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Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker

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The PR 15 is a two-way sound reinforcement system consisting of a heavy-duty 15" woofer and a RX14 titanium diaphragm, dynamic compression driver mou...Click To Read More About This Product

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Superior sound quality and supreme durability from advanced materials.

The PR 15 is a two-way sound reinforcement system consisting of a heavy-duty 15" woofer and a RX14 titanium diaphragm, dynamic compression driver mounted on a 90 x 40 coverage constant-directivity horn. The lightweight-yet-rugged injection-molded plastic enclosure with molded-in standmount cup facilitates portable use for live music or speech sound. A black powdercoated steel grille provides driver protection and a professional appearance. The PR 15 speaker system is rated at 400 watts program power handling, and the full crossover network includes high voltage film capacitors and high frequency driver protection for clear, punchy sound and excellent long-term reliability. Two 1/4" phone jack input connectors make daisy-chaining to other speakers simple.

FEATURES
  • Two-way sound reinforcement enclosure
  • 15" heavy-duty woofer with a 2-3/8" voice coil
  • RX14 1.4" titanium diaphragm compression driver
  • 400 watts program/800 watts peak power handling
  • Crossover network for driver protection and EQ
  • High-frequency driver protection
  • Lightweight trapezoidal enclosure
  • Durable plastic injection-molded enclosure
  • Heavy-duty steel grille
  • Molded-in pole mount
  • Top and bottom flying point inserts
  • 90 x 40 coverage constant directivity horn for better off-axis tonality
  • 21-1/2"W x 28-3/4"H x 17"D
  • 42lb.
  • Made in the USA

For serious volume and serious fidelity without laying down serious bucks, make this Peavey speaker yours today!

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PeaveyPR 15 Loudspeaker
 
4.4

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT LIGHTWEIGHT UNIVERSAL PA SPEAKER

READ the pros and cons to get a pretty good idea of its capabilities. Remember that the enclosure is ABS molded plastic, and uninsulated so be prepared to EQ the mid-range to compensate,...Read complete review

READ the pros and cons to get a pretty good idea of its capabilities. Remember that the enclosure is ABS molded plastic, and uninsulated so be prepared to EQ the mid-range to compensate, and I prefer to use a 1 inch acoustic foam spray glued into place inside the cabinet. A 31 band EQ helps tremendously as well. Beyond that I like them because they can be treated roughly and used easily by amatuers without a clue. They are lightweight so no one gets a hernia by lifting them. They are also almost waterproof, so if that wedding you're going to do is outdoors or at the beach you can feel pretty good about using them without ruining them. They are also easy to service, and that's important becuase the tweeter is not the most reliable. I carry spare RX22 drivers along with me now, just in case. Only takes 15 minutes to swap one if you're experienced at all, and requires no special tools as they screw into place.

Bare bones, they're good for most non-critical sound reinforcemnt venues, and can be modded easily to service a venue that requires more accurate sound amplification.

Picture the best use as: "sound reinforcement for a 'community' band on a hillside at the company 4th of July picnic, with a threat of a thunder storm".

Greg Piette/audio engineer
BRUNSWICK BIG BAND

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Okay.

Perhaps we only got a couple of bad ones. They were light and nice to set up and tear down, but they didn't deliver the live sound we were looking for. When they...Read complete review

Perhaps we only got a couple of bad ones. They were light and nice to set up and tear down, but they didn't deliver the live sound we were looking for. When they started going downhill, everything would begin distorting and buzzing before it finally blew out.
They look pretty ugly unless you want the industrial look for your room or don't care about what your speakers look like. Love how lightweight they are, though.
They worked okay for about six months with setting up and tearing them down 3 times a week. After that, they started crapping out. Difficult to get clean sounds, bad bass punch, and recently one blew out.

