Updated March 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best DJ Speakers

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in February of 2019. To a creative DJ, speakers are an instrument in their own right, so it's essential to select the right models for your needs. Whether you play at wedding receptions or all-night raves, one or more of these will help you sound your best, no matter your style of music. We've included options to meet most budgets. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best dj speaker on Amazon.

10. Yamaha DXR

9. Behringer EuroLive

8. Peavey Dark Matter

7. TurboSound iQ12

6. Rockville RPG Series

5. ElectroVoice ZLX

4. JBL Eon

3. TurboSound Inspire IP300

2. Mackie Thump

1. TurboSound iX15

Editor's Notes

March 10, 2019:

Boy, speakers are just great, aren't they? And you know, it can be fun to toil away for hours on end doing math and planning circuitry and running cables (at least for some of us it can be), but the bottom line is, if you've spent countless hours designing and arranging your sounds, compiling and organizing your library, driving to shows and unloading gear, or any combination of those three, you'll understand just how nice it is to have a professionally assembled, self-powered performance speaker. And, frankly, a good active speaker, that's been put together by the pros, is engineered to simply sound fantastic, at all times. So most DJs (at least the ones I know, have booked, and have performed with) prefer to make a slightly larger investment in self-powered speakers. Without further ado, unless you're willing to sell an organ or take out a mortgage for a set of Funktion-Ones, you should strongly consider some TurboSounds. If you make intricate, bass-heavy music, these are the ones for you, because they will perform consistently, for a very long time, and they'll give you complete control over the output, and no matter what you feed through them, they won't drown themselves out or cause distortion or noise (as long as you know what you're doing, of course). But they're pretty darn expensive. Mackies, on the other hand, also do an amazing job, and cost far, far less. In fact, Mackies are one of the most popular for DJs, even the used Mackies — which is a testament to how durable and long-lasting they are. JBLs, Electro-Voice, and Peaveys are good compromises, as they're in the middle of the price range, get relatively loud, and still sound great pumping out your uncompressed tracks. On the other hand, say you're a wedding or Bat Mitzvah DJ, and your audience isn't packed with audiophiles who would just as soon criticize your sound quality as dance. Well, you'll have a fantastic time playing behind some Rockvilles. There's really nothing bad to say about them, especially if there's anything by Rick Astley or the Spice Girls in your library (both of whom are fantastic artists). And if you're ready to make a serious investment, and don't mind maybe leaving your speakers fixed in one place, those Yamaha DXRs are pretty tough to beat — just ask nearly any pro music venue in the country. But NO MATTER WHAT, please do yourself a favor, and prolong your career, by wearing some high-quality musician's earplugs and/or sound-isolating headphones whenever you DJ. Your eardrums will thank you.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on March 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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