Mackie Thump12A - 1300W 12" Powered Loudspeaker
- 12″ high-output woofer / 1.4″ tit1300W of ultra-efficient Class-D power (LF-1000W, HF-300W)anium dome compression driver
- 1300W of ultra-efficient Class-D power (LF-1000W, HF-300W)
- Next-generation system protection and thermal limiting keep your system safe
- Dual angle design perfect for use as stage monitor
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Thump12A 1300W Powered Loudspeaker
Delivering proven, chest-thumping low-end in an extremely affordable package; the 1300W Thump12A 12” Powered Loudspeaker has been redesigned from the ground up to sound better than ever. Thump features an all-new amplifier design with Dynamic Bass Response for chest-thumping low end. Plus, the flexible built-in 2 channel mixer features Vita preamps with Wide-Z technology that handle mic, instrument or line signals with ease. Application specific speaker modes let you dial in the system at the push of a button. With an all-new professional enclosure and robust system protection, you can walk into your next gig with confidence.
Application Specific Speaker Modes
Get your speakers ready for action at the push of a button. Choose between four or six speaker modes* to instantly optimize the system for your application. Not only does this make setup even faster, but gives you a great starting point when it comes time to mix.
Four modes available on Thump12A and Thump15A and six modes available on Thump12BST and Thump15BST.
Power Factor Correction
Unstable AC power can cause some frustrating problems during a gig. With Power Factor Correction, Thump Loudspeakers keep the power in check ensuring a consistent performance. To top it all off, Thumps accept wall power from anywhere in the world with no modifications needed thanks to a universal internal power supply, a claim that no other powered loudspeaker can make. Just use the appropriate power cord for the country you are using them in.
High Performance 1300W Amplifiers
To keep up with the demands of modern music, performers, and DJs, Thump Series loudspeakers feature an all-new 1300W ultra-efficient amplifier design with Dynamic Bass Response technology. Utilizing a higher voltage power supply, the amplifier in Thump has an incredibly fast response to transients and bass heavy music. This means that when you need maximum power and chest-pounding bass, Thump will always deliver.
Thump loudspeakers feature built-in 2-channel mixers equipped with two Vita preamps with Wide-Z technology that handle mic, line and instrument signals with ease. So, when you only need one or two inputs, you can plug directly into the speaker without an external mixer.
Thump Boosted speakers take versatility even further with a built-in 3-channel mixer that features two digitally controlled Vita+ preamps, plus a third Bluetooth channel for music streaming.
Use them in a host of applications
Clubs, DJ Gigs, Bars
Thump got its name for a good reason, they get the walls shaking. Built for DJs that need that Thump in their system, these speakers don't disappoint.
Weddings and Events
Already the workhorse behind tons of weddings and events, Thump is the top choice for affordable, reliable, sound reinforcement.
Bands and Rehearsal
Thump is incredibly easy to use and get sounding great. This makes them perfect for multiple user setups like bands and rehearsal spaces.
Outdoor / Backyard Theater
Just because it's outside doesn't mean you should sacrifice the great home theater sound you get in your living room. Compact and lightweight, Thump loudspeakers are the perfect companion to your outdoor cinema.
|Legacy Thump||New Thump||New Thump Boosted|
|Connections (Inputs)||(1) Combo XLR/TRS||(2) Combo XLR/TRS/TS||(2) Combo XLR/TRS/TS|
|Speaker EQ||Contour EQ||4 × application-specific voicing modes||6 × application-specific voicing modes|
|Built In Mixer||No||2 channel||3 channel|
|Power Factor Correction||No||Yes||Yes|
|Stream Audio through Two Linked Speakers||No||No||Yes|
|Intuitive Wireless Mixing App||No||No||Yes|
|Full Color UI w/ Screen/Knob Interface||No||No||Yes|
|Digitally Controlled Mic/Line Inputs||No||No||Yes|
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Delivering proven, chest-thumping low-end in an extremely affordable package; the 1300W Thump12A 12 inch Powered Loudspeaker has been redesigned from the ground up to sound better than ever. Now with a built-in 2 channel Wide-Z mixer, application-specific speaker modes, setup is a breeze. And with an all-new professional enclosure and robust system protection, you can walk into your next gig with confidence
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I am coming from a background of using pretty much exclusively passive mains and monitors to run live sound for bands. After enough times of hauling around an excessively large setup for something simple like hooking up a laptop for a wedding, and dealing with various shortcomings of the other setups that I've used, I decided that I wanted to invest in a portable but powerful powered system.
