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.
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
Lightweight and extremely portable.
Extended frequency response from a 12” unit.
Plenty of power, no need to run them hard.
Limited connection options for use without a mixer.
My neighbours were not happy.
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)