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Yamaha DBR12

12" 2-way powered PA speaker — 1,000W peak

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Overview

Our take on the Yamaha DBR12

When Yamaha decided to build their DBR Series speakers, they used technology developed for the DSR and DXR Series speakers then added a  new level of portability. The DBR12 powered PA speaker uses a Class D amplifier that supplies up to 1000 watts of digital power, while the 12" woofer and 1.4" compression-driver tweeter turn all that power into dynamic sound. Yamaha houses the amp and speakers in a compact, lightweight portable cabinet that's the most easily transported of all their powered speakers.

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When Yamaha decided to build their DBR Series speakers, they used technology developed for the DSR and DXR Series speakers then added a  new level of portability. The DBR12 powered PA speaker uses a Class D amplifier that supplies up to 1000 watts of digital power, while the 12" woofer and 1.4" compression-driver tweeter turn all that power into dynamic sound. Yamaha houses the amp and speakers in a compact, lightweight portable cabinet that's the most easily transported of all their powered speakers.

Yamaha DBR12 12" Powered PA Speaker

At a little over 23 pounds each, you can carry an awesome PA system without even breaking a sweat.

Loads of flexibility

The DBR12's cabinet allows it to be used as a free-standing speaker, a pole-mounted speaker, and a stage monitor. It also includes M8 rigging points so it can be flown above the stage or mounted on brackets (sold separately). Any way you slice it, you get as much as 131 dB sound pressure level from the 1000-watt amp and the special-design speakers. That's a lot of output for a single 2-way cabinet, enough to cut through the noise of a packed house and then some. And the whole package weighs only 34-7/8 pounds!

Ins and outs

The DBR12's built-in mixer gives you two combination inputs which handle either XLR or 1/4" TRS connectors. One input adds a stereo RCA input for playing a portable music player or other source. A single DBR12 can serve as a PA for presentations or speeches, an amplifier for your tunes, or a musical instrument amplifier, performing each task with remarkable volume and clarity.

Yamaha's digital signal processing gives you a 2-way contour switch to optimize the speaker for front-of-house or monitor use, along with a 2-position high-pass filter that cuts bass for speech applications or use with a subwoofer. An XLR output allows you to daisy-chain the speaker with other DBR12s with a pass-through signal from channel 1 or a mix of channels 1 and 2.

Prepared to perform

If you're ready to take your message or music to the people, the Yamaha DBR12 offers a combination of power and portability that makes it ideal for any situation where you need a lot of sound in a small, affordable package.

Highlights:

  • 2-way powered PA speaker
  • 12" cone woofer
  • 1-7/16" compression-driver tweeter
  • maximum output power: 1000 watts
  • maximum SPL: 131 dB
  • frequency range: 52-20000 Hz
  • nominal coverage: 90° horizontal, 60° vertical
  • 35mm socket for pole mounting
  • dimensions: 14-7/8"W x 23-3/4"H x 13-3/4"D
  • weight: 34-7/8 pounds
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • DBR12 2-way powered loudspeaker
  • 8.25' AC power cord (IEC 3-prong plug)
  • Owner's Manual (English)
  • Owner's Manual (French)
  • Owner's Manual (Spanish)
  • General Specifications sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions

Great Product, sounds and works well as a vocal monitor. It can be used for rehearsals and live.

Christina, Livermore, CA

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Yamaha DBR12 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Great For Vocal Monitor

Christina from Livermore, CA on 3/12/2018

Great Product, sounds and works well as a vocal monitor. It can be used for rehearsals and live.

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great sound & value

bryzguru from Arkansas on 9/27/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

i listened to a bunch of different powered speakers as well as non-powered cabinets. i am a vocalist so i sang through them and also played music from my phone on all of them. i tested several top selling speakers between $500 and $850 each. i could not tell much difference in them at all, and these seemed to be the best value for the $ in that class. i have had them for a couple of weeks now and my bandmates and i are all impressed at their sound in our rehearsal space. they replaced a 15 year old component PA and the difference is night and day. crutchfield is where i get all my audio products for home and cars. i've been shopping at crutchfield for 20 years and have always been 100% satisfied.

