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QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker   

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The QSC K10 10" powered loudspeaker, featuring its revolutionary 1000W power module, delivers the high-quality amplification, HF driver, and low-freq...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Amazingly powerful output and killer sound quality for its small size.

The QSC K10 10" powered loudspeaker, featuring its revolutionary 1000W power module, delivers the high-quality amplification, HF driver, and low-frequency driver of the K-Series speakers, offering 90 conical coverage and 129dB peak output, low frequencies extending to 56Hz. The K10 offers exceptional power and performance from an extremely compact system, and it can also be used as an ultra low-profile, horizontal wedge or side fill.

QSC's K10 PA speaker features a 1-3/4" HF device in its 2-way enclosure. The primary differentiator in K-series speakers is the resulting output dispersion-the K8 being the widest at 105 and the K12 the narrowest at 75. This radical approach is achievable due to a process called Directivity Matched Transition (DMT). DMT allows QSC to take advantage of a fundamental law of acoustics: smaller diameter woofers have wider coverage patterns than larger ones. The K Series matches the HF device to the LF dispersion, allowing for the smoothest and flattest frequency response possible across the entire sound field.

Add to this advanced DSP processing and an enclosure molded from ABS-a material far more rugged and sonically pleasing than conventional plastics-and the K Series delivers exceptional performance in this category of loudspeakers.

Several proprietary QSC DSP technologies are incorporated into the K Series. One such technology is Digital Extension and Excursion Processing (DEEP). DEEP allows each of the K Series models to deliver levels of low-frequency extension previously impossible in enclosures of this size. Intrinsic Correction, first featured in QSC line-array technology, use dozens of spatially averaged measurements mapped to the processor to deliver smooth and accurate reproduction across the entire sound field.

Preventing amplifier clipping or overload is QSC's proprietary GuardRail technology. GuardRail closely monitors the input voltage and controls the amplifier output stage before the onset of clipping. Unlike typical clip limiters, when GuardRail is activated, the results are all but undetectable-there's none of the typical "pumping" associated with other methods. In addition, user EQ controls are provided to select between subwoofer settings (EXTSUB, VOCAL, or FLAT response).

The QSC K10 speaker boasts other user-friendly features. For example, when speakers are pole-mounted, the Tilt-Direct pole socket converts to a 7.5 down-tilt with a simple 180 rotation of the dial. A locking IEC power cord is included, preventing accidental disconnect during a performance. For installed applications, connecting a commonly available potentiometer to the unit's Euroblock connector allows the operator to have gain control from a remote location. Multiple K Series units can be daisy-chained together to one centralized control. Additionally, the QSC K Series enters Standby mode after 5 minutes of inactivity, conserving power.

The entire PA package is housed in rugged and sonically friendly ABS (the sub in birch plywood) with steel grilles and carry-friendly ergonomic aluminum handles.

Processing, Connectivity & Monitoring

The brain of the K10 system is its expansive digital signal processing. While the DSP functions are optimized using Intrinsic Correction, DEEP, DMT and GuardRail technologies (with the high-pass filter included for use with subwoofer systems), two XLR-combi inputs, each with its own Level control, are provided. Both accommodate line-level inputs and one may be switched to microphone level sensitivity. Phono (RCA) input jacks are also included for connection of consumer electronics sources. Dual XLR outputs are provided for dual "loop-thru" XLR/M connectors and a single XLR jack is available as a summed output. All 3 input sources may be used at once and mixed via the 2 Gain control knobs.

Input Panel LED indicators are provided for Power, Signal Present, Mic Level Sensitivity and Limit annunciation. A front-mounted power LED may be disabled by means of a rear panel switch when desired or set so it indicates when the limit circuitry has been engaged.

Waveguide

The QSC K10 speaker incorporates a conical waveguide that maintains pattern control all
the way down to the crossover frequency. The coverage angles of the waveguides are tailored for a smooth transition from woofer to compression driver with far less "waistbanding" or other directivity related anomalies than other products in this class.