The new Mackie Thump 15 is a 1300W speaker - that's peak, not program - Mackie doesn't share program/RMS ratings with us. That said, the built in limiters let you really push these things, and I can tell you that in a shootout they outperformed a set of 700W program 2x15 passive mains that I put them up against. So this is one big change from the previous generation, rated at 1000W peak (Note that Amazon still has these listed as 1000W, it is in fact 1300W now.) You can absolutely run sound for a band with mic'ed drums and amps, or DJ a small-midsize wedding, with just two of these 15's set up as mains.
Another, and important to me, update from the previous generation is the look. I personally feel like they are much cleaner and professional looking now with the flat grille, no shape for the horn cut out or whatever. They look and feel significantly classier, in my opinion.
Compared to prior generations of Thumps, Mackie has also changed the inputs and EQ settings. Each main has two input channels that are dual 1/4" or XLR (combo jacks, doesn't take up much space and looks very clean/simple). They have separate volume controls to mix to taste and a master control as well. There is also a pass thru to daisy out your signal to the next speaker or to a sub. There are no EQ knobs, just presets for live sound/recorded music/monitor/hi-pass for when paired with a subwoofer. Note sub takes all the bass out, leaving that for a sub to fill in, it doesn't turn your Thump15 into a sub. More on EQ later.
There are a couple items of note that anybody shopping for these things should be aware of:
Weight - they are shockingly light and portable with easy access handles. Especially comparing them against passive mains in wooden boxes - it's still blowing my mind how easily I can get these around. I was able to purchase these in a package deal with rolling Gator cases included, and I'm able to roll into a venue with both mains at once and practically zero effort. Amazing. I am a little concerned about cracking the plastic because they are so lightweight, but they seem very sturdy and haven't even taken on any scratches after a month of pretty significant usage.
Power - these are called thumps for a reason. I easily filled a small gym with two Thump 15s and no sub without seeing the limiter/peak lights blink even once. The audio stayed crystal clear, didn't get distorted or harsh in the least. That was for a wedding requesting largely pop, rock, country music - if you're looking to do trap music or electronic stuff or whatever, or plan to push your system hard for long hours, you'll obviously want a sub, but I was seriously impressed by the bass response out of these things right out of the box.
That easily segues into my next point: EQ. There is no such thing as a flat EQ with these new Thumps. This is definitely a big down side in my book. Music mode includes a bass boost. Live speaker mode has low roll off and mid/high boost. Monitor mode has a low roll off and 2khz cut to reduce feedback. Sub mode is a very aggressive hi-pass taking out all of your low end. These are each very usable modes that are well thought out for their particular purposes, but there is no true flat option and I think that's a real bummer. You could set up Thump 12's in a studio and monitor a mix, but you'd never know what you've actual got tracked because they're adding their own color to your signal.
The other down side - the bass boost is just too much. After using these, I see why the crowd/target audience seems to be small time DJ's rather than bands or singer songwriters. They kick out the bass and it feels great, but they do it too much. I would compare the Thumps to a set of Beats headphones - crystal clear, good quality, but super bass heavy. Hip hop fans love them, but audiophiles turn up their noses at them for altering the sound too much. Remember on old radios how they had that bass boost switch that made the speaker sound better when it was quiet but a little crummy if you cranked the volume all of the way? Kind of the same thing happens with these, though I didn't hear any distortion the bass tended to take over the rest of the music more than it should. If you're playing a college party, you're probably going to love it - but if you're trying to mix live sound or just have a discerning ear for this sort of thing, you're going to 100% absolutely require your own EQ on the signal before it hits the Thump's input. But if you have that, and know how to use it to your liking, you're going to have no problems whatsoever getting really great sound out of these guys.
Having two inputs means a singer songwriter technically could plug an acoustic guitar in direct and then a vocal mix and be up and running with one speaker. That would be super easy, but especially for the above EQ reasons, as well as having no signal processing like reverb, DON'T DO IT.
