There’s no question that the best way to get to know any piece of gear is to use it week after week for an extended period of time. Over this past summer, I had an opportunity to use (and somewhat abuse) six members of the P-Series from Cerwin-Vega!. After accepting an assignment to evaluate and review the P-Series for the DJ Magazine Mobile Beat, Cerwin-Vega! shipped me 2 P1000X, 2 P1500X and 2 P1800SX subs. DJ or not, you can get a good overview of the speakers by reading that review. Now it’s time to talk about how they perform for performers.
In a nutshell, the P1000X and P1500X are two-way powered loudspeakers in sturdy polymer cabinets. With a trapezoidal design, they can be stand mounted or use as stage monitors. The P1000X (rated at 1000 watts peak) has a 10” LF driver, 1 3/4” tweeter and an SPL rating (1W@1m) of 128 dB. The P1500X (rated at 1500 watts peak) has a 15” LF driver and 1 3/4” tweeter but a higher SPL rating of 134dB. Nominal coverage of 90° Horizontal, 65° Vertical.
The power modules on the back of both models are identical in appearance, right down to the ins, outs and functionality of the c-channel mixer. Having 2 XLR ins for mic or line level sources, and one channel that accepts two 1/4” phone plugs, is what makes this a sweet system for everything from club gigs to impromptu street performances.
For example, with 2 P1000X, you could easily plug a mic and guitar into one unit, and then run another XLR to XLR over to the second speaker, either to use as a monitor of additional sound reinforcement. For larger areas, you may want to opt for the louder P1500X model.
If three inputs is just not enough, bring your board and run the left and right outputs either two one speakers (for mono) or run left to left and right to right for stereo.
And when the bass player does show up, you can add the P1800SX sub. The point is, Cerwin-Vega! has done a great job in designing the P-Series to cover a lot of bases. They are a great go-to solution when it’s just a single instrument and voice, with versatility that allows you design your system for larger gigs as you need. Take a look at the overview in Mobile Beat, or CLICK HERE for more information.