American Audio DLS-15P Powered Speakers

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Kacimlangford

Bose L1 Double B1 DJ
My wife is telling me to upgrade equipment this year with our tax return. I am not going to go all out but want something decent for weddings. I do not ever push this to the max so looking for powered speakers I saw these and wondered if anyone has any experience with them or knows anything about them.

I know what new CD players, mixer and lights I am getting but the speakers are the one thing I need.

In a perfect world I would go with the EONs but I just don't have that kind of funds available if I want the other things also.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Karl
 

Djjoeeb

Entertainment Director/DJ
Karl,

I have a pair of the 'first generation' 15" American Audio powered speakers. They are a decent speaker for the $. Nick B. used these as part of his "speaker shootout" & found that the 1st generation did a little better than the current DLS model in the lower end (Frequency-wise, that is). The only exception to that was a slight 'hole' in the 3 Khz freq. range - To compensate, I just push that area a little higher with my Driverack PA's EQ.

For a small to medium audience that doesn't necessarily need a subwoofer, I'll pack these up & use them without a problem. Also great for the occasional outdoor picnic, where a sub isn't gonna do that much for you.

I think the next step, if I was looking at another 15" powered cabinet would be the Mackie 1521s - but there's a big difference in $.

Hope this helps.

Cheers.
 

Kacimlangford

Bose L1 Double B1 DJ
Thanks Joe,

I already run 2 of the Mackie 1500's. They are 4 years old and I like them.

The AA should run good with them right?

I am tired of running a seperate amp for my tops.

I am also getting into kids parties and want a powered speaker for this vs the seperate amp. I will run one powered with a small CD set up. I thought this would be great for this application.

Thanks again, Karl
 

audiopyle

ProDJ Sponsor
Karl,

Since you already have the subs, you might want to shop for 12" tops instead of 15". They would weigh less, and you might be able to stretch the budget for a little higher quality. What kind of tops are you using now?
 

Bob Dietrich

Active Member
I've found that these speakers represent 95% of the sound you'll get from the best powered speakers and the cost is only 50% or less of the better speakers. Even as a discriminating listener, I can use a little eq and these speakers do a tremendous job that makes their price & value simply incredible!
 

Kacimlangford

Bose L1 Double B1 DJ
I am using a 12" Off brand called PAS. I got them used over 5 years ago from the gentlemen I was working for.

The weight is not a problem for me. It might in 15 years but right now the 60 lbs is nothing. I carry the subs if needed where the cart is not usable. Always lifting correctly of course.

If there is a better quality powered speaker at 12', that is the same price, maybe then but these look like what I am going for when the tax return comes in.
 

audiopyle

ProDJ Sponsor
Yorkville is in the process of rounding out the NX line with their new style cabinets. I'm hopeful that they will be shipping these NX25P Active Speakers by the end of January. The price would be slightly higher, but still competitive with the AmDJ speakers. I plan to get some to try out as soon as they are available.
 

DJDan523

New Member
I own the 2 APX's and I liked them so much I bought two more- but the DLS-15P's. I use them at all my events and absolutely love them. I think the 15P's produce a bit more sound.

A problem I encounter is paralleling them. I normally connect the old and new on one side, and same on the other side. On each side, I can never match the old with the new volume wise. I'll get more power out of the new and a noticable amount lower in the olds. I don't know.

But I'd definately recommend these speakers to any DJ.

You can always add a sub or two on later for school dances and parties.

-Dan
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Karl-

I have a pair of the APX PowerPro's (predecessor to the DLS') and they've been fantastic, even more so at their price point. As I had mentioned in our "shootout", they will require a little EQing as they have the tendency for the high end to get a little 'hot' when you start pushing them. However, if the large majority of your gigs are for 100-125 people, these are really hard to turn down for the price. They also sound pretty good with the AA powered sub as well. I use mine with a B-52 Act-18 when I need the added bang! The newer DLS' are also great for ceremonies and meetings because they have the mic mixer built-in.

NickyB
 

Kacimlangford

Bose L1 Double B1 DJ
Thanks guys,

I think I made up my mind. These sound like they will be great for what I need them for.

Thanks again.

Karl
 

pjlowe

New Member
Karl-
for my money EON's are the way to go. I own a pair and love them.
But if your budget is so that it's a little steep, then I would buy some peavey powered speakers. dollar for dollar you can't beat their quality,
IMHO. just my two cents...
pj
 

SPINDOCTORDJ

New Member
Right now I have these running and playing in my living room as I write this post. You can't beat these for the price. You should be able to get a pair for under $500. I bought 4 of them, they do need some eqing but this is one of the best bargains for the buck out there today. I have the eons g2's which are great and I use these but for my other DJ who is doing smaller parties and sweet sixteens and he loves them. These have a great warrenty on them which is a plus and on the back of the unit is a ton inputs so you are covered for anything.

Dave Parks Spin Doctor DJ
 

Kacimlangford

Bose L1 Double B1 DJ
I did a quick look up for Peaveys and looked at hte PR115P. It is the closest thing to the AA and run $380 on about 4 diff sites I looked at.

Dave, The AA's I have seen are all at $299. Where did you see them for $250 or $500 a pair?
 

djsarge

Active Member
Just when I think I've made my mind up about what speakers I'd like to use for a start-up, I see another thread that makes me think about it all over again!!! :shock:
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Karl-

$299 is MAP on these I believe....my local music shop (Washington Music Center- Rockville,MD) has them at $269 each on the floor and you can still do better, so they can be had cheaper!


NickyB
 

BillESC

Member
We sell the AA speakers at MAP with free shipping. When you consider freight charges are usually about $ 40.00 per speaker it's not a bad deal. And there's no Sales Tax either. :wink:
 

djstevieray

Somewhere On Hoth
Karl also consider the PXI's...

MY humble opinion.

The APX's had a very good sound.

The DLS, were built a little beter (cast woofer frames) and things like that, and are LOUDER, but lost some sound quality over the APX Power Pro's

The new PXI line has the build quality and loudness of the DLS, but they also improved the sound quality not equal to, but better than the old APX Power Pro's, the only downfall, the 15" PXI's go for about $100-$150/pc. higher than the DLS series.

Although Bob can give you more accurate pricing. ;)
 

Kacimlangford

Bose L1 Double B1 DJ
Stevie Ray,

Going with the PXI's, would going from a 15 to a 12 be going too far down? They seem to be priced the same as the DLS-15P's?

If they are a better speaker would it be worth it with the 12's?

Again, I use these for 99% weddings, and a couple middle school and elem. school dances. Nothing where I have to push them hard for a long period of time.

I looked at the yamaha's but if I went that way, I would not be able to get the other things I need.
 

djstevieray

Somewhere On Hoth
The 12's don't have as much low end as the DLS-15's, but have a cleaner sound. If you have subs that you could run with them for your school dances the 12's are fine, although, I always liked having 15's just because when you need that little bit more oompf, it is there.
 
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