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JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker  

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    Truly portable, compact, lightweight PA speaker.

    The JBL MRX515 is a high-power 15" 2-way PA speaker cab designed for music and speech reinforcement. The MRX515 loudspeaker offers a very high level of performance and can be placed on a pole or standard speaker tripod stand. The JBL speaker features a 15" 265H Differential Drive woofer that handles 400W continuous, yet the entire system weighs only 43 lbs. For the high frequencies, the 2408H 1.5" annular polymer diaphragm, neodymium compression driver is mounted to a 70° x 70° horn. JBL's dual-angle polemount allows the speaker to be mounted in a vertical position or with a 10° down tilt for optimum audience coverage. The enclosure is constructed of quality plywood and coated in JBL's rugged DuraFlex finish. The attractive CNC-machined, 16-gauge steel grille wraps around the sides of the speaker enclosure. The grilles are internally lined with an acoustically transparent screen to provide additional driver protection and give this PA speaker a very professional appearance.

    Features
    • 15" Differential Drive woofer for high-power capacity and light weight
    • 1.5" annular polymer diaphragm compression driver 70° x 70° coverage
    • Dual-angle pole socket for applications requiring tripod mounting
    • Heavy-duty 16-gauge protective screen backed steel grille
    • Tough DuraFlex enclosure finish
    • Applications:
    • Reinforcement of music and speech in entertainment,
    • live or prerecorded applications

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    MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker Specifications:

    • Frequency range: 52Hz-20kHz
    • Frequency response: 65Hz-20kHz
    • Sensitivity: 98dB @ 1m (3.3 ft)
    • Nominal impedance: 8 ohms
    • Power capacity: 400W/800W/1600W
    • Rated maximum SPL: 130dB SPL peak
    • Coverage pattern: 70° x 70° nominal
    • Dimensions: 17"W x 27.25"H x 18.5"D
    • Weight: 43 lbs.
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    4.0

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    Used indoors or out, a great, light main

    I've had them for a year...Back in the days (mid 80s) when we thought we were going to be rock stars : ) we scrounged for our equipment and played shows with...Read complete review

    I've had them for a year...Back in the days (mid 80s) when we thought we were going to be rock stars : ) we scrounged for our equipment and played shows with what we could. Eventually we ended up with huge multipart Peavey horn speakers and big monitors etc. I'm sure it was loud. But by today's standards I know our sound was lacking. About 8 years ago we got the band back together and started from scratch. Except now we all had mortguages, wives, kids, etc so the budget was somewhat restricted. We started out making our own PA speakers with one of the band members being a woodworker and they sounded pretty good actually. Slowly we kept incrementing the gear to where we had a pretty good and transportable rig for weekend warriors! We ended up with the newer Peavey SP-2s and a JBL M418s for smaller shows and a pair of B-512 LX-18 folded horn subs. This rig sounded good. But man, the SP-2 are not light nor small. I will say they are very good at their price point if you run a lot of low end out of the mains. Long story short, where years ago, I'd buy anything if it sounded good, I turned a corner one night after playing a 4 hour show and just being physically drained. I loaded the SP-2s up and thought they had to find a new home. I auditioned a pair of JBL MRX515s and I loved them. 90% of the time I don't really need to eq them! I ALWAYs eq my subs though : ) I have to say the MRXs are a joy to move, they sound great, the ability to angle them 10 down or not is very nice etc. We just played an outdoor show where we used the MRX515s and the LX-18s and it worked great. When I could, I'd sneak out into the crowd to listen while the band played and I loved it. Everything was clear and well balanced and loud without strain. I think they are smoother than the SP-2s especially when the sound pressure increases but I would give the SP-2s the nod if you would ever consider playing a show without a sub. The SP-2s are more solid under say 80hz. Having said that, we always use a sub, cross the MRX515s over at 80-100 hz and I think the MRX's have been the best investment I've made in a long time. It's a very fine product that can play very loud relative to its weight and size. And at 3am, a 40 pound main is a wonderful thing! We use a 16 channel Yamaha mixer, into a DBX driverack, into Yamaha P7000s (stereo for the mains), Yamaha P3500s (bridged mono for the sub), and Yamaha P2500s (stereo for monitors) Are there better values lurking out there? I know others would suggest there are. Is this the least fussy main I've ever used. Yes, without a doubt. Plug and play in most cases. I would heartily recommend them to anyone.

