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Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker   

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An affordable system that can even function as a stand-alone, single-box PA.

The 150W Harbinger APS12 is a 12", 2-way, powered PA speaker system with full-range response that makes it ideal for vocals and acoustic performances. The Harbinger APS12 is equipped with a 12" woofer with a 1-3/8" compression driver, 3-channel mic/line mixer, 2 mic/line input channels with individual balanced and unbalanced connections, 1 dual RCA/single XLR line input for playback devices, and much more.

FEATURES
  • 2-way, full-range powered speaker with 12" woofer and a 1-3/8" compression driver
  • 150W RMS, convection-cooled, Class A/B amplifier
  • 3-channel mic/line mixer
  • 2 mic/line input channels with individual balanced and unbalanced connections
  • 1 dual RCA/Single XLR line input for playback devices such as MP3, CD players, and more
  • 5-band graphic EQ
  • Individual balanced and unbalanced line outputs for connecting other powered speakers
  • Built-in stand mount
SPECIFICATIONS

APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker

  • Frequency response (-3dB): 45Hz-20kHz
    Frequency Range (-6dB): 40Hz-20kHz
    Max SPL Long-term@1m: 97dB
    Max SPL Peak@1m: 119dB
    Crossover: 18dB/oct@3.6kHz (passive)

    Mic Input:
    Input Type: 2 bal. XLR & bal. 1/4"
    Input Impedance: 3kÎ
    Input Sensitivity: -46dBu

    Line Input:
    Input Type: bal. XLR/bal. RCA
    Input Impedance: 10kÎ
    Input Sensitivity: -26dBu

    Equalizer:
    Type: 5-band Graphic Equalizer
    Frequency: 250Hz/750Hz/2kHz/6kHz/12kHz
    Equalize Range: ±12dB

    Power Amplifer:
    Rated Output Power: 135W
    Max Output Power: 150W
    Power Supply: 110V/120V 50/60Hz
    Max Power Consumption: 207VA
    Rated THD: <0.5%(20Hz-20kHz)
    Frequency response: +1/-2dB (20Hz-20kHz)
    Cooling: Convection Extrusion
    Design: Class A/B
    Dimensions (H x W x D): 25-13/16"x 16-13/16"x 13"
    Weight 35.9 lb.
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HarbingerAPS12 12" Powered PA Speaker
 
4.1

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Good audio (31)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Durable (22)
  • Compact (21)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Home studio (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (17), Novice (6)

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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great bang for the buck

By quat4X4

from Fayetteville, GA

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Floor Monitors

    Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

    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.

    (5 of 5 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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Perfect for my use

      By Charles

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Good value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

        I bought this for my practice room. I run my digital piano and drum box into it. It has more power than I need, but the deal of the day price was too good to pass up. I found the sound to be clear and undistorted. I drive it with a mixer such that I can equalize each instrument to my liking. I am very pleased with it so far. One strange temporary negative was that it had a very strong toxic smell to it at first. It would drive you out of the room. I think it was a chemical they used in the plastic case. I let it air out in my garage for a week and the smell has dissipated.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Cheap as dirt.

        By Mr.Doom

        from Montana

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        Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

        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.

        (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This is a Absolutly Terrible Sounding Speaker!!

        By kevin Dodge-

        from New York

        Comments about Harbinger APS12 12" Powered PA Speaker:

        Warning: stay away! Don't waste your money...Even if you return it you will be out big bucks for return shipping!! Not sure what you could use this for, because the sound reproduction is absolutely terrible. Looks good, nice controls, bad, bad sound.. Even lowering the bass completely out on the eq will not clean out the distortion. this cabinet apparently has no engineering, or tuning in its production. i wanted to use it as a drum monitor for portability.After 10 minutes of listening to stereo through it, and one practice, I had to box it up and send it back. My old Yamaha monitor blows it out of the water in clarity, volume, and bass when hooked to a 90 watt powered yorkville mixer/amp. Thought I could save some $ over a high priced powered speaker, but I was Wrong!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Speaker, Great Customer Service

        By SpyderTL

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        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!

        (2 of 2 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!

            (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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Thanks, Musician's Friend.

              By Fretless

              from South Florida

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              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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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