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Budget-minded loudspeakers that can handle a variety of situations are few and far between. Often you need to fork out a lot of cash to get the features you want. A speaker that is both affordable and packed with features. Your buying decisions around loudspeakers will focus on this primary need. Stage monitors are speakers that will face you. You can set up stage monitors for a variety of purposes.

They are set up at the base of the stage looking up towards you. For smaller venues, one speaker may be all you need, especially if you are a solo performer.

For a band, you may need each person to have a stage monitor. Now that you know what stage monitors are you may be wondering why you need them.

Stage monitors play a vital role in your ability to control your performance. Stage monitors allow you to hear yourself without sound delay. Many venues will have a large front of house sound system for the audience.

You want to be able to play in time with your fellow musicians. If you are relying on the main sound system there can be a delay for that sound to reach you which can cause you to lose that timing.

A good set of stage monitors will keep the sound clean and crisp for you to adjust your performance as needed. In this review, we check out a loudspeaker that you use in two ways. It can be a speaker that is facing the audience and it can also be a speaker you use as a stage monitor. Electro-Voice may not be as well known as some other brands. But, it is building a reputation by releasing well-made speakers.

As with most speakers, the part you should always be most concerned about is the sound quality. The mids and highs are the highlights here. Crisp and well balanced. Vocals are precise and not muddy which is perfect for singers. Mid tones come across smooth without too much color. Where it is lacking is the low-end. There are tuning options available that can help this to some degree.

It can still give ample coverage for a small-sized venue. Affordable powered speakers often suffer in the build quality department. Rigid and firm plastic gives the speaker a sense of durability. Carting around your gear week in week out can place a lot of strain on your speakers. There is always the possibility of accidental knocks. There is a nice marriage of quality components throughout.

Electro-Voice has incorporated the strengths from its pro-touring range into these speakers. Conveniently placed carry handles are also well integrated and solid.

This makes the speaker easy to transport and set up at gigs. It sits at Watts and employs the now standard Class-D amplifier. Frequency response varies depending on the preset you are using. This covers the frequency range well for good clarity and a defined representation of the source material.

The ZLXP is a portable and lightweight inch speaker. The portable nature of the ZLX12P is also on display when you factor in the weight. Coming in at At dB max SPL, it is very loud and can handle small venues with ease. Medium-sized venues will need a subwoofer. But depending on loudness requirements you may still be able to get by without one. Selecting the right speaker for your needs is difficult but these should handle most situations.

Considering the affordable price point it is a nice inclusion. You control the on-board DSP via a knob on the back panel. This knob also doubles as the volume control. The small LCD screen is big enough for you to not have to squint when making changes. This is ideal for general listening and playback.

If you are after flat sound loudspeakers are not your best choice. You should look at buying dedicated studio monitors. Each of these presets worked as expected and was well-tuned from the outset. You can adjust individual parameters if you do want to tweak things further. You can even store up to five of your favorite settings.

The main changes are to the low-end to reduce low-frequency issues from placing the speaker on the floor or up against a wall. Everything is clearly labeled and easy to navigate so this area gets a big thumbs up from me. Loudspeakers tend to be large and black. While design aesthetics tend to be minimal in powered speakers these do still offer some character. The front grille utilizes a different pattern that gives it a more industrial feel. The angled edges are also a nice change from other flat-faced speakers.

Rubberized feet on the bottom add extra stability if you are not mounting them. The EV logo is also small and well placed with a solitary power light underneath. These budget controllers are limited when it comes to connection options. One extra TRS input is also available for connecting media devices. This is a nice addition rarely found on performance speakers. It gives you an easy way to use them as straight playback outputs for recorded music.

This will protect your speaker between gigs keeping it dust and dirt free. The strip-resistant threads also help prevent wear and tear.

If you do plan on pole mounting the speaker you can pick up an affordable and durable stand like the Pyle Universal Speaker Stand. It also makes it easy for people who need to buy a brand-new setup. You get all the gear you need from one spot.

The P range covers your powered speaker requirements. This helps deliver more low-end response. It means you can skip adding a subwoofer for a larger selection of venues. The BT range offers Bluetooth connectivity. This is a great option for those looking to stream recorded audio. It also works great for the non-musician looking for a quality loudspeaker to have at home. It saves you having to get an amp and reduces set up headaches.

While not the cheapest on the market it does offer a large number of options. The sound quality is also great. Budget speakers can be a bit hit or miss. Many people love the sound quality of the ZLXP.

With the consideration of the price point, the value for money is also a big positive point. The loudspeaker space offers plenty of options. Some are better than others. The Bose F1 is a premium option if you do have extra money to spend. It offers a range of innovative features. It also has flexible options to handle different sound environments. Sound quality is fantastic on this powered speaker but it is on the quieter side.

Bluetooth is also a nice addition. If you are on a tight budget the Mackie Thump 12A is a good option. Packing a powerful punch at a very affordable price. It is attractively priced while still offering a great range of features.

The rugged and durable design is perfect for the performing musician or DJ. The sound quality is great as well. If you do have a larger budget there are some better choices.

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Electro-Voice ZLX-12P Review – Big Features And Affordable





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