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    Not bad--not great

    I've played literally 1000s of shows as Minnesota's #1 One Man Band> I gig 5-7 shows (3-one hour sets over 4 hours) every week every year. Believe it or...Read complete review

    I've played literally 1000s of shows as Minnesota's #1 One Man Band> I gig 5-7 shows (3-one hour sets over 4 hours) every week every year. Believe it or not--I have made a living with a small PA which I lug around in a minivan. It consists of 2 JBL Mpro 215 (1x15+horn) passive speakers powered by a lite QSC 2402 PLX. I use no monitors and occasionally plug in an additional set of JBL Mpro 415s when I'm doing larger events (weddings, corporate gigs). I keep it simple. I do not use subs. I mix my backing tracks and play guitar & sing over the backing trax which cover every genre. The cheap, passive JBL Mpro 215 have been the warmest sounding (the electric guitar sounds real good thru these--although I've just been using a POD for many years now) out of all the 2-way speakers I've tried (tried them all except EAW). They are robust and you can crank the bass up pretty high and leave the subs at home for crowds up to 300. Occasionally I have blown a speaker and have a garage with 6 of the Mpro 215s and was looking for a newer replacement. Their bigger brother the Mpro 415 (Handles an extra 100 watts) has a harsh mid sound in the guitar/snare frequencies for some reason so I only use the 415s as an additional pair on the floor (they do throw out more low end). I wanted a newer speaker and tried the MRX515s. I bought them/brought them out to 2 shows and they did not pass the audition. The guitar sounded funny through them. Even a few of my musician friends could tell they did not sound as good as the old Mpros. I took em back. Still got the Mpros--they sound warm--just right and NEVER need EQing in any room whatsoever...

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    1.0

    Tweeters go bad

    By Hec

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Great Sounding Spekaer

    Cons

    • Tweeters Go Bad

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      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      Great speaker but tweeters go bad very easily on most JBLs..

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      MRX515 is an Excellent Choice!

      By Craig

      from New Jersey

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      We needed to upgrade our main speaker cabinet line and spent much time researching specs and reviews... It came down to only a few select options based on our budget, power handling desire, and very importantly weight.... This was the perfect fit and we are quite happy with the result so far.... (only had them a week upon this review)

      It is the second lightest weight speaker we found in its class.. (second to Carvin LM15) This speaker only weights 43lbs... a major importance to us.... And as the speaker market sadly is starting to manufacture heavier speakers again due to the rise in cost of the lighter magnetic woofers, we are happy to have gotten these guys at a great price....

      As for performance... so far very pleased... they have provided an exceptionally transparent sound when used live for vocals and acoustic guitar.... Extremely clean, sweet and smooth frequency response.... If you look at the spec engineering sheet, youll see not a great performance for the bass response, however we are quite impressed and have A/B'd then with our older speaker line and they have matched or even outperformed them at various low frequencies... so not too sure how JBL measures the output in testing... but the bass response is reasonably strong for a speaker of this caliber and size.

      We are powering two of these speakers with a bridged 2400watt QSC or our 2400w Crown amp (we have both so we use them interchangeably) Each speaker sees a maximum power of 1200watts.... As they are rated 400/800/1600... we have nice headroom for peaks with this setup, but not too much power to damage the drivers.... as long as our amps are not clipping constantly....

      For DJ/prerecored music, you can NOT go wrong with these speakers.... however we mostly use them for LIVE applications.... so we are very happy with the sound... but prerecored they sound amazing as well.... very clean.... transparent, natural sound....

      Some speaker companies only put one handle on them for transporting (Ahem, EV) which we find extremely impractical.... but this speaker has TWO handles which helps moving tremendously.... Full face grill hides the drivers giving an extremely professional look.... we would prefer the newer JBL black logo instead of orange.... but not a big deal.... we do find JBL to be a bit overrated in the perception it has created for itself... however, these speakers do prove that JBL IS an excellent speaker manufacturer, and understand why JBL is used in so many places....

      The JBL cases for these are awesome as well.... no velcro... no zippers, etc.... so easy... just slip right over and done... BIG PROPS for that.... our old cases were soooo annoying to use with our old speaker line... so we are very pleased with that too!
      We needed to upgrade our main speaker cabinet line and spent much time researching specs and reviews... It came down to only a few select options based on our budget, power handling desire, and very importantly weight.... This was the perfect fit and we are quite happy with the result so far.... (only had them a week upon this review)

      It is the second lightest weight speaker we found in its class.. (second to Carvin LM15) This speaker only weights 43lbs... a major importance to us.... And as the speaker market sadly is starting to manufacture heavier speakers again due to the rise in cost of the lighter magnetic woofers, we are happy to have gotten these guys at a great price....

