QSC CP12 Powered PA Speaker 12" - 1000W


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QSC CP12 Powered PA Speaker - Front & Back

Note: At publication time this was on our recommended list of Powered PA Speakers.

The QSC CP12 is a bi-amplified 1000W speaker (800W LF, 200W HF) for loud operation with minimal distortion.

It features internal DSP with presets for FOH and floor monitor usage.

DSP corrected driver balancing also ensures proper frequency response for each preset.

As a floor monitor, the DSP corrects the tone to prevent low frequency buildup and reflections from the floor for clearer sound.

Tech Specs

  • LF Driver: 12"
  • HF Driver: 1.4"
  • Power Rating (RMS): Not Specified
  • Power Rating (Peak): 1000W Total (800W LF, 200W HF)
  • Frequency Range: 47Hz-20kHz
  • Maximum Peak SPL: 126 dB SPL @ 1m
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line), 1 x 1/8" (aux)
  • Outputs: 1 x XLR (mix out)
  • Mounting: Pole, Floor Wedge
  • Weight: 30.3 lbs.


Clarity is the most repeated descriptor for the speakers both as a FOH unit and a floor monitor. The un-distorted performance even at louder stage volumes really helps intelligibility even with dense monitor mixes. The DSP equalization also helped with achieving clarity.


One user noted them to be "hollow sounding". We tried looking for similar sentiments about the speaker but found this to be an isolated case.


If clarity is your top priority, The QSC CP12 is an amazing performer at any volume.

See our analysis of the CP12 in our guide to The Best Powered PA Speakers.

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