Mackie Thump12A Powered PA Speaker 12" - 1300W
This is an analysis of the Thump12A when used as a stage monitor.
Generally speaking, stage monitors do not require as much low-end as FOH.
Still, there are particular instruments and musical styles that require a bit more bass in their monitors, and this is where the Thump 12A comes in with Mackie's proprietary Dynamic Bass Response technology - that allows their speakers to have a bit more low-end than what others have to offer.
At 1,300 Watts, and with a 12" woofer, the Thump 12A has more than enough volume for handling FOH, let alone stage monitoring duties.
It has a 2-channel mixer with Vita preamps that can handle various sound sources from mics, to instruments to line level signals, thanks to its Wide-Z input technology.
Other features include 4 speaker modes including one for stage monitoring, and it comes with built-in projection and thermal limiters.
- LF Driver: 12"
- HF Driver: 1.4"
- Power Rating (RMS): Not Specified
- Power Rating (Peak): 1300W
- Frequency Range: 50Hz-23kHz (-10dB)
- Maximum Peak SPL: 126 dB
- Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" Combo
- Outputs: 1 x XLR (Mix out)
- Mounting: Pole, Floor Wedge
- Weight: 29.1 lbs.
Great sounding is a common description used in reviews, and these reviews come from a wide variety of users, including keyboardists, DJs, announcers, guitarists, bassists and many more. There are even reviewers who rate it highly after using it as a stage monitor in big venues that can sit thousands. Another key factor for the high ratings is the Thump 12A's pricing, which is quite affordable given its specs and performance.
There are a few who wish for more EQ control instead of the speaker modes. The extra bass response can also be a turn off for those who are looking for more midrange and treble clarity.
If bass response in a monitor is important to you, then the Mackie Thump12A will fit you nicely.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can find in our guide to The Best Stage Monitors.