      As for performance... so far very pleased... they have provided an exceptionally transparent sound when used live for vocals and acoustic guitar.... Extremely clean, sweet and smooth frequency response.... If you look at the spec engineering sheet, youll see not a great performance for the bass response, however we are quite impressed and have A/B'd then with our older speaker line and they have matched or even outperformed them at various low frequencies... so not too sure how JBL measures the output in testing... but the bass response is reasonably strong for a speaker of this caliber and size.

      We are powering two of these speakers with a bridged 2400watt QSC or our 2400w Crown amp (we have both so we use them interchangeably) Each speaker sees a maximum power of 1200watts.... As they are rated 400/800/1600... we have nice headroom for peaks with this setup, but not too much power to damage the drivers.... as long as our amps are not clipping constantly....

      For DJ/prerecored music, you can NOT go wrong with these speakers.... however we mostly use them for LIVE applications.... so we are very happy with the sound... but prerecored they sound amazing as well.... very clean.... transparent, natural sound....

      Some speaker companies only put one handle on them for transporting (Ahem, EV) which we find extremely impractical.... but this speaker has TWO handles which helps moving tremendously.... Full face grill hides the drivers giving an extremely professional look.... we would prefer the newer JBL black logo instead of orange.... but not a big deal.... we do find JBL to be a bit overrated in the perception it has created for itself... however, these speakers do prove that JBL IS an excellent speaker manufacturer, and understand why JBL is used in so many places....

      The JBL cases for these are awesome as well.... no velcro... no zippers, etc.... so easy... just slip right over and done... BIG PROPS for that.... our old cases were soooo annoying to use with our old speaker line... so we are very pleased with that too!
      We needed to upgrade our main speaker cabinet line and spent much time researching specs and reviews... It came down to only a few select options based on our budget, power handling desire, and very importantly weight.... This was the perfect fit and we are quite happy with the result so far.... (only had them a week upon this review)

      It is the second lightest weight speaker we found in its class.. (second to Carvin LM15) This speaker only weights 43lbs... a major importance to us.... And as the speaker market sadly is starting to manufacture heavier speakers again due to the rise in cost of the lighter magnetic woofers, we are happy to have gotten these guys at a great price....

      As for performance... so far very pleased... they have provided an exceptionally transparent sound when used live for vocals and acoustic guitar.... Extremely clean, sweet and smooth frequency response.... If you look at the spec engineering sheet, youll see not a great performance for the bass response, however we are quite impressed and have A/B'd then with our older speaker line and they have matched or even outperformed them at various low frequencies... so not too sure how JBL measures the output in testing... but the bass response is reasonably strong for a speaker of this caliber and size.

      We are powering two of these speakers with a bridged 2400watt QSC or our 2400w Crown amp (we have both so we use them interchangeably) Each speaker sees a maximum power of 1200watts.... As they are rated 400/800/1600... we have nice headroom for peaks with this setup, but not too much power to damage the drivers.... as long as our amps are not clipping constantly....

      For DJ/prerecored music, you can NOT go wrong with these speakers.... however we mostly use them for LIVE applications.... so we are very happy with the sound... but prerecored they sound amazing as well.... very clean.... transparent, natural sound....

      Some speaker companies only put one handle on them for transporting (Ahem, EV) which we find extremely impractical.... but this speaker has TWO handles which helps moving tremendously.... Full face grill hides the drivers giving an extremely professional look.... we would prefer the newer JBL black logo instead of orange.... but not a big deal.... we do find JBL to be a bit overrated in the perception it has created for itself... however, these speakers do prove that JBL IS an excellent speaker manufacturer, and understand why JBL is used in so many places....

      The JBL cases for these are awesome as well.... no velcro... no zippers, etc.... so easy... just slip right over and done... BIG PROPS for that.... our old cases were soooo annoying to use with our old speaker line... so we are very pleased with that too!
      We got these at a good time here at musiciansfriend.... so we got a good value at the current price... however their normal dealer price of $749 seems a tad high.... I think at $600... thats the most we'd pay for them.... great speaker... but being passive in this sector of the pro audio market.... i think $500-600 is the right price.

