A powered speaker can be a great tool for a DJ since it combines the functions of multiple pieces found in an audio kit, such as speakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers, into one very useful audio tool. It is also easy to transport and simple to set up; hence, it can easily take its place at the heart of the well-prepared DJ’s load out.
What is interesting is that even non-pros can benefit from buying and using powered speakers as they can easily bring top-quality sound to any gathering. With that said, in this guide, we’ll be looking at five of the best powered speakers for DJs on the market today to help you find the right one for you.
This is a professional standard set of speaker that is sold as a pair. Each of the speakers is extremely well designed and built, and Rockville has put a lot of effort into making sure that they produce excellent sound across a wide volume range.
As a speaker set from the more premium end of the line, they come with a premium price tag. Our mission here then is to make sure the price justifies the quality.
The first thing to note with these speakers is that they are built for power. Each speaker is rated for a peak output of 1,000 watts, so that means you get 2,000W for the whole set. That is phenomenal output which will help these speakers generate the kind of sounds that will fill a large indoor or outdoor venue.
Definitely, that power needs to be tempered with top quality additions since you don’t just want to go for loud, you also want high-quality sound. Rockville knows this, which is why they have packed out these speakers with some excellent components.
There is a huge 15-inch subwoofer containing a three-inch aluminum voice coil which will help supply an incredible sounding bass and keep supplying it across a range of thumping bass lines. The speakers also boast separate 1.35-inch diaphragm compression drivers that have been made of titanium. Along with that, built-in bass and treble equalization processors have been integrated to keep the music sounding great and protect the speakers from accidental damage due to overload.
One thing you must note with these speakers is that they have no way to process musical files themselves. This means that music must be played through a mixing board, a component responsible for changing sound into a simple electrical signal that the speakers can understand.
Another is that they come with a plastic outer casing. While relatively rugged, it won’t provide quite the same protection as the wooden outers that you will find on truly top-end speakers.
This model is a very different type of speaker to the set we discussed above. This speaker is of the all-in-one type, meaning it is able to decipher and translate music files direct from a host system such as an iPod or USB drive.
That makes it far simpler to use and set up. With no mixing deck required, this speaker does all the hard work for you. But does it really have enough additional functionality to make it a good set up for a DJ?
The most impressive features of this speaker are the range of audio inputs it has and the type of music file it plays, which is MP3. This model has an AUX input slot that allows you to plug an iPod or a similar device straight onto the speaker. It also has a USB slot to connect a hard drive, memory stick or laptop, as well as an SD memory card reader.
Hardware-wise, there is a port to plug in a microphone so that you can talk directly over the speaker. Power output is 8oo Watts maximum that is supported by a 10-inch subwoofer. This means that the speaker will not just produce quite the same levels of volume as some of the other models on this list, but will also be more than adequate for smaller and more intimate venues.
Adkins Professional Audio has incorporated everything you need to set up as a DJ in one convenient package. Nonetheless, don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is a beginner's kit.
The speakers are the most powerful on our best powered speakers for DJs list, and the central mixing unit that is included in the package has a great design. Due to the quantity and quality of the equipment, we’re toward the upper end of the price range. So, is this kit worth the investment?
The individual pieces that make up this system are all built and designed with careful attention to details. The audio mixer, as an overview, is the device that you will use to essentially play your music, so it’s important for it to have a good number of inputs.
The particular model included in this package is a combination of a CD player and a mixer. Likewise, it also has a USB slot for you to directly plug in an external memory source or a music player.
The sound is pushed out through two speakers that boast a phenomenal 2,400 watts peak power (1,200 watts each), and each also includes a meaty 15-inch subwoofer for teeth-rattling bass lines. The kit is rounded up with a set of sturdy stands, all connecting leads, a microphone and even a set of headphones. It is, as we said, literally a complete DJ set in a box, and all you need to add is the music!
This second entry from Rockville highlights just how many quality speakers this company produces. With an overall very similar design to the set we discussed above, which one is right for you?
These speakers are very similar in design and construction to the Rockville model we discussed above. So you know that you are getting a Rockville quality build, which includes well-designed components which are constructed using quality materials like aluminum and titanium.
The main difference here is in the overall power level. This set dials down the raw power that was the standout feature of the other speaker set. The maximum power output for each speaker in this set is dropped to 800 Watts, while the subwoofer falls slightly smaller, which is at 12 inches.
However, that does not mean that because it has less power, it is the inferior speaker. Instead, consider it for what it is which is a very well designed and built speaker that is tailored for the smaller, more intimate venue where you don’t need to be blasting out 2,000 watts of power.
While this is something of a basic design overall, it is very well designed to bring top quality audio in a small package. It may not pack the power of some of the other models we’ve looked at today, but what it does have to work with is certainly of a very high standard.
Some speakers on this list are all about ease of use with multiple inputs. Some are all about raw power, pushing out thousands of watts. This speaker fits roughly in the middle of the two camps.
This has direct audio inputs including USB, SD card, and Bluetooth technology but in terms of power, with a peak output of 800 Watts, it is in the lower end as compared to the other speakers mentioned above. Nonetheless, with a 12-inch subwoofer, this will produce a sound that is loud enough for many venues and settings.
Also, it does produce quality sound as it has been specially tuned to produce incredible sounds with minimal distortion across the full audio range. Additionally, if you look at the Rockville models as a T-bone steak since they are big, meaty and a little unrefined, then this speaker is a fillet steak. It may be smaller, but every ounce of its construction is dedicated to producing only the very highest quality audio.
With all things considered, we think that the Adkins Professional Audio Ultimate DJ System is the top pick. It’s not just because it comes as a complete system, but also because all the components have a very high quality. Therefore, it is a good investment for a DJ looking for a great new system or a premium upgrade.