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    QSC K10 vs K12

    I have the opportunity to get either at a low price, however the price I can get the K10 at is obviously more attractive and I'm loving how compact/light it is in comparison.
    Anyone have any experience comparing both of them for the Axe-fx in an FRFR context? I wondering if I'll have sufficient bass response from the 10 and if it'll have enough "oomph" to compete with a loud drummer. Also, is one sufficient for the K10?
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    Re: QSC K10 vs K12

    I just bought a K12 today I didn't get to use both with my Axe but listening to music on the K10 and then K12 I thought the K12 sounded noticeably enough better/bigger to justify the extra $100. Not a huge difference but I could hear it and personally it would drive me crazy knowing I could have gotten something better so I just got the K12. Now as far as the K12 with the Axe its great so far I turned it to about 9 o clock and it filled up the room and I felt the bass in my chest. I was worried it might sound a little harsh but its actually quite the opposite almost a little to smooth with the hi gain patches. It still sounds very good though probably just need to get used to the monitor sound as opposed to a guitar cab. With the tweakability of the Axe though I should be able to eq just right with some more time. Another big plus for me is I can also use it for vocals, acoustic guitar and even as a monitor from my Mac. Granted you could do that with the K10, either way I'm sure you'll love it. Another thing worth mention is that QSC has a deal going on right now where you get the upgraded 6 year warranty for free if you buy anything from the K series through an authorized dealer.

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    Re: QSC K10 vs K12

    Quote Originally Posted by Strat-O-Matic
    I just bought a K12 today I didn't get to use both with my Axe but listening to music on the K10 and then K12 I thought the K12 sounded noticeably enough better/bigger to justify the extra $100. Not a huge difference but I could hear it and personally it would drive me crazy knowing I could have gotten something better so I just got the K12. Now as far as the K12 with the Axe its great so far I turned it to about 9 o clock and it filled up the room and I felt the bass in my chest. I was worried it might sound a little harsh but its actually quite the opposite almost a little to smooth with the hi gain patches. It still sounds very good though probably just need to get used to the monitor sound as opposed to a guitar cab. With the tweakability of the Axe though I should be able to eq just right with some more time. Another big plus for me is I can also use it for vocals, acoustic guitar and even as a monitor from my Mac. Granted you could do that with the K10, either way I'm sure you'll love it. Another thing worth mention is that QSC has a deal going on right now where you get the upgraded 6 year warranty for free if you buy anything from the K series through an authorized dealer.
    Thanks for the response. It's good to hear that at least the K12 has great bass response in practice.
    I looked up some of the specs on the QSC website:
    K8 K10 K12 respectively
    Frequency Response (66 Hz - 18 kHz) (60 Hz - 18 kHz) (52 Hz - 18 kHz)
    Frequency Range (61 Hz - 20 kHz) (56 Hz - 20 kHz) (48 Hz - 20 kHz)

    Since guitar speakers are normally rated at a threshold of about 80Hz at the low end, it would seem (at least on paper) that each of the K models exceeds the required Frequency Response range necessary for normal guitar frequencies... so I assume that means that for guitar applications there should be no noticeable difference in perception of the bass response, but I'm not entirely sure.

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    I guess I coulda searched this topic a bit more in detail, several different threads on this with the general consensus is that the bass response between either is fine while the difference tonally may bit slight more harshness in the midrange in the K10 that may or may not be controllable.
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    Re: QSC K10 vs K12

    Well, I'm testing out the K10, haven't been really able to gun it, but so far it's pretty decent.
    However, I have to admit, it does sounds a bit, er, flat. And slightly boxy, but that might be more due to the 10 inch rather than 12 inch speaker.
    I'll have to see how well the K10 competes with a drummer and how well it can handle lower frequency, high gain, djenty-type, palm muted, percussive hits.
    Might end up having to get the K12... we'll see.
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    Re: QSC K10 vs K12

    Quote Originally Posted by Tybalt
    Well, I'm testing out the K10, haven't been really able to gun it, but so far it's pretty decent.
    However, I have to admit, it does sounds a bit, er, flat. And slightly boxy, but that might be more due to the 10 inch rather than 12 inch speaker.
    I'll have to see how well the K10 competes with a drummer and how well it can handle lower frequency, high gain, djenty-type, palm muted, percussive hits.
    Might end up having to get the K12... we'll see.
    I can tell you that the K12 can definitely handles low frequency I'm usually eqing lows out on most patches. One thing I'd like add when you make patches you have understand that your not going to get just a guitar amp sound, you get a guitar amp mic'd through a power amp and out of a monitor. Yesterday and today I drove myself crazy trying to get it to sound like a guitar amp in the room but when I started playing music through it and getting a tone in the mix I realized how to use this set up. I've still got aways to go before I get my sound but its a lot better when you realize that atleast for me it was.

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    Re: QSC K10 vs K12

    Strat-o-matic, I have to get myself in front of my Axe and get my settings for you.
    Although I use Redwirez (and they made a big difference for me) I was able to get a K12 sounding better than my 1x12 Mesa cab. I was able to dial in a guitar cab tone....took me a while, but I found it.
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    Re: QSC K10 vs K12

    Quote Originally Posted by BBN
    Strat-o-matic, I have to get myself in front of my Axe and get my settings for you.
    Although I use Redwirez (and they made a big difference for me) I was able to get a K12 sounding better than my 1x12 Mesa cab. I was able to dial in a guitar cab tone....took me a while, but I found it.
    Ok thanks man I very interested to try it out, maybe I'll get Redwirez which one did you use and what others would you recommend?

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    Re: QSC K10 vs K12

    Quote Originally Posted by BBN
    Strat-o-matic, I have to get myself in front of my Axe and get my settings for you.
    Although I use Redwirez (and they made a big difference for me) I was able to get a K12 sounding better than my 1x12 Mesa cab. I was able to dial in a guitar cab tone....took me a while, but I found it.
    Ok thanks man I very interested to try it out, maybe I'll get Redwirez which one did you use and what others would you recommend?

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    sorry to bump this old thread but I wanted to get your take on the k10 for using at my house and not with a band. I have a CLR at the practice room and that works fine for their but I need something for home instead of
    the studio monitors. I was thinking about one k10 and the size seems perfect as a practice rig. I also want to be able to tweak my presents a bit and create new ones at home. I know I will need to alter them a bit on the CLR
    but as long as I get a basic idea tweaking is not a major deal. Would it be fine for the k10 or do you really think it is worth it (for home studio) to get the k12?


    thanks!!!

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    For home the K10 is more than adequate. Better yet, just get another CLR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Napalm View Post
    For home the K10 is more than adequate. Better yet, just get another CLR.
    way too much money for home and if I get another one it will go to the studio, so that doesn't really help me.
    I plan to move to two passive wedges at some point but I cannot move the CLR's back and forth from rehearsal. I carry too much gear back and forth as it is and my bassist rides with me and his gear takes up some of that room.

    thanks for the reply

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    K10 is better for lower volume. I played with both the k10 and k12 all the time and noticed that you get more bite at lower volume on the k10.

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