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      5.0

      Great Little Speaker

      By Jim Nicholson

      from Virginia

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      Hey, I have been playing music for 40 years. Have owned everything from Peavey to Electro Voice to JBL. All in my opinion are great products to get the job done. However at the age of 54 now, I am experiencing the need to go lighter. The JBL MRX 515 is so light they seem toy-ish. I mean these things when I unpacked them from the box I said to myself, Self, there is no way these things will compare to my concert series EVs that I have been using for 10 years. Well, self was wrong!!!!!!!
      I have done two jobs with them now along with my JBL SRX 718 as subs and OH MY WORD.
      They are GREAT. Crisp, Clean and yes light. We have a three piece Group, drums,base, and guitar.
      Play Country,Rock,Motown,Funk, and Jazz. I use a QSC 3602 Power amp for the mains and let me tell ya guy's and gal's....Dont let the small, light size fool ya, give them the power they need and
      Chillax for the rest of the night...........
      I bought the scratch and dent sale Musicians friend had and saved a bundle. Hardly even noticed the
      imperfection at all !!!!!!! and saved over $300.00 bucks for two speakers.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not bad--not great

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      I've played literally 1000s of shows as Minnesota's #1 One Man Band> I gig 5-7 shows (3-one hour sets over 4 hours) every week every year. Believe it or not--I have made a living with a small PA which I lug around in a minivan. It consists of 2 JBL Mpro 215 (1x15+horn) passive speakers powered by a lite QSC 2402 PLX. I use no monitors and occasionally plug in an additional set of JBL Mpro 415s when I'm doing larger events (weddings, corporate gigs). I keep it simple. I do not use subs. I mix my backing tracks and play guitar & sing over the backing trax which cover every genre. The cheap, passive JBL Mpro 215 have been the warmest sounding (the electric guitar sounds real good thru these--although I've just been using a POD for many years now) out of all the 2-way speakers I've tried (tried them all except EAW). They are robust and you can crank the bass up pretty high and leave the subs at home for crowds up to 300. Occasionally I have blown a speaker and have a garage with 6 of the Mpro 215s and was looking for a newer replacement. Their bigger brother the Mpro 415 (Handles an extra 100 watts) has a harsh mid sound in the guitar/snare frequencies for some reason so I only use the 415s as an additional pair on the floor (they do throw out more low end). I wanted a newer speaker and tried the MRX515s. I bought them/brought them out to 2 shows and they did not pass the audition. The guitar sounded funny through them. Even a few of my musician friends could tell they did not sound as good as the old Mpros. I took em back. Still got the Mpros--they sound warm--just right and NEVER need EQing in any room whatsoever...

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The perfect DJ speaker

      By Ryan-oPbnx

      from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      I use the MRX515's for DJ'ing. They project and "punch" well with clarity and crispiness. No matter how soft or loud you play them, they are balanced between high/mid/low frequencies.They work perfect on their own for normal full-range applications, but if you like it ridiculously loud, then get some subs and cross them over for unbelievably loud, clean, and punchy sound. Of course, as with any speaker, make sure you have a powerful, clean amplifier to match. When run full-range, the woofers really seem to ?kick? with relatively little power compared to the other speakers I?ve used (Yamaha, Carvin). Don?t expect them, though, to produce much useable bass under about 50 hz, as they were not designed for heavy low bass applications. Most music doesn?t have much sound below this frequency anyway, but just something to keep in mindOne of the great things about them is that the high frequencies don't "shriek" like with some speakers, they always stay clean even with high peaky keyboard notes or cymbal crashes. It is possible that JBL has added some circuitry to protect the speakers, but it also helps protect your ears while still keeping the entire mix clean and loud. It?s a win-winThese speakers are also best in class when it comes to weight. When you look at them they look heavy, then you are pleasantly surprised when you can lift them with one hand. For me, these speakers are the sweet spot of the JBL lineup; I would not recommend the JRX series unless you really can?t afford these. The best thing about these speakers is they are designed and manufactured in the USA. It makes me proud that this American company can still produce world-class equipment at a decent price; wish there were more companies like JBL around. Overall, these speakers produce everything you want to hear with nothing you don?t. Don?t waste your time with lesser brands. A little pricey but no regrets, as people know and trust JBL for their events.

