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TOURING LOUDSPEAKERS: BUYER'S GUIDE

Touring loudspeaker systems are a big-ticket item for any sound company, national or regional. And, unlike outboard gear or microphones, new packages 1/01/1999 7:00 AM Eastern

Touring loudspeaker systems are a big-ticket item for any sound company, national or regional. And, unlike outboard gear or microphones, new packages don't generally come out annually. In this special buyer's guide, we have focused on systems introduced in 1998 or early 1999.

We have attempted to make the chart comprehensive, but there are some omissions. We excluded some big names commonly associated with loudspeakers, such as Clair Bros. and Showco, as their proprietary systems are not sold through the usual channels, if at all. Some major systems, such as Electro-Voice's X-Array, were omitted because the products were introduced before January 1998. And there was not enough room to include information on input connectors, rigging options, recommended subwoofers and amplifier power ratings. Readers should contact the manufacturers for further details.

For the purposes of this chart, the category of touring loudspeakers does not include in-ear monitors or wedge monitors, unless the latter were also designed to be pole-mounted as a small P.A. Prices and specifications were provided by the manufacturers.