Best Powered Speakers Under 500 Dollars in 2021

Powered pro audio speakers range from just under $100 to $1000 in price. The higher, pricier powered speakers are of course extremely powerful, and of the highest quality. Most powered speakers in the $1000 range can reach sound pressure levels above 132 (SPL) and have digital signal processing (DSP) built in right in. These two things are significant factors in deciding less than 500 dollars for the best powered speakers.

Other considerations are weight, speaker driver number and size, input choices, and Bluetooth capability.

Let’s take a closer look at the Electrovoice ZLX-12P, the JBL Eon 612, the Yamaha DBR-12, and the Turbosound iX12 to decide the which speakers are better powered under $500!

Electrovoice ZLX-12P

In this comparison, the first speaker, the ZLX-12P, checks most of the boxes when it comes to a great budget-powered speaker. Electro-Voice is one of my favorite manufacturers of microphones. They have a great reputation and over the years, I have had outstanding experiences with their customer service. Those speakers use the 12′′ woofer and 1.5′′ titanium compression driver to push 1000 watts of peak power. This powered speaker also provides a DSP that is operated on the speaker ‘s rear by an LCD panel.
This provides instant configuration options, such as the use of the floor monitor, use of the front of the house or a high cut filter when used with a powered sub. The ZLX-12P weighs 36 lbs, not the lightest in the lineup but still very easy to carry and set up.

JBL Eon 612

The Eon 612 is JBL ‘s response to the Dollar Sub-500 speaker. It’s more than fifty dollars than the ZLX-12P, but it does provide Bluetooth streaming in its ability arsenal. We all know JBL is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pro audio speakers. They’ve also earned inherent confidence from the masses in the quality of their products. The JBL Eon 612 also has an amplifier that provides a peak power of 1000 watts. It is fitted with a woofer of 12 “and a compression driver of 1′′. This speaker has a DSP for different specific uses, too. If you want to use the Eon 612 as a floor monitor, speaker in front of the room, or use it with a sub, just press the rear button as desired.
Although not as fancy or feature-rich as the ZLX-12P, it still provides added versatility in its DSP. The JBL Eon 612 is the lightest speaker in the series at 33 lbs and yet another indication it may be considered one of the better-driven speakers under $500.

Yamaha DBR-12

The Yamaha DBR-12 is the group’s loudest one, tossing SPL 131! Actually looking at the wattage specifications, I found that the low-end peak wattage was 400 watts relative to the low-end 300 watts used in the JBL Eon 612. For the other two speakers, the individual high and low end wattage is not available, which makes it impossible to determine if this is the cause of the increased sound pressure level. Perhaps the Nexo based enclosure architecture and DSP contributes to the speaker’s volume. Speaking of the DBR-12 DSP works in a manner similar to the JBL Eon 612. Use for the speaker as a floor control or house speaker front switches may be used.
There are also options for a separate powered sub with two different low pass filter points. As with the other speakers in this series, the DBR-12 has two channels that can be adjusted without a mixing board, as desired. This speaker ‘s weight is close to the ZLX-12p and Eon 612 and makes it easier to carry.

 

Turbosound iX12

Also, most feature-rich finally powered speaker in the lineup. It is an iX12 Turbosound. Within the iX12, the amplifier pushes 1000 watts of sound. A 12′′ woofer and 1′′ compression driver are used in a composite cabinet guarded by fiberglass. The iX12 excels in two areas: the features are Bluetooth, and the additional low end it offers without a sub. This speaker can not only transmit audio wirelessly through Bluetooth, it’s also a mixer and DSP can be operated from an iPhone or iPad! The amplitude and three-band EQ on both channels can be changed manually to dial from out into the crowd in the perfect sound.

There is also a backlit LCD display at the back of the speaker for quick viewing and monitoring of all settings. Based on the manufacturer’s specification, like most 15′′ speakers, this speaker will bring out low end to equivalent. This is possibly due to advanced DSP. That may also be the reason for this speaker ‘s reduced SPL output. In my view, the iX12’s one drawback is its weight. It is almost ten pounds heavier at 42.8 lbs than the lightest speaker on our list.

The Best Powered Speaker Full Detailed Comparison

I assume the Electrovoice ZLX-12p is the best-powered speaker under 500 dollars after testing the specifications of each of the speakers. The DSP is extremely useful based on my study, particularly when matching to subs powered by Electrovoice. In reality, I intend to buy the latest ELX200-12SP for use with a pair of ZLX-12p’s. The speakers’ weight is perfect for portability and you can’t beat it for the size. I ‘d picked the Turbosound iX12 if it was more manageable in weight.

When weight is not a concern you ‘re concerned about, this speaker could be considered because of its wireless Bluetooth features and it’s added low end (down to 42 Hz). I hope this strong review of speakers has helped you find the best-powered speakers under $500!

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Gemini WRX-843

Gemini WRX-843

Turbosound IP300

Bose L1 Compact

Products

Watts

1000 Watts Peak

1000 Watts Peak
(LF: 700 W, HF: 350 W)

1000 Watts Peak
(LF: 800 W, HF: 200 W)

1000 Watts Peak

High Frequency

1.5″

1″

1.4″

1″

Driver Size

(4) 3.5″

(6) 2″

(4) 2″

(6) 2″

Woofer Size

12″

12″

12″

12″

DSP

Yes (w/ LCD)

Yes

Yes

Yes (w/ LCD)

SPL

126

126

131

125

Frequency range
(-10dB)

50Hz – 20kHz

48Hz-20kHz

52Hz – 20kHz

42Hz – 20kHz

Bluetooth

No

Yes

No

Yes

Weight

34.3 lbs

33 lbs

34.8 lbs

42.8 lbs

IOS Control via
iPhone or iPad

No

No

No

No

Prices