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Yamaha DBR15

15" 2-way powered PA speaker — 1,000W peak

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Overview

Our take on the Yamaha DBR15

When Yamaha decided to build their DBR Series speakers, they used technology developed for the DSR and DXR Series speakers, then added a new level of portability. The DBR15's Class D amplifier supplies up to 1000 watts of digital power, while the 15" woofer and 1.4" compression-driver tweeter turn all that power into dynamic sound. Yamaha houses these speakers in a compact, lightweight portable cabinet that's the most easily transported of all their powered speakers.

Years of experience

When Yamaha decided to build their DBR Series speakers, they used technology developed for the DSR and DXR Series speakers, then added a new level of portability. The DBR15's Class D amplifier supplies up to 1000 watts of digital power, while the 15" woofer and 1.4" compression-driver tweeter turn all that power into dynamic sound. Yamaha houses these speakers in a compact, lightweight portable cabinet that's the most easily transported of all their powered speakers.

Yamaha DBR15 15" Powered PA Speaker

At a little over 23 pounds each, you can carry an awesome PA system without even breaking a sweat.

Loads of flexibility

The DBR15's cabinet allows it to be used as a free-standing speaker, a pole-mounted speaker, or a stage monitor. It also includes M8 rigging points so it can be flown above the stage or mounted on brackets (sold separately). Any way you slice it, you get as much as 132 dB sound pressure level from the 1000-watt amp and the special-design speakers. That's a lot of output for a single 2-way cabinet, enough to cut through the noise of a packed house and then some. The 15" driver also allows the DBR15 to serve as an alternative to a subwoofer for high-volume situations.

Ins and outs

The DBR15's built-in mixer gives you two combination inputs which handle either XLR or 1/4" TRS connectors. One input adds a stereo RCA input for playing a portable music player or other source. A single DBR15 can serve as a PA for presentations or speeches, an amplifier for your tunes, or a musical instrument amplifier, performing each task with remarkable volume and clarity.

Yamaha's digital signal processing gives you a 2-way contour switch to optimize the speaker for front-of-house or monitor use, along with a 2-position high-pass filter that cuts bass for speech applications or use with a subwoofer. An XLR output allows you to daisy-chain the speaker with other DBR15s with a pass-through signal from channel 1 or a mix of channels 1 and 2.

Prepared to perform

If you're ready to take your message or music to the people, the Yamaha DBR15 offers a combination of power and portability that makes it ideal for any situation where you need a lot of sound in a portable, affordable package.

Highlights:

  • 2-way powered PA speaker
  • 15" cone woofer
  • 1-7/16" compression-driver tweeter
  • maximum output power: 1000 watts
  • maximum SPL: 132 dB
  • frequency range: 50-20000 Hz
  • nominal coverage: 90° horizontal, 60° vertical
  • 35mm socket for pole mounting
  • dimensions: 17-15/16"W x 27-5/8"H x 14-15/16"D
  • weight: 42-5/8 pounds
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • DBR15 2-way powered loudspeaker
  • 8.25' AC power cord (IEC 3-prong plug)
  • Owner's Manual (English)
  • Owner's Manual (French)
  • Owner's Manual (Spanish)
  • General Specifications sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions

Excellent! Great Substitute for a Keyboard Amp, if not better.

Anonymous, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Reviews

Yamaha DBR15 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Wonderful sounding Keyboard base depth

Daniel from Massillon, OH on 9/29/2017

Purchased this stage amp (BDR15 at kraft Music ( $100 rebate) .... customer service was great ! At first I was disappointed in the sound Quality of my speaker , which I purchased to augment my Kawai ES8 digital Piano . However , I came to realize that I really needed 2 speakers to capture the wonderful built-in sound that the ES8 is now famous for . One BDR15 speaker plugged in-to the mono jack does not do the ES8 justice , when it comes to capturing the intrinsic beauty of the SK piano sound , provided by this absolutely wonderful ES8 instrument .... don't get me wrong , the DBR15 is a first rate speaker - just make sure you get two !

Pros: Light weight and typical Yamaha quality

Cons: none that I could observe .

