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Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker  

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    HarbingerAPS12 12" Powered PA Speaker
     
    4.1

    (based on 53 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (29)
    • Good audio (24)
    • Versatile (23)
    • Compact (19)
    • Durable (19)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Performances (19)
    • Home studio (15)
    • Outdoor events / games (14)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (7)
    • Amateur recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (21), Professional musician (15), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great bang for the buck

    In the right applications these will perform adequately. Will not take anything over half volume before clipping light comes on. Now that said they are very loud at half volume but do not have...Read complete review

    In the right applications these will perform adequately. Will not take anything over half volume before clipping light comes on. Now that said they are very loud at half volume but do not have any reserve. Keep in mind they are only rated at 150 watts and the included booklet gives a spec of 125 RMS and I would say this is a more accurate description of the useful power. I bought 4 of these for floor monitors. I play in a Christian contemporary band and also use these as portable mains and they do the job very well for vocals and play back music. Very light weight, quick and easy to set up. I did not go with the APS15's because of the difference in size. I needed portability. For what they are they sound great. As soon as I unpackaged them I set all four up and cranked some playback music to the point of the clip light popping on at the loud transients. Left them burn in at this level for 24 hours. There was a smell from the heat sinks as they do get very warm under heavy load but after the break in period the smell went away. That is not unusual for this type of equipment. I saw earlier reviews about a burning smell and people returning them for that reason. You have plastic cabinets and aluminium heat sinks that were painted black and there sole function is to pull heat away from the power transistors in the cabinet. I teach electronics and that is to be expected. They should probably explain that in the literature. After the break in period the smell will go away.
    Now as far as performance again apples to apples these are not high end Mackie's or QSC's but I give them high marks for sound quality in their price range. The 5 band EQ is OK but I find leaving the EQ flat or rolling the low frequency off (250HZ) a little and using the EQ from the mixer was the best combination. The last venue was a room with 300 people having dinner. I had a vocalist and keyboard player with 2 of these for mains on stands and 2 as floor monitors. Then a stand-up comic during the breaks. Everywhere in the room the vocals were very clear and intelligible. If you're a metal band with very loud music these will not fit the bill. I'd say great for rehearsal rooms small venues and light weight portability simple controls. I have only had these 2 months so long term reliability is still an unknown.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cheap as dirt.

    I got this new for $150 shipped with a free speaker stand to go with the 15" that my wife uses in her acoustic band. The amp has more hum than the...Read complete review

    I got this new for $150 shipped with a free speaker stand to go with the 15" that my wife uses in her acoustic band. The amp has more hum than the 15" one which is surprisingly free of noise so you know the quality control on this unit is pretty low. Also the woofer was wired out of phase so I had to take it apart and fix that right away. As a cheap monitor with built in mixer it works fine (for low spl situations) but I would not expect miracles at this price point.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent value

    By Diogenes

    from Middle Tennessee

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • 14
    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

      Our band has bought 3 of these 150 watt/12" Harbinger powered speakers. For the price paid they are a great value. We use 2 of them on stands as a PA in small nightclub venues with 100 people or less, and they are plenty loud enough for this. Anything bigger and you would probably want more wattage. Our singer also uses one as a floor monitor.

      Knock on wood, but we've had no electrical or technical issues whatsoever with the Harbingers.

      In the course of experimenting with the Harbingers for a couple of years we discovered a few items worthy of note:

      - Acoustic/electric guitars sound really good (clean) through the Harbingers, better than through the various guitar amps we've tried. Think intro to "Hotel California" and "Classical Gas".

      - The Harbingers work surprisingly well as a stand-alone bass amp in a pinch. Guess how we know this...

      - The simple on-board equalizer allows a surprisingly good overall sound when mixing instruments as diverse as drums, guitars, and vocals.

      So... if your venues are small-to-medium and your band is on a budget the Harbingers deliver a really great sound for little coin.

