The development of better technologies for powered speakers over the years made setting up events with live sound a lot easier. When it comes to reliable, high quality, and high-performance audio products, one name that music industry professionals are familiar with is QSC. Today, we will compare two of the brand’s popular portable powered PA loudspeaker systems designed performances: the CP12 and K12 Active Loudspeakers. Since PA speakers are powerful and can get very loud, both of these speakers are not suitable for a small room and home use. If you’re looking for a sound system with an audio performance that fits that area, consider these products:
In summary, if you’re performing at a small to medium-size conference hall that requires a decent sound volume and range, the QSC CP12 is a great option. But if you’re setting an event in a bigger room, the QSC K12 delivers a louder and better sound quality. To help you choose which among the two models fits you best, we’ve created a full comparison of the two.
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com/documentation/.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.