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(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Speakers, Bad Users

By R.O.Lyon

from Puyallup, WA

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Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

Other things that kill speakers, feedback, under-powering, and trying to run high volume low freq.
1. feedback sends AC voltage to the speakers. Each time this happens it heats up the
voice coil and eventually burns it out.
2. Too low of freq. at a high volume. Each driver is designed for a specific usage. Once again, heat
will burn it out. Use Subs for low freq.
3. Not enough wattage from your amp. Yes I said not enough. Users often make the mistake of
buying high wattage rated speakers, but don't have the proper amp to run them. Amps are rated
at so many watts. If a lower wattage amp is turned up too far for more volume, and it clips
(heard as distortion) it begins sending AC power directly to the voice coils and soon burns
them out. To allow for higher head room and reduce the chance of clipping, a good rule is to
use an amp that is 1 1/2 times to 2 times the rated wattage of the speaker. This allows
enough head room to run the speakers. Then use good judgment with volume.
4. Too low of ohms will burn out your amps. My rule, keep above 4ohms. Or 1 amp per
2 speakers rated at 8 ohms each connected in parallel = 4 ohms. Good luck.
I often times read bad reviews about speakers. Before writing bad reviews, make sure you really know what you are talking about... If you used the speakers for what they are designed for they will work great. I have 4, play them hard and have never had a problem. If you are trying to use them as DJ speakers without Subs, and the proper wattage amps, yup, you guessed it, damage and bad sound.
indestructible. No carpet!!!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT LIGHTWEIGHT UNIVERSAL PA SPEAKER

By DOC

from Coastal N Carolina

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Cannot Bi-amp Easily
  • Limited Functions
  • Not The Best Sound

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Mobile DJ
  • Outdoor Sm Events

Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

READ the pros and cons to get a pretty good idea of its capabilities. Remember that the enclosure is ABS molded plastic, and uninsulated so be prepared to EQ the mid-range to compensate, and I prefer to use a 1 inch acoustic foam spray glued into place inside the cabinet. A 31 band EQ helps tremendously as well. Beyond that I like them because they can be treated roughly and used easily by amatuers without a clue. They are lightweight so no one gets a hernia by lifting them. They are also almost waterproof, so if that wedding you're going to do is outdoors or at the beach you can feel pretty good about using them without ruining them. They are also easy to service, and that's important becuase the tweeter is not the most reliable. I carry spare RX22 drivers along with me now, just in case. Only takes 15 minutes to swap one if you're experienced at all, and requires no special tools as they screw into place.

Bare bones, they're good for most non-critical sound reinforcemnt venues, and can be modded easily to service a venue that requires more accurate sound amplification.

Picture the best use as: "sound reinforcement for a 'community' band on a hillside at the company 4th of July picnic, with a threat of a thunder storm".

Greg Piette/audio engineer
BRUNSWICK BIG BAND

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still Thumpin' & Pumpin'!

By TJ 'Ricky Rox' Votel

from Twin Cities, Minnesota

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Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

there are only two improvements I'd make on these speakers. I think they need a more attractive, modern cabinet and I wish they could handle more wattage.
I wrote a review on these Peavey neo cabs about 2 or 3 years ago. Since then I'm still using the same speakers (I had 10 pairs at that time) and I've added 4 more since then. I'm putting on between 8 and 12 shows every week and I take a great amount of pride in how my music sounds and it always sounds fabulous. I attribute a good deal of the credit to Peavey. I go by the philosophy that your sound will only be as good as the weakest component in the system and the operator's knowledge and ability. THESE SPEAKERS ARE FABULOUS! I've read a few reviews that attribute crappy sound to the speakers. I can tell you unequivicably that their problem is not with these speakers. I also had some problems with speakers 'kicking' the 1/4" cables out but discovered that it was an amp/mixing issue and since I corrected the problem it hasn't happened at all since then). Do yourself a favor, get these speakers. Also get high quality mics such as EV 767s, a high quality amp (check out the QSC G7), a quality mixing board (I like Yamaha) and definitely get a Peavey Kosmos. You can have legendary sound too. And no, I do not have any affiliation whatsoever with Peavey other than that of a pleased consumer.
Durable, rugged, tough-as-nails. Great sound & range. Lightweight and easy to handle. What more do you want?
There's nothing close

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Speaker-Great Price-Great Service

By mrbman

from Fort Worth TX

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

    I used these speakers for the first time this last weekend and got many comments on the great sound they produce. As a solo guitarist, I play in many different settings and most of the time the settings are very intimate and my Acoustic Image Coda amp is all that I need. But at times, I play larger venues or outdoors and need more projection. These PR15s are just exactly what I needed. They connect easily to my amp with a speak-on to 1/4" cable and really deliver the quality of sound that I have been seeking with a system that is light weight and easy to move and set up. Having a master's degree in classical guitar, I prefer a clear, well-rounded, projected tone and with my Acoustic Image amp and the PR15's, I get just that. As to the experience of buying through Musician's Friend, all I can say is they were excellent in the sale and extremely prompt in getting my PR15s delivered. Great service, great price and great speaker.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Peavy 15's did the job outdoors....

