Power is everything if you’re a DJ. The higher the power of a speaker, the greater the sound quality you are likely to achieve. If you’ve spent days and days practising before a live show, the last thing you want is to be let down by poor sound quality. Whether you’re planning on spinning at home or performing at a wedding, we’ve picked out some of the best-powered speakers for DJs, which are designed to suit different budgets and applications.
Behringer Eurolive B210D
This 2-way PA sound reinforcement system offers 240 watts (W) of powerful performance and is renowned for its crisp, clear sound.
It features Class-D amplification and contains a built-in filter which reduces distortion. In addition, it doubles up as both a PA and an MP3 player, offering the end user versatility and value for money.
As for its size, the Behringer Eurolive B210D is compact and super lightweight, which is perfect for DJs who want quick setups and cleanups.
It weighs just under 9kg and measures at 46.6cm x 29.2cm – proving that the best DJ speakers don’t necessarily have to be the biggest.
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The Yamaha HS5 studio monitor is ideal for when you’re playing at home or (you guessed it) in the studio.
It has a maximum output of 70W (45W Low Frequency, 25W High Frequency), power consumption of 45W and a 54Hz – 30kHz frequency response. This provides just the right amount of energy without overloading the frequency range.
The redesigned HS5 models feature an advanced Low Resonance bass-reflex enclosure, which enables you to reduce speaker manipulation and gives you an accurate reflection of your mixes, without any unwanted vibrations, booms or resonance.
The Yamaha HS5 can be bought online for just £135. This low price, along with its incredible power and purity of sound, is why it’s still one of the most popular speakers on the market today.
Mackie is well known for their range of legendary speakers and the C300z is a perfect example. A full-range portable speaker which provides high output and low distortion, it features a 12-inch high-power low-frequency woofer and its peak power handling is an impressive 750W.
Thanks to its unique Low Impedance Compensated Crossover (LICC), the C300z increases the amount of energy that is transformed into real acoustic power. What’s more, its 3-inch voice coil enables it to run at high volumes for several hours, yet still deliver peak performance.
It’s handily sized for portable sound system use, weighing 20.9kg and measuring at 67.3cm x 42.7cm.
Although it’s slightly more on the pricey side than the aforementioned speakers – one speaker is typically around the £400 mark – this may ultimately be a small price to pay for the sound quality you get.
The QSC K12 active loudspeaker really packs a punch, offering 1000W continuous Class D power modules in all models and a peak output of 2000W.
Its Tilt-Direct pole cup mounting system means it can be titled downwards with a quick turn of a dial, ensuring the acoustic energy is kept on the audience and away from reflective surfaces.
The best application for this loudspeaker is a hall containing between 200 and 400 people, with a hard floor and temporary stackable seating.
QSC recommends using the K12 with 75-degree DMT coverage. For quick and easy public address deployment, simply connect the announcement microphone directly to a K family fullrange loudspeaker and loop through to the next loudspeaker.
Like the Mackie C300z, this speaker doesn’t come cheap – the lowest price we could find online was £756. However, this price is backed up by a whole host of positive reviews from users around the world.
Alto TS 315
Last but not least is the 2-way powered Alto TS 315 loudspeaker, which provides explosive bi-amplified power for superb high-performance audio.
Its peak output is 2000W (1300W Low Frequency, 700W High Frequency) and its Root Mean Square rating is 1000W continuous (650W Low Frequency, 350W High Frequency).
The TS 315’s new transducers and amplifiers, combined with its maximum sound pressure level of 134dB, enables it to project extremely high-quality and clear sounds with low distortion.
Known for its lightweight and rugged design, this speaker is 25.7cm x 16.6cm, weighs 18.8kg and is suitable for use across a variety of applications. It can be mounted to walls, ceilings and poles, or used as a wedge monitor.
The Alto TS 315 is in the mid-price range at around £300 per model, and if the above review is anything to go by, it could prove a shrewd investment.
That concludes our list of the best-powered speakers for DJs. If you fancy getting your hands on one of these amazing speakers, you need Equipment Cover to protect them should the worst happen.
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