Yamaha DSR215 – Our Review

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Sound Quality
8/10
Design & Build
8/10
Value For Money
7/10
Overall Rating
7/10

Our Thoughts On The Yamaha DSR215

In this review of the Yamaha DSR215 we are going to covering 5 important areas which include key features, what we like, pros and cons, who is this product best suited to and what customers who have bought the speaker are saying about it.

Ready? Let’s get started with this speakers key specfications:

Speaker Size: 15″ – Watts RMS: N/A – Watts Peak: 850 –Dimensions 25.7″ x 23.2″ x 51.2″ – Weight: 132.3 lbs

Key Features

    D-CONTOUR Processing – D-CONTOUR is an intelligent and dynamic multi-band compressor that monitors the output of all frequency bands in real time to determine the optimal EQ adjustment for each band. The result is clear sound in any acoustic environment at the highest possible SPL.

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    If you want to adjust the EQ setting of every frequency band yourself, you can simply switch the D-CONTOUR processor off at the speaker’s back panel.

    FIR-X Tuning – The Yamaha DSR215’s crossover network uses the manufacturer’s Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filtering called FIR-X tuning to bring about a linear phase response. This filtering optimizes frequency and phase response while adjusting the time alignment between the high-frequency and low-frequency speakers.

    By employing FIR-X tuning, the speaker has a more transparent sound because there is no phase distortion.

    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) – This model features high-performance 48-bit digital sound processing. The combination of digital signal processing, D-CONTOUR processing, and FIR-X tuning is what makes the products in the DSR series stand out above comparable models on the market. These features work together to ensure the best possible audio quality, even at high sound pressure levels.

    Protection Circuitry – Extended and intensive operational periods can take a toll on a regular active speaker system. However, if you want to go “all out”, or if you have to provide sound support in extensive outdoor acoustic environments with this model, you can.

    The three-way, fail-safe protection circuitry and features will protect your system’s amplifying components, transducers, and power supplies from heat build-up and damage. The protection circuitry also enhances the lifespan of your speaker system and reduces routine maintenance and repair costs significantly.

What We Like

    Integral Digital Tuning – One of the things that we (and owners of the Yamaha DSR215) like most about it is that it features the latest digital technological innovations and intelligent dynamic control to provide you with a pure, crisp sound — even at high sound pressure levels.

    In combination with the high output capacity in the form of the dual low-frequency transducers and HF compression driver, Integral Digital Tuning is an essential element to ensure high-quality industrial level sound reinforcement.

    Switching Mode Power Supply – A somewhat obscured feature that deserves some attention is the unit’s switching mode power supply with Power Factor Correction (PFC.)

    To maximize power output and stabilize operation under extreme circumstances, PFC aligns the phases of the load current and power supply voltage. This feature employs current voltage resonance to establish a clean power supply waveform while eliminating high-frequency noise.

    The result is a clean and efficient power supply that allows the speaker system to utilize its full performance potential.

    Highly Efficient Convection Cooling – The speaker’s heat sink is integrated with an aluminum die-cast rear panel and features efficient cooling fans. All amplification components, DSP, circuitry, and power supply are configured to allow for optimal heat conductivity.

    This cooling solution is not only effective in preventing heat build-up, but it also increases the lifespan of all of the system’s components. The convection cooling also eliminates the need for additional fans, which means no noise or added weight.

Pros +
  • High-powered 1,300-Watt amplification
  • Dual 15” low-frequency drivers
  • High-performing 2” HF compression driver
  • Maximum SPL of 138 dB Peak
  • Advanced digital sound processing 
Cons –
  • A relatively high price tag
  • No covering available

Who Is This Speaker Best Suited To

The Yamaha DSR215 has everything you need for an extensive audio-visual production, including dual 15” woofers with large 3” coils, a 2” HF compression driver, and an enclosure that is larger than life.

If you are building up an array for concerts or large outdoor events, you don’t have to look further than this model. It features an XLR and ¼” jack input as well as an XLR THRU to link a subsequent active speaker.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to purchase a speaker for private events, coffee bar performances, or weddings, this model may be too excessive and clumsy, and you’d be better off with something like the DXR10.

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What Customers Are Saying

    Clean Sound at High Output Levels –Sound professionals that purchased this unit can deliver pure, clean sound at high volumes to crowds containing hundreds of people without any problems.

    Full-range Delivery –Many reviewers found that they don’t need additional low-frequency support from subwoofers if they use these models in their configurations.

    Durable LINE-X Coating –If you and your crew tend to treat speakers with a heavy hand, the durable LINE-X coating will prevent dents, scratches, and punctures. 

    Long-term Reliability –Reviewers that have used their speakers on a weekly basis for years have, to date, never had any issues regarding performance or functionality.

    No Covers Available –One of the drawbacks of this unit is that Yamaha doesn’t provide a protective covering for speakers in this series. 

The Bottom Line

This unit is a high-performing active speaker from one of the leading manufacturers in the world. It has a lot to offer in terms of sound pressure levels, sound quality, and full-range frequency delivery.

One of this speaker’s most prominent features is its dual 15” low-frequency drivers and durable enclosure. It also features almost all of the manufacturer’s latest digital and dynamic sound processing features as well as D-COUNTOUR processing, FIR-X tuning, high-end protection circuitry, and efficient convection cooling.

Sound professionals who purchased this model and used it on a regular basis love the performance and durability that it has to offer.