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
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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).