Road-Worthy Gear: New Sound Reinforcement Products, May 2010

Mix magazine new sound reinforcement products column in the May 2010 issue of Mix magazine live sound products section article
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Crown XLS Amplifiers
Crown’s XLS Series stereo amps employ a PureBand crossover system where users can select crossover points (with or without PeakX limiting) from 50 to 3k Hz for matching most bi-amped speakers. Power (at 4 ohms) ranges from 350 to 775W/channel. Integrated DriveCore technology provides the highest level of performance as though a power conditioner was built directly into the amplifier. Weight is just 11 pounds.

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Radian Apex Monitors
The Apex Series of ultracompact, passive two-way floor monitors incorporate Radian’s top-end coaxial 12- or 15-inch neodymium loudspeakers with 2-inch exit-compression drivers. The low-profile enclosures are almost half the size of many conventional stage monitors and feature 500W RMS power handling, 13-ply Baltic birch construction and a hidden cable-management system to prevent accidental damage to its twin NL-4 connectors.

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Electro-Voice ZXA1 Powered Loudspeaker
The ZXA1 is a bi-amped (800W total) two-way system capable of 123dB max SPLs with an 8-inch woofer and 1-inch exit, titanium diaphragm compression driver on a rotatable 90x50-degree horn. The lightweight (less than 20-pound) molded enclosure has a built-in pole mount and an integrated angle for use as a stage wedge. Onboard electronics include line and mic inputs, and a selectable highpass filter for use with subwoofers.