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Mackie Unveils HD Series Powered Loudspeakers

Mackie HD1521 2-way loudspeaker

On April 1 at Musikmesse Frankfurt, Mackie will launch its HD Series high-definition powered loudspeakers for live sound. The HD1521 ($1,249.99 MSRP) 2-way and HD1531 ($1,499.99 MSRP) 3-way offer Class-D amplifier technology, delivering up to 1,800 watts of peak system power. Mackie’s products with “active” electronics are designed for perfectly tuned system, incorporating precision crossovers, transducer time alignment and phase correction circuitry in the box. Mackie states that its HD Series loudspeakers further implement patented acoustic correction processing that counters the inherent physical attributes that can make typical loudspeakers sound “honky” or washed out.

“Our new HD Series loudspeakers are on the cutting edge of loudspeaker technology,” says Greg Young, Mackie brand product manager. “They offer more watts per dollar than the competition and the sonic clarity is nothing short of amazing.”

Mackie HD1521 loudspeaker in a vertical rigging

HD Series loudspeakers offer custom transducer design and system tuning by the high-end touring experts at EAW. Neodymium woofers measuring 15 inches are matched with the 1.75-inch heat-treated titanium compression driver. The HD1531 3-way also features a 6-inch midrange driver and Mackie’s optimized WaveFront mid-/high-horn system for ultra-wide, consistent coverage. A user-adjustable 3-band EQ with a sweepable midrange lets users gently and flexibly EQ the system for the application at hand, a feature that Mackie recommends for smaller setups that may not have a ton of outboard gear. The rugged all-wood cabinets feature 12 integral fly-points for horizontal or vertical rigging and both models are pole-mountable. Integrated protection circuitry and robust build quality ensures years of reliable use.

“HD loudspeakers deliver immense power, are ultra-compact and lightweight and offer unmatched clarity,” Young adds. “We truly elevate the experience for the audience, not to mention the engineer.”

Mackie states that HD Series high-definition powered loudspeakers will be available in the Americas and Asia in May 2009, while Europe will have availability in June 2009.

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