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Alto Professional Black 12 Powered Speaker Review

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Overview

The Alto Professional team expands its powered speaker range with their new top-of-the-line speakers called the Black Series. The new Alto Professional Black series two-way speakers come in 10-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch woofer configurations and they all include wireless iOS connectivity and an internal amplifier that's good for 1200 watts of continuous power. Check out our Video review of the Alto Black 12 two-way powered speakers.

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Conclusion / Recommended For

In Conclusion, the Alto Professional Black 12-inch two-way Active Speaker is a phenomenal speaker system that is built with very high-quality components and standards. The Black 12 has a whopping 1200-watts of continuous power pumping through its cabinet and you can really feel every bit of the power during performances. The Black 12 has a very heavy-duty build quality with three durable steel handles, 12 M10 Mounting points, a Steel Grill and steel reinforcements for the rubber feet. The overall sound quality is really good with excellent response in the mids and highs without distortion in the upper volume ranges. The Black 12 has shockingly great Bass levels for only a 12-inch woofer and it really rattles and booms anything that isn't tied down tightly. The Black 12 also has a DSP-Controlled Crossover with buttons on the rear for control or wireless iOS Live Drive App control for wireless changes on the fly. There are also two separate inputs and XLR master output to complete the on-board mixing functions.

On the downside, the Black 12 speakers are rather expensive coming it at around $850 each, but the price is comparable to similar performing speakers in its class. The other minor gripe that I had with the Black 12 is that they are a bit on the heavy side. The 12-inch cabinet does have a small footprint, but I wouldn't want to lug them around all the time. Other than these two minor gripes that all other high quality 12-inch active speakers will likely face, the Black 12's are solid speakers. The Black 12 can definitely hold its own when competing with other high-class active speakers and they are highly recommended for any DJ or pro audio application that needs serious sound and serious performance.

Pros

  • 1200 Watts RMS Continuous amplified speaker system
  • Heavy-Duty Build Quality (3 Durable Handles, M10 Mounting Points, Steel Grill)
  • Superb Sound Quality for Pro Audio Applications (Great Bass!)
  • Bluetooth control of onboard DSP with free Live Drive app
  • Two separate inputs with On-board Mixer

Cons

  • Pricey ($850 each)
  • Heavy

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