A quality mixer in the signal chain is an absolute requirement, budget that in. This is true even if you're just hooking up iTunes and playing music through. For one, this gives you control back over the EQ to reign in the bass a bit, and with that accomplished these speakers are absolutely marvelous performers for their value. But more importantly that gives you better control over driving these speakers appropriately without risking blowing them. When I ran that wedding, I left the input volume on the thump at 0 (50%, right in the middle) and cranked the master volume to 100%. Then I could just keep an eye on the master output signal level on the mixer. Don't go into red, won't have any distortion and won't have any problems. You could also take advantage of any limiters/compression on your mixer to protector your speakers (and everybody's ears) even more. I ran them both at 100% for like four hours straight and didn't have any trouble. I ran them for twelve bands in one weekend and never saw any performance issues, peaking, etc. at all. I think people who manage to blow these things are just not being smart about their signal chain, cranking the input gain to 10 and sending too hot a signal through. These things will give you plenty of headroom to get loud, be smart about how you run them and they'll treat you right.
One last semi - downside - the included power cable is super short and rigid. Not easy to wrap up and barely reaches the ground if you put them up high on stands. Definitely no surprise there, but investing in an $8 15' AC wouldn't be a bad idea to give you a little more room to work with setting these up in different locations.
TL;DR - with a little planning and the right equipment, you can get excellent performance out of these speakers. For the price point, I think they're definitely a five star product. You get better wattage ratings and (with your own EQ) as good of performance as the the comparable offerings from JBL or EV for significantly less $$$. 10/10 would recommend.
I'll start out by saying this review will be more of a comparison then an actual stand alone evaluation of these new Mackie Thumps. I figure it'll be worth more to hear an actual A & B assessment than to read through another 5 star review coming from some dude whose never had a PA speaker before and raves that this one sounds "amazing" and can alone fill up an entire gymnasium with throbbing bass (and trust me, there are A LOT of those reviews... maybe not on Sweetwater though)
I believe it's very important for readers to have some idea of what the reviewer has dealt with, in order to lessen bias and give a more valuable assessment of the reviewed product. I own and have owned Mackie's flagship loudspeaker the SRM 550 (12" model) for about a year now. I started off with an Amazon brand (Lyxpro) 8" PA speaker and graduated up to the previous generation Mackie Thump 15 (1000watts). I sold the Mackie Thump 15 after one week of owning the Mackie SRM 550. It's funny now, looking back at my initial thoughts on the 8" Lyxpro. I had hailed it as the best sounding speaker I'd ever heard, with crystal clear audio. Now that I go back and listen to it, I can hear the harshness and distortion that my prior naked ears had never learned to distinguish. And to be honest, it sounds like total crap. When I received the Mackie Thump 15, I was blown away by the clarity and amazing bass response. That was my first real foray into the world of PA speakers. My mouth was left gaping at how a loudspeaker could have bass reminiscent of a subwoofer, all in a compact powered form.
After a year of owning the Thump 15, I moved on to the SRM 550 and couldn't believe how much better Mackie's High Definition Audio DSP sounded in that unit. The wooden enclosure allowed the 12" woofer to EQUAL the bass response from the 15" woofer of the Mackie Thump.
And now here I am taking what I believed would be a step BACK from the awesomeness of the SRM 550. A lesser, but newer model, in the Thump 15 Boosted. I knew I had to have it, as I was sick of carrying around a mixer and a stand alone Bluetooth connector for the SRM. In this Thump Boosted, I have access to all of that BUILT in to the unit which is incredibly useful. I can pull out my phone and use the Thump app to control ALL the settings of the Thump Boosted. EQ, gain levels, Bluetooth, even turning the LED light on and off. This kind of DSP and utility is only available in loudspeakers TRIPLE the price of the Mackie.
I'll say it now, just in case I forget, but Mackie has changed the game on powered loudspeakers. By introducing such an affordable and omnipotent speaker, other companies are going to have to go this route to stay competitive. Bluetooth with EQ and mixer ability is no longer or "maybe" in loudspeaker design. It's required.
So you can already figure I'm in love with the usefulness of the Thump Boosted. I don't have to carry all these extra accessories and wires with me if I want to do karaoke at a friends, or just to listen to music with EQ. But how does it compare to Mackie's flagship SRM 550?
From a physical standpoint, the SRM is visually more appealing with its textured finish and robust wooden cabinet that delivers a satisfying thunk when you knock on it. The Thump Boosted has a clean plastic enclosure but definitely doesn't look or feel as "expensive" as the SRM. The LED on the Boosted is adequate, but nowhere near as nice as the entire Mackie logo illuminating on the SRM. There's also the fact that the Boosted has no limiter light which isn't that serious considering you're most likely not going to be viewing it from the back, but would have been nice. The Boosted does have the LED display on the back with all your controls. I found myself wishing I had regular knobs though, for volume control. There's no real point in using the back LED screen if you have a smart phone( which you should), because everything and more is easily available on the Thump Connect App. With a 100m range to boot.
