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JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker  

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The JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active Stage Monitor is the most compact and versatile speaker in the PRX600 Series. It has been designed to deliver maximu...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Delivers maximum performance for its weight and size.

The JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active Stage Monitor is the most compact and versatile speaker in the PRX600 Series. It has been designed to deliver maximum performance for its weight and size as both a stage monitor and a front-of-house main PA. Two user selectable EQ settings are provided to optimize the system for either application.

With a dual socket pole mount, the PRX612M is a perfect match with a PRX618S subwoofer, offering a high performance self-powered sub/sat system.

The PRX615M is comprised of a 305 mm (12 in) 262F-1 Differential Drive® woofer, a 2408H-1, 37.5 mm (1.5 in) annular polymer diaphragm, neodymium compression driver mounted to a 90° by 50° horn, all driven by 1000 watt (dual 500 watt) Crown® Class-D digital power amplifier.

A proprietary DSP chip is at the core of a fully featured input section, providing user selectable system EQ, protection, input sensitivity selection, cross-over functionality, dynamic limiting and discrete component optimization.

The amplifier input panel offers XLR or 1⁄4 in jack compatibility and a sensitivity switch provides extra flexibility, making it possible to connect literally any sound source without using a mixer. Signal present and limiter lights indicate the system status and assist in setting the optimum level, via the level control knob.

All PRX600 cabinets are built from a combination of 25 mm (on the top and bottom for added rigidity) and 18 mm, strong, lightweight poplar plywood made structurally sound with tongue and groove joints.

All PRX600 Series cabinets are protected by JBL's tour proven DuraFlexTM finish. Grilles are made from dent-resistant 16 gauge steel and handles are made from lightweight, glass-filled nylon for added strength and durability. All M10 suspension points are constructed from 14 gauge steel and have been tested with a yield-strength of 1000 lbs. each.

FEATURES
  • Maximum SPL 134 dB peak
  • Dual purpose enclosure for both front-of
  • house and floor monitor applications
  • Eight M10 fly points for horizontal or vertical suspension. One M10 pull-back point.
  • Optimized EQ for monitor or front-of- house applications
  • 305 mm (12 in) Differential Drive® dual voice-coil and magnetic gap, neodymium woofer
  • 37.5 mm (1.5 in) annular polymer diaphragm, neodymium, compression driver
  • 1000 Watt (Dual 500 watt) Class-D, Crown® amplifier.
  • DSP input section, crossover, dynamic limiting, component optimization, selectable system EQ
  • Professional XLR line and 1⁄4 in Mic/Instrument inputs, with loop-through.

Enjoy this awesome all-purpose self-powered speaker. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker

  • System Type: Self powered 12", two-way, bass-reflex
  • Maximum SPL Output: 134 dB (Full Range) peak; 133 dB (Monitor) peak
  • Frequency Range (-10 dB):
  • Full Range 50 Hz-19.5 kHz
  • Monitor (vertical orientation) 60 Hz-19.5 kHz
  • Monitor (monitor orientation) 51 Hz-19.5 kHz
  • Frequency Response (±3 dB):
  • Full Range 60 Hz-17.5 kHz
  • Monitor (vertical orientation) 90 Hz-18 kHz
  • Monitor (monitor orientation) 61 Hz-18.5 kHz
  • EQ: Presets for use in Main and Monitor position
  • Dynamic Control (Input): dbx Type IV limiter circuit
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 592mm x 353mm x 340mm (23.3" x 13.9" x 13.4")
  • Net weight: 15.6 kg (34.5 lb)
  • Gross weight: 19.2 kg (42.5 lb)
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JBLPRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker
 
4.5

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good value (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Quick setup (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Decent speaker, bad angle for monitor!

    I ordered 4 of these guys to make the switch to active cabs and leave the old gear at home. I run presonus studio lives for FOH and monitor world now and this setup...Read complete review

    I ordered 4 of these guys to make the switch to active cabs and leave the old gear at home. I run presonus studio lives for FOH and monitor world now and this setup coupled with powered speakers is great. right out of the box three worked great, one the internal crossover was out, returned it and and now everything is good to go. I have A-B'ed these with the QSC's and Mackie and even some Yamaha powered utility cabs. These are very comparable to the qsc series running pink and using A weighted RTA at 110 db. The JBL is slightly smother response in the mids and more in the bottom end when used in Main config. volume wise very close. The big issue is the angle when used as floor wedge, unless you are on a big sound stage and NEVER play small gigs, these guys shoot you in the shins. I had to make wedges for them to get to the right angle. When actually aiming at a musicians head they are great sounding, lightweight and powerful. Need additional handle on the other side too.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Wrong Angle For Monitors

    These monitors need to be about 10 feet away to do any good. I was ready to buy these here at Musicians Friend, and happened to go to a club where the band was...Read complete review

    These monitors need to be about 10 feet away to do any good. I was ready to buy these here at Musicians Friend, and happened to go to a club where the band was using them. They had them propped up to work! I talked with the sound guy and he said the band loves the way they sound, for for setting up they are a pain in the butt because of the propping they need.Looking for something that sounds as good as a JBL but is actually made to be a monitor.

