We’re going to help figure out how to choose the right subwoofer for your event. In this article, we’ll compare the Yamaha DSX12 and DSX18 and give you some recommendations for the types of events they’re best suited to.
Quick Answer: The Yamaha DSX12 is better suited to smaller events, while the DSX18 comes into its own at larger or outdoor events.
Yamaha DSX12 Subwoofer
The Yamaha DSX12 is a 12” sub that we recommend for smaller events. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll need 1 DSX12 for every 50 people at the event.
So for a wedding with 50 to 75 guests, we’d suggest pairing 1 or 2 of these subwoofers with 2 standard 12” speakers for a well-rounded sound with more presence on the low end.
Yamaha DSX18 Subwoofer
The Yamaha DSX18 is an 18” sub that will swamp anything else in the 18” powered speaker range. We recommend using 1 DSX18 for every 200 people at an indoor event or every 100 people outdoors.
So for an indoor event with 800 guests, we would want 4 DSX18s with 4 standard 15” speakers on top. The same setup would work for an outdoor event with 400 guests.
DSX18 Bonus Feature
You can place 1 DSX18 on top of another, rotate one by 180°, and turn on cardioid mode to cancel out all bass behind the sub.
This makes it easier for vocalists on stage to hear their own monitor over the bass frequencies while giving the audience the full volume bass experience.
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