Suspension and Mounting

The QSC K10 2-way speaker may be pole-mounted, suspended, or yoke-mounted. The K10 yoke accessory kit (not included) allows for either horizontal or vertical yoke mounting, providing a flexible means of attaching K-Series loudspeakers to a building structure or truss. When suspended deployment is required, M10 threaded inserts support vertical or horizontal suspension, while the integral pole mount socket accommodates 35mm speaker poles for use on a speaker stand or over a sub. The pole socket is designed so that the speaker may be angled down 7.5 in order to cover the audience while keeping acoustic energy off reflective walls and ceilings.

FEATURES
Power
  • Amplifier class: D
  • Wattage: 1000W continuous
  • Mixer/preamp: No
  • Audio
  • Frequency response: 56Hz - 20kHz
  • Coverage pattern: 90° conical
  • Max SPL: 129 dB
  • Inputs
  • XLR: 2 XLR/TRS
  • TRS:
  • TS:
  • RCA: 2
  • Output/thru
  • XLR: 2 XLR/TRS
  • TRS:
  • TS:
  • RCA: 2
  • SPEAKON:
  • Enclosure
  • Cabinet material: ABS
  • Width: 14"
  • Height: 24"
  • Depth: 14"

Put this compact, powerful 10" loudspeaker to work—order the K10 now.

SPECIFICATIONS

K10 10" Powered PA Speaker

  • 1,000 watt, efficient and lightweight class-D power module
    Lightweight (32 lb.)
    Professional appearance and rugged construction
    Directivity Matched Transition (DMT) and Intrinsic Correction DSP tuning for accurate, undistorted performance across the entire sound field
    GuardRail technology discreetly protects the system from damaging overload
    DEEP mode for enhanced low-frequency extension without a subwoofer
    Locking IEC power cable
    XLR and 1/4" connectors
    Phone Mic/Line and Line inputs with Loop-thru connectors and independent level controls.
    Phono (RCA) inputs
    Three 2-way models”each with coverage pattern optimized to match the LF driver
    Front mounted LED may be switched off or indicate "LIMIT" or AC Power On
    Dual angle, 35 mm pole socket with Tilt-Direct allows the speaker to be angled down to put the energy on the audience instead of the back wall
    1-3/4" voice-coil compression driver
    High Pass Filter for use with subwoofers
    1,000 watt subwoofer, efficient and light-weight Class D power module
    Threaded pole socket for solid, secure pole mounting
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QSCK10 10" Powered PA Speaker
 
4.9

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (22)
  • Compact (21)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Durable (20)
  • Easy to use (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding quality

I've been a gigging musician for over 40 years and have played through all kinds of sound reinforcement gear - good and bad. I'm totally impressed with the K10. I've been producing backing tracks...Read complete review

I've been a gigging musician for over 40 years and have played through all kinds of sound reinforcement gear - good and bad. I'm totally impressed with the K10. I've been producing backing tracks in my home studio to use on solo and duo guitar gigs. But the tracks that sounded great on my studio monitors did not translate well on the portable gear that I would be using on gigs. The K10 is the solution....the sound you put in is the sound you get back. I took the K10 out of the carton, plugged in an SM58 and my acoustic/electric directly into the on-board mixer and four hours later I was still playing. It sounded so good I couldn't stop. I have virtually no feedback problems regardless of mic placement and it has all the power, punch and professional sound you could ever need for small club gigs. Nice job, QSC!
The on-board mixing options were well thought out. Very versitile, yet simple. At thirty-two pounds it is a gigging musician's dream. The design makes this a great floor monitor as well.
High quality components are used throughout. Right out of the carton you can see this thing is built like a tank. It looks like it's much heavier than it's actual 32 pounds. I had concerns about the sound quality since it uses ABS shell construction vs wood.....until I fired it up. It sounds like a studio monitor. Solid, tight and flat.
Expensive? Not really when you consider what you get. A vesitile mixer, a 1000 watt amp and fantastic sounding results. If you bought a decent mixer, cabinet and 1000 watt amp seperately how much would you need to pay? You get what you pay for and the K10 is worth every dime.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sounded way to compressed

I tried this unit after reading and reading and reading all the great reviews. I need it for my keyboards and came to find it underpowered for my needs. I used a small mixer...Read complete review

I tried this unit after reading and reading and reading all the great reviews. I need it for my keyboards and came to find it underpowered for my needs. I used a small mixer to add gain and never could get any warmth out of it, and I tried everthing I could think of. The volume was just not there and the keys always sounded compressed. I went back to my old 12" speaker. I thought maybe new technology would make a 10" unit sound like a 12" but NOT!

