As anyone who’s ever decorated a house or office for the holidays knows — the lighter and more portable, the better! Peavey Electronics® takes this same approach with the LN™ 1263 Column Array Portable PA System. Its clean, compact design is well-suited for applications where speakers should be heard, not seen. The LN 1263 could be hurried down a chimney, but more practically carried by one person in a single trip, right into the corner of a crowded holiday party or tucked discreetly behind the decorations.
The LN 1263 balances its low-profile design with a powerful 1200 W potential maximum power and 127 dB maximum SPL. It’s completely self-contained with no visible cables in mono operation. The subwoofer is built from multi-ply birch, making it both durable and lightweight. At just over 48 pounds, complete with a 12-inch custom driver, the subwoofer weighs less than an airline carry-on your overpacking house guest plans to stuff in an overhead bin. The mid-high column contains a total of 12 2.75-inch custom drivers housed in a rugged aluminum cabinet with a quick attachment design. Both the upper and lower columns weigh just 5.5 pounds, even less than the dumbbells sitting in the corner from last holiday. Assembling and disassembling the LN 1263 is a 1-minute exercise users will partake in well past New Year’s resolutions.
Each satellite features a speaker stand and a twist lock speaker cable connection, allowing the satellite to be positioned remotely. This is a helpful feature for when users desire a stereo configuration or additional coverage.
With the column array quickly assembled, users can dive right into sonic features. Peavey’s modern DSP (digital signal processing) makes the LN 1263 extremely easy to use and operate. It has both an onboard LCD screen and remote control via Bluetooth using a custom iOS application for control.
If the laidback guitar player in your life is in need of a portable rig, the LN 1263 is their solution. The onboard 6-channel mixer features four combi XLR inputs, each with Guitar Channel selectability — making this the first column array designed specifically for acoustic guitar performance. Two additional media channels feature stereo quarter-inch inputs and streaming Bluetooth in. In effect, this unique Bluetooth input can handle a separate device from the one that’s controlling the LN 1263, which is a great user advantage.
The LN 1263 App: A Milk-and-Cookies Pairing
Let’s face it: What’s a holiday electronics purchase without the ability to control something from your smartphone? The LN 1263 offers this convenience through its iOS application, free for download with purchase and easily synced with the system. The app includes Simple and Professional modes, allowing more advanced users complete control while simplifying features like compression for novice users. Via the app, the LN 1263 also has seven onboard EQ presets and eight onboard effects, with the ability to save and lock scenes, along with an independent sub level control.
Proof in the PA Pudding
The LN 1263 has a non-powered XLR line level out for linking systems together. Some users have used this feature to put the column array configuration to the test.
“I used to have big passive Peavey speakers and these are just so much easier to move around. They are powerful,” wrote user Kale Naquin about linking multiple LN 1263 units. “I did a wedding for 150 people and they filled that room perfectly. The subs blew me away with how much bass they provided. I’m very pleased with my purchase.”
DJ Greggie C wrote, “I am a DJ and this system fills the entire room with high-quality sound that is not overwhelming. It is light and easily controlled with an iPad app for making remote controlling a snap.”
Overall, what makes the LN 1263 so great is its versatility. On the same panel that features the XLR out to connect multiple systems, users will find a simple 1/8-inch stereo input for a portable MP3 player or other media device. So, while the LN 1263 is up to the challenge of a wedding or club, it’s humble enough for coffee shops, houses of worship, and presentations.
From its easy-to-assemble top to its lightweight bottom, Peavey’s LN 1263 Column Array Portable PA System is a perfect holiday gift for those in need of a state-of-the-art solution that’s not out of touch with the average user.
Happy Holidays from the Peavey Electronics team!