"QSC K12's changed my life..."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
I recently bought a pair of QSC K12's after reading a lot of positive online reviews, and WOW! I don't know how I ever made it without them. I've had some many compliments about how I've got the cleanest, clearest sound I've ever had. The first night I took them out, I ran them without a sub, and still, these things had plenty of that chest thumping good sound that I've been looking for. But what if you need more thump? You can switch it into "deep mode" which will add that low end you need for small club shows. I've been made into a believer, these speakers are amazing and I will continue to sing their praises.
As far as features goes, it's a powered speaker. It does what most newer powered speakers do. It will give you a option for "vocal" enhanced settings, or "normal" (which is what I find the best sounding, IMHO) and you have a "deep mode", which when playing break music through them, they sound great on deep mode. I also like the blue LED in the front which, I keep on the "limit" option, so if I walk to the front of the house while my band is soundchecking from stage, I can see if our gear is peaking out.
Ease of Use:
Setup is a breeze, but keep in mind I'm just using the pair of K12's as mains. So it's just three XLR's for me. One from the board, to the first K12, then jump to the second K12. Wham bam thank you ma'am, they're done.
I can't really comment too awful much on the quality, I mean, they appear to be high quality, but, I've only used them for a couple of shows. I did opt for the cases, because I'm really into keeping my gear clean and looking nice. I've read on other forums that the K12's scratch easily, so this might be something worth splurging on in the future.
If you get online at the QSC site, you can sign up for a 6 year warranty, and in my book, that's about as good as you can get. As for Same Day Music, when I first hooked up these speakers, one of the 12's wasn't working at all. The horn was in perfect working condition, but the 12 was non-functional. As soon as it happened I called Same Day Music, and they were totally understanding, and they quickly emailed me a return number and a print out for UPS so I wouldn't have to pay any shipping and handling. As soon as they scanned the package at UPS, Same Day Music had another speaker on it's way. I recieved many email updates as to what part of the return procedure my package was in. Great service Same Day Music!
I really don't know how well a product like this will keep it's value. About the time I ordered the K12's, I'd already noticed the KW12's. I've also noticed a lot more companies coming out with higher wattage, small package systems, like the new JBL PRX are 1000W, the new Peavey Impulse are 1,200W and theres even a new Yamaha that's 1,300. But with the experience I've had with QSC power amps in the past, I'm sure this one will stand up through the test of time, and the wear of the road. I don't think much about the value of an item, I bought it because I want/need it, and I will take care of it so it will perform day in and day out. Love my QSC's.
The Wow Factor:
It's a really nice sleek looking speaker. It's got a really nice metal grille and the blue LED in the front is a nice addition, especially since it can serve different functions. It's pretty lightweight for what it is too, so I think the "I want it" factor is straight 10's for me, I mean, after all, I wanted it enough to buy it!
I expect to be satisfied with my K12's for a long time. I can't stress enough though, the importance of getting soft shell cases for them. I don't know how many times I've seen someone get brand new shiney gear, and 5 gigs later it looks like it's been on the road with the Grateful Dead. I'm pretty much gonna ride my K12's till the wheels fall off, and since QSC makes the 6 year warranty available, I know I've got at least 6 years of rocking to look forward to with these speakers!