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JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single  

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    A 15" woofer, 1.5" compression driver, and 1000W Class D, Crown digital amp in a single, compact enclosure.

    Though the 2-way 15" is the most recognizable form of portable PA loudspeakers, offering the perfect balance between size and performance, the PRX615M is an exception because it is smaller, powerful, versatile, and more lightweight than most of its peers.

    The performance and asymmetrical design make the PRX615M a perfect choice for musicians, entertainers, and DJs when portability is key, or when hung by the suspension points, an exceptional light-duty installation speaker. All PRX600 Series speakers were designed to excel in sound reinforcement where challenging audio environments and loud volumes are the norm. For applications requiring full bandwidth sound reproduction, the PRX615M delivers the optimum balance. For live music, recorded music playback, and speech, the user has the option of tailoring the EQ, 'flat' for speech intelligibility, and 'boost' for enhanced bass and crisp highs in recorded music playback. A microphone can be directly connected to the speaker input for quick PA applications. Coupled with a PRX600 sub-woofer (sold separately) the system becomes an efficient, full-range sound system.

    The PRX615M is comprised of a 380mm (15") 265F Differential Drive dual voice-coil and magnetic gap, neodymium woofer, a 2408H-1 37.5mm (1.5") annular polymer diaphragm, neodymium compression driver mounted to a 90° by 50° horn, all driven by 1000W (dual 500W) Crown Class-D power amplifier. A propriety DSP chip is at the core of a fully featured input section, providing user selectable system EQ, protection, input sensitivity selection, crossover functionality, dynamic limiting, and discrete component optimization.

    All PRX600 cabinets are built from a combination of 25mm (on the top and bottom for added rigidity) and 18mm, strong, lightweight poplar plywood made structurally sound with tongue and groove joints. All PRX600 Series cabinets are protected by JBL's tour-proven DuraFlex finish. Grilles are made from dent-resistant 16-gauge steel and handles are made from lightweight glass-filled nylon for added strength and durability. All M10 suspension points are constructed from 14-gauge steel and have been tested with a yield-strength of 1000 pounds each.

    The amplifier input panel offers XLR or 1/4" jack compatibility and a sensitivity switch provides extra flexibility, making it possible to connect literally any sound source without using a mixer. Signal present and overload lights indicate the system status and assist in setting the optimum level, via the level control knob.

    Features

    • Maximum SPL Output 135db peak
    • 380 mm (15") Differential Drive dual voice-coil and magnetic gap, neodymium woofer
    • 37.5mm (1.5") annular polymer diaphragm, neodymium magnet compression driver
    • 1000W (dual 500W Class-D, Crown digital amplifier
    • DSP input section with dbx Type IV limiter circuit, crossover, dynamic limiting, component optimization, selectable system EQ
    • Professional XLR line and 1/4" Mic/Instrument inputs, with loop through
    • Integrated 36mm dual-angle polemount socket
    • Large die-cast aluminum handle bar with a fine tuned ergonomic rubber grip for maximum comfort

    Quality sound at a quality price for your live setup. Order today!

     

    PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single Specifications:

    • System type: Self-powered 15", two-way, bass-reflex
    • Maximum SPL output: Full Range: 135 dB peak
    • Monitor: 134dB peak
    • Frequency range (-10dB): Full Range: 45Hz – 19kHz
    • Monitor: 48Hz – 20kHz
    • Frequency response (±3dB): Full Range: 54Hz – 18kHz
    • Monitor: 60Hz – 18kHz
    • Coverage pattern: 90° x 50° nominal
    • Amp design: Crown Class D
    • Power rating: 1000 W ( 2 x 500 )
    • Dimension (HxWxD): 660mm x 429mm x 414mm ( 26.0" x 16.9" x 16.3")
    • Net weight: 19.7kg (43.5lb.)
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    JBLPRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Quick setup (6)
    • Good value (5)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (6)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Monitor / Mains That KA

      I have an eight piece band with 4 in the front row and 4 in the rear. Everyone wanted his or her own monitor. I was using some older EONS G 2 10 but...Read complete review

      I have an eight piece band with 4 in the front row and 4 in the rear. Everyone wanted his or her own monitor. I was using some older EONS G 2 10 but found that a hassle to set one up for each player, plus a kick monitor for the drummer. To Save room and the cluster of cords on stage, I thought about getting some larger 15" monitors and cutting down their numbers and start sharing them to conserve stage space. I was looking to by some JBL eons but the new configuration for these are terrible. I prefer a wedge configuration, The old EONS and G series allowed for a smaller foot print monitor. I bought 4 PRX 615 M . I had my doubts at first. But was pleasantly surprised when I took them out on the box and used two for monitors and two for mains. These where loud enough to cover the front stage and still be heard by everyone in the back of the band. The sound out front was crisp and the bass was not over whelming. I used them with Subs and they KA all night long. They are light weight, and easy to handle, yet small enough to fit four in the back seat of my car. Talk about loud. These babies scream from The Crown Amps. Everyone in the band was impressed with their performance. Everyone could here themselves sing. That was a first. I plan on getting two more for side fills. I just used them last night for a small party of 150 people and didn't use the subs. I Was shocked by their performance. I ran one pair for main Vocals and the other for Music . Let me tell you, They filled the house. You could hear all the instruments and the vocal where crisp and clear. You could hear all of our vocal mistakes clearly. LOL If your in the market for a powder cabinet that can be used for mains or monitors . Get these. you'll be impressed as I was. I'm 62 and have been in the Music Buisness for to many years .

