Yamaha DBR15

Active full-range box

  • Components: 15" + 1.4"
  • Power: 1000 W Peak / 500 W RMS
  • SPL: 132 dB
  • Frequency range: 50 - 20,000 Hz
  • Horn coverage pattern : 90° x 60°
  • Internal 2 channel mixer with XLR-, jack- and RCA inputs
  • 4-Speed fan
  • Monitor angle
  • 3 M8 rigging points
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 455 x 700 x 378 mm
  • Weight: 19.3 kg
  • Optional cover: Article Nr 406560 (not included)

Further information

Multifunctional Housing Yes
Pole Mount Yes
Flyable Yes
Woofer size 1x 15"
Tweeter, 1" and Larger Yes
Weight in kg 19,3 kg
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Active monitor box for bass guitar (via Kemper Amp)

4enima, 19.01.2018
Here is my review in search of a suitable active monitor for my bass, which I play on a Kemper amp. I tested the Yamaha DBR15, ElectroVoive ZLX 15P and the JBL EON 615

At home I realized that the JBL EON is completely disabled in the Floormonitor position because it tips over at the slightest touch. By contrast, the ZLX and DBR are sitting on the ground.
At the dwelling test in reasonable volume, the DBR sounded tidier and differentiated compared to the others, but had too high altitudes and the mids were too far in the background. EON & ZLX were about the same and quite balanced, albeit a little worse. At the EON I still lacked some bass.
In the DSP mM was ahead of the ZLX, because I came here to the best results and you can adjust a lot. (The EON DSP, I've only switched to the box, via Bluetooth you have much more extensive options, but ...) the EON went through retirement as Floormonitor and the lack of added value compared to the ZLX then directly back and the DBR and ZLX were dragged to the rehearsal room on the 5th floor. To mention here, the ZLX is better to carry, has more handles and 2kg less on the scales.

Well, now it was possible to start under the actual test conditions. First loud music and compared both boxes, again here, DBR sounds tidier but a bit shrill. The ZLX sounded too bassy in the first moment, but I read through the DSP fix directly. ZLX sounds good, but not so differentiated and a bit more compact in sound. Our critical guitarist was on the side of the tidier DBR.

Next step was to play a few songs with the band and to fire the monitors with my Kemper bass signal. Boxes are leveled and turned up to about 90% (before the sound suffers or limiter starts) and played alternately. I would say that the Yamaha can tamper louder than the ZLX, possibly with the ZLX also some air up, because the limiter on the set volume did not even have to intervene (very nice to see over the front LED, great feature)

Then we started, who takes on 2 guitars and drums (Metal):
The DBR had a good bass pressure, but where are the high pitches, were completely gone in the band mix, so really gone, I could not hear my stop sound, Mitten were only locatable somewhere and that although the DBR was a bit louder like the ZLX is.
ZLX tested, what can I say, I was a bit quieter, but the bass sound came through as I know him at home by Kemper studio monitors + just band. You can hear the amp character, bass is there, the stop sound in the heights is present, awesome: D

We then played a few different songs, once DBR, once ZLX and our guitarist has also always had a say, whether A or B run = winner was always just the ZLX. As was also clear for our guitarist, you definitely take the ZLX.

I think the DBR15 makes for pure music sonication perhaps the better / best figure, because tidier and differentiated in the sound, but as a monitor, I lack the assertiveness in the band context.
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