Yamaha Club V Series SM15V 15" Passive Floor Monitor Speaker Cabinet
The Yamaha Club series has been a long time popular choice for many, and so it is not surprising that the fifth generation secured a second spot in this list with the SM15V.
Compared to the previous versions, this one has a larger enclosure for better low-frequency performance, improved HF and LF drivers for higher power handling, enhanced crossovers, and sturdier grilles.
With its peak power at 1000W, this passive stage monitor can get loud when needed, and with its bigger 15" LF driver, it can handle instruments with extreme lows, like kick drums and bass guitars.
- 15" LF Driver
- 2" HF Driver
- Power Rating (Continuous): 250W
- Power Rating (Program): 500W
- Power Rating (Peak): 1000W
- Impedance 8 ohms
- Frequency Range: 55Hz - 16kHz
- Sensitivity: 1W/1m: 99dB
- Maximum Peak SPL: 129dB
- Weight: 61.7 lbs.
Loud and clear is how many describe the Yamaha SM15V. As a monitor, many liked its high headroom and good projection, easily handling loud instruments with extended bass like drum kits and bass guitars. Another common theme among reviewers and experts is their appreciation of the unit's clarity and audio quality. The company attributes this to the help of Eminence which custom designed the drivers to meet Yamaha's preferences.
There are some low ratings that are attributed to shipping issues, which is unfortunate. Some complained about the bulky size of this speaker and its weight, but then again, this should be expected of a bigger 15" woofer.
Considering its sound and build quality - its hard to find fault with the Yamaha Club V Series SM15V.
We currently don't have a recommended list devoted to passive stage monitors, but you can find similar options in our guide to The Best Passive PA Speakers.