Our Choices for The Best Powered DJ Speakers:
Simply enough, get the QSC K10.2 and you will be getting one of the best DJ speakers out there and won’t be looking to upgrade anytime soon. They offer the best combination of power and portability and functionality and it is hard to find a DJ Speaker that is crisper in sound than these. The QSC K10.2 is a 2000 watt speaker with a 10” woofer and a 1.75” driver. They easily sit on the upper end of power cap that DJ Speakers offer and provide you a lot of sound volume. It is also equipped with a limiting circuit so they don’t blow out easily if you go beyond the limits. They feature a professional and sleek design and sturdy build.
This speaker weighs in at 32 lbs (14.5kg) and supports a very comfortable handle on the side of it. On the back of these speakers are ports for all the inputs you could want, two XLR / ¼” inputs as well as stereo RCA inputs and some output ports also. There are also buttons for high and low frequencies and for bass enhancement as well. There is a built-in wedge on them to convert them into a floor monitor because many love to use this setup. The frequency range on them is fantastic, the mids and highs are crystal clear while the bass is meaty enough. The Deep Bass function also enhances bass further if you want to pump hip hop, electronic, or other types of music.
- 2000 Watt Class-D amplifier module
- Large number of inputs
- Multi-function digital display
- Power: 2000 Watts
- Woofer Size: 10”
- Weight: 32 lbs. (14.5kg)
As one of the most renowned names in professional audio gear, Yamaha delivers on the quality and performance you would expect with these speakers. These are the smallest of the DBR series, the other being the DBR12 and the DBR15. They are not as powerful as the QSC K10 and we would not recommend them for a large venue. However for small to medium sized spaces, these provide the best combination of power, cost and portability. They are equal to the QSC K10 when it comes to the woofer size i.e. 10″, however they weigh about 10 lbs. less and are super portable with a handle on the top. They are advertised to be 700 watts in power, but this is the peak rating and they operate at 325 watts continuous power output.
The frequency range supported is 55Hz-20Hz (-10dB). So if you are looking for some floor shaking bass you will have to hook these up with a subwoofer like the Yamaha DSX12. They are well suited speakers for your DJ setup and feature more plastic than the QSC K10 discussed above however they are still durable and solid. There are input ports on the back of them, including two XLR / 1/4″ inputs and a Stereo RCA input, as well as an XLR output. You will get some useful EQ adjustments you can make on the back as well which can come in handy.
- 10″ Powered Speaker
- 7-Year Warranty
- FIR-X tuning DSP
- Power: 700 Watts
- Woofer Size: 10″
- Weight: 23.2 lbs (10.5kg)
Electro-Voize have managed to develop an entry level DJ speaker that is budget friendly, but by no means does this sound like a budget DJ speaker. In the $300-$500 price range these are the some of the best speakers to grab. It has multiple carrying handles and is 34.3 lbs (15.6kg) in weight. They have a 1.5” High Frequency compression driver and a 12” woofer. The power rating on these is 1000 watts and they can be so loud that they are sometimes compared to the QSC K10.2 speakers which are much more expensive than these.
They have two XLR/TRS combo jacks and a 3.5 mm input jack. They sound exceptionally good, mid-range is highly detailed and the bass is impressive as well. However it would be much better if you hook up a subwoofer as well like the Electro-Voize ZX 1-sub 12” Powered Subwoofer. It can produce slightly higher SPL than the QSC K10.2 however expect more distortion at very high volumes. This comparison is not really fair though as the QSC is far more expensive than these.
- Split-baffle design
- Powered Loudspeakers
- LCD display
- Power: 1000 Watts
- Woofer Size: 12”
- Weight: 34.3 lbs (15.6 kg)
Can you think of a budget level DJ speaker that still sounds pretty good? The answer is the Mackie Thump 12″ speakers. They are listed at 1000 watts, however this is the peak power rating and the RMS is actually 500 watts. Nevertheless, they still they can produce a lot of volume. They have a single XLR ¼” combo Jack on the back and an EQ with Low, Mid and Hi knobs.
The Mackie Thump12A weigh in at about 29 lbs and have a handle, so they are quite manageable. They have an Impact Resistant Polypropylene Enclosure and an all-black sleek build. Hooking them up with a Mackie Thump 18s Powered Subwoofer is a good idea but as they are 12” speakers they still generate a tremendous amount of bass on their own and special attention has been given to lower end frequencies on these speaker.
