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Review: Yamaha DBR10 Powered Loudspeakers

Ideal for applications where light weight is a necessity yet both power and clarity are desired.

Yamaha DBR10 The DBR Series—offering DSP, amp and speaker technologies pioneered in Yamaha’s DSR and DXR Series—comes in lightweight, affordable packages for lower-impact PPA applications. For this review, I received a pair of DBR10 full-range powered loudspeakers (at $399 street, each). Features include a 10-inch LF cone driver and 1-inch throat compression driver with ferrite magnets with 700 W peak power/325 W continuous (LF: 260 W, HF: 65 W). Dimensions are 12” x 19.4” x 11.4” and weight is an easily-totable 23.2 lbs. Frequency response is 55Hz to 20kHz with a maximum SPL of 129dB (1W @1m) with a 2.1kHz crossover frequency.

The DBR10 offers an XLR/TRS combo input on channel 1 (mic/line switchable); XLR/TRS combo plus dual RCA (unbalanced) inputs on channel 2; and switchable output, either a channel 1 thru or a channel 1 and 2 mix. Processing-wise, the D-Contour switch offers frequency curves for FOH/MAIN, MONITOR or off/bypass settings, plus two HPFs at 120Hz and 100Hz, respectively.

The DBR Series isn’t necessarily built to compete with the current “1k W club” of PPA powered enclosures, yet it’s powerful enough to offer what users need in many small-scale sound reinforcement applications. This DBR10 pair shines as rehearsal wedges/monitors, auxiliary instrument speakers, sole singer/songwriter amplification, and more. For under $400 each, I’d readily recommend the DBR10 as a solid PPA component to cover coffee shop-type gigs or musician-toting personal stage monitors; they’re ideal for applications where light weight is a necessity yet both power and clarity are desired. Additionally, its RCA inputs allow the DBR10 to serve quite well as DJ/KJ PPA, too.

Yamaha | http://usa.yamaha.com/products/live_sound/speakers/active_speakers/dbr/dbr10/

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