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good sound, but.....

      These speakers have a good sound as long as you have a sub underneath them (why they stuck the ports out the back is beyond me, but it's one of the dumbest things I've...Read complete review

      These speakers have a good sound as long as you have a sub underneath them (why they stuck the ports out the back is beyond me, but it's one of the dumbest things I've seen on speaker design). With a sub, these speakers have good clarity, punch, and power.

      On the negative side, I've had the internal Crown amp konk out on me twice in 2 years, which is completely unacceptable in my opinion for a set of speakers that gets used at probably 20-30% potential once a week. Perhaps I just got a lemon, but if I had to do it over again, I might have gone with some QSCs or EVs. Crown used to be the best name in the business - I'm not sure what happened.

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      3.0

      Good sound, but.....

      By kcducttaper

      from Kansas City, KS

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Quick Setup

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

      These speakers have a good sound as long as you have a sub underneath them (why they stuck the ports out the back is beyond me, but it's one of the dumbest things I've seen on speaker design). With a sub, these speakers have good clarity, punch, and power.

      On the negative side, I've had the internal Crown amp konk out on me twice in 2 years, which is completely unacceptable in my opinion for a set of speakers that gets used at probably 20-30% potential once a week. Perhaps I just got a lemon, but if I had to do it over again, I might have gone with some QSCs or EVs. Crown used to be the best name in the business - I'm not sure what happened.

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      5.0

      UNMATCHED CLARITY!!!!!

      By Live Sound Fanatic

      from Livingston, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Value
      • Portable
      • Quick Setup

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

        I am an experienced musician. I have played with all sorts of PA equipment. These speakers are definitely worth the price you pay. I started out using these speakers as main speakers. I loved them so much I got a couple of the PRX-635 three-way speakers to use for mains and picked up a couple more of these speakers to use for stage monitors. I could not be happier with the sound. I ran sound for a big outdoor festival with this setup and was blown away by the clarity and punch these JBL speakers deliver. Get them before they're gone!

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        5.0

        EXCELLENT!!!

        By Bones

        from Portland, OR.

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Value
        • Portable
        • Quick Setup

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

          When they are gone they are gone! RUN to your nearest Guitar Center and buy them at clearance pricing. The only weigh about 40 lbs. and sound fantastic! Lots of power, use for mains with my band and crush it at mobile DJ gigs! LOVE these speakers!

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          4.0

          Tons of output in a compact design

          By Paul Scarpelli

          from St. George, Utah

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Value
          • Portable
          • Quick Setup

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

            There really aren't any good specific electronic drum monitors (the dedicated Yamaha and Roland units are toys), so I was forced into buying what is basically a P.A. speaker. I'm using it for practice with a Roland TD-20. The PRX615M has tremendous output, but it doesn't handle frequency extremes well enough for e-drums. It could use better response below 60 Hz and above 8 kHz, but using the monitor setting helps, intruducing a "smiley curve." Still, the boost is centered too high, at around 100 Hz, which is probably fine for vocals. There is a trade off between bass extension and sensitivity, and JBL has made the correct choice for most buyers, though. Bass does drop at a rate of 24 dB/octave below 60 Hz, though.

            The XLR/1/4" input is sketchy, and I am getting quite a bit of 60 Hz hum if the cord isn't positioned right. I would prefer separate inputs, and more EQ options, but in a serious system, those will be handled by the board. Features are sparce, but I can understand that for the price. The finish is rugged and handsome, and the grill looks good.

            A single PRX 615M actually plays as loud as my Sonor/Zildjian acoustic set, so I believe the claim of 134 dB @ 1 meter. A pair of these and the matching sub would work well for a drummer wanting to play gigs with e-drums. For P.A., I would give it 5 stars, but it gets 4 stars for use as a drum monitor.

            As usual, the service from Musicians Friend was exemplary.

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            3.0

            Pretty good speakers but terrible throw

            By DJ Billy Bee

            from Staten Island, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Terrible Throw Distance

            Best Uses

            • Small Rooms

            Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

            These speakers sound very nice in a small room. But if you are using them in a larger room or a room with a long dance floor you will find them lacking in the rear of the dance floor. They just don't have the kind of throw I would expect from a speaker at this price point. I owned mine for 3 months and have now sold them for a loss to get the QSC K12''s which have much better throw. I know that the k12's only have a 12 inch woofer but if I'm doing big rooms I always use subs. If you only do small rooms these will work fine for you but if you ever are doing big rooms you probably won't find these to be enough.

