Submitted July 18, 2018 by Dan B in ORLANDO, FL
"Amazing Sound, great looks..."
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All I can say is these speakers sound and perform amazingly. As a mobile DJ, I'm always looking to upgrade my equipment, and it was time for me to graduate from my current league of speakers and enter the pros.
The EKX line of EV speakers is their mid/pro level speakers. The ZLX and ELX being the entry and mid ranges (respectively). The ETX are their Pro level. You will not think of these as mere mid-range level speakers at all. I'll break the reasons down below:
When you take the speakers out of the box, they scream craftsmanship. They are indeed heavier than your run of the mill plastic-bodied PA Speakers, as they should, as they are wood enclosures. There is no flex or wobble in these speakers. The grills are machined perfectly and just look very modern and top tiered. They are covered with what EV calls: EV Coat. It's pretty much the same type of material as a spray-on bed-liner. I have had the opportunity to use these at a gig that I had to drive 6 hours to get to, in an SUV full of lighting equipment and flight cases. Even with equipment leaning on them and bouncing into them, the speakers stayed blemish and dent free. I DO need to get covers though, and I will.
Of course, this is what every performer, musician, DJ and Club Owner cares about. These speakers sound INCREDIBLE. While I haven't compared these to EV's top of the line ETX speakers, these pretty much top all the other speakers I spent months and months researching, these being JBL, Mackie and Yamaha. They hold up well to even QSC's, but at a lower price point.
I'm not going to go into technical specs and lingo, like SPL, Watts, Hz and KHz. I'm going to speak in laymen terms. I bought these speakers because my "roadie" moved out of town and I'm left with hauling equipment to gigs by myself. I previously had 12 inch tops and 2 15 inch subs. Combined, that system weighed about 270 pounds. The subs alone weighed 90+ pounds. Too much weight and too awkward for me to move around by myself, even with my folding, rolling cart. I was at a formal where the DJ had two 12 inch EV Elx's and they sounded wonderful. So after some research (and 2nd hand testimony from a LOT of DJ's) I found that these 15 inch tops would have sufficient bottom-end (bass) for the events I do. I sold my other speakers and bought these. In short, I bought these so I could cut down on bringing 4 speakers with me, while retaining a full rich sound. These do that. The highs and mids are great. I will say, if using a DJ controller or mixer, you'll have to cut quite a bit of top-end down some, as it is LOUD. The bass is deep, punchy and well rounded. The bass on these speakers is ALMOST as powerful as the bass on my two entry level SUBS! I can already tell, as a bass-head, I'll probably be purchasing one or two of EV's EKX subs... The wooden cabinets definitively make the difference here, for bottom end sound. I keep the gains on 0db and use my DJ controller for all sound related modifications and, man-o-man, these speakers will EASILY fill a venue for 200 people.
I haven't used the much talked about DSP settings much, but for my needs, I keep the gains on 0db and put the DSP to Club and that's all that is needed, for me.
As I mentioned before, these speakers have replaced two 12 inch tops and two 15 inch subs... Their wonderfully rich sound does come at a cost. The speakers are fairly large and heavy. Weight-wise, I believe they are just about 42lbs or so. That being 17lbs heavier (each) than my previous PA speakers, BUT, about 50lbs lighter (each) than my previous subs. Thankfully, they have 2 handles on them (like on sub boxes). Both of these are on opposite sides of the enclosure. I would have loved to have an additional handle on the top, like on their entry to mid-level speakers, but I make due with them. It's better than having only one handle like on my other speakers.
All this is to say that these speakers look great and sound SUPERB! Yes they are pricey at $900 a piece or $1800 for the pair, but they are worth it. Like the saying goes: you get what you pay for. I intend to use these until they fall apart!
Mobile DJ for 3 Years
Hip Hop, R&B, Neo Soul, House, Latin
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