A concert, wedding music, or dance party are only as enjoyable as the speakers that project the strains of music. If you are a DJ, projecting awesome music is your craft, and you need to be sure that you have the right speakers for the job.
The options are pretty endless when it comes to DJ speakers, so we came up with a short list of the five best DJ speakers to help you find the one that works for your gigs. We’ll give you reviews of our top 5 DJ speakers and then help you understand what criteria we used to choose them. And of course, we’ll give you our pick for what we think is the very best one! Let’s get started!
Quick glance at the best DJ speakers available today:
The Rockville RPG122K is a complete system at a budget price. This system has one active and one passive speaker, cutting down on weight and cost but not quality. It includes a microphone and cable, speaker stands, power cable, and active to passive speaker cable, so you are ready to rock right out of the box.
It works great for all kinds of applications, such as gigs, weddings, or parties. Includes a built-in equalizer as well as a clip warning light to keep you from damaging your speaker system. Don’t forget the Bluetooth connectivity to stream music directly from your phone and an FM radio and USB port to play more tunes.
If you need a bigger bass sound, you might just love the thump coming from the 10” woofer with its own dedicated amp. This speaker system delivers a whole lot of clean, clear sound for its 200 watts. The high pass filter virtually eliminates sound distortion, too, giving you crisp sound even at higher volumes. It is lightweight and compact, too, so it is easy to carry to your favorite gigs.
The Proreck Club 3000 is a complete system to meet the needs of up to 200 listeners. And with 66 feet of pairing ability, you’ll love the wireless capabilities and connectivity. This speaker system works great with almost any type of audio, whether music or vocals since it has a wide frequency response. You can even use your phone or laptop to stream your music wirelessly to your listeners.
This all-in-one system has a full range of sound, with passive and active subwoofers to deliver great bass tones alongside of well-rounded audio.
The Seismic Audio Apex12D has a small footprint that offers excellent sound across all frequency ranges. This is a highly versatile sound system that works with or without the subwoofer. You can connect it to a mixer or use the built-in master volume controls. You’ll hear clear and bright high and mid-tones with a deep, punchy bass. The small footprint means you can take it just about anywhere without taking up too much space.
The Mackie Thump Series is a take-anywhere, flexible, battery-powered speaker. So if you are a DJ gigging in places where there is no power, this might just be the right speaker set for you!
The Thump GO app gives you lots of options, including Music Ducking, which turns down the music automatically so you can talk over top. In addition, you can stream music wirelessly via built-in Bluetooth. You can use it on a speaker stand or as a stage monitor. It’s up to you!
There are plenty of great choices when it comes to DJ speakers. But there are a lot of factors, as well, and the options can be overwhelming. You’ll need to consider your venue, attendance, style of music, volume, accessories, and of course, portability when you look for a set of DJ speakers. Here are the factors that we considered for the five best DJ speakers. Let’s take a look.
The first consideration you must consider is the venue and the types of gigs you’ll be using the speakers for. For example, you may want to play weddings in greenhouses and local barns that don’t have electricity. Or perhaps you’ll be playing dance music in a school cafeteria. Maybe you’ll do both!
The size of the venue and the number of people in attendance will make a difference. For average volume music indoors (think a polite wedding or a traditional church service), you’ll want about 5 watts per person, according to Digital DJ Tips.
On the other hand, if you’ll be using your speakers outside or need loud dance-type music, you’ll probably want more like 10 watts per person.
A small indoor venue for a house party might require even less, and a recording studio/monitoring system might need less, as well, depending on your needs.
If you’re playing weddings that mainly specialize in classical music, you’ll want a balanced system with clear, crisp sound throughout all the different frequencies. On the other hand, if dance parties are your passion, you’ll probably need a thumping bass, but you’re not too worried if the highs get a bit tinny since it is just all about the bass.
Then again, if you’ll be doing much speaking throughout the entertainment, or you’ll be hosting karaoke during your events, you’ll want a good mic line that brings out the vocals over top of the background music.
Active speakers have a built-in amplifier, but they will require power to the speaker to make it work. On the other hand, passive speakers will need a separate, external amp that will provide power and sound to the speaker.