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      4.0

      Good Speaker, Great Customer Service

      By SpyderTL

      from Birmingham, AL

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Cheap
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

      I ordered two of these back in December, and got an incredible price.

      One of the speakers had a strange ringing sound, that kind of made a "MEOW" sound on mid-range sounds like, individual toms from my Roland TD-4. MF sent me a replacement speaker, and paid for shipping both ways.

      Good, cheap speaker. Great service. Thanks guys!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker

      By Bling Chigger

      from Raymond, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

          Does the job nicely!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          For the price...

          By Marko

          from NE Ohio

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

            I need to provide sound Downtown this New Year's Eve for more rooms than I'm accustomed to handling, and needed a couple more active speakers, just one more stage monitor, and one just for speech in a medium-sized area. (If, after the shows they don't perform as expected, I'll update the review.)

            Knowing I won't need these again until next New Year's Eve, I didn't want to spend too much, so I found these, referbs, for a good price.

            When I unboxed them, I was first impressed with the solid feel, plus they look really nice, which is important 'cause I'm getting paid well for this.

            I first made sure they worked with the mic patched straight in, then patched in a laptop and played some music, and I'm satisfied that the volume is sufficient for my needs.

            As for sound quality, I didn't expect them to hold a candle to my RCFs, but they sound good enough for what I'll be using them for, and the on-board EQ will be useful to further tailor them to the purpose.

            If you bump up the bass they clip waaay faster (and they don't really "bang"), but they're inexpensive 12" cabs, so that shouldn't be expected. I will say that flat, they have a balanced sound and the bass was there.

            So, in my opinion, these would work well for stage monitors, even for a loudish rock band. Also sufficient for mains in small/mid-sized venues so long as you don't intend to really rock the house, and if you need any deep bass or kick, you'll definitely need a sub. For garage/basement-band vocal practice, if they're not loud enough, the guitard needs to turn down.

            Hope this helps.

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            5.0

            Thanks, Musician's Friend.

            By Fretless

            from South Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Smaller venues

            Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

            Musician's Friend is a good name for this company.

            I had problems with these Harbinger APS-12 powered speakers.
            I called,they took immediate action and sent me brand new units by 2nd day air!
            The new speakers work great.
            No more 60 cycle hum!!!
            Thanks, Musician's friend!
            We appreciate it.

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            5.0

            Amazing deal!

            By Johnny

            from Sacramento,Ca

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

              Like a mini P.A. all in one. I sing through it and also use my electronic pads. Very good deal for the money.

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              5.0

              Great value

              By Uglyfish

              from Ontario

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Monitor

                Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

                When these active speakers go on sale, buy a set, you can't beat them for thier price.

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                5.0

                Incredible value

                By Uglyfish

                from Ontario

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent value
                • Versatile
                • Well Made

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Monitor

                  Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

                  First off let me say that you can't compare a Harbinger APS 12 to a QSC K-series or a JBL PRX, it is just not a fair comparison. I got a great deal on this speaker and literally paid one ninth of a QCS K-12! For their price they are awesome, it is great value. A a monitor they work well, I would not use them as a FOH cab or for recorded music. They do have a bit of a honky tone, it's because of the plastic and lack of DSP but again for this price they rock. They are also well made for their price point.

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                  5.0

                  Great speaker

                  By Chuck DiZ

                  from Columbia, SC/Augusta, GA

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

                    Use as a monitor in a 6pc band and for acoustic gigs. Three inputs and a 5-band EQ make it easy to use and great sounding.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    APS12 12" POWERED PA SPEAKER

                    By paverza

                    from Balsam, NC

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Bulky/Heavy
                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

                    The asps12 are good speakers, overall good experience. You are going to hear some hmm noise and for some reason is impossible to fix. The speaker is versatile but the power is not enough for big venues. If you want to do big venues the ASPS15 is a better option.
                    The warranty is perfect but if you are going to use it professionally you need to think in getter and extended warranty because the power is very limited and you are going to destroy them fast.
                    Overall good experience, good sound, good bass. Average professional speaker but for small venues.

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