I am loving how powered speakers are continuing to get lighter and better built. It really makes up for a lot when considering a new set of speakers, as you will no doubt be carrying them around a lot. The Auro D12X boxes have a recessed handle on both sides, so you can easily carry them around. Not that you should ever need two handles for the weight, they are simply a handy touch for steadying the speaker when you are propping it up on a speaker stand. The weight of the boxes themselves are pretty much nothing and I could see a simple load in with two of these speakers being carried at once without a problem. This is what we get with modern power amps and the plastic boxes that they are getting built into. Now, although light, they still felt really sturdy. Therefore, I wasn’t concerned about resting them on the floor as a fold-back style speaker either.
All Set Up
There are a pair of inputs on the rear of these speakers both supplied with XLR/TRS combination connectors, which I always find is a nice touch. You don’t need to worry about what leads you will need as you can work with either. An XLR output is supplied for linking additional speakers too. There is a DSP section built into these speakers, as the “D” in the product code suggests, but it isn’t something fancy and flash like some of you may expect. The DSPprocessing goes on behind the scene; you don’t get crazy effects to play with. Instead, it works away constantly ensuring your audio is balanced and being reproduced as best the speakers can perform. How this affects the overall audio quality I cannot be sure, as I can’t really test them without the DSP running, but they sound pretty good in any event. Perfect for mobile DJs, as presentation speakers for business and sport, or even for small bands and acoustic duos needing portable performance.
BY ROB GEE