November 18, 2013

Peavey PVXp 12 Review

Peavey have been making quality and affordable loudspeakers for decades. Some of the first live sound PA speakers I ever bought were a set of Peavey loudspeakers. They held up for years and while they haven’t seen much use lately, I could set them up right now and they will still sound great. Peavey have continued to improve their lines of both passive and active loudspeakers which has culminated in their latest line the Peavey PVXp series. As the lowercase “p” implies, these are powered loudspeakers which house the same waveguide technology and RX14™ – Titanium Compression Driver as the PVX passive loudspeakers. The only major differences between the “p” and the “p”-less line are the weight (obviously) and the ability to include Peavey’s expansion module technology which we will cover below. Ideally you want your loudspeakers to be rugged but also lightweight, loud but sonically pleasing, and reliable but not limiting. The Peavey PVXp 12 are all of these things and more and here is why.

Design and Functionality

The entire speaker itself is cased in a polypropylene enclosure which has become fairly standard amongst newer and especially portable loudspeaker design. This encapsulates the rugged and lightweight descriptor I used for the PVXp 12. It feels tough but it doesn’t weigh a ton (42 lbs) so even your most out of shape band member can’t shy away from shlepping gear to and from the gig. There are three different handles on the speaker so you can get a good grip and not be stuck in one carrying position that could ruin your back before you have even plugged in. It seems like Peavey took care in making the portability about convenience and comfort, and I am a big fan of both.

The 12 in Peavey PVXp 12 refers to the size of the high-performance woofer which has a 2.3″ voice coil. There is also a Peavey PVXp 15 loudspeaker just in case you need more volume and power. You have 800 watts of peak power which should be plenty for a gig of roughly a couple hundred people. Any more and you would probably need the Peavey PVXp 15. One feature I really liked was the angled cut away on the side of the PVXp 12. This allows you to rest the speaker on it’s side so it can act as a stage monitor. This has versatility potential that doesn’t exist on a lot of powered loudspeakers and it makes this speaker a great option for the DIY musician and performer.

The back of speaker houses your I/O which has a combo XLR and 1/4 inch jack for getting connected to your mixer or powered PA system. You also have XLR and 1/4″ through outputs so you can connect other speakers in a series. Additionally you have a selection for contour which will cut the mids and boost the highs and lows if you are not getting enough of the sound you want from your mixer’s EQ. The real standout feature, and the one that makes the Peavey PVXp series unique, is the expansion bay.

The expansion bay is closed off by a removable plate and while you don’t have to install anything here, Peavey have developed three expansion modules for you to install based on your live sound needs. These modules include a 9-Band Graphic EQ, a 3-Band Parametric EQ, and a 3-Channel Mixer. These modules are great additions to an already great sounding loudspeaker. But if you have very discriminating taste, or you become discriminatory through experience, you have the option to tweak the sound to your specifications which is a great feature for the experienced as well as the user who will gain that experience over time.


The Peavey PVXp 12 is a great choice for a band or musician looking to get an affordable and portable powered loudspeaker for smaller gigs. The fidelity is comparable to other speakers in this price range and the expansion bay ensures that you can upgrade this speaker or speakers to a level that can eliminate the need for a mixer. This is a great solution for a no hassle setup as well as a setup that can have a very intricate level of control. I would recommend this for a solo performer, a band at a small venue, or a more intimate DJ gig.

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The PVXp12 is a powered loudspeaker from Peavey Electronics. This compact and portable loudspeaker has 800 watts of peak power a 12 inch woofer with a 2.3 inch voice coil, and a 1.4 inch titanium compression driver. Weighing in at 42 pounds the PVX series are built with a rugged polypropylene enclosure which makes it both lightweight and durable. The handles on both the left and right, as well as the top, allow for easy portability. The PVXp12 has a wide range of versatility when it comes to position and installation. You can pole mount it like a traditional PA speaker. There are also 3 fly points to hang the speaker in a club or venue installation. And you can also lay the speaker on its 45 degree angle to act as a stage monitor. The back of the speaker houses the I/O for the PVxp12 which includes an XLR input as well as an XLR and ¼ inch thru. You also have a dedicated level adjustment as well as control for running the speaker flat or with contour. Above the I/O is the Expansion Module Bay which can be used to connect Peavey branded expansion modules. These modules include things such as a 9-Band Graphic EQ, a 3-band parametric EQ, or a 3 channel mixer expansion module. All expansion modules are sold separately. For more on the Peavey PVXp12 head on over to the UniqueSquared blog, and to pick up a Peavey PVX loudspeaker for yourself, be sure to visit the UniqueSquared website. You’re watching