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Portable Loudspeakers

Alto Professional TX Series

Whether you need a speaker on a pole at a picnic, a floor wedge providing monitors for a band, or a pair of mains with a mixer for a band rehearsal, portable powered monitors have it covered. This grouping represents anything released after AES 2012 and ranges from moderately powered and priced units to larger, scalable systems that integrate with other live sound gear.

 

Alto Professional TX Series

Alto Professional designed the TX Series loudspeakers to the same performance standards as the company’s award-winning Truesonic Series—with quality components and accurate, transparent sound—but at more affordable prices. The TX Series comprises the TX15 600-Watt 15-Inch 2-Way Active Loudspeaker; TX12 600-Watt 12-Inch 2-Way Active Loudspeaker; TX10 280-Watt 10-Inch 2-Way Active Loudspeaker; and TX8 280-Watt 8-Inch 2-Way Active Loudspeaker. All TX Series speakers are bi-amplified by a Class-D power amp and have precision electronic crossovers, as well as integrated analog limiter and overload protection circuitry. Built to travel, the road-ready TX Series is both lightweight and portable. Trapezoid cabinet contouring makes it possible to position the speakers in upright or wedge-monitor placements. A 36mm pole-mount socket and handle designed for comfort are built in. Use the Link output to chain multiple cabinets together to create a custom setup.

 

Behringer B207MP3

Behringer’s EUROLIVE B207MP3 150-watt active loudspeaker is designed for vocal and keyboard monitoring, multimedia, press conferences, and other applications where space is at a premium. Based on the company’s B205D, the B207MP3 has built-in high-performance MP3 player for playing audio files from a USB stick, 3-band EQ, and built-in 4-channel mixer that accepts XLR, TRS and RCA inputs. Phantom power is provided for condenser microphones and one input allows connecting a Hi-Z instrument without the need for an external DI. There is also a dedicated stereo input for keyboards, MP3, CD or other sources. The B207MP3 is compact and light enough to be mounted on a mic stand, while the 6.5-inch full-range driver provides heavy-duty sonic performance. A Class-D amplifier and internal switch-mode power supply provides 150 watts, and additional active loudspeakers can be linked via a convenient Thru socket, making the B207MP3 ideal for use as a main system in more intimate venues. The B207MP3 is housed in an impact resistant enclosure with an integrated top-carrying handle.

Cerwin-Vega P1000X

A more compact version of the original Cerwin-Vega P1500X Loudspeaker, the P1000X is suited for a variety of sound reinforcement applications, from concerts to public speaking. Featuring many of the same controls as its predecessor, the P1000X Powered Loudspeaker is a two-way, bi-amped, full-range bass-reflex speaker that employs a 10-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver. Powered by a custom 1,500W Class-D amp, the P1000X has a proprietary hemi-conical horn that provides enhanced sound clarity over an even and wide coverage area. A built-in mixer with multiple channels and I/O connections allows for simple and fast setup, while enhanced EQ, Vega Bass boost and highpass filter controls promise exact tuning and exceptional performance.

Electro-Voice ETX

The ETX Powered Loudspeaker family offers technologies from EV concert/touring systems. Three two-way models (10-inch, 12-inch and 15-inch, all with a precision HF titanium compression driver), a three-way model (15-inch with a 6.5-inch MF driver and a precision HF titanium compression driver) and two subs (15-inch and 18-inch drivers) are available. EV-engineered high-efficiency transducers and high-powered Class-D amplifiers, Signal Synchronized Transducers (SST) waveguide design and smart FIR-Drive DSP all work together to provide Electro-Voice’s signature sound quality and precise coverage at the highest SPLs. EV’s FIR-Drive uses the latest Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter technology to optimize transducer linearity. They incorporate advanced limiter algorithms for independent peak and thermal transducer protection; full-function DSP control via a single-knob interface; LCD screen for easy system set-up and monitoring; location/application EQ presets; limiter status; input level controls/meters; and master volume control.

Gemini DRS Loudspeakers

Gemini’s DRS Series loudspeakers, available in active (DRS-10P, DRS-12P, and DRS-15P) and Bluetooth models (DRS-12BLU and DRS-15BLU), all incorporate Class-D amplifiers. The DRS-15P has a 1,200W Class-D amplifier and is comprised of a 15-inch woofer and 2-inch voice coil needed to push low frequencies nearing 45Hz around the room. The 2-way DRS-12P has an 800W Class-D amplifier and is comprised of a 12-inch woofer and 2-inch voice coil said to push low frequencies nearing 52Hz. The DRS-10P has a 640W Class-D amplifier, with a 10-inch woofer and 2-inch voice coil needed to push low frequencies nearing 60Hz. On each of the three speakers’ back panels are XLR, Line, and RCA inputs with separate gain and EQ controls as well as a Mix Output. On each model, the tweeter is a pure titanium compression driver with a wide dispersion horn for crisp and detailed highs at significant distances or angles from the speaker. The lightweight amplifier and ABS nylon fiber cabinet make the DRS series of speakers easy to carry to and from an event and sufficiently rugged enough for consistent use.

