At Winter NAMM in Anaheim, Calif., this week, VUE Audiotechnik (booth #6464) is showing the first product in its new al-Class of professional loudspeakers. The al-4 Subcompact Line Array System combines advanced technologies such as a beryllium compression driver, Kevlar/Neo LF transducers, and precision amplification and DSP with an ultra-compact and scalable design capable of addressing new applications.
The al-4 Line Array System includes the al-4 Acoustic Element and the rackmount V4 Systems Engine. The compact al-4 Acoustic Element measures 18.9×5.5×10.3 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 18 pounds. Drivers are loaded in an M/T/M (LF/HF/LF) configuration for symmetrical horizontal consistency. Two 4-inch Kevlar cone neodymium woofers flank a VUE-designed, 1-inch exit neodymium compression driver with a Truextent beryllium diaphragm. The beryllium compression driver is mounted to a precision waveguide delivering 90 degrees of horizontal coverage.
The dual rackspace V4 Systems Engine is a 2-input/4-output configuration capable of powering up to eight al-4 elements with two channels at 1,600 watts each for the low frequency and two channels at 550 W each for the high frequency (pure, sine wave rating). The V4 also handles all system management including speaker protection, and system-optimized alignment of EQ, time and crossover functions.
The V4 Systems Engine includes networking capabilities as standard, allowing easy access to each element and/or device on the network through VUE’s intuitive SystemVUE software.
The al-4 Subcompact Line Array System is sold in standard “blocks”, with a single V4 Systems Engine and eight al-4 Acoustic Elements comprising a single block. Multiple al-4 blocks can be combined to address larger applications. For applications where extended low frequency is required, the al-4 is fully compatible with a variety of VUE subwoofers. Flexible rigging options allow flying, ground stacking, and pole mounting on stands or atop VUE subwoofers.