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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      MRX ok a little pricey

      By smack

      from LA

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      MRX love, love, the lightness, nice box as well. I pump it so you dont have to. No kids stuff here. You have to pair it up with a sub, kinda sucks. the highes are to high even when you use a crossover, you have to drop it a few notches. My JRX 100's have a better midrange full sound. I play hard though, no folk, gospel or country here. Thumping stuff only. The only reason i got them over my JRX was that they can take a beating of power. QSC 3602 i run on them. Had them for over a year. if you want good small sound, country ect.. go with the JRX first. no bull!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awsome Speakers

      By Teddy-JwMJv

      from Chattanooga, TN

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      Our church has owned them since last December when a pair of Peavey's blew up during a service. What a difference these speakers make, clean sound excellent midrange, clear highs and excellent throw. We're looking forward to buying more of these

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Monitor Out There

      By Marshall Gibson

      from Beaumont, TX

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      My group uses a pair of MRX515's flown across the stage right behind the our mains (JBL SRX725/SRX718S stacks) for monitors for the bass player on the left and myself on the right. These speakers are a no-nonsense, clear, light, and punchy alternative to floor monitors. However we do use the MRX512M's for the middle guitar player and drummer. Each gets a dedicated send, eq, and amp so I am able to dial in a punchy defined sound for my key/synth rig. My acoustic guitar sounds incredible as well. I have owned Peavey, Yamaha, and Carvin speakers and these blow all of them away by far. You will not be disappointed with the weight or sound from the MRX515 speaker. Go get some!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Used indoors or out, a great, light main

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      I've had them for a year...Back in the days (mid 80s) when we thought we were going to be rock stars : ) we scrounged for our equipment and played shows with what we could. Eventually we ended up with huge multipart Peavey horn speakers and big monitors etc. I'm sure it was loud. But by today's standards I know our sound was lacking. About 8 years ago we got the band back together and started from scratch. Except now we all had mortguages, wives, kids, etc so the budget was somewhat restricted. We started out making our own PA speakers with one of the band members being a woodworker and they sounded pretty good actually. Slowly we kept incrementing the gear to where we had a pretty good and transportable rig for weekend warriors! We ended up with the newer Peavey SP-2s and a JBL M418s for smaller shows and a pair of B-512 LX-18 folded horn subs. This rig sounded good. But man, the SP-2 are not light nor small. I will say they are very good at their price point if you run a lot of low end out of the mains. Long story short, where years ago, I'd buy anything if it sounded good, I turned a corner one night after playing a 4 hour show and just being physically drained. I loaded the SP-2s up and thought they had to find a new home. I auditioned a pair of JBL MRX515s and I loved them. 90% of the time I don't really need to eq them! I ALWAYs eq my subs though : ) I have to say the MRXs are a joy to move, they sound great, the ability to angle them 10 down or not is very nice etc. We just played an outdoor show where we used the MRX515s and the LX-18s and it worked great. When I could, I'd sneak out into the crowd to listen while the band played and I loved it. Everything was clear and well balanced and loud without strain. I think they are smoother than the SP-2s especially when the sound pressure increases but I would give the SP-2s the nod if you would ever consider playing a show without a sub. The SP-2s are more solid under say 80hz. Having said that, we always use a sub, cross the MRX515s over at 80-100 hz and I think the MRX's have been the best investment I've made in a long time. It's a very fine product that can play very loud relative to its weight and size. And at 3am, a 40 pound main is a wonderful thing! We use a 16 channel Yamaha mixer, into a DBX driverack, into Yamaha P7000s (stereo for the mains), Yamaha P3500s (bridged mono for the sub), and Yamaha P2500s (stereo for monitors) Are there better values lurking out there? I know others would suggest there are. Is this the least fussy main I've ever used. Yes, without a doubt. Plug and play in most cases. I would heartily recommend them to anyone.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      lightweight, powerful and dynamic

      By taylorplayer814

      from Grain Valley, Missouri

      Comments about JBL MRX515 15" 2-Way Loudspeaker:

      Purchased these speakers from Kansas City showroom after an extensive demonstration from Carl. The man sure knows his sound! The speakers are very lightweight and that sure is handy when you're putting them up in the air on speaker stands. Sonic quality is very acceptable for such a small speaker. There is very good bass without a sub which is a plus when using a small setup. We play large venues and also small places like nursing homes where space is at a premium. I was using my JRX 112M monitor speakers on the stands to keep from hauling around the SRX 725's that we usually use, and my wife said that the 515's sound just as good as the 725's. That's quite a claim! You can't go wrong with these mighty mites!

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