    By The Godfather

    from Burton MI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

      Am a 65 year old respected mobile dj from near Flint Michigan. Been using the Peavy PR l2's and l5's for 3 years now. Just used a set of 15's and 12's daisy chained 90 feet apart with a 1500 watt QSC amp at Back to the Bricks, one of the nation's top outdoor car shows. Crystal clear audio 200 yards from the speakers near the historic Durant hotel on Saginaw in downtown Flint. Although both the 12's and 15's will pop out the 1/4 inch speaker cables unless taped or secured to the cabinet at high volumes they are lightweight and delivery ultra faithful sound and take a lot of abuse. Best speaker i've used in my 35 years as a mobile and 1500 events. Yes, at teen or club events you'll need a sub for best sound but i never use a sub and get no complaints.
      The plastic non carpeted cabinets are great for rainy outdoor occassions. Wish this design came in an 18 inch cabinet. Dan "The Godfather" McPhail Burton MI

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great, if you use them right!

      By DJ Iceman

      from Ashland, KY

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      Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

      I see a lot of people complain about the PR series, mainly because they're Peavey-phobes, but some sound like they have no idea what the hell they're doing. I ran these at an under-21 club for 6 hours straight at max volume (literally, max, before clipping) to where you could walk in the room and your ears would hurt from how loud they were. I had a set of the 12's before, they were great, and now I have the 15's. For the price I got them for (got them from a guy with an amp for $300), I am amazed. I'm going to sell my current amp, buy 2 more of these, and stick them on top of my subs, two dual 15" DTHs and two SW118's. Use these speakers right, and they will get you through anything. If you're worried about blowing components, buy a $100 comp/limiter and add it in your system. That's what I do.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Best Value for weight & Size

      By Frank Casto

      from Marietta, OH

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

      Very light compared to plywood or MDF enclosures. The sound is very clean, and the SPL are very good for the money. I also have JBL Eons, and while the SPL rating are better on the JBL's, they are quite a bit more expensive. I have used the Sonic and Kustom speakers as well. Cheaper usually means heavier constrction with less expensive materials, and lower SPL for the dollar. The Peaveys have a great history with many famous bands, and will continue to do so.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Speakers For Small Venues

      By Derek Compton

      from Republic MO

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

      I bought these speakers a year ago for my band (Cole Porter Band). We use these speakers for smaller venues that we play at because they are extreamly light weight and pack a nice punch. They are also great for the road and are very durable. The only complaint i have with these are they have a lot of high's and not enough low's and mid's in them because of the plastic sides. But with a little eq work, you can have these speakers sounding great!

      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY.

      By Kaao

      from Peterborough, Ontario

      Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

      I had the unfortunate experience of borrowing a set of these to do a dance a couple months ago although the model I used was only a year old and fairly well taken care of. The PR-15 logo on the front had in fact came off from very little use. These speakers also sounded like complete ass at any decent volume in fact they sounded like garbage at any volume. They have no mid what so ever. Although they were very lightweight they were made out of plastic that actually looked cheap. If your on a really tight budget and are ok with sounding like crap then buy these, but trust me there not worth the money you save just buy something from cerwin-vega or even samson makes some decent speakers for around this price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best ever owned

      By PianoMan

      from Olympia, WA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

        For the value, these are the best speakers I've ever owned.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great, versitile speaker

        By Billy

        from Atlanta

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bass Or Guitar Amp
          • Events
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

          I play bass and electric guitar in a gospel/rock/R&B band (with a drummer), and use this speaker with a 250-watt P.A. head as my amp for both instruments. I run my bass (5-string with low B) through a compressor pedal and my guitar through POD floor unit (that's my guitar amp). Both then go through direct boxes, into the main P.A. via XLR cables, and into my P.A. head with 1/4" cables. This little rig gives me plenty of EQ and power to hear everything as loud as I need on stage. I'm really happy with the lows I get from this speaker. The low B rumbles as well as through any bass amp I've ever used, and with the horn it gives me a great representation of what the crowd will hear through the band's big P.A. I love the light weight of this speaker as well. My P.A. head weighs more than the speaker does!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Neodymium ultra-lightweight woofers

