Whether hanging from an arena, installed in a house of worship or on a stand for a local coffee-bar gig, P.A. systems are an essential element in any live performance. When looking to upgrade a system, safe and easy rigging, advanced digital control, amplifier integration and great sound are high on the features list—and manufacturers are responding in kind. Here, listed in alphabetical order, is what’s new in line array products for your listening pleasure.
Aiming, speaker curvature and amplification are calculated for each A-Line AcousticsCustom EMMA Curve installation. The company customizes the color, shape and rigging.
The AdamsonMetrix W two-way line source array features a 15-degree trapezoidal cabinet design. It has an Adamson ND8-ML 8.5-inch Kevlar neodymium low-mid frequency driver and B&C DE800 1.4-inch HF compression driver with Adamson’s patented HF wave-shaping chamber. A convertible cardioid Sub (a single-sided box that can be arrayed conventionally or in back-to-front pairs) uses the AIR™ System with the Metrix Frame Link Adapter to fly subs behind the array.
Alcons Audio’s LR7 passive two-way line-source system features 90-degree dispersion with seamless coverage due to the ribbon’s all-natural cylindrical (Isophasic) wavefront. Transient response and high peak power handling are 800W/200 ms. It is available in 90- and 120-degree configurations, and can be combined with a pressure-bass or deep-sub system. The LR7Bass double-tuned bandpass bass system features a 12-inch long-excursion woofer with Neodymium magnet structure. The concentric bandpass configuration offers LR7-tuned bass response in full-space (flown) and increased efficiency in half-space (stacked) applications.
The Apogee Sound bi-amped, two-way ALA-3’s modules incorporate two 10-inch cone-type drivers for the LF and dual 1-inch exit compression drivers for the HF. Sharing the same compound trapezoid vented design but larger is the bi-amped, two-way ALA-5, which uses dual 15-inch cone-type drivers for the LF and two 1-inch exit compression drivers for the HF. The tri-amped, three-way ALA-9 uses two 15-inch cone-type drivers for the LF, two 10-inch cone drivers for mids and three 2-inch exit compression drivers for the HF.
The D.A.S. AudioAero 8A ultracompact enclosure offers a third-generation Class-D power amplifier and digital signal processing. The amplifier offers 250W for the LF loudspeaker and 100W for the HF driver. A two-position HF EQ compensation switch adjusts the HF response for arrays of four, or eight or more units. Low-frequency reproduction is handled by the D.A.S. 8MN 8-inch transducer.
d&b T Series’ T10 cabinet
d&b audiotechnikT Series includes the T10 cabinet, a passive, two-way design with two 6.5-inch drivers and a 1.4-inch exit HF compression driver. The HF driver is fitted to a waveguide horn, producing vertical line source directivity with a 90-degree horizontal pattern maintained down to approximately 600 Hz. An acoustic lens placed in front of the horn widens horizontal dispersion to 105 degrees; rotation of the horn by 90 degrees relative to this produces an accurate point-source dispersion.
Comprising CROMO 8, 10 and 12 with a power output of 100W, 180W and 300W, respectively, each model from dbTechnologies features asymmetrical CD horns and a mic input on XLR and jack sockets. The Opera 610D compact full-range loudspeaker features a 600W/RMS digital digipro power amp, neodymium components and 24-bit sound processor.
EAW’s KF200NT comprises a 10-inch woofer with 2.5-inch voice coil and a coaxial mid-high driver (8-inch cone MF with 2-inch voice coil and 1.75-inch voice coil compression driver HF), and features a 1,500W amplifier. The module has EAW Focusing™ processing, software-accessible DSP and U-Net™ network.
The XLC full-bandwidth three-way line array system from Electro-Voice is an axis-asymmetrical design: Within each XLC cabinet, mid- and high-range drivers are arrayed vertically. The design includes a passive crossover for bi-amp operation. A 12-inch E-V speaker is used for LF/mid-bass. Two 6.5-inch custom-designed drivers in a vertical array comprise the mid-frequency bandpass. For high-frequency summing, the Hydra plane-wave generator can be tuned to produce optimal wavefront geometry for any design.
The JBLVT4886 subcompact, passive, three-way line array element has an integrated mid/high waveguide for vertical wavefront control and 110-degree horizontal dispersion. Other features include four midrange transducers with Thermomaster® cooling and Radiation Boundary Integrator® technology, and an LF diffraction absorber.
KS Audio’s CPD LINE AutoCurve® offers built-in hang-angle re-adjustment motors and an automatic FIR processing/EQ-compensation program. The AutoCurve system comprises CPD top-enclosure units (each with two 8-inch MF drivers and 1-inch HF compression driver); FIRTEC DSP; and rear-mounted, self-powered, 1,000W amplification driven by MOSFET PWM (Class-D) FET power.
L-Acoustics’ KARA offers the SB18 subwoofer for reinforced LF contour applications and the company’s Wavefront Sculpture Technology. Features include added LF resources for increased bandwidth and coherence, improved directivity control in the horizontal plane, vertical coverage capability and improved ergonomics. Also included is LA-RAK touring rack and LA8 amplified controller preset library.
