Yamaha DBR12 12" Powered PA Speaker
With its 131dB SPL and 12" woofer, the Yamaha DBR12 has enough projection and low-end for competent FOH use. But since it has Yamaha's clarity and built-in EQ capabilities via the D-Contour switch, it continues to be highly rated for being a good monitor speaker. It operates similar to the smaller DBR10, but with a slightly bigger profile that allows for a bit more bass frequency emphasis. With its versatility, the DBR12 is a true all-in-one stand-alone speaker that can serve many purposes.
- 10" LF Driver | 2" Voice Coil
- 1.4" HF Driver
- Power Rating (Continuous): 465(400 LF | 65 HF)
- Power Rating (Peak): 1000W (800W LF | 200W HF)
- Frequency Range: 52Hz-20kHz (-10dB)
- Maximum Peak SPL: 131dB
- Mounting: Pole, Floor Wedge, Fly
- Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo (Mic/Line), 1 x Stereo
- Outputs: 1 x XLR
- Weight: 34.8 lbs.
While mostly used as main speakers, there are many that commend the Yamaha DBR12 for its outstanding performance as a floor monitor. Many users love its good balance of projection, bass and portability, which makes it ideal for mobile setups. Good reports continue to flood in from singers, musicians, speakers and some even use it as monitor for electronic drums.
Even experts like Mike Croft of Sound on Sound had mostly good things to say in his review, which he concludes: "They are powerful enough for small-to-medium live-sound gigs, have a pleasing smoothness and warmth to the sound even when driven hard, are lightweight and easy to handle, and they make great stage monitors".
There was one user who wished that the control panel was positioned better, but since this speaker also works as a FOH, this standard positioning is expected.
If you're looking for a reliable and loud (yet still portable) stage monitor, then consider the Yamaha DBR12.