from Geneseo, IL

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                  Verified Buyer

                  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.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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