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5.0

Excellent sounding

By Boney

from Volcano, Hi

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

    Light weight excellent sounding speaker!!

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    4.0

    I would purchace again

    By Don't have

    from Iowa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

      Item was as advertised even though I didn't get all the accessories that normally comes with this product

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      5.0

      Great sound and easy set up

      By Bassdoc

      from Iowa

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

        These powered speakers came highly recommended and live up to the reputation , clear articulate reproduction of vocal and instrumental voicing , don't hesitate to buy them they are worth the investment!

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        5.0

        Great speaker

        By The Boogie Man

        from USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

          Great light weight speaker for live sound.

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          5.0

          Dependable. Sound great.

          By CBas

          from ND

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

            I use K10's, K8's and K subs on average once a week for mobile DJ dances, theater events, outdoor events, other random stuff. Never had a problem with any of it. Always works without a glitch and sounds great. Sometimes I set these up at home too. I noticed that they sound good just set flat. The amps are very quiet and the output is crystal clear. I can hear nuances in music that other speakers cover up. Not muddy sounding. A lot of power in a small package. Easy to load and set up. I actually put two K10's on a fork on each sub. Takes up almost no space. K subs will hide under a banquet table too if you want to hide them. You hardly ever see QSC stuff on refurbished, it rarely breaks flown. It's really worth the money for dependable stuff. I used to have another brand. It costs just as much because I had to own spares for when stuff was shipped off for service. Not worth the hassle at all. Very pleased with QSC!

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            5.0

            great truly great

            By none

            from houston tx

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

              I have four im getting up in age I dont know how the do it but small loud and clear large foot print.

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              5.0

              AMAZING!!!!

              By ngcfish

              from tigerville SC

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

              I love this line of speaker. I have purchased 20 of them over time for various touring groups I work with.

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              5.0

              Love this QSC K10

              By TV

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

                Compare to Yamaha and EV power speaker, QSC is the best in my opinion. It has clear sound, compact, lightweight, and easy to use. Hope it will last long.

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                4.0

                Great speaker for the price

                By matt88

                from Asbury Park, NJ

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Mobile DJ

                  Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

                  I purchased this along with a DXR10 to compare. Both are very lightweight and sound good, but the side handle on the QSC adds convenience if you're mobile.

                  It's been used on stage as a keyboard amp and it held up great with the rest of the band. It was right next to drums and still had plenty of headroom; I didn't feel like it was being pushed hard at all.

                  Compared to the DXR10, the K10 has lower bass extension, especially with the DEEP switch engaged, but this is irrelevant if you're using subs. I don't expect a pair of these in DEEP mode to do much for bass for DJ use, but it's nice to have if you're using these at home.

                  I found the K10 to project better and have more overall clarity than the DXR10. The downside is the high frequency driver can get a bit harsh at higher volumes- this is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
                  The DXR10 had slightly fuller mids, especially low mids, but at the price of the K10's clarity. If the two's strengths could be combined into one, we'd have the perfect speaker for the money.

                  The K10 is a great speaker- powerful, clear, but lacks the warmth of wood boxes and is hard on the ears at high volumes.

                  I give it a nod over the DXR10, but you have to really listen for yourself as everyone's ears are different. The projection and clarity won me over, but I appreciate the slightly warmer Yamaha too.
                  I recommend looking at Yamaha's wood DSR series, or the KW series (a wood box K). EV's new ETX comes in a 10" and they're supposed to be unbelievable, but all of these options are a few hundred more- I'd imagine it'll be worth it longterm.

                  The K10 is a great option for the price.

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                  5.0

                  K10 10" POWERED PA SPEAKER

                  By Mr. Ed

                  from Churchton, Maryland

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about QSC K10 10" Powered PA Speaker:

                    The speakers came well packaged and in perfect shape. The sound quality is clear and crisp. The volume level seemed to be adequate without subs for mid sized events.

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