- 1300W of Class-D power
- Application Specific Speaker Modes
- 2 channel Wide-Z mixer
- Power: 1300 Watts
- Woofer Size: 12”
- Weight: 29 lbs. (13.9kg)
For those who are really on a tight budget these are the best powered DJ speakers you can buy. They support a 10” Woofer and a 1.35” Aluminum Diaphragm, Compression Driver. The power rating on them is 200 watts and these are the smallest speaker on our list in terms of weight, size and power output. They weigh in at around 18.8 lbs. and have an XLR / ¼” input on the back as well as a 2-band EQ offering Low and High Setting. There is a DSP built-in.
The Behringer Eurolive B210D can’t match the output of 1000 watt powered speakers, but they still pack a solid punch and are best if you are DJing in a smaller space with a limited amount of people, like house parties. Hooking up a subwoofer like the Behringer Eurolive B1500D-Pro Active 15” Subwoofer makes them much more efficient. There are limitations but these are the best option for people with a limited budget to spare.
- Compact and light weight
- Class-D amplifier
- Power: 200 Watts
- Woofer Size: 10”
- Weight: 18.8lbs. (8.35kg)
DJ Loudspeaker Buying Guide
No matter what type of DJ you are, the most important piece of gear that you need to make your voice and music heard is a pair of speakers. You could be a weekend Techno Warrior, a dance party starter, a wedding shuffling DJ or the one who dreams big of playing in front of a crowd of millions one day, but the most important thing in your arsenal will always be speakers. Getting the best speakers for your DJing skills within your budget can be a huge challenge. You would be looking at a range of products with confusing Specs. We have decided to help you out on this by creating a buying guide for what to look for in DJ speakers.
Don’t make the mistake of taking studio monitors and using them as DJ speakers. This is totally wrong and no matter how tempted you are to use your 50 watt studio monitors to DJ to your friends, you need something designed for producing high volumes at a wide angle to fill the room with sound. You can even damage your studio monitors attempting to use them like this. DJ speakers or powered loudspeakers are specifically built to pump sound at a loud volume at a wide range without damaging the speakers themselves and it is best to add them to your gear if you aim to DJ.
Features To Look For:
Let’s take a look at some of the features of DJ Speakers to look for:
Passive or Active:
The first thing to look for and decide is whether you need Passive (i.e. Unpowered) or Active (i.e. Powered) speakers. Passive speakers do not output any sound and require an amplifier to be able to do so, while Active speakers have a built in amplifier and are ready to blast sound, no amplifier required. This also means that Active speakers have the volume and other controls on the speaker itself and are usually more expensive than passive speakers, but a full passive speaker setup including amplifier and everything else will end up being more expensive in most situations. Passive speakers are more aimed towards large venues and professional setups where absolute control is required over the amplifier, speakers, and sound processing. Active speakers on the other hand, only require a power cable to get them going.
Power Rating (Watts):
The power rating or watts on an active DJ Speaker is the power of its internal Amplifier. Generally the higher the watts, the more power or we can say the higher volumes the speaker can output. So to figure out how many watts you will need, take 2 things into consideration.
- How many people will be there in your aAudience?
- What type of space you will be playing in?
If the space is a small room and audience is let’s say 15 people you will be good to go with a 200 watts speaker, on the other hand if the space is a large auditorium with hundreds of people, then you may have to grab a 1000 or 2000 watt speaker.
Woofer Cone Size:
The size of the woofer cone determines plays a large part in how much lower end frequency extension have and how loud it can get. Measured in inches, normally a speaker with an 8” Cone is good enough for DJing in a small room or if you won’t be playing any bass heavy music. However 10” and 12” speakers provide for a much better bass response and quality. 15” speaker options are also available and if you have the budget to spare they are certainly worth it.
Another option to enhance the quality of the lower end frequency range is to add a subwoofer in your DJ setup. This increases cost but you can use a smaller speaker for your DJ setup if you use subwoofers as well.
Obviously, a speaker needs to be portable and can’t weight hundreds of pounds. You want to make sure you can carry your speakers with you and they should fit in your car as well.
The biggest limiting factor on how many speakers you can plug into your setup is your budget. The bad news here is that DJ Speakers can be expensive but the good news is that more and more brands are developing entry level DJ Speakers of decent power and quality.