Active speakers weigh a little bit more than passive speakers, but, on the other hand, they don’t require a heavy external amplifier, meaning you have one less piece of equipment to lug around from gig to gig. You can find out more about amplifiers here.
Some systems will include one passive and one active speaker and provide a cable to connect them. We like this option because it reduces weight without compromising sound.
Passive speakers are more affordable, but active speakers are a more all-in-one system.
A speaker’s volume output is measured in watts. As we mentioned, you will probably need 5 to 10 watts of sound per person at your event. But not all watts are the same. For example, Peak Power is the highest output you can use for a short period of time (seconds or less) without causing damage to the speaker. On the other hand, RMS is the continuous power that your speakers can provide.
Ideally, you’ll want to compare RMS because this is the most realistic amount of watts you’ll need for your gig. But unfortunately, peak watts won’t give you much of an indication of how your speakers will sound in your venue.
There’s a wide variety of connectivity options. Generally, you’ll find a ¼ line-level jack and/or an XLR jack.
You may also have inputs for a microphone or line-in, giving you the option of using a mic to talk. Or you may have a through-port so you can use a mixer to premix your music before it gets to the amplifier.
Here’s where it gets even better! Many modern systems are starting to include Bluetooth connectivity. This gives you options for wireless streaming right to your speakers, providing you with much more flexibility and options. In addition, some systems may include an app to give you even more options.
Speakers can be made from wood or plastic. However, old-fashioned wood speakers may have excellent sound, but they are exceptionally heavy. Plastic speakers may have a ‘cheaper’ feel but are much lighter and easier to carry around from place to place. The speakers on this list have plastic casings to increase their portability.
As mentioned before, the material the speakers are made of will affect the weight of the speaker. If portability is your goal ( and if you’re a DJ, it likely is!), you’ll want a lightweight speaker that is easy to move.
Speakers are smaller and more portable than they used to be, so you don’t necessarily need a large speaker to get good sound.
You may also want to look for features such as handles to make moving the speakers easier. Also, features that make the system easy to set up and take down, such as quick lock speaker stands, will help you be able to focus more on making music and less on having to set up and tear down, especially if you are constantly on the go.
We always have to balance cost with features. Of course, you need to stay within your budget, but don’t sacrifice good quality, or your system may break down quickly.
A studio speaker is designed for smaller spaces, moderate volume, and accurate sound. You may want them for rehearsing, small homes, or studio use. On the other hand, a PA speaker is designed for louder sounds and larger venues. You’ll need to decide how large your typical venue will be to choose which one of these is better for your situation.
If possible, you’ll want to listen to the speakers you are purchasing so you can tell if you like the sound they actually make. For example, do you like a crisp bass or a boomy bass? Can you hear all the different elements of the music? Do the speakers seem tinny, or do they have a more robust sound?
Is the bass adequate for the style of music you’ll be playing, or will you need to add a subwoofer to pump it up? Can you easily integrate or expand your system to include a subwoofer or extra speakers if you need to do so?
Do your speakers have a full range of frequencies? Can you hear the highs, lows, and middle-range equally well?
After much deliberation, we found a system that we love, and we hope you love it. Mackie created a great system to make your music even more portable without sacrificing quality music. For this reason, we love the Mackie Thump Series.
This speaker system is incredibly portable. Not only is it lightweight, but it is also easy to set up. And the best part is that these speakers can run on battery power. If, like me, you’ve ever played a gig in a greenhouse or park, you might be wondering where you’ll get electricity to run your speakers. But with this Mackie Thump system, you won’t need to. Instead, you can just run on battery power.
But what’s even better is the Bluetooth Connectivity. This means you can run everything straight from your Bluetooth-capable laptop or phone. This simplifies everything, from looking up lyrics to mixing to adding effects.
The Thump GO app gives you additional options, so you can easily speak overtop of the music without having to hit pause or play with the volume switch. In addition, you can create your own presets and have them ready at the touch of a button.
This system can easily be set up on the included speaker stands, or you can set it on its side and use it as a stage monitor if you prefer. Its extremely flexible and affordable, so that you can use it as your main system, your secondary system, or your monitoring system.
This is a great set of speakers for a beginner or a pro!
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