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    5.0

    Well worth the money

    By Bear Hill Bluegrass

    from Moorefield, WV

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clarity
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Value
    • Portable
    • Quick Setup

    Cons

    • Amplifier Gets Hot

    Best Uses

    • Events

    Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

    We are a professional bluegrass band who play 70 to 100 shows a year inside and outside. This was an upgrade from the passive JBL 15" Eons. Wow!!!What a difference in clarity. Everyone in the audience came up after the shows and said how they could hear every word and every instrument with these new speakers. However, with the old passive Eons that we had before the sound was good but just a mix. These little light weight speakers can really do the job outside too. We even pump the upright bass through the system with no conflict to the vocals. Plenty of power for a concert in the park, but yet suttle enough for a show in a small log cabin. This new system can allow us to put everything in a car instead of a pick-up truck and still have three times more power and clarity.

    One draw back is that the amplifier built into the back of the speakers gets hot and the covers can not be put on quickly until it cools for a few minutes. However, we work around this small problem when we have two or three shows in one day. I highly recommend this product and Musicans Friend.

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    5.0

    great package

    By Charles Gilchrist

    from Cincinnati

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Value
    • Portable
    • Quick Setup

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

      As the other reviews note, these speakers sound great. Plenty of power and clarity. I've been using the PRX612M as my guitar amp for a little over a year now, and it does exactly what I want it to - which is to accurately reproduce the sound of my guitar processing pedal, loud and clear. It looks/sounds so good and weighs so little that last month I bought a PRX615M (essentially the same package but with a 15" speaker) to pair with it as a small-venue PA (along with a 12-channel Bheringer mixer). The first time I used them together for vocals it was amazing how much better it sounded than my old small-venue system (which was a Mackie 808 driving two JBL JRX100s and a Yamaha S115IV). The clarity and power was astonishing; it's actually noticeably less work to sing through these.

      The biggest problem is the angle when using them as floor monitors; they do aim at your shins unless you can get about ten feet away from them. I fixed that (and probably voided my warrantee) by installing a heavy-duty door handle on the side to prop it up at a better angle... which also gives me a handle on the other side of the original handle. It's an easy fix that's been working fine for me for over a year.

      The best feature (after the great sound and power) is how lightweight these things are. I've been roadying equipment for forty years now; these old bones sincerely appreciate how much easier it is to hoist these up onto speaker stands than the 80 lb QSCs in my large-venue system.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent PA Monitors

      By JOE KREYENBUHL

      from Louisiana.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Value
      • Portable
      • Quick Setup

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

        This is the third PRX612 monitor I have purchased and it now completes my JBL PA package to include 2 PRX615 and 2 PRX618S SUBS this PA gives our band the sound we were looking for. The price was a little high but is easily made up with the quality sound we are getting. I play bass in the three piece band and this PA helps us get the big sound that's hard to pull off with a three piece band thanks JBL and Musician's Friend

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best Powered 12" Speaker Around!!

        By John Z

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Value
        • Loud Light Weight
        • Portable
        • Quick Setup

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Dj Or Small Band
        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

        I'll make it short & sweet!! If you don't buy these you're an idiot!! I torture tested these against every other 12" powered speaker at a local store and it was no contest. Plus, at 34.5 lbs. I can easily lift them and have downsized to a station wagon!! No more loser cruiser mini-van and I save on gas and space!! No overheating like my old powered speakers and I don't even need a sub woofer on smaller gigs. Buy these and thank me later!!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Audio Engineer/Amateur Audiophile - Retired Electrical Engineer

        By Daniel Valentine

        from South-East Idaho

        Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

        Bought 2 for a single DJ gig, but sound quality/quantity so good decided not to sell them. Thinking of integrating them into my hard-core listening room.
        Enough, but not a lot.
        Typical JBL high quality - both physical and aural.
        Lots of "bang for the buck" as far as power, smoothness, audio accuracy/detail, and low weight. The total audio listening experience is Very Very Good.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Audio Engineer/Amateur Audiophile - Retired Electrical Engineer

