Zx1 Series
Loudspeaker
Owner’s Manual
Important Safety Instructions
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO
RAIN OR MOISTURE.
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
WARNING: CONNECT ONLY TO MAINS SOCKET WITH
PROTECTIVE EARTHING CONNECTION.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of
uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure
that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended
to alert the user to the presence of important operating
and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
The asterisk within an equilateral triangle is intended to inform
the user to necessary installation or removal instructions
regarding equipment or hardware use relating to the system.
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
7. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
8. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
9. Do not expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing and ensure that no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, are placed on this apparatus.
Management of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) (applicable in Member States of the European
Union and other European countries with individual national policies on the management of WEEE) The symbol on the
product or on its packaging indicates that this product may not be treated as regular household waste, but has to be
disposed through returning it at an Electro-Voice dealer.
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Precautions
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Do not use Zx1 loudspeakers in an environment where temperatures exceed +40°C (104°F).
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Never expose a Zx1 loudspeaker to rain, water, or high moisture.
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Electro-Voice Zx1 loudspeakers are easily capable of generating sound pressure levels sufficient
to cause permanent hearing damage to anyone within normal coverage distance. Caution
should be taken to avoid prolonged exposure to sound pressure levels exceeding 90 dB.
Table Of Contents
Description............................................................................................................................................................... 4
System Features..................................................................................................................................................... 4
Specifications.......................................................................................................................................................... 5
Tripod and Floor Monitor Operation................................................................................................................... 6
Suspending Zx1 Loudspeakers........................................................................................................................... 8
Rotating the 90° Horn........................................................................................................................................... 9
Rotating the Logo................................................................................................................................................... 9
Recommended Configurations.......................................................................................................................... 10
Dimensions.............................................................................................................................................................12
Frequency Response Graphs............................................................................................................................13
Zx1 Model Reference Table................................................................................................................................13
Troubleshooting.....................................................................................................................................................14
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Description
Thank you for choosing an Electro-Voice Zx1 passive loudspeaker system. Please take time to consult this manual to
understand all the features built into your Electro-Voice system and fully utilize its performance capabilities.
Only to be expected from Electro-Voice, the Zx1 packs a big-stage punch. Electro-Voice drivers, and components are
legendary—all proven at the highest levels of live performance. Zx1 wraps Electro-Voice technology in a durable, lightweight
cabinet, resulting in the most powerful and versatile compact loudspeaker available today. Match Zx1 with the Zx1-Sub to
create a truly exceptional professional sound system.
System Features
Zx1– 8 in Two-Way Loudspeaker
The Zx1 is a compact, powerful and versatile choice for sound reinforcement and stage monitoring applications—lightweight
and durable.
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Extremely Smooth, Wide Frequency Response
Attractive, Clean Design with Full Grille
EV8L 8 in High-Output LF Transducer
DH2005 1in Exit True Compression Driver
90° x 50° Coverage Pattern
Rotatable Horn Design
Integral Monitor Angle on Enclosure
200 W Cont., 800 W Peak Power Handling
High Sensitivity, 123 dB Maximum SPL
Built-In Pole Mount
Integral Handle Pocket for Easy Carrying
Zx1-Sub – 12 in Passive Subwoofer
Optimized for performance with the Zx1-Sub adds a deep, low-frequency, punch that you can hear and feel.
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15 mm Plywood Enclosure, Internally Braced, with Textured Paint
EVS-12S 305 mm (12 in) Woofer for Powerful, Engaging Bass Response
Pole Mount for Full-Range Systems
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Specifications
Model
Zx1-90
Zx1-Sub
Freq. Response (-3 dB)1:
60 Hz – 20 kHz
53 Hz – 125 Hz
Freq. Range (-10 dB)1:
48 Hz – 20 kHz
42 Hz – 200 Hz
Rec. Hipass Frequency:
40 Hz
38 Hz
Axial Sensitivity:
94 dB (1W / 1m)
94 dB
Max. Measured SPL1, 2:
126 dB
127 dB
Horizontal Coverage:
90° or 50°
Omnidirectional
Vertical Coverage:
50° or 90°
Omnidirectional
Power Handling:
200 W Cont., 400 W Prog., 800 W Peak
400 W Cont., 800 W Prog., 1600 W Peak
LF Transducer:
EV8L, 203 mm (8 in) Driver
EVS-12S, 305 mm (12 in) Woofer
HF Transducer:
DH2005, 25.4 mm (1in) Exit Compression Driver
N/A
Crossover Frequency:
1.7 kHz
N/A
Nominal Impedance:
8Ω
8Ω
Minimum Impedance:
6Ω
7.5 Ω
Connectors:
Speakon NL4 (2)
Speakon NL4 (2)
Enclosure Material:
ABS
9-ply 15 mm Plywood, Internally Braced, with
Textured Paint
Grille:
Polyester Powder Coated 18GA Galvanized Steel
16 GA Steel with Black Powdercoat
Dimensions (H x W x D):
457 mm x 282 mm x 264 mm
(17.98 in x 11.12 in x 10.38 in)
400 mm x 444.5 mm x 457.2 mm
(15.75 in x 17.50 in x 18.00 in)
Net Weight:
8.4 kg (18.5 lb)
19.8 kg (43.6 lb)
Shipping Weight:
10.2 kg (22.5 lb)
25.4 kg (56.0 lb)
1. Half-Space Measurement
2. Maximum SPL is measured in 1m using broadband pink noise at rated peak power rating.
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Tripod and Floor Monitor Operation
Floor Monitor
Electro-Voice Zx1 loudspeakers may be used as a floor monitor by placing the speaker on the integral monitor angle. Make
sure to:
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Place the speaker on a level, stable surface that is solid and secure.