          By bennybass

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

            one feature not mentioned in the product description is the neodymium woofers. this contributes to the relatively light weight and portability of these speakers. Ugly? they're not home stereo speakers. they have a clean sound but, imho are a little deficient in the bass.

            one problem I encountered: the speaker protection "fuses," are actually automotive interior dome light bulbs! on each of mine I had a problem with the glass tube of the bulb coming loose from the metal ends of the bulb. this intermittent problem drove me crazy! I even purchased new, only to discover the issue I mentioned. I super-glued the glass to the metal ends, and problem solved.
            I would only recommend the speakers dependent upon their intended use. they won't take loads of power and, as previously mentioned are somewhat deficient in the bass.
            as is common with most speakers of this type, the aluminum diaphraghms in the tweeters are delicate and easily blown.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sounds Great

            By JustAnotherBrick

            from Paxton IL

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

              We use these speakers for small to Medium and Some Outdoor Gigs. We have 3 vocals and mike 3 amps, and they sound great. Built Solid and handle the rigors of the road

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              PR15 Speakers

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

              I have used these speakers in over 90 live shows, in small to mid size venues. They have performed very well, and I have never had a any problems yet. Light weight, easy to setup and take down. Worth every penny

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Light but harsh highs

              By R. Robinson

              from NH

              Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

              I bought these speakers a couple years ago and have used them for several DJ gigs. I really push these speakers and they still sound as good as the day I bought them. I drive these with a Crown XLS 602, which matches them almost perfectly. However they do lack in the low end so I added a peavey sub. I am currently considering upgrading the compression drivers. The RX14 only goes up to about 18,000Hz and has limited power handeling. I find they sound more metallic-sounding, but for the price I have to admit that I was impressed. If you are looking for a cheap light weight sound system, you can't beat the PR. However if your looking for more bass and crystal-clear highs I'd suggest either yamaha or peaveys SP-series.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very Impressed

              By Play It Loud Productions

              from Springfield, MO

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

              This is a great product great job Peavey im planing on buying a few more of them for a total of 4 im runing them on a crown XTi 2000 and just amazing couldnt of asked for more but they have one small issue and that is when i push them hard and i mean really hard the 1/4 cable will pop out but other than that there amazing

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great bang for your buck!

              By pinkelephant

              from Pryor, OK

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

              I love my PR15s. I have DJed with them, and we've used them quite heavily in our church services.They have a great full-range sound. I pair them with (currently) a Peavey 2x15" subwoofer cabinet and the sound is beautiful.I've never blown a fuse in them...if I had to replace the diaphragm, I'd probably do a step up and put the RX22 in.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very Impressed

              By Timsdad

              from san antonio, TX

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

              I bought a couple of these because they were light and I could use them for acoustic jobs. I also thought I might throw them along side of my Eliminator system to cover some odd angles. They need a little extra Q but they work great. With the duo we do the speakers have to carry bass and drums so, the demand on them is high. To be honest I didn't think they could be turned up very much, but they put out a surprising amount of clean sound with a nice little bass response. I definitely recommend these for small venues as long as you are realistic.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Okay.

              By Courtney Downey

              from NM, MN

              Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

              Perhaps we only got a couple of bad ones. They were light and nice to set up and tear down, but they didn't deliver the live sound we were looking for. When they started going downhill, everything would begin distorting and buzzing before it finally blew out.
              They look pretty ugly unless you want the industrial look for your room or don't care about what your speakers look like. Love how lightweight they are, though.
              They worked okay for about six months with setting up and tearing them down 3 times a week. After that, they started crapping out. Difficult to get clean sounds, bad bass punch, and recently one blew out.

               
              4.0

              smooth, but not much oomph

              By Audioluddite

              from Syracuse, NY

              Comments about Peavey PR 15 Loudspeaker:

              These are not as efficient as the pv115, even though they seem to have the same drivers. Gotta be because of the enclosure. They have a nice sound to them, but they just don't throw as much air as you might expect from speakers this size. Good for small venues, especially if you're only running vocals. More than that, and you might be disappointed. Light as a feather!!

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