I stood these speakers side by side through a mixer, through an XLR to 3.5mm cable, and one by one in a corner to test them out quality wise. The Boosted surprised me in clarity of the highs. It was only slightly below the SRM in the highs department, even with that fancy High Definition Audio DSP. I could still make out that the SRM sounded better, little details were more pronounced in the SRM, and the wooden cabinet imbued a slightly warmer less harsh sound, but it was negligible. The real surprise came from the lows of the Thump Boosted. I was disappointed. Or maybe those darn wooden cabinets are too good. The SRM 12" had EQUAL to or MORE bass than the Thump 15 Boosted. The Boosted professes a frequency range that's almost 20hz lower than the SRM 550, but you wouldn't know it. The SRM also had "cleaner" bass that was more musical. Both were playing at 0db in their "DJ" or "music" modes (I had to turn down the SRM on the mixer because it was noticeably louder than the Boosted at 0db: no surprise as the Boosted has a 127db and SRM 132db peak output). I was definitely disappointed there. I played EDM and hip hop soundtracks, and noticed the two were practically equal in bass output. Hopefully I just need to break in the 15's woofer so it outputs more later on.
Overall, I highly recommend this loudspeaker. If I had the choice of choosing between this and the superior sounding SRM 550, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the Thump Boosted simply because of its game changing DSP and mobile Connect App.
The Thump Boosted epitomizes the true convenience of a powered loudspeaker. In this cordless day and age, no one wants to lug around mountains of equipment. No one wants to use an aux cord either, what with Bluetooth every where you look. And it's always a hassle to have to bring out the mixer for simple EQ changes. The Boosted changes all of this, forever. The SRM 550 may be the flagship Mackie loudspeaker, but I'm willing to bet that the Thump Boosted will win the popularity contest.
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Bluetooth : Mackie decided to go for the SDC codec which has upwards of 200ms of lag between the source and the output. That means you definitely can't DJ on the go. I wanted to use these as a no-wire setup: use a bluetooth soundcard and mix directly from my laptop with virtual DJ. The lag makes this near impossible since the beat won't sound synced in the headphones. I called Mackie about this and sadly that's just the way it is. They should have gone for a codec such as aptX-LL.
This also means that you couldn't have video or a movie playing from a source linked with Bluetooth, it would be desynced. It takes away some of the potential for spontaneous setups.
So basically the BST upgrade is only for playing a simple playlist or something pre-mixed. You also get to control the EQs and sound levels from the Thump app, which is wonderful. But it's hard to justify the 400$ difference for a pair.
Another thing to clarify as others have mentioned : You cannot wire one speaker and have it stream to the other. The channels are mono. You either play both through Bluetooth link, or you wire both. No other option. It would have been great if somehow the speakers could accept a wired stereo source and stream the signal to the other speaker.
I'm keeping those, though, I love them. Hopefully the next version will have these issues improved.
Mackie generally makes quality gear, so i assumed this should also be quality. Should have done more research... i have one of their quality mixers, and cable testers, and now a TH12A and TH15A. ( these were a small addition to my mostly yorkville elite jam room rig, to supply our singer with his own dedicated monitors) these speakers sound great for the price, there's better sounding, definitely, but i was happy with these out of the box. But the amp module will die on you just over a year in, and that's past their warranty. They will try and charge you $183 CAD PLUS $12 shipping rate plus tax.... that is over half the cost of one of these new. Under 2 years of light use, and now the TH15A started smelling very strong of burning electronics, the amp module board is on its way out. Mackie won't do anything for me other than make me pay for a replacement. Yorkville elite for the win, they would have went out of their way to get something repaired or replaced, to keep these kind of reviews off the internet, and get more people buying their gear. Sorry yorkville for cheating on you with Mackie..... they aren't completely clear on their warranty info, it sounded like this would have been a 3 year warranty. ( the bluetooth boosted version is 3 year. The 12a and 15a are apparently 1 year, because they know that's how long they will last)
The settings on the back for different modes isn't great. Be better if you could change the equaliser yourself. But just put to 'normal' mode and adjust yourself outside using your mixer. no problem. Wicked speaker!