Martin Audio’s MLA multi-cellular loudspeaker array’s methodology uses numerical optimization of the array’s output based on an acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and powering capability. Each 24-enclosure array has 144 cells, and the company’s Display 2 system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell.
Three new modules join McCauley Sound’s MONARC system: the full-range MLA6 and mid-sized MLA3, and the MS6 sub. The MLA6’s Integrated Rigging System allows a MLA6 column to be rolled into place, interconnected, set to angle and lifted into the air without the need for any tools, additional parts or special hardware. The MLA6’s Intercell Summation Aperture™ and Adaptive Density Inverse Flat Lens™ technologies work with the cell’s mid/high complement to integrate mid- and HF energies into a single, vertically continuous wavefront.
MINA from Meyer Sound produces up to 128dB SPL over its 100-degree horizontal coverage area. MINA can be used as a curvilinear array system, as well as in frontfill and under-balcony applications. Options include weather protection, custom color cabinets and low-profile rigging pins.
Palace Theatre’s installation of a Nexo GEO S12 system
The NEXOGEO S1210/S1230 speaker cabinets are based on a 12-inch low driver and 3-inch compression driver, and can be stacked or positioned in a horizontal or vertical array. The NXStream DSP algorithms provide mid- and HF response and increased control and protection of the LF drivers. When using GEOSoft2 (a NEXO 242ES digital controller) with sensing protection, the models offer predictable coverage and comprehensive protection.
The OAP Audio VS8 Series “Vertical Stack” system comprises the VS8-215 long-throw sub and three bi-amped, two-way, mid-high modules: VS8-60 (60-degree dispersion), VS8-90 (90-degree) and VS8-120 (120-degree). The VS8-215 uses dual 15-inch LF drivers with horn-loaded porting.
When used with the TOC™ R2 processor, the FT.LA from PAS provides consistent off-axis performance. The standard FT.LA frame is 18.5 inches deep, allowing for arrays up to eight deep. The 12.LA 12-inch coaxial system features the same qualities as the FT.LA, with a passive network containing dividing filters, time-correction delay and equalization.
Peavey’s three-way Versarray 212 enclosure offers two 12-inch Black Widow® woofers with dual 4-inch voice coils and a symmetrical-drive neodymium magnet design; 10 2.5-inch Neo midrange drivers; four waveguide-mounted planar ribbon drivers; and the company’s patent-pending Ram Air Cooling design, a dissipation process that radiates heat away from the voice coil and speaker cone.
QSC’s KLA Series active line array system comprises the KLA12 12-inch, two-way element and KLA18 18-inch direct-radiating sub. The KLA12 is an 18-degree fixed-arcuate line array element; installers can create a 90x90 degree array using five KLA12 enclosures. It features Ar-Q™ tuning and configuration and the SOLO™ rigging system.
TheRCF D Line speaker series comprises HD10-A and HD22-A active two-way monitors, HDL20-A active module and HDL18-S sub. All transducers offer lightweight neodymium magnets. Features include a high-power woofer, and 1- and 2-inch neodymium compression drivers with a pure titanium dome.
Renkus-Heinz's IC2 features four 8-inch LF neodymium transducers and 1-inch titanium nitride–coated HF drivers. Each two-way 8-inch module can be used as a stand-alone loudspeaker, a small ground-stack or a flown array of up to 20 cabinets.
The SLSLS6600CP full-range module features a new HF waveguide, coplanar mounting and D-fend technology. A coplanar driver arrangement uses a proprietary 6.5-inch cast frame, while a neodymium composite-cone woofer with a symmetrical axially mounted planar ribbon driver produces symmetrical pattern control. LASS software allows users to predict coverage.
The TCS AudioTM10X has a 10-inch B&C neodymium coaxial transducer mounted in a vented enclosure. The TM112 offers a 12-inch B&C neodymium LF transducer in a vented enclosure with a 1.4-inch exit B&C titanium HF compression driver coupled to a rotatable 80x60-degree horn. The TM115 features a 15-inch B&C neodymium LF transducer in a vented enclosure with a 1.4-inch exit B&C titanium HF compression driver coupled to a rotatable 80x60-degree horn for controlled dispersion. The TM206 dedicated fill loudspeaker features dual 6-inch neodymium low-mid frequency transducers and a 1-inch exit, HF driver coupled to a 90x60-degree rotatable horn. The TM215S sub has dual 15-inch B&C LF transducers mounted in a bandpass enclosure.
TOA’s Type H speakers feature Sync-Drive technology that keeps the audio in phase with its sources. The series comprises shorter designs SR-H2L (straight) and SR-H2S (curved), and longer designs SR-H3L (straight) and SR-H3S (curve). The short models contain nine vertically connected speakers; the long models have 16 speakers.
WorxAudio TrueLine V5
WorxAudio Technologies’ TrueLine V5 includes a medium-form, 1-inch exit compression driver coupled to a stabilized, FlatWave™ Former (wave-shaping device) that delivers clear high frequencies over a controlled coverage area. Dual 5-inch neo-magnet cone transducers coupled to the Acoustic Intergrading Module (A.I.M.) minimize cone filtering.