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EV ELX118P 18" Self Powered Subwoofer - Live X

Optimized for performance with the ELX112P and ELX115P, the ELX118P adds a deep, low-frequency, amplified punch that you can hear and feel.

Features:
  • Designed for House of Worship, Pro Music, and other applications.
  • 18” woofer for powerful, engaging bass response
  • 32 Hz – 130 Hz frequency range; 134 dB max SPL
  • 700 W Class D lightweight amplifier — runs cool without fans
  • Rugged wood cabinet — supports pole-mounted or stacked configurations
Specifications:
  • Case Material: 9-ply, 15mm Plywood, Internally Braced, with Texured Paint
  • Frequency Response (-3 dB): 42 Hz - 100 Hz Hz
  • Frequency Response (-10 dB): 32 Hz - 130 Hz Hz
  • Max. SPL/1m (calc): 134 dB
  • Coverage: (Nominal -6 dB) H°Omnidirectional °
  • Coverage: (Nominal -6 dB) V°Omnidirectional °
  • LF Transducer: (1) EVS-18K, 457mm (18”) Woofer
  • HF Transducer: N/A
  • Crossover Frequency: 100 Hz
  • Connector Type: (1) XLR/TRS Combo Jack, (1) XLR Link Output
  • Grill: 18GA Steel with Black Powdercoat
  • Height: 661 mm (26.02")
  • Width: 507 mm (19.96")
  • Depth: 574 mm (22.6")
  • Weight Net: 31.7 kg (69.89 lbs)
  • Shipping Weight: 39.3 kg (86.64 lbs)

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Electro VoiceEV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +
 
3.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (10)
  • Easy to set up (8)
  • Great sound quality (5)
  • Easy to mount (4)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

  • Lack of power (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Weak bass (3)

Best Uses

  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
  • Smaller rooms / apartments (6)
  • Large rooms (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (10), Audiophile (4), Tech savvy (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good sound, decent power, lightweight

For the price, the EV elx118p is a great sub. It produces bass that you can really feel. The crossover seems to be at about 100hz, so it's not so much of a...Read complete review

For the price, the EV elx118p is a great sub. It produces bass that you can really feel. The crossover seems to be at about 100hz, so it's not so much of a "punchy bass" but more of a deep, thumping bass. It still has some good punch in the "flat mode," but then the some really starts to rumble the low-lows (around 30-50hz) when you switch the eq switch to low boost. I've used two of them at multiple events and have gotten nothing but positive reviews about their sound. At one high-school dance a kid came up to me and said "dude, your subs are [*]." The major flaw of this sub is that it doesn't have ample cooling for the amplifier. If you start pushing it at all, it WILL thermal and shut off. I went to [@] and bought a regular home air-circulating fan for each sub, placed it behind each subs and aimed it towards each amp, and they haven't thermalled yet. It seems that that extra airflow across the amp panel really helps them cool down. I had them limiting all night at a dance and they didn't overheat once; the fans really help.The bottom line- Good sound quality and high output for the price. Buy yourself a $15 dollar fan per sub and they'll do fine. Is a JBL PRX618-XLF or QSC KW181 better? Yes, but they are also much more expensive. You can almost buy 2 EV subs for the price of one JBL or QSC. Plus, I feel that the JBL & QSC, and other subs like them, are only a bit louder & cleaner than the EV's, which is why I still endorse the elx118p's.Also, these subs, like every sub, do much better when placed together. You get an extra 6db of output just by placing them right next to each other, ideal for dances. 6db doesn't sound like a lot, but it makes a big difference when you're talking about maxing out at 98db or 104db.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for. To an Extent..

The ONLY reason I am giving them 3 stars is because of their good looks and light weight. I hate to rag on them but they just do not have the sound that is...Read complete review

The ONLY reason I am giving them 3 stars is because of their good looks and light weight. I hate to rag on them but they just do not have the sound that is expected when seeing the EV badge. They have a mushy sound that makes it feel like the subs are just struggling and trying way too hard. I was super disappointed because after hearing the ELX115p, you would assume the subwoofer in the same line would have similar characteristics. Not at all true other than looks. The ELX 118 just can't hang in the sound quality department in comparison to a KW18. Side by side test, the KW 18 BLEW the ELX away. No comparison. Its output is very disappointing as well. It is an improvement over no sub at all but I would definitely not buy this sub if you are expecting anything more than a little bit of bass fill.

