From Peavey’s Black Widow legacy, from inside the depths of Peavey HQ, comes the Peavey Impulse 12D speakers. They have some big boots to fill, but by god do they fill them well.
When you first use a pair, you will of course want to hear how loud they really are, I did, they are seriously loud. However, they don’t distort, have a great bass response and a very clear mid range. However, it is the top end that really stands out. Obviously, most DJs who these speakers are designed for, will only hear their speakers from behind – But, the Peavey Impulse 12D will make you want to be a guest at your very own disco, just to sit and appreciate the sound quality.
Another great benefit of the Peavey Impulse 12Ds is the sheer weight of the cabs. Each speaker is very, very light, meaning setting up is 100 times easier and also is a lot safer. In fact, each cab is only 17.7KG
Obviously, these speakers main benefits are the weight/size and extreme power/sound quality. But it is only when you start to dig into the technology behind the Peavey Impulse 12D that you truly appreciate how much effort Peavey have put in.
Inside the Peavey Impulse 12Ds
The amplifier module in the speaker uses what Peavey call ‘IPR Power Amplifier Technology’. Basically, this means they kick out 1200 watts from each speaker. Peavey have also thought about various inputs carefully, and have built in 2 separate input channels, offering XLR, jack and Phoenix connector (for installations) and also RCA phono inputs. Peavey’s DynaQ digital signal processing system is also built into the speaker, offering advanced tone controls to maintain the high quality sound. Their are also buttons to press for added bass and music/speech which changes the speakers EQ depending on the application.
DDT anti-clipping speaker protection is also provided, along with an auto-of feature that automatically shuts down the amplifier when no signal is detected. However, probably the most exciting, yet intriguing feature is that the Peavey Impulse 12D includes an expansion bay. This will allow new technology to be added to the cab. Peavey are already in the process of developing ‘plug in’ modules such as wireless inputs, delays and also Ethernet input and outputs.
The excellent sound quality of the Peavey Impulse 12D is produced by a dual voice neodymium speaker, controlled by a bi-amplified active servo circuit. All this technology gives precise control over the forward and backward movement of the speaker ensuring that the cone’s movement precising mirrors the signal from the power amplifier. In addition, the use of a ribbon driver, the same used in high priced and quality studio monitors and the Peavey Versarray gives amazingly clear sound and plenty of volume.