Route cables and position the stand so that performers, production crew and audience
members will not trip over the stand or cables and pull the speaker system over.
Secure cables with wire ties or tape whenever possible.
Figure 1:
Zx1 Monitor Position
Set Screw
Pole Mount Recess
Figure 2a:
Zx1 Pole Mount Location
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Tripod and Floor Monitor Operation (cont’)
Tripod
Electro-Voice Zx1 speakers include 35 mm (1-3/8 in) stand mounts to allow mounting on tripod stands. Make sure to:
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Check the specifications of the speaker stand to be certain it is capable of supporting the weight of the speaker.
Check that the speaker stand is placed on a flat, stable surface and be sure to fully extend the legs
of the stand. Do not try to make the stand “taller” and compromise its structural integrity.
Route cables and position the stand so that performers, production crew and audience
members will not trip over the stand or cables and pull the speaker system over.
Secure cables with wire ties or tape whenever possible.
Do not attempt to suspend more than one speaker on a stand designed for a single speaker.
Unless you are confident that you can safely handle lifting the weight of the
speaker onto the stand, ask another person to help you place it.
Tighten the set screw to minimize rattling and to prevent the speaker from rotating during use.
Pole Mount
Electro-Voice Zx1-Sub speakers include 35mm (1-3/8 in) pole mount cups to allow mounting a full range speaker above it.
Make sure to:
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Use a speaker pole that is no longer than 1.2 m (4 ft) and mount a speaker weighing no more than 11.3 kg (25 lb).
Check that the Zx1-SUB is placed on a flat and stable surface.
No more than
11.3 kg (25 lb)
No longer than
1.2 m (4ft)
Figure 2b:
Zx1 on Tripod Stand
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Figure 2c:
Zx1and Zx1-Sub Full-Range/Sub Stack with Pole Mount
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Suspending Zx1 Loudspeakers
Electro-Voice Zx1 loudspeakers may be safely suspended with single stud fittings by using the MP1 suspension kit, or quickly
attached to a truss by using the CA-Zx truss clamp adaptor (both sold seperately). See MP1 or CA-Zx instruction sheets for
proper assembly and use.
WARNING: Suspending any object is potentially dangerous and should only be attempted by individuals
who have a thorough knowledge of the techniques and regulations of rigging objects
overhead. Electro-Voice strongly recommends that Zx1 speakers be suspended taking
into account all current national, federal, state and local regulations. It is the responsibility
of the installer to ensure that Zx1 speakers are safely installed in accordance with all such
regulations. If Zx1 speakers are suspended, Electro-Voice strongly recommends that the
system be inspected at least once a year. If any sign of weakness or damage is detected,
remedial action should be taken immediately. There are instruction sheets for each EV
Suspension and Array Kit that should also be consulted prior to suspending speakers.
Figure 3:
MP1-B Mounting Plate Accessory
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Figure 4:
CA-ZX Truss Clamp Accessory
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Rotating the 90° Horn
The 90° version of the Zx1 allows for the horn to be rotated for more effective coverage if desired. The horn is factory-installed
with the 90° coverage in the horizontal plane and the 50° coverage in the vertical plane. The 100° version of the Zx1 has the
same coverage pattern in both the horizontal and vertical planes, so rotating the horn will not change the coverage pattern.
To rotate the horn follow the steps below:
1. Remove the grille screws/grille assembly.
2. Remove the horn screws/horn assembly.
3. Rotate the horn assembly 90°.
4. Secure the horn assembly with the horn mounting screws.
5. Secure the grille assembly with the grille mounting screws.
90° x 50° Horn
Grille Mount
Screws
Horn Mount
Screws
Grille
Assembly
90° x 50°
Horn
Enclosure
Figure 5:
Rotating the Zx1-90 Horn
Rotating the Logo
All versions of the Zx1 (except the Zx1-Sub) allow for the logo badge to be rotated, if
desired. The logo badge is square and can be rotated in 90° increments.
To rotate the logo badge, follow the steps below:
1. Using your finger or a flat-edge screwdriver (using care not to scratch grille),
grip/pry under the logo badge.
2. Pull the logo badge outwards from the logo recess until it fully clears the front
surface of the grille.
