Yamaha DBR15 800W 15" Powered Speaker

1,000W Bi-amplified Active Speaker with 15" LF Driver, 1.4" HF Driver, Onboard Mixer, and DSP (each)
Yamaha DBR15 800W 15
Yamaha DBR15 800W 15
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A Versatile, High-performance PA Speaker from Yamaha

The Yamaha DBR15 15" active speaker is able to withstand a whopping 132dB SPL, while still delivering an accurate, controlled performance. Using the latest DSP, Yamaha applied their proprietary FIR-X tuning to optimize the sound and protection algorithms of the DBR15, giving you plenty of muscle, despite this active speaker's rather diminutive size. Incredibly versatile, you can use the DBR15 as a great-sounding main speaker or as a high-performance floor monitor with a quick flick of the Yamaha DBR15 15" active speaker's D-Contour switch. A switchable highpass filter also makes it easy for you to add a subwoofer to your rig. Sweetwater has put together countless live systems over the past three decades, so give us a call. We'll be glad to help you out!

Yamaha DBR15 15" Active Speaker Features at a Glance:
  • FIR-X tuning delivers excellent sound quality with high resolution and a smooth frequency response
  • D-Contour optimizes the DBR15 for main speaker or floor monitor use
  • Onboard mixer lets you select either a direct output or a mixed output
  • Comprehensive inputs for mixer, musical instrument, or media players
  • Amplifier and power supply design provides powerful output from a compact speaker
  • DSP-controlled protection functionality promotes optimum reliability
The Yamaha DBR15 is a portable, high-performance 15" active PA speaker!

Additional Media

Live Sound Monitor Buying Guide
PA Speaker Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 1 x 15"
HF Driver Size 1.4"
LF Driver Power Amp 800W
HF Driver Power Amp 200W
Total Power 1000W
Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x Stereo
Outputs 1 x XLR
Frequency Range 50Hz-20kHz (-10dB)
Crossover Frequency 2.1kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 132dB
Horizontal Coverage Angle 90 Degrees
Vertical Coverage Angle 60 Degrees
Enclosure Material Plastic
Mounting Options Pole, Floor Wedge
Height 27.6"
Width 17.9"
Depth 14.9"
Weight 42.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DBR15

Customer Reviews

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Bought One, then Bought Another

I've had a small trio for years and sometimes play large spaces - including outdoor venues. I needed something to handle vocals, digital piano, and a mic'ed sax. I researched all available options at various price levels and decided to try one of these in an outdoor event last summer. Gave me all the power and clarity I needed, so I bought another this spring to match it. Just tested it out in a dance hall for an event that I put a five-piece band together for. Totally satisfied with two of these as my main PA. Best bang for the buck I've found.
Music background: Professional Musician/Artist


Bought this primarily as an all-in-one Roland Edrum monitor for which I'll give it 4 stars but as a PA speaker, I think it's 5 stars. I take 1 star away for drums simply because it doesn't really go as low of a frequency as I prefer. In contrast, I had tried the Mackie 15 Thump side-by-side with this Yamaha and it goes down to 32 Hertz and definitely thumps out the bass more so than the Yamaha. The Yamaha speaker only goes down to 49 Hertz leaving quite a bit of "thump" missing, however, the Mackie tended to give me the dreaded red light overdrive warning all the time at "real life" drum volumes but the Yamaha at similar volumes never gave the red light warning plus the Yamaha has a 7 year warranty - 7 years??, wow! The Mackie was also nice because it has treble and bass controls while the Yamaha doesn't. I know bass uses lots more power and maybe that's why the Mackie overloaded so much and the Yamaha simply couldn't as it refuses to go real deep. I wish someone made a speaker that combined the good traits of the Yamaha and Mackie - loud, no distortion, deep bass, eq adjustment knobs and a 7 year warranty and maybe Bluetooth and 3 inputs. Maybe some day...
Music background: Old Pro Drummer, singer, DJ

Exceptional speaker

I bought one of these as an all-in-one solution for solo acoustic gigs. All I need is one speaker on a stick and I'm set. This thing is LOUD and covers a huge amount of space. I use it with a nice acoustic preamp pedal (Boss VE-8) and my guitar/vocals sound fantastic through the DBR15. I will eventually get a second one!My only complaint is not having the 1/8' RCA as a separate channel. Otherwise I am super happy with my purchase.
Music background: Acoustic, full bands, DJing

Power House for DJ's

The DBR is very powerful speaker. It is more of a DJ speaker. I would not recommend it for Live sound especially for any one trying to show off originals songs. It is more for pre recorded sound. It has to much power for small bars or rooms. Someone said just turn it down. It isn't that easy as soon as you turn the volume this speaker is loud. The cabinet is sturdy but the screen has some give to it that will rattle when turned up. Conclusion: If you are a DJ who needs power this is your speaker. You can feel its power. If you are a live band that needs clarity over loud this is not for you.
Music background: Live sound
See also: Monitor Speakers, Yamaha, Yamaha PA Speakers, Yamaha Stage Monitors