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QSC WideLine-8

The new WideLine-8 line array system packs full-size line array performance into small enclosures. Including the full-range WL3082 and WL212-sw subwoofer, the WideLine-8 Series offers the same wide, 140-degree horizontal coverage as larger WideLine models, excellent ergonomics and a rigging system integrated into each enclosure that provides strength to accommodate arrays of up to 12 boxes with a 10:1 design factor.

The WL3082 measures less than 20 inches wide and nine inches high, and has an operable range from 68 to 20k Hz. Relying on a tri-amplified configuration (there are no passive components), the enclosure is outfitted with a pair of high-powered, 8-inch drivers with neodymium magnets. While both of these elements cover low frequencies, only one extends into the midrange to ensure that horizontal dispersion control is maintained at the crossover point.

High frequencies within the WL3082 are managed by a 3-inch voice coil-equipped neodymium compression driver coupled to QSC’s patented 140-degree multiple aperture diffraction waveguide. Extending nearly to the top and bottom of the enclosure, the waveguide exit creates a continuous acoustical source with minimal discontinuities between adjacent elements to greatly reduce the negative impact of driver interaction. To minimize the frontal area of the system to a bare minimum, the ports were moved to the sides of the enclosure and incorporated within a patented handle design.

The WL212-sw sub uses a pair of long-excursion 12-inch woofers with 4-inch voice coils. Producing 135.4dB peak SPL with an extended range down to 32 Hz, the sub delivers serious sonic punch with a high sensitivity of 99 dB and 1,100W of continuous power handling capacity. Employing a fourth-order bandpass design, the sub matches the width of the full-range WL3082, allowing it to be flown in-line with or behind a WideLine-8 array. Its extremely low profile (less than 15 inches) also makes it suited for either fixed or portable use when system subs must be located under a stage or in other tight spaces.

Every WideLine-8 enclosure is constructed from Baltic Birch plywood finished with an eco-friendly, waterborne polymer that is field-repairable. Suspension fittings found on each cabinet are made of aluminum.

Set to ship later this spring, the WideLine-8 WL3082 and WL212-sw subwoofer will have an MSRP of $3,159 and $2,999, respectively.

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