HK Audio USA Lucas Nano 600

HK Audio USA has launched the Lucas Nano crossover P.A., which builds upon the compact size, form factor and sound quality of the company’s Lucas Nano 300 portable P.A. Lucas Nano 600 relies on a pair of small, lightweight, yet powerful (up to 123 dB) satellite speakers for the high and midrange frequencies. The satellites are powered by a dedicated subwoofer with a mixer and built-in frequency shaping controls. This allows the system to be carried with one hand. The Lucas Nano 600 may be used either as a space-saving mono or stereo system by adding the desired speaker pole set. Both configurations promise detailed sound with wide dispersion. In addition, two Lucas Nano 600s can be paired to create a more powerful P.A., and mixers on each sub duplex to double mixer inputs. The Lucas Nano 600 introduces MultiCell Transformer technology, which is designed to help maximize sound pressure gain, improve directivity and minimize high-frequency distortion. Using a sophisticated simulation technology, the Lucas Nano 600 has a lightweight subwoofer housing with the bass response of a heavy wood enclosure.

JBL Professional EON 206P

Harman’s JBL Professional recently introduced the EON 206P Portable P.A. system, an all-in-one powered system. The JBL EON 206P has a pair of 6.5-inch passive loudspeakers, each featuring a 6.5-inch woofer and a 1-inch neodymium black nylon dome tweeter, powered by a 160-watt power amp section (80-watts per channel). The EON 206P features a maximum SPL output of 113 dB, with a nominal coverage pattern of 100x80 degrees.
The EON 206P also features an integrated 6-channel mixer with two balanced mic/line channels with XLR/ ¼-inch combo jacks (CH1 and CH2); two stereo inputs (CH3 and CH4 is RCA and quarter-inch; CH5 and CH6 is a 1/8-inch mini jack). The mixer also features Stereo Monitor Out (quarter-inch left and right out) with volume control (for an external sub or stage monitors), master volume control, reverb on Channels 1 and 2, bass/treble control, and universal power (100-240V; 50 /60 Hz). Designed for easy portability, the entire EON 206P system weighs 25 pounds, features a durable road-tough enclosure, convenient internal cable storage, and comes in a suitcase format for easy transport and storage. It also features a 36 mm pole socket for easy mounting.

Line 6 StageSource L2m, L2t Loudspeakers

Line 6 StageSource L2m and L2t loudspeakers, introduced in early 2013, offer high-quality sound, DSP power, modular architecture and proprietary L6 LINK digital networking. StageSource L2m is an 800-watt, two-way, bi-amped speaker system that delivers power, sound quality and dependability. StageSource L2t adds an onboard mixer that provides effects, acoustic guitar modeling and feedback suppression, and is offered as a self-contained live sound solution. StageSource L2m and L2t are designed for seamless integration with other Line 6 live sound products, so customers can use them to extend the capabilities of a StageSource L3m- or L3t-based system, pair them with the 1,200W L3s subwoofer, and more. Both L2-series speakers feature six DSP-based Smart Speaker modes, which enable musicians to optimize the loudspeakers’ output for a variety of performance scenarios. Onboard accelerometers and pole-mount sensors automatically detect the speakers’ orientation and set their Smart Speaker modes accordingly. 

Mackie SRMv2 Series

The SRMv2 Series Portable Active Loudspeakers (SRM450v2 and SRM350v2) feature new powerful Class-D Fast Recovery amplifiers, with an efficient, heat-minimizing switching power supply. Plus, with all-new transducers, including a lightweight woofer and heat-treated titanium compression driver, the SRMv2s deliver more punch and clarity than the original SRM loudspeakers. Weighing 40 pounds, the SRM450v2 is 2-way bi-amplified, optimized Active loudspeaker system with a high-output precision titanium compression driver; 12-inch lightweight long-throw low frequency transducer with 3-inch voice coil; Servo Feedback controlled woofer; 300W Class-D, Fast Recovery LF amp/100W HF amp; wide, smooth dispersion via multi-cell horn aperture and HF waveguide; built-in phase-accurate 24dB Linkwitz-Riley electronic crossover; Mackie Active Electronic time alignment, phase correction and EQ; mic/line input and pass-thru connector. Both models can be flown, pole mounted or used as wedges.