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            5.0

            Versatile, Powerful, Clear, Simple

            By Skybiscuit

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable
            • Quick Setup

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

              I generally would never spend close to 1k on ANY speaker no matter how good it is but after being stuck in rehearsals and performances with monitors that were underpowered or just sounded bad (or no monitors at all), I decided to buy my own to ensure I always had a good monitor for rehearsals and any size gig. Since it is self-powered, I can run the mic directly to it and with a vocal effects pedal I now have complete control of my sound through the monitor and do not require the sound guy to get it right since he usually can't tell what the monitor sounds like. Now, if I want a mix of the other musicians coming through the monitor, it will accomodate a line run to it from the board but I haven't found the need for that yet. It is versital, powerful and surprisingly light for it's size and power. The clip light and output controls are on the back so that makes it a little difficult to adjust while in performance. I can't see if it is clipping or not so the only thing I would prefer is that these controls are on the front. But this can also be used as a main PA speaker with the press of a button which toggles it from flat frequency output for monitor use to full frequency output for PA use. In PA use it makes sense to have the controls on the back but if you need ready access to the output knob and clipping indicator as a monitor, it can be frustrating to have to step out and get behind it and fiddle and still not see the clipping light. Other than that, this is a great speaker by JBL. It better be for the price. It sounds great and has nice strong lows and present highs. Sounds crystal clear and up front. I finally can hear all the subtleties of my vocals that never came through before. This keeps me from pushing or over-exagerating to hear myself- making for a more natural and confident performance (and less vocal fatigue). Nothing good is cheap and this definitely isn't cheap. I would love to have two of these, one at 10 and one at 2 O'clock. I can see also how using two of these as main PA speakers with a decent mixing board might be all we'd need for a small gig but then I'd have to go back to the low-quality monitor. Bottom line: If you need a floor monitor that has plenty of power and you want to control it yourself and are willing to cough up a grand, this is a great option.

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              4.0

              Go JBL

              By sohand

              from MI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Value
              • Great Sound Light Weight
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Werid Shaped 1 Handle

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

              Your best bang for your buck. Quality is there and great sound. For price, best around.

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Speaker

              By Jimlwill49

              from CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Value
              • Portable
              • Quick Setup

              Cons

              • Grill Not Heavy Duty

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • In Outdoor Use
              • Mobile DJ
              • Monitors Or Mains
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

              I have read a lot of reviews on most equipment and find a lot of faults with what some of them say about the equipment.
              Remember this before you buy.
              Decide what you are going to use the equipment for.
              Read the Manufacture's spec sheets.
              When you find a piece of equipment that individually or combined with other components gives you what you are looking for. Then Buy it.
              Do not expect a single speaker cabinet to give you everything you are looking for. IE Volume, dispersion,tonality and clarity. Today cabinets work best at 50 to 60 Percent output, at best, Regardless Who the Manufacture of the cabinets is. Do not expect the cabinets to produce Lager amount of DB's. For most of us in the industry use several cabinets to create the increased DB measurement. Use an EQ unit to give you the tonality you want and remember that speaker placement is very critical.
              If everyone followed this advice we wouldn't need any reviews. These cabinets are great for the money and have great sound reproductions. If you handle all your equipment with CARE they should last a long time.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love the speaker - Initial problem

              Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

              I am a fan of these speakers for sure. As a mobile DJ and small /medium sound provider, I can say they are some of the best quality speakers you can get before hitting line arrays. Flat and even sound, no harshness where you usually hear it in the high end, and enough lows to run with or without the matching XLF sub (forget the regular 618S, go XLF, you'll thank me for it).

              Only problem I had was that one of the two I purchased had a loose horn driver from teh factory. Second time out it started rattling really bad inside the cabinet, and made for some not so good sound. I found where the rattle was after some testing, the plastic cone horn piece was night securely tightened with the magnetic horn driver it was threaded on to. After tightening this back up fully, it's been solid ever since.

              I recommend these to toher entertainers and DJ's for sure, just make sure everything is good to go out of the box.

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              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very good speakers( exelente bocina )

              Comments about JBL PRX615M 15" 2-Way Active PA Speaker - Single:

              Very good speaker by JBL, good sound very loud,no distortion, no problem just plug it own and play.Exelente bocina, muy bien por JBL muy buen sonido sin duda una de las mejores bocinas, yo estaba eceptico a comprar estas bocinas, porque siempre he tenido peavey, SP4 y no hetenido ningun problema con ellas, sin duda una de las mejores bocinas en el mercado, pero JBL tambien es muy buena sin duda estas bocinas yo las voy a usar para eventos mas chicos, porque es mas dificil montar un equipo grande, bien por JBL, lo unico es el precio un poco caras pero es buena bocina

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