Yamaha DBR12 12" Powered PA Speaker


94 out of 100. Incorporating 225+ ratings and reviews.

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Yamaha DBR12 12" Powered PA Speaker
Yamaha DBR12 12" Powered PA Speaker

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Our rating of 94/100 is based on analysis of 225+ 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.

With its 131dB SPL and 12" woofer, the Yamaha DBR12 has enough projection and low-end for competent FOH use. B

ut 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 as well.

It operates similar to the smaller DBR10, but with a slightly bigger profile that allows for a bit more bass frequency emphasis.

It sports a 12" woofer with a max SPL of 131dB that makes it loud enough for small to medium size venues.

And if you need to add a subwoofer for more low-end, the DBR12 has a highpass to make integration easier.

Finally, you can use the Yamaha DBR12 as a standalone compact PA system with its built-in mixer functionality.


  • LF Driver: 12" LF Driver, 2" Voice Coil
  • HF Driver: 1/4" Voice Coil
  • Amplifier: Bi-amplified Class D
  • Output Power Peak: 1000W (800W LF | 200W HF
  • Output Power RMS: : 465W (400W LF, 65W HF)
  • Frequency Response: 52Hz - 20kHz(-10dB)
  • Frequency Range: 52Hz-20kHz (-10dB)
  • Maximum Peak SPL: 131dB
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.1kHz: FIR-X tuning™ (linear phase FIR filter)z
  • Enclosure: Composite Polypropylene
  • Mounting: Pole, Floor Wedge, Fly
  • Inputs: 2 x XLR/TRS Combo (Mic/Line), 1 x Stereo
  • Outputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
  • Controls: Power Switch, Volume Knob, Flat/Boost Button, Line/Mic Button
  • Dimensions: 23.7" × 14.8" × 13.7"
  • Weight: 34.8 lbs.


Users have many good things to say about this speaker, be it for FOH or as a stage monitor. It is often commended for its projection and powerful bass, which is quite surprising given that it's not a 15" speaker. Many users love its good balance of projection and portability, which makes it ideal for mobile setups. Guitarists, drummers, other musicians, singers and even speakers have all chipped in to keep this speaker rated very highly. 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".


One issue with turning FOH speakers on its side to be a stage monitor is the awkward position and orientation of controls, but this is a worthy compromise to reduce extra moveable parts. This is especially obvious with the DBR12, where you may have to bend your neck sideways to see the control layout properly.


If you're looking for a reliable and loud (yet still portable) stage monitor or FOH speaker, then consider the Yamaha DBR12.

Although this was previously on two of our recommended lists, and despite its continuing high ratings, there are now more highly rated options available which you will find in our guides to The Best Powered PA Speakers and The Best Stage Monitors.