Martin Audio DD12

The powered, two-way DD12 combines onboard networking, DSP and Class-D amplification with state-of-the-art transducers and Differential Dispersion horn technology. The DD12 is designed to meet stand-alone and distributed sound reinforcement requirements. Ideal as the main P.A. in small-to-medium size rooms, it can also be used as an infill loudspeaker in large-scale systems. The DD12 features a high-specification 12-inch (300mm) LF drive unit and a class-leading 1-inch (25mm) exit compression driver on a user-rotatable, Differential Dispersion horn. Differential Dispersion technology provides more throw to the rear to distribute sound evenly front-to-back, while having wider close-up horizontal coverage for the front rows. The compact, multi-angle enclosure can be used in either vertical or horizontal orientation, with rotation of the HF horn easily accomplished by removing the steel grille, which is a spring-fit into the enclosure sides and pre-curved to resist damage on the road.

MIPRO MA-505

This 145-watt P.A. speaker system uses a Class-D amplifier pushing an 8-inch woofer paired with a 1-inch titanium horn. Onboard wireless with switchable Voice Over Priority balances microphone levels with onboard playback and Bluetooth audio streaming. It runs on AC, DC external batteries, or the internal battery. The MA-505 is outfitted with two channels of wireless microphone connectivity, with the ability to add up to two more wireless channels via optional MRM-70 modules. Alternatively, users can install a MT-91 wireless transmitter option to link multiple MIPRO speakers together for a fully wireless P.A. system. MIPRO built a digital recorder into the MA-505, and allows for playback of audio from SD card media or USB thumb drives. Plus, the MA-505 comes with a CDM-2A CD player capable of playing MP3 and WMA files as well as standard CD/CDR/CDRW formats.

PreSonus StudioLive AI-Series

PreSonus’ line of active loudspeakers includes the full-range StudioLive 312AI, 315AI, and 328AI and the StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer. Active Integration combines wireless and wired networking and communications with powerful DSP. Each full-range, powered, 3-way loudspeaker relies on a custom-designed, CoActual 8-inch coaxial speaker with a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver to reproduce the mid and high frequencies. Triamplified, Class-D power amplifiers in each model deliver a combined 2,000 watts of power. The StudioLive 312AI comes equipped with a 12-inch ferrite speaker to handle low-frequency reproduction, while the 315AI employs a 15-inch woofer, and the StudioLive 328AI features dual 8-inch ferrite speakers, enabling it to deliver high-powered performance in a noticeably streamlined and compact enclosure. Each full-range system has a combo XLR/TRS line input and an XLR microphone input with an XMAX Class-A mic preamplifier and 12V phantom power, as well as an XLR audio throughput. The full-range speaker systems are pole-mountable and have ergonomic side handles, interlocking stacking, and M10 fly points. All enclosures are made of lightweight plywood construction.

RCF TT+

RCF states that its TT+ two-way systems—the TT1-A, TT2-A and TT5-A—are the result of advanced acoustic design, state-of-the-art transducers, digital power amplifiers and innovative processing algorithms. Each model in its TT+ Series has two independent Class-D digital amplifiers that are housed in a separate chamber and mechanically insulated from the cabinet vibration. Specially developed algorithms running at 96 kHz are said to enhance the linearity of the system from very low-level signals to maximum amplifier output. For the TT+ series new RCF transducers were specifically developed and new horn designs for uniform pattern coverage and perfect loading to the lowest frequencies. The compression drivers feature high performance 3-inch and 4-inch diaphragms; RCF has finalized an oxygen free process of molding pure titanium ultra thin films in high quality finely controlled shaped diaphragms. The strong neodymium magnetic structure of the mid-bass transducers promise dynamism and precision, and the Dual-forced venting offers efficient voice coil ventilation, minimizing the power compression.

Samson Expedition XP115A, XP112A

With 500 watts of output power, the 2-way active XP115A weighs 33 pounds and comprises a 15-inch extended range low frequency woofer and 1-inch high frequency driver. The back panel of the XP115A is outiftted an XLR/ ¼-inch combo input for microphones and line level devices, as well as a contour equalization switch. The XP115A’s speaker enclosure is constructed of solid polypropylene. The cabinet design also provides a tilt-back monitor positioning option and speaker stand mount for flexible setup. The XP115A further offers both top and side carry handles. Samson’s Expedition XP112A 2-way active P.A. speaker, weighing 30 pounds, offers 500 watts of output power. It has a 12-inch extended range low frequency woofer and 1-inch high frequency driver. The back panel of the XP112A also has an XLR/ ¼-inch combo input for microphones and line level devices, as well as contour equalization. Both models provide an XLR Link output connector for daisy chaining additional speakers to expand a P.A. setup.

