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PreSonus AIR12 & AIR15S

Active PA Speakers
Published March 2018
By Mike Crofts

With their easy portability and clear, transparent sound, PreSonus’ latest range of PA speakers couldn’t have been better named.

When it comes to portable powered loudspeakers you might be forgiven for thinking that surely there’s nothing new left under the sun. The phenomenally successful format has been produced and sold in such huge numbers over the last couple of decades that I sometimes wonder where they all go... before long someone will no doubt come up with ‘latest research’ telling us that all the 12-inch powered speakers in the world would, if stood in a line, reach from Madagascar to the South Pole, or would all fit on Ragged Island.

And here’s yet another set of portable powered PA speakers, but this time from a manufacturer whose perceived core business hasn’t always been in this type of product — PreSonus are known and regarded for signal processing, and until relatively recently not so much as a mainstream producer of PA speakers. So I unboxed these latest AIR speakers with a bit more than the usual interest, and I quickly made a set of new best friends...

The AIR Range

The AIR12's HF amp offers 150W Class-A/B output and the LF unit is a 500W Class-D design.The AIR12's HF amp offers 150W Class-A/B output and the LF unit is a 500W Class-D design.When the AIR range was announced last year the first two words on the PreSonus press release I saw were ‘compact’ and ‘lightweight’ — and in this case, they were absolutely bang on the money. There are five models in the series: three full-range versions with a two-way independently amplified driver format, badged as AIR10, AIR12 and AIR15 according to the LF driver size; and two single-driver subwoofers offering the choice of 15- or 18-inch woofers. All three full-range models employ the same...

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Published March 2018