Pros: lightweight for the class of speaker, sound great. bright, clear.

Cons: mine are on poles, but i can see the plastic cabinets getting scratched up if you toss them in the back of a vehicle all the time. this isn't something that i care about, but some people might.

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Features and Specs

Speakers
Drivers per speaker 2
Woofer Size (inches) 12
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.4
System Frequency response 52Hz-20kHz
Maximum SPL 131
Electronics
RMS Power rating 465
Program Power rating ---
Peak Power rating 1000
Mic Inputs 1 XLR/TRS combo
Line Inputs 2 XLR-1/4", 1 RCA
Tone Controls DSP, HPF
General
Width (inches) 14-13/16
Height (inches) 23-3/4
Depth (inches) 13-3/4
Weight 34.8 lbs

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Features

DBR Series Overview: The Yamaha DBR series of powered loudspeakers deliver powerful, high-quality sound. They use the same state-of-the-art Yamaha DSP, amplifier, and speaker technologies as the professional DSR and DXR series. These versatile speakers can be used for live performances, DJ-ing, or public address, and can be placed at front-of-house on a pole stand, on the floor on the end or side for stage monitoring, or suspended in rigged applications.

DBR12: The 2-way DBR12 is equipped with a 12" cone woofer and a 1" throat/1.4" diaphragm compression-driver tweeter, mounted in a bass-reflex type black plastic enclosure. The speaker features 90° horizontal and 60° vertical coverage. It is powered by 2-channel Class D amplifier with 1000 watts (dynamic) / 465 watts (continuous) output, capable of delivering a maximum SPL of 131 dB. The drivers are separately amplified, with 800 watts (dynamic) going to the woofer and 200 watts (dynamic) to the tweeter. (Continuous power distribution is 400 watts and 65 watts, respectively.)

Crossover: The 2-way speaker features a 2.1 kHz FIR-X tuning (linear phase FIR filter) crossover.

Inputs/Outputs: The DBR12 has two inputs and one output for daisy-chaining speakers together.  Input 1 features a female XLR-1/4" combo connector with a Mic-Line switch and a rotary level knob. Input 2, a line input, also features a female XLR-1/4" combo connector, plus a stereo RCA pair, and a rotary level knob. The output connector is a male XLR, with a 2-position switch. With the switch in the OUT position, the speaker outputs Channel 1 audio only. In the IN position, the speaker will output a mix of Channels 1 and 2.

DSP: The built-in Yamaha Digital Signal Processor features two controls on the back panel:

  • D-Contour: The D-Contour applies the proper amount of processing depending upon the placement of the speaker. The 3-way switch lets you select the following:
    • FOH (front-of-house) / Main: Applies a boost to both the bass and treble for a balanced full-range sound.
    • Monitor: Applies a boost to the treble, but cuts the bass so you can hear yourself without being overpowered by the bass.
    • Off: Turns off the D-Contour.
  • High-pass Filter (HPF): Applies a high-pass filter with a selectable roll-off at 120Hz or 100Hz. You can also turn off the HPF for full-range sound.

Protection: The DBR12 has built-in protection to keep your speaker operating for years. The amplifier has a limiter that will keep the input levels from reaching an excessive level causing distortion and clipping. The amp's protection circuit monitors the internal temperature, as well as DC-fault, Output Current, and Output Voltage. When the levels get out of range, the amplifier's protection circuit will mute the speaker until the levels return to normal range.

Placement Options:The versatile DBR12 is equipped with a rugged, but portable cabinet, with a top handle for easy carrying. The speaker can be placed upright on its sturdy feet, or placed on its side and used as a 50° angled wedge for onstage floor monitoring. The DBR12's cabinet is symmetrical, so you can place them on either side in a mirror-mode for floor monitoring or stereo sound field setups. It has a standard 35mm pole socket on the bottom for pole mounting. On the bottom of the speaker, two threaded screw holes are provided for use with M8 x 15mm eye bolts or screws for suspending the speaker. Another M8 threaded screw hole is provided on the back of the cabinet to be used as a pullback point for angling the speaker up to 45° when suspended. Optional Yamaha speaker brackets are also available for rigged applications.

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