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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

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.

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.

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 90×50-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.