        By Daniel Valentine

        from South-East Idaho

        Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

        Bought 2 of these new a couple weeks ago. Set up in 40' X 80' venue the day before a private party and played around for 4 hours learning what they could do. (Another fellow was bringing in his own mixer/DJ eqipment and CDs from Canada but wasn't shipping his speakers/amps) Used with a single 15" Behringer B1500D-PRO powered sub and a Behringer CX3400 SUPER-X PRO active crossover. Was pleasantly suprised at very smooth, high quality sound after little tweaking: All speaker gains= 0dB; Active X-over: everything below 110Hz to sub - all else to '612s. Testing done with laptop playing .wav files thru NUMARK DJ|iO USB-to-24bit/44KHz DAC. EQ= FLAT!. No harshness whatsoever. ALL of my EQ setup (benchmark) recordings sounded extremely good at all volume levels (with the least variability I have ever experienced). I worried a little that when the room was full it might not be enough to provide the SPL the DJ expected, but found out after the event (I had to be out of town that day) that many positive comments from the 100+ partygoers listening to an extremely wide variety of music were made, and the DJ was "shocked" at the room-filling quality sound from such a portable package. He said he would be buying a duplicate of my setup and selling his much larger (heavier) speaker/amp setup. And I was glad that with active cabinets with built-in limiting, there wasn't anything the DJ could do to cause heat or over-excursion damage to the drivers. Sweet!

        (PS - I am experimenting with using this setup in my large "listening" room at home and so far am concerned at how well it compares with my $40K speakers. Although only having 1 full evening of listening time to devote so far, it's upsetting that this affordable equipment could even come close to the definition and clarity at low-to-medium volume levels, and still sould so good at SPL levels my expensive stuff can't even get within 10dB of!)

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Active PA Speaker

        By Binod Gurung

        from Bronx, NY

        Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

        Great sound quality and portability.
        I bought a pair of these PA speakers few months ago and I have used it in few gigs already. These speakers are by far the best value for the money and sound quality. The first time I used them in an outside gig at a park. The power and sound quality just blew me and the guest away considering the size. The second time I used them at a small party hall covering around 100 guests. The sound was very clear while still shaking the dance floor. I recommed them to anyone who is starting out with a little budget. The speakers are very light and fit completely in a trunk of a midsized car including the stands and my DJ setup. I am planning to get a PXR618S-XLF subwoofer soon to add more bass.
        Very well built, it's JBL.
        Best value for the money.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        JBL PRX612M Powered PA Speaker

        By 70x7Sound

        from Ocean County, New Jersey

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        Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

        I bought a pair of these PRX612M. I was looking for a lightweight, high power, high quality," no fuss PA Speaker that could also be used as a Floor Wedge. It is very well built and so far it has met my expectations. I had one small concern (which has since been explained by JBL) I thought the Power Amp ran a bit warm since it ""felt"" warm to my hands; but JBL explains that it uses the Rear Back Side of the Speaker Cavity as the HEAT SINK (other speaker brands may dissipate the heat inside the speaker cavity where you cannot feel the heat). I have used these speakers as a Drum Monitor"," Vocal Monitor and even as an Bass Guitar Monitor in conjunction with a Bass Amp (I ran the Bass Amp DI out into the JBL). In all cases it's a perfect solution. You can control the INPUT with the either the LINE/MIC control switch and gain control.
        This is a versatile & high quality Speaker. I love the 12"" size since it is small & lightweight", but can do the job. When using this has a FOH Speaker, I use a PAIR of separate Subwoofers. ThePRX612M is all I need for the High End.
        Has simple no fuss INPUTS, GAIN CONTROLS, PASS THROUGHS. Very Lightweight and Low Profile. Attractive appearance.
        Feels, sounds and looks very PROFESSIONAL.
        It was a very good deal.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Wrong Angle For Monitors

        Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

        These monitors need to be about 10 feet away to do any good. I was ready to buy these here at Musicians Friend, and happened to go to a club where the band was using them. They had them propped up to work! I talked with the sound guy and he said the band loves the way they sound, for for setting up they are a pain in the butt because of the propping they need.Looking for something that sounds as good as a JBL but is actually made to be a monitor.

        Comment on this review

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent speaker, bad angle for monitor!

        Comments about JBL PRX612M 12" 2-Way Active PA Speaker:

        I ordered 4 of these guys to make the switch to active cabs and leave the old gear at home. I run presonus studio lives for FOH and monitor world now and this setup coupled with powered speakers is great. right out of the box three worked great, one the internal crossover was out, returned it and and now everything is good to go. I have A-B'ed these with the QSC's and Mackie and even some Yamaha powered utility cabs. These are very comparable to the qsc series running pink and using A weighted RTA at 110 db. The JBL is slightly smother response in the mids and more in the bottom end when used in Main config. volume wise very close. The big issue is the angle when used as floor wedge, unless you are on a big sound stage and NEVER play small gigs, these guys shoot you in the shins. I had to make wedges for them to get to the right angle. When actually aiming at a musicians head they are great sounding, lightweight and powerful. Need additional handle on the other side too.

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