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PreSonus AIR12 2-Way 12" Active Loudspeaker   

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Compact and lightweight, AIR12 active loudspeakers provide a rich, extended low-end and natural high-frequency extension in an enclosure that will ea...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Innovative power distribution concept.

Compact and lightweight, AIR12 active loudspeakers provide a rich, extended low-end and natural high-frequency extension in an enclosure that will easily fit in the backseat of a small car. Backed by 1,200W (dynamic) of Class D/Class AB power and enhanced with easy-to-use digital tuning functions, the AIR12 gives you all the power and tools you need for both mobile and installed sound.

D and A/B
Each type of power amplifier has advantages and disadvantages. By employing different amplifier types for each driver, AIR12 loudspeakers use the respective strengths of Class D and Class A/B amplifiers to provide optimal response throughout the speaker’s frequency range. A 500W (continuous), Class D amplifier powers the 10-inch low-frequency driver, providing efficient, clean low end when you need it. A 200W (continuous), Class AB amplifier powers the 1.35-inch high-frequency driver, delivering a natural sounding, "AIR-y" high end. The combination can deliver up to 131 dB SPL of sweet, clear sound between 48 Hz and 20 kHz.

Fast and Easy Customization
The AIR12 loudspeaker is equipped with an easy-to-use signal processor that makes it simple to customize your loudspeakers with the push of a button. Presets customize the AIR12’s response for use as front-of-house mains; as monitor wedges; for music playback (e.g., for DJs); for enhanced low end and a warmer sound; and for improved speech intelligibility. Treble and bass controls let you boost or cut by 10 dB to compensate for room anomalies. Location presets let you optimize performance for stand and bracket mounting as well as flown installations.

Versatile Mounting
The AIR12’s molded plastic cabinet can be mounted in several ways, providing tremendous versatility. The multi-angle enclosure sports nonskid rubber feet on the bottom for upright front-of-house use and nonskid rubber feet on one side for stage monitor applications. Rig the speaker using M10 fly points, yoke-mount it to walls or beams, or ground-stack it for portable applications. Mount it on a tripod or atop an AIR-series subwoofer using an optional sub pole. The integrated dual-position pole mount lets you aim the speaker level or at a 7.5˚ downward tilt. And the AIR12 is easy to transport, thanks to its top-mounted handle.

Flexible Inputs
AIR-series full-range loudspeakers offer a choice of inputs so you can use them with a variety of sources. You get two combo XLR mic/TRS line inputs, each with a Class A microphone preamplifier and independent gain control. A stereo 1/8” connection admits signals from smartphones, tablets, and other consumer audio devices. These signals can be combined with the AIR12’s internal mixer, and a balanced XLR Mix output lets you send pass the signals to other AIR-series loudspeakers.

In Conclusion
With their “best of both worlds” power-amp configuration, carefully programmed DSP presets, versatile mounting options, flexible inputs with onboard mixing, and other professional features, PreSonus AIR-series loudspeakers are an excellent choice for both mobile and installed sound. You’ll love their easy transportability and their affordability. But the best thing about AIR-series loudspeakers is their clear, natural, “AIR-y” sound. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Check out AIR-series loudspeakers at your favorite PreSonus dealer.

FEATURES
Speaker configuration
  • Active/passive:Active
  • Type:Full-range
  • LF driver:12"
  • MF driver:N/A
  • HF driver:1.35" compression driver
  • Power
  • Amplifier class:D LF, A/B HF
  • Wattage:1200
  • Mixer/preamp:No
  • Audio
  • Frequency response:48Hz to 20kHz (-10dB)
  • Coverage pattern:90 x 60
  • Max SPL:131 dB
  • Inputs
  • XLR:2 x XLR/TRS
  • TRS:3.5 mm
  • TS:0
  • RCA:0
  • Output/thru
  • XLR:1
  • TRS:N/A
  • TS:N/A
  • SpeakON:N/A
  • Enclosure
  • Cabinet material:H-PP Molded
  • Width:14.2"
  • Height:24.4"
  • Depth:13.8"

Innovative design, great low end and warm, articulate high end. Order this one if that's what you need. Great choice.

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PreSonusAIR12 2-Way 12" Active Loudspeaker
 
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5.0

Best Lightweight Powered PA Speaker in its class!

By Donnie the DJ

from Houston

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Powerful
  • Smooth Detailed Sound

Cons

  • Poles fit a bit too tight

Best Uses

  • Mobile DJ
  • Wedge
  • Weekend warrior band

Comments about PreSonus AIR12 2-Way 12" Active Loudspeaker:

I've been a Mobile DJ for 20+ years and I've used all of the big name speakers. I'm telling you, this is the best sounding lightweight box in this class that I've come across. I'm thinking it has to do with the Class AB amp on the high end and Class D on the low end. No one else does that at this price point and that's too bad, really! I've been using these on my Mobile DJ rig and also when I run sound for bands around town. They have been on gigs 3 nights a week since I bought them, and they never overheat or breakup. They feel like they are well made and should last a long time. The venue I brought them to loved them so much that they have decided to buy an entire AIR system. The sub sounds equally as good and it is SUPER light. I have tops that are heavier than the 15 inch AIR sub and that thing really kicks. I'm running mostly MP3s through these, but I have done some testing with WAV files and man do these things sound good on great sounding music like Pink Floyd, Rush, etc. Don't believe the hype from the "established" brands that everyone spends more money on. Get somewhere and check these speakers out if you can. For the money, I guarantee you will not find a better sounding lightweight PA speaker. I'm loving these speakers!

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