Yamaha DBR15

Anonymous from San Juan, Puerto Rico on 8/14/2017

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Excellent! Great Substitute for a Keyboard Amp, if not better.

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Features and Specs

Speakers
Drivers per speaker 2
Woofer Size (inches) 15
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.4
System Frequency response 50Hz-20kHz
Maximum SPL 132
Electronics
RMS Power rating 465
Program Power rating ---
Peak Power rating 1000
Mic Inputs 1 XLR/TRS combo
Line Inputs XLR/1/4" (1)
Tone Controls DSP, HPF
General
Width (inches) 17-15/16
Height (inches) 27-5/8
Depth (inches) 14-15/16
Weight 42.6 lbs

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Features

DBR Series Overview: The Yamaha DBR series of powered loudspeakers deliver powerful, high-quality sound. They use the same state-of-the-art Yamaha DSP, amplifier, and speaker technologies as the professional DSR and DXR series. These versatile speakers can be used for live performances, DJ-ing, or public address, and can be placed at front-of-house on a pole stand, on the floor on the end or side for stage monitoring, or suspended in rigged applications.

DBR15: The 2-way DBR15 is equipped with a 15" cone woofer and a 1" throat/1.4" diaphragm compression-driver tweeter, mounted in a bass-reflex type black plastic enclosure. The speaker features 90° horizontal and 60° vertical coverage. It is powered by 2-channel Class D amplifier with 1000 watts (dynamic) / 465 watts (continuous) output, capable of delivering a maximum SPL of 132 dB. The drivers are separately amplified, with 800 watts (dynamic) going to the woofer and 200 watts (dynamic) to the tweeter. (Continuous power distribution is 400 watts and 65 watts, respectively.)

Crossover: The 2-way speaker features a 2.1 kHz FIR-X tuning (linear phase FIR filter) crossover.

Inputs/Outputs: The DBR15 has two inputs and one output for daisy-chaining speakers together.  Input 1 features a female XLR-1/4" combo connector with a Mic-Line switch and a rotary level knob. Input 2, a line input, also features a female XLR-1/4" combo connector, plus a stereo RCA pair, and a rotary level knob. The output connector is a male XLR, with a 2-position switch. With the switch in the OUT position, the speaker outputs Channel 1 audio only. In the IN position, the speaker will output a mix of Channels 1 and 2.

DSP: The built-in Yamaha Digital Signal Processor features two controls on the back panel:

  • D-Contour: The D-Contour applies the proper amount of processing depending upon the placement of the speaker. The 3-way switch lets you select the following:
    • FOH (front-of-house) / Main: Applies a boost to both the bass and treble for a balanced full-range sound.
    • Monitor: Applies a boost to the treble, but cuts the bass so you can hear yourself without being overpowered by the bass.
    • Off: Turns off the D-Contour.
  • High-pass Filter (HPF): Applies a high-pass filter with a selectable roll-off at 120Hz or 100Hz. You can also turn off the HPF for full-range sound.

Protection: The DBR15 has built-in protection to keep your speaker operating for years. The amplifier has a limiter that will keep the input levels from reaching an excessive level causing distortion and clipping. The amp's protection circuit monitors the internal temperature, as well as DC-fault, Output Current, and Output Voltage. When the levels get out of range, the amplifier's protection circuit will mute the speaker until the levels return to normal range.

Placement Options:The versatile DBR15 is equipped with a rugged, but portable cabinet, with a top handle for easy carrying. The speaker can be placed upright on its sturdy feet, or placed on its side and used as a 50° angled wedge for onstage floor monitoring. The DBR15's cabinet is symmetrical, so you can place them on either side in a mirror-mode for floor monitoring or stereo sound field setups. It has a standard 35mm pole socket on the bottom for pole mounting. On the bottom of the speaker, two threaded screw holes are provided for use with M8 x 15mm eye bolts or screws for suspending the speaker. Another M8 threaded screw hole is provided on the back of the cabinet to be used as a pullback point for angling the speaker up to 45° when suspended. Optional Yamaha speaker brackets are also available for rigged applications.

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