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4.0

GREAT DEAL for the price... Clear sound!

By DJ Gremlin

from Redding, CA / Chico, CA

About Me Pro Audio / DJ

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Ease of Use
  • Easy to Mount
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • DJ / Mixing
    • House Parties
    • Outdoors
    • Smaller Rooms

    Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

    using this product with the ZLX-12P PA speaker mounted on top...

    I plan to get the 15 EV in the future.

    The sub has clear quality bass, nothing crazy loud but still very efficient.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    EV ELX and ZLX Line of Portable Speakers

    By TCG

    from Heber City, Utah!

    About Me Electronics Engineer, Pro Audio / DJ, Pro Sound Designer, Pro Technical Director

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Larger Rooms
      • Outdoors
      • Smaller Rooms

      Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

      The EV (Electro Voice) ZLX and ELX series of portable speakers (ZLX12P, ZLX15P, ELX12P, ELX15P, and the ELX118P and ZXA1 Subwoofers) are among the best sounding and constructed speaker enclosures I've ever used.  I started with the ELX15P atop a pole in the ELX118P subwoofers and was blown away by the clarity of the sound.  I ran them up to very loud sound levels and found the sound to still be clear and warm.  I've used these in 400 - 1,200 seat auditoriums, a 280 seat hotel grand ballroom, a 300+ seat amphitheater, and in city parks during open air concerts.  Just using 2 speaker/sub stacks have performed very well in all instances.  In the open air parks I found  the sound at 200' from the stage to still be loud, warm, and clear.  I have the JBL EON series speakers but find these EV boxes outperform the EONs, and cost less.  Then EV came out with the ZLX 15" and 12" boxes.  These are even less $ and weigh less but still outperform the EON speakers.  Not quite as warm as the ELX but still fantastic when matched with the ELX118 or ZXA1 subs.  Moving forward I'm using the ELX15P/ELX118P-sub stacks for my main FOH sound and the EV ZLX12P boxes for stage monitors.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great subwoofer, Excellent sound!!

      By Musicmaker

      from Dothan, Alabama

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy to Mount
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • DJ / Mixing
        • Home Theater
        • Larger Rooms

        Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

        I put two in an upscale theater room to recreate a rock concert venue. It worked!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not good for DJing

        By Red Rock

        from MiaMi Florida

        About Me Pro Audio / DJ

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Lack Of Power
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Weak Bass

        Best Uses

        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

        I am already trying to sell this

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        i woul buy this speaker again

        By dj jorge

        from moreno valley ca.

        About Me Pro Audio / DJ

        Pros

        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • DJ / Mixing
          • Larger Rooms

          Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

          great subwoofer a lot of bass

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          great bass

          By dj

          from riverside ca

          About Me Pro Audio / DJ

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy to Mount
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • DJ / Mixing

            Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

            great sound a lot of bass

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good sound, decent power, lightweight

            By DJ Steele of LJS Productions

            from Chico, CA

            About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Deep lows
            • Good Power Output

            Cons

            • ThermalsOverheats easily

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • DJ / Mixing
            • Larger Rooms
            • Outdoors

            Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

            For the price, the EV elx118p is a great sub. It produces bass that you can really feel. The crossover seems to be at about 100hz, so it's not so much of a "punchy bass" but more of a deep, thumping bass. It still has some good punch in the "flat mode," but then the some really starts to rumble the low-lows (around 30-50hz) when you switch the eq switch to low boost. I've used two of them at multiple events and have gotten nothing but positive reviews about their sound. At one high-school dance a kid came up to me and said "dude, your subs are [*]." The major flaw of this sub is that it doesn't have ample cooling for the amplifier. If you start pushing it at all, it WILL thermal and shut off. I went to [@] and bought a regular home air-circulating fan for each sub, placed it behind each subs and aimed it towards each amp, and they haven't thermalled yet. It seems that that extra airflow across the amp panel really helps them cool down. I had them limiting all night at a dance and they didn't overheat once; the fans really help.The bottom line- Good sound quality and high output for the price. Buy yourself a $15 dollar fan per sub and they'll do fine. Is a JBL PRX618-XLF or QSC KW181 better? Yes, but they are also much more expensive. You can almost buy 2 EV subs for the price of one JBL or QSC. Plus, I feel that the JBL & QSC, and other subs like them, are only a bit louder & cleaner than the EV's, which is why I still endorse the elx118p's.Also, these subs, like every sub, do much better when placed together. You get an extra 6db of output just by placing them right next to each other, ideal for dances. 6db doesn't sound like a lot, but it makes a big difference when you're talking about maxing out at 98db or 104db.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            AVERAGE ...

