Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12″ Powered PA Speaker – 1000W

94 out of 100. Incorporating 1100+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank Recommendation

The ZLX-12P appeared on our recommended list for Powered PA Speakers from our first edition in January 2016 until October 2020.

It was also on our list for Powered Stage Monitors from May 2016 until July 2019.


Electro-Voice is known for providing speakers with good specs at a more affordable price point, and the ZLX-12P is a good example of how successful their strategy is.

It is well received for its versatile built-in DSP, which allows for tuning, limiting and crossover functions, allowing it to work as a FOH speaker or a stage monitor. It lets you tune your speaker for different applications via manual EQ or by using Mode and Location presets.

This digital brain controls the ZLX-12P’s hardware components which include a 500W (Continuous RMS) amplifier, a 12″ woofer and a 1.5″ titanium compression driver, all of which work together to provide a versatile solution for various venues and events. Max SPL is 126dB, so these speakers are not meant to handle bigger venues by themselves, but should be good enough for most applications.

It also has limiter and crossover presets for better protection and pairing with subwoofers.

This is easily a good bang per buck powered stage monitor that should be looked at if you’re looking for a reasonably priced 12″ powered speaker.


  • LF Driver: 12″ Cone
  • HF Driver: 1.5″ Titanium Compression
  • Amplifier: Bi-amplified Class D
  • Output Power Peak: 1000W
  • Output Power Continuous: : 500W RMS
  • Frequency Response: 65Hz – 18kHz (-6dB)
  • Frequency Range: 50Hz – 20kHz
  • Maximum Peak SPL: 126dB
  • Crossover Frequency: 1.7kHz
  • Enclosure: Polypropylene
  • Mounting: Pole
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4″ combo, 1 x 1/8″ (aux in)
  • Outputs: 1 x XLR
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, limiter, Mode and Location presets, Crossover presets
  • Dimensions: 24″ × 14″ × 14″
  • Weight: 34.3 lbs.
Although this was previously on two of our recommended lists, and despite its continued good ratings from owners, there are now more highly rated options on the market which you will find in our guides to Powered PA Speakers and Stage Monitors.