Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and unpowered configurations for touring, installation and studio applications. At the 2011 AES Convention, Outline introduced two new members of its GTO (Grand Touring Outline) Series of line array speakers: the GTO-DF and GTO-LOW bass extension cabinet (prices TBA).
First introduced at PLASA 2011, the GTO-DF is designed to address the issue of downfill coverage and provide exceptionally high-quality sound to the first several rows of an audience at an event, filling the sonic gap often experienced by event attendees who are seated near the stage. The GTO-DF is a bi-amped system that can handle 800 watts AES and 3,200W peak for the mid-woofer section covering the 200 to 1k Hz range. The high-frequency section handles 250W AES and 1,000W peak, covering a 1kHz to 17.5kHz range. The cabinets weigh in at 172 pounds each.
The GTO-DF’s waveguide offers a purpose built, new horn design and acoustic lens for delivering an accurate performance within the form factor of a GTO array.
GTO-DF’s enclosure features Outline’s exclusive acoustic lens aperture, which gradually flares out downward. The GTO-DF offers four 8-inch mid-woofers and two 3-inch compression drivers (the standard GTO line array cabinet features 10 speakers with two 15-inch woofers, four 8-inch mid-woofers and four 3-inch compression drivers). GTO-DF is mechanically compatible with GTO, so it can be easily added to a flying array. Unique to the GTO-DF is a vertical dispersion range of zero-degrees to minus-25 degrees to ensure precision aiming of the sound into the audience and not onto the stage. The exclusive waveguide offers 120-degrees of coverage from 315 to 17.5k Hz.
Outline GTO-LOW bass extension cabinet
The GTO-LOW bass extension is designed as the dedicated bass extension cabinet for the GTO (Grand Touring Outline) Series line array speakers. GTO-LOW features the same dual 15-inch drive units, physical dimensions and rigging hardware as the standard GTO cabinet for easy transport, setup and maintenance. The cabinets deliver the extended bass response necessary to enhance the sound quality of the GTO Line Array.
GTO-LOW modules have the same footprint and rigging hardware as GTO, so they can be easily incorporated within a GTO array to extend its overall height. Depending on the exact configuration of cabinets, inclusion of GTO-LOW cabinets within a GTO array provides enhanced low frequency directivity and extends the low frequency response of the array. Benefits include the removal of unwanted low frequencies onstage, much greater control over low frequencies in reverberant spaces, and more precise overall system control in acoustically challenging venues.