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.