Sunburst Gear MM Series

Designed and assembled in the U.S., the MM Series speakers from Sunburst Gear (MM1P, M1R3, M1BR3, MM3P, M3R8 and M3BR8) offer an amplifier and a mixer in a compact, portable design, and feature a bi-amplified design in which a 4- to 5.25-inch speaker is paired with a 1-inch tweeter to provide maximum sound clarity. MM Series speakers are equipped with Class-D amplifiers with 80-percent or better efficiency and come with a Class-V power adaptor that is EnergyStar compliant. Speaker cabinets are wrapped with carbon fiber Tolex for durability and constructed with MDF for high fidelity sound. These cabinets also have a metal grille that protects the speakers from physical damage. A pole-receptacle is built into the bottom panel of most models, which allows for mounting speakers on any 35mm pole or tripod stand for extended coverage in larger rooms. With up to 8 channels, MM speakers have inputs for instrument and microphone combinations as well as an aux input for an MP3 player. Each channel has independent volume controls with a 3-band EQ on primary channels or on Speaker out and the right channel output makes it easy to connect another speaker.

Turbosound Milan Series

Turbosound’s Milan Series includes the models M10, M12 and M15, and two subwoofers, the M15B and M18B. The Milan M15 is a portable 15-inch two-way powered loudspeaker featuring two independent input channels, mic and line inputs, 2-band EQ, intelligent limiting, and a Mix Out function for connection to additional Milan loudspeakers for easy system expansion. The Class-D amplifier is a true 2-channel unit with an integrated electronic crossover, allowing the HF and LF drivers to be powered separately without one being able to influence the sound of the other. Total output power is 1,100 watts peak, and said to provide plenty of headroom to maintain good dynamic range so that transient signals are delivered effortlessly. The lightweight switch-mode power supply coupled with Klark Teknik digital signal processing provides dynamic equalization and sophisticated limiting functions to ensure optimum performance and long term reliability. The two discrete input channels are each equipped with balanced, combination jack/XLR connectors and a level control, catering for a range of music sources from low impedance microphones, acoustic guitars and keyboards to MP3 players and mixing consoles, selectable via a mic/line slide switch.

Yamaha DBR Series

Yamaha’s DBR Series represents the most portable powered loudspeakers offered by the manufacturer. The DBR10, DBR12, and DBR15 all feature state-of-the-art DSP technology, Yamaha’s FIR-X tuning, and D-CONTOUR dynamic multi-band processing. The onboard, 2-channel mixer is designed for ease of use, and the DBR’s Class-D amplifier delivers up 1,000 watts of power. The Yamaha DBR15 15-inch active speaker is said to withstand 132dB SPL while still delivering an accurate and controlled performance. Using the latest DSP, Yamaha applied its FIR-X tuning to optimize the sound and protection algorithms of the DBR15. A switchable highpass filter also makes it easy to add a subwoofer to a P.A. rig. Proprietary FIR-X tuning delivers excellent sound quality with high resolution and a smooth frequency response. D-Contour optimizes the DBR15 for main speaker or floor monitor use. Its onboard mixer lets users select either a direct output or a mixed output. It offers comprehensive inputs for mixer, musical instrument or media players.

Yorkville ParaSource Series

Yorkville’s ParaSource Series cabinets (PS10P, PS12P and PS15P) featuring large conical horns are designed for superior performance in point source configurations. Manufactured in Canada, all ParaSource Series cabinets are built using the same rugged high impact ABS cabinet construction as used in the company’s Paraline Series. They include Class-D amplifiers, resonant mode switching power supplies, DSP control, integrated multi-band limiting, and switchable bass boost. Cast aluminum chassis with integrated angled heat sinking ensure that ParaSource Series cabinets will operate on any angle, in virtually any environment without need for fan cooling. The speakers also have a metal grille design and large, flared ports to minimize chuffing and vent noise. ParaSource Series Cabinets have improved handle design and standmount adaptors making them the ideal lightweight solution for mobile P.A. and DJ applications. Improved cabinet geometry ensures ParaSource cabinets will operate ideally as front-of-house or monitor applications. Paintable ABS Cabinet design and integrated flypoints allow ParaSource Loudspeakers to easily be incorporated into any installation.

 

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