SAMSON AURO X12D POWERED SPEAKER

Electric Factory | (03) 9474 1000 | www.efla.com.au | RRP: $629 each

It’s been a while since I have been able to play with a new pow­ered speaker from Sam­son, and I am gen­er­ally impressed with what they have to offer. When it comes to value brands that offer a large range of audio solu­tions to meet spe­cific bud­gets, Sam­son seems to be get­ting it right time and time again. So, the Auro X12D active speak­ers got unboxed this month, with the oppor­tu­nity to annoy my neigh­bours an all too com­fort­ing idea. But, I wasn’t just look­ing for vol­ume, if I was going to get them com­plain­ing about noise lev­els, I believe it should be with a decent sound­ing speaker and an easy setup and pack-down process for myself. Char­ac­ter­is­tics that tick all the right boxes.

Portable Punch

I am lov­ing how pow­ered speak­ers are con­tin­u­ing to get lighter and bet­ter built. It really makes up for a lot when con­sid­er­ing a new set of speak­ers, as you will no doubt be car­ry­ing them around a lot. The Auro D12X boxes have a recessed han­dle on both sides, so you can eas­ily carry them around. Not that you should ever need two han­dles for the weight, they are sim­ply a handy touch for steady­ing the speaker when you are prop­ping it up on a speaker stand. The weight of the boxes them­selves are pretty much noth­ing and I could see a sim­ple load in with two of these speak­ers being car­ried at once with­out a prob­lem. This is what we get with mod­ern power amps and the plas­tic boxes that they are get­ting built into. Now, although light, they still felt really sturdy. There­fore, I wasn’t con­cerned about rest­ing them on the floor as a fold-back style speaker either.

All Set Up

There are a pair of inputs on the rear of these speak­ers both sup­plied with XLR/TRS com­bi­na­tion con­nec­tors, which I always find is a nice touch. You don’t need to worry about what leads you will need as you can work with either. An XLR out­put is sup­plied for link­ing addi­tional speak­ers too. There is a DSP sec­tion built into these speak­ers, as the “D” in the prod­uct code sug­gests, but it isn’t some­thing fancy and flash like some of you may expect. The DSPpro­cess­ing goes on behind the scene; you don’t get crazy effects to play with. Instead, it works away con­stantly ensur­ing your audio is bal­anced and being repro­duced as best the speak­ers can per­form. How this affects the over­all audio qual­ity I can­not be sure, as I can’t really test them with­out the DSP run­ning, but they sound pretty good in any event. Per­fect for mobile DJs, as pre­sen­ta­tion speak­ers for busi­ness and sport, or even for small bands and acoustic duos need­ing portable performance.

 

BY ROB GEE

Hits and Misses

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Light­weight and extremely portable.

Extended fre­quency response from a 12” unit.

Plenty of power, no need to run them hard.

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Lim­ited con­nec­tion options for use with­out a mixer.

My neigh­bours were not happy.

Specs

Com­pact, light­weight Class D 2-way active loud­speak­ers
X12D: 12-inch extended range low fre­quency dri­ver
1.34-inch (34mm) com­pres­sion dri­ver with 1-inch exit
1,000 watts Peak (800wattsLF, 200wattsHF), 500 watts con­tin­u­ous (400 watts LF, 100 watts HF)
DSP tech­nol­ogy for high def­i­n­i­tion audio and com­pre­hen­sive pro­tec­tion
Mas­ter Vol­ume con­trol with peak indi­ca­tor
Two XLR-1/4-inch input chan­nels with inde­pen­dent vol­ume con­trols
Onboard EQ Con­tour and HPF switches
XLR Link out­put allows daisy chain­ing of addi­tional speak­ers
Rugged metal grill pro­tects all speaker com­po­nents 
Solid polypropy­lene enclo­sure
Inte­grated 1 3/8-inch speaker stand mount
Two large ergonomic carry han­dles
Dual-angle floor mon­i­tor posi­tion­ing options
Optional wall mount brack­ets avail­able (MB12,MB15)

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