3. Rotate the logo badge, in 90° increments, to the desired orientation.
4. Release the logo badge and let it “spring” back into the logo recess.
Figure 6:
Rotating the Zx1 Logo
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Recommended Configurations
Basic Stereo System using Zx1’s
NL4 Pin Configuration
Pins 1+ and 1-
Used
Pins 2+ and 2-
Not Used
Amplifier Load (per Output Channel)
# of Speakers
Nominal
Minimum
1
8Ω
7Ω
2
4Ω
3.5 Ω
3
2.7 Ω
2.3 Ω
4
2Ω
1.8 Ω
Zx1
Zx1
Caution: Do not exceed the
maximum load rating of
the amplifier.
45 Hz
high pass
Q44
Amplifier
Output A
processor)
Input A
mixer or
Input B
Output B
filter (from
Mixer
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Recommended Configurations (cont’)
Linking Zx1-Sub subwoofers to Zx1’s
This configuration allows a user to increase the low frequency performance without using additional amplifier channels.
NL4 Pin Configuration
Pins 1+ and 1-
Used
Pins 2+ and 2-
Not Used
Zx1
Zx1
Amplifier Load (per Output Channel)
# of Subwoofer/
Nominal
Minimum
Full-Range
Combinations
1
6Ω
4.6 Ω
2
3Ω
2.3 Ω
Caution: Do not exceed
the maximum load rating of
the amplifier.
Zx1-Sub
Zx1-Sub
mixer or
Input B
processor)
Input A
Output B
filter (from
Output A
30 Hz
high pass
Q66
Amplifier
Mixer
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Dimensions
Zx1
454 mm
[17.87 in]
Left View
Front View
Right View
Rear View
282 mm
[11.10 in]
221 mm
261 mm
[8.70 in]
[10.26 in]
Bottom View
Zx1-Sub
229 mm
[9.00 in]
457 mm
[18.00 in]
444 mm
[17.50 in]
111 mm
[4.38 in]
Top View
173 mm
[6.82 in]
400 mm
169 mm
[15.75 in]
[6.67 in]
117 mm
[4.62 in]
Front View
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Left View
Right View
Rear View
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Frequency Response Graphs
Zx1-90
110
100
Impedance (ȍ)
Sensitivity (dB)
100
90
80
10
Frequency Response, Full Space
70
Impedance
50
100
1000
3.16
20000
10000
Frequency (Hz)
Zx1-Sub
110
100
Impedance (ȍ)
SPL, 1 W/1 m (dB)
100
90
80
10
Frequency Response, Half Space
70
Impedance
50
100
1000
3.16
20000
10000
Frequency (Hz)
Zx1 Model Reference Table
Accessory Model/Commercial Code
Description
ASP-1
Adjustable Subwoofer Pole Mount
MP1-B
Mounting Plate Kit, Black Finish
CB1
Carrying Bag, Convertible, Black Finish
ZX-ZXA-CVR for Zx1
ZXA1-SUB-CVR for Zx1-Sub
Slip Cover, Black Finish
CA-ZX
Truss Clamp Adapter, Black Finish
TSS-1
Tripod Speaker Stand
TSP-1
(2) TSS-1 Tripod Speaker Stands with Carrying Case
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Troubleshooting
Problem
1. No Sound
2. Poor Low
Frequency
Response
Possible Cause(s)
Action
Amplifier
Connect a known working test speaker to the amplifier outputs. If there is no
sound, check that all the electronics are on, the signal routing is correct, the
source is active, the volume is turned up, and so on. Correct/repair/replace
as necessary. If there is sound, the problem is in the wiring.
Wiring
Verify that you have connected the correct wire pairs to the amplifier. Play
something at low level through the amplifier (for example, from a CD player
or tuner). Connect the test speaker in parallel with the malfunctioning line. If
the sound level has gone or is very weak, the line has a short in it (possibly a
severe scrape, pinch, or staple puncture). If the sound level is normal, the
wire is open (possibly a cut wire or a missed connection). Using the test
speaker, move down the line and test each connection/junction until you find
the problem and correct it. Observe proper polarity.
Speakers wired
out-of-polarity
When two speakers are connected out of polarity, the low frequencies will
cancel each other acoustically. Carefully observe the wire markings or tracers
on your speaker wires. Verify that the amplifier (+) terminal is connected to pin
1+ of the NL4 connector and the amplifier (-) terminal is connected to pin 1of the NL4 connector.
3. Intermittent output Faulty Connection
such as crackling
or distortion
Check all connections at amplifier and speakers to ensure they are all clean
and tight. If the problem persists, it may be in the amplifier or wiring.
4. Constant noise
such as buzzing,
hissing, humming
Defective amplifier
or other electronic
device
If the noise is present but no program material is playing, the likely cause is
the signal chain in the electronics. Evaluate each component as necessary to
isolate the problem.
Poor system
grounding or
ground loop
Check and correct the system grounding, as required.
See Problem 1 above.
If these suggestions do not solve your problem, contact your nearest Electro-Voice dealer or Electro-Voice distributor.
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Warranty Information
Visit www.electrovoice.com for warranty information.
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