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Author Topic: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?  (Read 2275 times)

richard penrose

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Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« on: April 17, 2014, 02:59:33 pm »

Hi,

Has anyone had a chance to compare both of these speakers? What are your thoughts?

I would like to use the speaker as a small FOH pa for small acoustic gigs, a wedge monitor when I'm using my main pa and as a keyboard amp on occasions.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2014, 01:16:44 pm by richard penrose »
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jasonfinnigan

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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 03:11:12 pm »

Hi,

Has anyone had a chance to compare both of these speakers? What are your thoughts?

Well I've never heard of Alto.

the Alto is 200 Watt continuous 125db SPL Peak
the EV is 250 watt contentious 132db SPL Peak.


You will get more volume out of the EV. The EV is also a wooden cabinet which I like better. I've never heard either though. I do like a lot of EVs stuff though. The Xw12A are great. It might help stating what you plan on using them for.

I did find a review here though http://forum.fractalaudio.com/amps-cabs/49889-alto-ts112a-vs-ev-elx112p.html
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Corey Scogin

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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 03:15:11 pm »

Well I've never heard of Alto.

the Alto is 200 Watt continuous 125db SPL Peak
the EV is 250 watt contentious 132db SPL Peak.


You will get more volume out of the EV. The EV is also a wooden cabinet which I like better. I've never heard either though. I do like a lot of EVs stuff though. The Xw12A are great. It might help stating what you plan on using them for.

I did find a review here though http://forum.fractalaudio.com/amps-cabs/49889-alto-ts112a-vs-ev-elx112p.html

Watts do not matter.
Those SPL numbers don't mean anything either.  They were not obtained under the same conditions, using the same methods.
The ZLX is not a wooden cabinet.

*edit addition: That link compares the ELX, not the ZLX in question to the Alto.
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jasonfinnigan

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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2014, 03:18:42 pm »

Watts do not matter.
Those SPL numbers don't mean anything either.  They were not obtained under the same conditions, using the same methods.
The ZLX is not a wooden cabinet.

They sure did a good job making it look like wood in the pictures.

Yeah Watts don't matter. But SPL gives you at least some idea, granted they're peak and tend to be over estimated but it's still a reference point.
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Paul G. OBrien

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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 04:02:12 pm »

Has anyone had a chance to compare both of these speakers? What are your thoughts?

Have not heard the Altos but I own some of the EVs goin on a full year now and they sound quite good.. same as the ELX at lower SPLs, and they have been 100% reliable as well despite being driven quite hard on a few occasions.
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Chuck Simon

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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014, 04:17:04 pm »

Yeah Watts don't matter. But SPL gives you at least some idea, granted they're peak and tend to be over estimated but it's still a reference point.

If you are going to quote specs at least get them right.

From the Alto web sight:
800 Watts peak (670 W LF + 130 W HF), 400 Watts continuous (335 W LF + 65 W HF)

I have four of the Altos and they sound surprisingly good.  I have not used the ZLX's.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2014, 04:30:46 pm by Chuck Simon »
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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2014, 04:35:40 pm »

If you are going to quote specs at least get them right.

From the Alto web sight:
800 Watts peak (670 W LF + 130 W HF), 400 Watts continuous (335 W LF + 65 W HF)

I have four of the Altos and they sound surprisingly good.  I have not used the ZLX's.

Look at the specs of the passive versions (TS112 & ZLX12) . Those give you more realistic idea of what's in it. the Power version specs always just list widely over done specs of the power amp.
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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 04:40:08 pm »

Look at the specs of the passive versions (TS112 & ZLX12) . Those give you more realistic idea of what's in it. the Power version specs always just list widely over done specs of the power amp.

You seem to know an awful lot about speakers you say you have never heard of, let alone used!
And by the way, the EV ZLXP is rated at 126 dB, not 132.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2014, 04:45:39 pm by Chuck Simon »
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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 05:24:06 pm »

I've been out of the loop for several years, but isn't Alto cheap "DJ" gear? Like below Behringer?  Gemini, Nady, Pyle Pro Audio, MTX, etc?  Or am I wrong on this one?

I would take bottom line JBL, EV or Peavey before top of the line of any of those.
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Re: Alto TS112a vs EV ZLX12p?
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2014, 05:32:29 pm »

I've been out of the loop for several years, but isn't Alto cheap "DJ" gear? Like below Behringer?  Gemini, Nady, Pyle Pro Audio, MTX, etc?  Or am I wrong on this one?

I would take bottom line JBL, EV or Peavey before top of the line of any of those.

Some say Alto is a step up from Behringer. Alto is owned by parent company InMusic who also owns Numark, Akai, Alesis, etc.
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