12" 2-way powered PA speaker — 1,500W peak
Our take on the Electro-Voice EKX-12P by Crutchfield's Buck Pomerantz
History behind the box
Several years ago, I worked in a music store that manufactured its own line of PA speakers. We used EV woofers and high-frequency drivers exclusively because they were very reliable and sounded great in our enclosures. Things haven't changed — ElectroVoice's EKX powered speakers sound great, and will improve the sound of your live peformances without taking up a lot of room in your vehicle.
The powered loudspeaker today
EV's EKX-12P 2-way powered PA speaker features a 12" woofer and a 1" titanium high-frequency compression driver housed in a sturdy plywood cabinet and driven by a 1500-watt Class D amplifier. Capable of producing up to 132 dB, a single EKX-12P would work well for a small acoustic act or jazz ensemble in a 500-seat auditorium or nightclub, for example. A louder band would want two of these speakers plus a matching powered subwoofer or two, like EV's EKX-15SP or EKX-18SP.
The two input channels can handle microphones, line-level signals, and even an unbalanced pair of RCA connections from a portable device. A preamp output lets you easily connect another speaker or subwoofer to your EKX-12P.
Onboard signal processing
The EKX-12P features EV's QuickSmart DSP controlled by a single knob and LCD indicator. You can choose between program mode presets, mounting location bass response presets, three bands of EQ, and an adjustable crossover for adding a subwoofer. You can store and recall up to five settings. A limiter protects the components against damage due to overdriving, indicating "CLIP" and then "LIMIT" to tell you to turn something down.
2-way Powered PA Speaker:
- EVS-12M 12" woofer
- DH-1M 1" titanium high-frequency compression driver
- crossover frequency: 1,700 Hz
- Class D amplifier power rating: 1500 watts
- maximum output level: 132 dB SPL
- nominal coverage: 90° horizontal, 60° vertical
- frequency response (+0/-10 dB): 50-20,000 Hz
- frequency response (+0/-3 dB): 60-18,000 Hz
- 2-channel mixer with master and individual channel level controls
- channel 1: XLR/1/4" combo mic/line, 2 RCA line
- channel 2: XLR/1/4" combo mic/line
- preamp output: XLR
- QuickSmart DSP features include:
- one-knob control/selector with LCD
- 4 mode presets: Music, Live, Speech, Club
- 4 location presets: Tripod, Monitor, Wall, Suspend
- subwoofer crossover adjustment
- 3-band EQ
- 5 user-programmable presets can be stored and recalled
- limiter status monitor
- 5/8" plywood bass-reflex enclosure with EVCoat finish
- 18-gauge steel grille
- 1-7/16" (36 mm) socket for optional speaker stand
- rigging points for hanging or mounting with optional mounting hardware
- can be set as a stage monitor angled upward
- weight: 41.5 lbs
- dimensions: 14-13/16"W x 23-15/16"H x 14-1/16"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Powered PA loudspeaker
- AC power cord
Awesome sound quality, especially when used as primary output. Voice coils have excellent range. No wireless digital scramble distortion, even when pushed to maximum capacity. Great bargain for the price.
Phil, Ridge, New York
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Features and Specs
|Drivers per speaker||2|
|Woofer Size (inches)||12|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|System Frequency response||50-20000|
|RMS Power rating||Not given|
|Program Power rating||N/A|
|Peak Power rating||1500|
|Mic Inputs||2 XLR/TRS combo|
|Line Inputs||XLR/1/4" (2)|
1500W Class-D Amplifier: The Electro-Voice EKX-12P utilizes a 1500W (Peak) Class-D high-efficiency amplifier for high-power output (up to 132 dB SPL).
Two-Way Driver System: The EKX-12P utilizes a two-way driver system with an Electro-Voice-engineered 12" bass woofer and a horn-loaded 1" high-frequency titanium compression driver to provide exceptional audio quality and reliability.
Signal Synchronized Transducer (SST) Waveguide Design: EV-patented Signal Synchronized Transducers (SST) waveguide design provides precise and consistent coverage (90° x 60°), minimal distortion, and maximized acoustical loading. The waveguide (or "horn") is placed forward in the enclosure to help time-align the low- and high-frequency transducers (a.k.a. the woofer and tweeter).
QuickSmartDSP: QuickSmartDSP allows easy setup via four application presets (Music, Live, Speech, Club); variable sub crossover (80, 100, 120, 150Hz); 3-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble;) location modes (Tripod, Monitor, Wall, Suspend), five user-programmable presets (store & recall settings); independent input level control; and master volume control.
Inputs & Outputs: Balanced Mic and line inputs (Input 1/Input 2) with combo XLR/1/4" and RCA inputs provide versatile mix capabilities. Input 1 also features a stereo unbalanced RCA input can be used for connecting sources, such as a CD player or MP3 player. An XLR output is used for daisy-chaining multiple EKX full-range or subwoofers together.
Rugged & Portable Enclosure: The EKX-12P's enclosure features stylish-yet-rugged 15mm plywood construction with a rubber polymer-based coating that provides the ultimate in durability during transport.
Mounting Options: The Electro-Voice EKX-12P can be used as a floor monitor with its built-in 40° angle, pole-mounted or stacked with an ELX subwoofer (sold separately), or mounted on a tripod speaker stand (sold separately) via its 36mm (1-7/16") socket. It also contains eight M10 threaded points to suspend the speaker using an optional mounting kit (sold separately).
Intelligent Thermal Management: The EKX-12P's digital amplifier incorporates intelligent thermal management (with a variable-speed fan controlled by multiple onboard sensors) which ensures superior performance and reliability in demanding environmental conditions.
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