            By IVAN66

            from LONG BEACH , CA

            About Me Pro Audio / DJ

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • DJ / Mixing

              Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

              I looked around and heard all the powered subs jbl,qsc,mackie,cerwin vega. don't get me wrong the jbl prx 18" bumped so did the qsc Ksub 18". But the Ev was in my price range compared to the jbl prx and qsc Ksub 1200+ each also it has a good bass to it and light weight compared to the other subs.. I had the cerwin vega L36 subs but now in days who wants to carry those big a.. speakers around and plus the halls limit the volume or the organizer of the event so you cant even bump the speakers how you really want to it's not like you go a private event wedding ,sweet 15/16 etc..and crank the volume all the way up..

              Would I recommend these to a friend yes if you're in a budget and looking for something not too over priced but will give you a good thump then go for the EV ..

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              You get what you pay for. To an Extent..

              By G

              from CA

              About Me Audiophile, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Decent if they are free
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Lack Of Power
              • Mushy Bass
              • Not EV sound
              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak Bass

              Best Uses

              • Smaller Rooms
              • To return and buy 18" KW

              Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

              The ONLY reason I am giving them 3 stars is because of their good looks and light weight. I hate to rag on them but they just do not have the sound that is expected when seeing the EV badge. They have a mushy sound that makes it feel like the subs are just struggling and trying way too hard. I was super disappointed because after hearing the ELX115p, you would assume the subwoofer in the same line would have similar characteristics. Not at all true other than looks. The ELX 118 just can't hang in the sound quality department in comparison to a KW18. Side by side test, the KW 18 BLEW the ELX away. No comparison. Its output is very disappointing as well. It is an improvement over no sub at all but I would definitely not buy this sub if you are expecting anything more than a little bit of bass fill.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              You get what you pay for!

              By Soundbarrrier

              from Saint Pete, FL

              About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

              • Lack Of Power
              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak Bass

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

              We just received them in and put them to test last night, initially they sounded good but you could just tell that the base was not crisp and punchy put more wobbly. Then one sub started shutting of and then after a while the second one too and we were not even pushing the gains. I also had my PRX 718s next to them and there is simply no comparison in output, sound quality and reliability. These EV subs are a super disappointment and the price I guess justifies it. The JBL are twice as much but also are twice as better. We are returning the EV today.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              You get what you pay for!

              By Soundbarrrier

              from Saint Pete, FL

              About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy to Mount

              Cons

              • Lack Of Power
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Electro Voice EV ELX118P 18 in Powered PA Subwoofer 700W +:

              We just received them in and put them to test last night, initially they sounded good but you could just tell that the base was not crisp and punchy put more wobbly. Then one sub started shutting of and then after a while the second one too and we were not even pushing the gains. I also had my PRX 718s next to them and there is simply no comparison in output, sound quality and reliability. These EV subs are a super disappointment and the price I guess justifies it. The JBL are twice as much but also are twice as better. We are returning the EV today.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              • Q:

                for my MTH-1's EV recomends a x-over point of a min 160, will this sub work, in my earlier questions I stated 180 but that was wrong, sorry.
                Asked on 4/29/2012 by Ray from Oberon, ND

                2 answers

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Hi Ray,

                  This Subwoofer has a Crossover Frequency of 100 Hz. So this Sub would not work with the MTH-1.

                  Answered on 5/14/2012 by Luke
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Hi Ray,

                  This Subwoofer has a Crossover Frequency of 100 Hz. So this Sub would not work with the MTH-1.

                  Answered on 5/14/2012 by Luke
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