Prior to receiving my demo speakers, I hadn’t seen any pictures
As far as connections go, beside two Speak on1/4/XLRinputs, there’s a single 1/8″ mini jack as an AUX-in. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t an RCA input. I have quite a few 1/8” toRCA cords, which is howI would plug my iPad or other portable device into my other powered speakers. But EV chose to go with an 1/8” input instead of RCA. I can somewhat understand why they did that, but I think it would be more useful to have the RCA input. The ZLX-12P includes a Digital Sound Processor (DSP), which you can control through a knob and LCD screen on the back of the speaker. There are several presets for different applications (music, live, speech, and club), as well as an option to tell the speaker if it is pole mounted, attached to a bracket, or being used as a monitor. In addition to those settings, you can adjust the bass and treble plus or minus 10db. If you’re using the ZLX-12P with a sub, you can activate a high-pass filter that ranges from 80hz-120hz. Another feature in the DSP menu toggles the front LED on or off. I prefer to have it off, but I do like that there’s an option for the LED to turn on when the speaker’s built in limiter has been activated. While the LED screen is nice to give access to all aspects of the DSP, it also helpfully shows the levels for both inputs. It will also show if you’re clipping on either channel or if the limiter has been activated. IN THE FIELD I played around with the speakers a bit at home to become familiar with them, so I was really looking forward to using them at a couple of weddings. The first wedding I used them at was a little smaller—about 100 guests. However, it was a pretty large room. I wanted to run the speakers in the default settings to see how they sounded at the first wedding. I was very happy throughout the sound check and the entire evening. Both music and the spoken word sounded great. I ran them at about 60% all night and they performed flawlessly. The bride and groom were really into country music, so I
the ZLXs. It took all of five seconds to decide I wanted to bring the ZLXs out again. It couldn’t hurt to use them at another wedding so I could really formulate my opinion for the review, right? At least that’s what I told myself as I left my usual speakers at home. The third, and final wedding, went just as well as the other two. This wedding was about 100 guests, but it was a pretty large room. Music and announcements again sounded crystal clear. It was at this wedding I realized how much I appreciated the extra handles at the top on bottom for putting on a stand. I will definitely miss those handles when I ship the demo speakers back! Would I personally buy these speakers? Yes, and I’m even consid- ering getting a pair soon. I would pull the trigger in a second if they were just a bit louder. I would have no problem doing a wedding with just these speakers for up to about 150 guests. If I were using a sub, I’d bump that up to about 225-250. That would cover most weddings, and is comparable to what other 12″ powered speakers are capable of. Whether you’re in the market for new powered speakers, or are looking to move from passive to active, I think the ZLX-12P would meet the needs of many mobile DJs. Their combination of great sound and an attractive price point, makes them a very solid choice when compared to other 12″ powered speakers.
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