DPA CARDIOID HEADBAND MIC
The Model 4088 from DPA Microphones (www.dpamicrophones.com) is the company's first cardioid headband mic. Designed for applications requiring high gain before feedback and situations with high background (onstage) noise levels, the Model 4088 has a response tailored for vocal applications (±2 dB from 100-20k Hz with 4-6dB soft boost at 15 kHz) and is available in unobtrusive black or beige finishes.
TURBOSOUND ASPECT SERIES
Turbosound's (www.turbosound.com) two-box/four-way Aspect system is the company's most efficient system to date. Designed to outperform line arrays, Aspect is scalable to fit venues from clubs to stadiums, and uses “polyhorns” — unique multicellular HF and MHF horns — to create a phase-coherent, curved wavefront with sharply defined coverage. Aspect features integral flying hardware, a rotatable mid-high section (with dual HF drivers and three 10-inch cones for midrange) for horizontal or vertical use and dual horn-loaded 15-inch woofers in the matching low box.
E-V PLASMA SPEAKERS
The Plasma speaker series from Electro-Voice (www.electrovoice.com) comprises a 15-inch, two-way, bi-amped (550 plus 150 watts) Plasma P1 and the optional P2, a single 18-inch powered (800W) subwoofer. All use lightweight, no-fan, Class-H onboard amplification and premium E-V drivers, such as the EVX155 woofer and the ND6 HF driver with 3-inch diaphragm and 1.4-inch exit. A multi-angle cabinet allows use as a floor monitor or as a main system, and embedded “L” tracks and an optional Plasma Strong Arm offer numerous mounting possibilities.
WHARFEDALE PRO TWIN X SERIES
New from Wharfedale Pro (www.wharfedalepro.com), Twin X is a series of coaxial two-way speakers available in 8 to 15-inch configurations (the Twin-8, 10, 12, 15 and the Twin-C15HB and C18HB subwoofers). All are unpowered systems with internal crossovers; their compact size makes them suitable for mains, stage monitoring or near-field fill applications. All feature 18mm birch-ply cabinets, dual Speakon connectors, steel grilles, pole-mount socket for portable use, onboard HF driver protection, trapezoidal cabinets and wide, smooth dispersion. Cabinets can be ordered in a black or white finish.
SMITH PRO AUDIO 118 PRO MOBILE SUB
Smith Pro Audio's (www.smithproaudio.com) lightweight 118 Pro Mobile Sub provides high-output LF performance rivaling double-18 boxes from a 37×23×23-inch cabinet that's only 99 pounds. Specs include a 38-225Hz (±3dB) frequency response and continuous power handling of 1,250 watts, with 140dB max SPLs. The birch enclosure has a tough Roadcoat™ finish, 16-gauge powder-coated steel grilles and Neutrik connectors. MSRP is $1,999.
MC2 AUDIO E45 LIGHTWEIGHT POWER AMP
Following the successful intro of the E25 and E15 amps last year, MC2 Audio (dist. in the U.S. by Group One, www.g1limited.com) debuts the E45, the third in its E Series of lightweight, touring/rental amps. The E45 is built into a two-rackspace chassis and uses a switch-mode architecture to bring this 2,250-watt/channel (at 4 ohms) amp to 24 pounds, yet it retains the sonic qualities and reliability of the MC and T Series amps but without the physical weight. Features include low-distortion speaker-protection limiters with adjustable threshold points, optional 24dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley crossover cards, a five-year warranty, and full DC, short-circuit and thermal protection.