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Road-Worthy Gear: New Sound Reinforcement Products, June 2009

Mix magazine new sound reinforcement products column in the June 2009 issue of Mix magazine live sound products section article

Mackie HD Series Powered Speakers

Slated to ship this month, Mackie‘s HD Series high-definition powered loudspeakers have up to 1,800 watts of Class-D amplification and active crossovers with onboard 3-band sweep-mid EQ, transducer time alignment and phase-correction circuitry. The $1,249/list HD1521 two-way and $1,499 HD1531 three-way speakers feature custom transducer design and system tuning by EAW, with 15-inch neodymium woofers and 1.75-inch titanium compression drivers and a 6-inch mid driver/WaveFront™ mid/high horn on the HD1331. The all-wood cabinets have a pole-mount socket and 12 integral fly points for horizontal or vertical rigging.

AKG D7 LTD Vocal Mic

Featuring a high-gloss chrome finish is AKG‘s new reference dynamic microphone, the redesigned, limited-edition D7 LTD. The 7.3-inch, 12-ounce mic has a Laminate Varimotion diaphragm, integrated 80Hz highpass filter to eliminate all handling noise and a replaceable inner windscreen. This supercardioid model has a 70-20k Hz frequency response and handles SPLs up to 156 dB. In addition to the new D7 LTD, other available models in the series include the D7 S (with on/off switch) and the D7 WL1, a threaded interchangeable capsule head for use with AKG WMS 4500 wireless models.

JBL ScreenArray Cinema Speakers

Designed for high-end/digital cinema systems, JBL second-generation ScreenArray loudspeakers feature new large-format, 3-inch, neodymium titanium diaphragm HF drivers; new low-distortion Optimized Aperture waveguides; Screen Spreading Compensation™ horns optimized for perf screens; and an improved, patented crossover design. Lows are handled by JBL’s Differential Drive, Direct Cooled™ 15-inch woofers. The line includes the 4732, 3732 and 3731 three-way systems (available in triamped and biamped versions), and the 4722 and 3722 two-way speakers (offered as biamped or passive systems).