QSC K12 12" Powered PA Speaker - 1000W (Discontinued)


94 out of 100. Incorporating 550+ ratings and reviews.

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Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 94/100 is based on analysis of 550+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

NB: This has been superseded by the QSC K12.2.

The K12 was the biggest and the loudest of the three sub $1000 K Series speakers from QSC, with a max SPL of 131 dB.

It features a 12" LF driver that is housed in a bigger cabinet, which makes it heavy yet reasonably portable.

The amplifier section, built-in DSP and dispersion are similar, so you are getting the same sound quality and projection, but with more power and low end.

Another nifty feature of the QSC K12 is its dual angle pole socket, which lets you angle the speaker downwards by 7.5 degrees. The same HF and LF EQ switches are available, for fine tuning the sound to your preference, its most prominent feature being Voice Boost, which is ideal for speeches and for emphasizing vocals.


  • LF Driver: 12" Cone, 4" Voice-coil
  • HF Driver: 1.75" Diaphragm Compression
  • Amplifier: Bi-amplified Class D
  • Output Power Peak: 2000W (1000W LF, 1000W HF)
  • Output Power Continuous: : 1000W (500W LF, 500W HF)
  • Frequency Response: 52Hz - 18kHz (-6dB) | 48Hz - 20kHz (-10dB)
  • Maximum Peak SPL: 131dB
  • Crossover Frequency: 2kHz
  • Enclosure: ABS Thermoplastic
  • Mounting: Pole, Floor Wedge, Fly
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x RCA
  • Outputs: 2 x XLR (Direct), 1 x XLR (Line)
  • Controls: LF Switch (Ext Sub, Norm, Deep), HF (Vocal Boost, Flat), Front LED (Power, Limit, Off), Mic/Line Switch, Gain A & B Knobs, Power Switch
  • Dimensions: 23.7" × 14" × 14"
  • Weight: 41 lbs.


The QSC K12 gets positive reviews for its loud yet clear sound, from users with varying musical tastes and backgrounds. Connectivity options and reliability are also praised by musicians who have been regularly gigging with this speaker, citing the speaker's tough ABS exterior and solid build as noteworthy features.


There are but a few minor complaints on the K12, one of which being the XLR cable sometimes falling out when in floor monitor position.


If you want QSC's sound quality with more bass - without having to add a bulky and heavy subwoofer into your setup - then the QSC K12 is highly recommended.

Another QSC K12 Meta Review

by Jason Horton on Jan. 7, 2016.

I have processed thousands of review sources for Gearank and rarely have I seen a product that is so consistently raved about by its owners as I have just now while researching the QSC K12 12" Powered PA Speaker.

It's popular with bands, DJs and audio engineers for use both as an FOH speaker and a foldback wedge or stage monitor - many people even report using it satisfactorily as a studio monitor. It's important to note that these are more expensive than many other options available (you can get some for close to half the price), which makes the high ratings it has received even more impressive than they would ordinarily be.

It provides a total of 1000 watts via the Class D amplifiers and can peak at 2000 watts. It has built in DSP (Digital Signal Processing) which performs a range of functions to keep the sound crisp and clear across a wide range of frequencies and volumes - one proprietary function is DEEP (Digital Extension and Excursion Processing) which allows it to produce low frequencies at volumes not usually associated with a speaker enclosure as small as this - some people even report they get a similar response to using a sub woofer.

Main QSC K12 Features

Low Frequency Driver 12 inches
Low Frequency Amplifier 500 watts Class D
High Frequency Driver 1.75 inches
High Frequency Amplifier 500 watts Class D
Frequency Response 48Hz to 20kHz
Crossover Frequency 2kHz
Input Connections 1 x XLR/TRS Combo (Mic/Line), 1 x XLR/TRS Combo (Line), 2 x RCA
Output Connections 2 x XLR (Direct), 1 x XLR (Line)
Maximum Peak SPL 131 dB
Coverage Pattern 75° conical
Operating Voltage 85 to 275 VAC at 50-60Hz
Dimensions 14" W x 23-7/10" H x 14" D
Weight 41 lb./ 18.6 Kg


I'll get into the negatives first because there weren't many.

I looked hard to find negative reviews of the QSC K12, there are some but there are few who consistently report the same issue - the only one that seemed to come up multiple times from people who knew what they were doing, was that the XLR cables sometimes fall out when using it in the foldback wedge position. There were a few DJs who reported that they were hitting the power limit, but this seemed to be because they weren't using the correct inputs for the power level their mixer was putting out.


Just about everything about them from the loud volume to the crisp and clear sound it outputs to the range of connectivity options provided. Reviewers who had been using these for over a year also praised their solid construction and durability afforded by the ABS Thermoplastic enclosure, steel grille and aluminum handles - something which is vital for those who a gigging regularly - the manufacturer backs this up with a 3 year warranty.

A thoughtful feature that a few reviewers quite liked was that the power cable clips into place and can't be removed without depressing a release button - you don't have to worry about the power cable falling out when you're driving the speakers hard.

The following video provides an excellent overview of the QSC K12:


Hello, excellent your site. I

Hello, excellent your site. I think you should educate people between equipment from real manufacturers (those who produce their loudspeakers) and equipment from assemblers (those who don't make their loudspeakers). Indeed, with real integrated manufacturers like JBL or RCF, there is the certainty of obtaining very quickly and for many years the equipment to be renewed following a breakage or seniority. More than 80% of brands only do assembly. QSC is a manufacturer of amplifiers, and has never made a single loudspeaker. More seriously, the subcontractor who manufactures the loudspeakers for QSC is not indicated on any instructions.

we have 2 x qsc 12 speakers

We have 2 x QSC 12 speakers for foh,,,,can these speakers be doubled up to run 2 x QSC speakers per side or even 3 per side without causing problems with sound cancellation?

Did you try it? 4years later,

Did you try it? 4years later, probably,buf I did put 2 k12 on each side last Summer with two big sub. It was very very nice. It was outside and the reach was crazy.