Whether you’re an amateur or professional DJ, or you just like throwing great parties with the best soundtracks, owning the best speakers is a must. A great pair of speakers will help you to get the most out of any tunes and will really bring your event to life.
But just what are the best speakers available right now? Let’s take a look at 10 of the most impressive DJ speakers that will let you crank the volume up to 11 at your next get-together.
A Couple of Pointers
Before we dive in, bear in mind that this is an arbitrary countdown of what we think are some of the best commercial speakers available right now overall. Your mileage vary though depending on the size of your party/crowd/audience and the acoustics of the space you’re in. In other words, if you’re playing in your front room you’re not going to want the same kind of power as you’d need to headline a festival.
You also need to consider whether you need to be able to transport your speakers. Use a little judgement when reading through this list and decide what best suits your specific requirements.
The Best DJ Speakers Today
- Behringer EUROLIVE B210D
The Behringer EUROLIVE is a great speaker that can being your parties to (Euro)life. It features Class-D (digital) amplification for some incredibly high quality sound and 220 watts of performance. It also comes with a built-in filter to reduce distortion and can double up as a PA system or an MP3 player.
This isn’t quite as loud as some of the other speakers on this list, however quality is harder to come by these days than wattage and most casual DJs will find this volume more than sufficient to their needs. A great speaker then for house parties, DJing in the garage or busting out your Spotify playlist while you wash the car for that matter.
- Alto Professional TS112A
This Alto Professional TS112A is an absolute beast with an incredible 800 watts of power. If it’s sheer volume without distortion you’re looking for, then these bad boys won’t do you wrong. It has a 12-inch, two way speaker system with two inputs and for added convenience, it can be sat vertically or horizontally. It’s highly durable and generally a fantastic option for those who are looking to perform on stage its volume is big enough to match your ambition.
- Yamaha MSR400
This is a bi-amplified, two way speaker system from the ever-reliable Yamaha brand. It has a decent 400 watts of power with no distortion and these speakers will deliver a particularly smooth experience. High and low controls are also included which allows you to adjust the range just how you want it.
On top of its excellent quality sound, the Yamaha MSR400 also boasts a great design. This is a slick unit to look at and it’s particularly portable, stackable and powerful. This is a great, versatile option in general so if you want something that’s high quality and convenient but also loud enough to impress, it’s a great choice.
- Electro-Voice ZLX-12P
This is a very outstanding speaker to look at and has a very premium build quality. That’s surprisingly important when it comes to putting on a professional show and making the right first impression.
But it’s not just about looks. The Electro-Voice ZLX-12P is also top of its class thanks to its light and static-free sounds and the option to add a subwoofer if you need more power.
Oh and it’s powerful too. 1,000 watts powerful. For those amateur DJs who are thinking of one day going professional, this is a brilliant choice. Especially as it’s also very compact and easy to take on the road with you.
- Yamaha DXR8
This is a somewhat more compact speaker designed for smaller venues and yet it’s volume is up there with the big boys. In fact, this is the highest wattage on the list so far at 1,100! Not only do you get a lot of power but advanced signalling processing makes sure that the sound is very high definition. This model will benefit from good acoustics and a decent equalizer. For compact, mobile volume though, this is a very tough option to beat. It’s also nice to get that reliable Yamaha name.
- Machie HD1521
Now we’re talking real power. The Machie HD1521 offers a huge 1,600 watts of power which will blow most other speakers out of the park. It can be used upright or on its side and it’s a popular favorite among professional DJs.
As mentioned though, not everyone is going to need this amount of volume. If you’re not likely to be playing gigs, then you might want to opt for something a little smaller that focusses more on fidelity.
- Bose L1 Compact System
As the name suggests, this is a particularly compact option for those who want to take their decks with them on the go. If you’re looking for a space saving alternative to the behemoths on this list, then this one won’t let you down. It distributes sound very easily and comes with built-in presents for guitars and microphones too. These don’t have the highest wattage but they use a clever special dispersion system in order to get over that and will be suitable for professional DJs.
- Harbinger V2115
The Harbinger has an awesome name, which is befitting its awesome look and specifications. At 600 watts of power, this somewhat middle-of-the-road when it comes to volume but like the Behringer it benefits from class-D amplification for truly stunning sound quality.
The Harbinger also comes with a number of nice extra features. These include a built-in channel mixer and the option to hook up a large number of speakers.
- JBL PRX715
The JBL PRX715 is a great pro-level speaker system that is very powerful while remaining highly mobile at just 15-inches. It also includes a microphone so you can use it for PA and a low-frequency driver which should reduce distortion. The casing is also nice and sturdy meaning that it can survive being throw in the back of a van without picking up too many dents or scratches.
- QSC K12
This is a powerful speaker system that can offer 1,000 watts of power. The sound is very high quality, even to the highly trained ear and there are a ton of additional features and extras that make it a stand-out option. GuardRail technology for instance will eliminate amplification overload, while a locking cord will ensure you don’t get any awkward disconnects halfway through a set! Like some others on this list, the QSC K12 is designed to be taken on the road: it can be used horizontally or vertically and the tough outer body means it will stand up well to any punishment that gets sent its way.
Remember to check the specs when making a choice and to think about how you intend to use your speakers. Any options from this list though will serve you well and will help you to get the best quality sound for your music!