Electro-Voice ETX-12P 2-Way Powered Loudspeaker

Bring 2000 watts to the gig with these active PA speakers. They're loaded with smart DSP for crossover, limiter, delay and EQ -- accessible on the rear LCD.

85-years of industry-leading innovation by Electro Voice has led to the most advanced portable powered speakers available. The ETX-12P is part of EV's ETX series, providing incredible pro performance and power. An incredible 2,000 watts of highly efficient Class-D power with integrated DSP plus a high quality 12-inch woofer and 1.25-inch HF titanium compression driver result in clean sound even at the highest SPLs.

Inside the low-profile, tour-grade wood enclosure of the ETX-12P powered PA speaker are a host of unique features that combine intelligent technology and innovative industrial design for spectacular results across all applications. EV-engineered high-efficiency transducers, Signal Synchronized Transducers (SST) waveguide design and smart FIR-Drive DSP all work together to provide peerless EV sound quality and precise coverage.

Intelligent technology, innovative design

EV's FIR-Drive utilizes the Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter technology to optimize transducer linearity. Advanced limiter algorithms provide independent peak and thermal transducer protection.

Complete full-function DSP control via a single-knob interface. The LCD screen allows for easy system set-up and monitoring including location/application EQ presets, limiter status, input level controls/meters and master volume control to ensure optimal gain structure.


- High-sensitivity 12-inch woofer and 1.25-inch compression driver with linear frequency response and high power handling
- 2,000 watt read more Class-D amplifier is highly efficient and features blower-controlled thermal management, allowing it to work in hot environments
- Eight mounting points for permanent installations
- Waveguides custom-designed and optimized specifically for the ETX-12P
- Forward-placed waveguide helps physically time-align the LF and HF transducers
- Placing the port under the waveguide minimizes distortion and standing waves in the speaker
- System DSP presets support easy setup via selections for type of use, crossover frequencies and top/sub combinations
- Limiters are displayed on the rear LCD and on the front-grille LED
- Boundary compensation filters mean it will sounds the same whether it is used as a floor monitor, on a tripod or suspended from a ceiling
- User-adjustable features include delay out to several hundred feet, three-band parametric EQ, polarity and multiple high-pass crossover points
- Handles, pole cups and amplifier chassis are die cast aluminum, not plastic
- 18-mm, 13-ply birch plywood with EVCoat for a great look and durability
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- Frequency Response: 55 Hz - 20 kHz
- Frequency Range: 43 Hz - 20 kHz
- Maximum SPL: 135 dB peak
- Coverage (H x V): 90 x 60 degrees
- Power Rating: 2000 W
- LF Transducer: SMX2120 12 inch
- HF Transducer: DH3-B 1.25-in titanium compression driver
- Crossover Frequency: 1600 Hz
- Connectors: (2) XLR/TRS combo jack and (1) XLR link output
- Enclosure: 18-mm, 13-ply birch plywood with EVCoat
- Grille: 16AWG steel with powdercoat
- Mounting/Suspension: (8) M10 suspension points and 1-3/8" (35 mm) pole-mount socket

- Dimensions (HxWxD): 24 x 15 x 16 inches (613mmx381x400mm)
- Weight: 52 lb (23.6 kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 60.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 19 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): F.01U.302.281

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-289-0096

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (3 ratings)
Submitted September 2, 2016 by Adam T in BOTHELL, WA
"Big sound, small package"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I had an application for a set of small PA speakers. I looked over various models (from EV and JBL) and finally bought a pair of ETX-12Ps. They're a robust little package, tipping the scales at just over 50 lbs. I used these outdoors at an athletic event, on tripods. They cranked dance and hip-hop music, and announcements, all day long, covering a crowd of 100 or so people spread out across some distance in the parking lot of a gym. (I had a pair of the larger EV Sx500 speakers indoors where the athletics were happening -- big bass was called for in there.)The ETX-12Ps can get loud -- REALLY, obscenely loud. And when they do, they sound exactly the same as they do at low volumes. There is no harshness on top, no boom or mud in the bass. Voice announcements over top of bass-thumping hip-hop sounded clean and clear, and there was no intermodulation distortion. These speakers produce respectable bass for their size, but if full-bass music playback is required, you'll want subs. These speakers required less EQ adjustment than the passive Sx500s did, though I did have to scoop out quite a bit on either side of 800 Hz (the speakers were in "Live" or flat EQ mode)... They were a bit "honky" sounding. That EQ scoop (-6 dB at the max, I think) cleaned them right up, though. I also put a slight rise in the bass, but above 2k or so, no EQ was needed.My recommendation is 9/10... For most people shopping this category of speaker, I think the price would be an issue. Some people asked me what they read more cost, and seemed dismayed when I told them.

Note: These sound notes are from one event, where these speakers were used outdoors on tripods.In "Live" mode (flattest response), I found that I had to EQ out a bit of honk centered around 800Hz-1kHz. Not a big deal, and maybe I should have used the "Music" mode (a more "smiley-face" response)... But I have a Midas M32R console with in-built 31-band graphics (Klark-Teknik emulation), so why not have maximum flexibility?I gave a small boost to the bass, down to about 50 Hz. Above 2 kHz or so, no EQ was required. With announcements made over heavy hip-hop bass, there was no intermodulation distortion. For that matter, there was no distortion at all. And these speakers sound just as clean when they're shredding your ear drums as when they're whispering.I deducted a half star because these speakers have quite a bit of self noise. There's a bit of hiss that's easily audible when they're idle. You won't hear it with people talking in a room, and you especially won't hear it once you crank them up! But it proved a little distracting when I was using them as surround-sound speakers (because I could!!).

The onboard FIR and equalization make it so that only minimal EQ is required. The onboard DSP is easy to use.I deducted a half star: I really wish they'd used Neutrik PowerCon (locking connectors) instead of IEC type power input. A speaker at this echelon should have ditched the computer plug.

Ease of Use
Super-easy to use. 6 stars out of 5! The DSP is intuitive, the speakers are a manageable weight, and if you use ProCo Siamese Twin cables (or similar), hookup and cable management is a breeze.

I haven't used these long enough to determine longevity -- just bought 'em -- but I'm pleased so far. After cranking music all day outdoors, the amplifier plate was barely warm. They're loud, clean, clear, heavy, and have nice touches like rubber skids for the monitor cut side of the cabinet.

$1200 seems like a bit much to pay for this speaker. I bought a "Warehouse Resealed" set that was a great value -- only way these fit into my budget! On the other hand, this is a truly pro-level speaker, at a pro-level speaker price. 4/5 for value.

Manufacturer Support
I've not had to interact with EV regarding this product, yet.

The Wow Factor
This is a handsome speaker with clean lines. They produce sound quality and quantity that defies their size! The "EV Coat" finish is rugged (reminds me of spray-in truck bed liner material), the rubberized handles have a great feel to them, and the dense weight speaks of a quality product.

Musical Background:
Sound engineer hobbyist for about 15 years. I play drums, too.
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