From festival concerts to corporate events, from Seattle civic events to U.S. Navy celebrations, the EAW NTL720 offers a lightweight, compact sound system solution thatâ€™s widely scalable and highly flexible
Whitinsville, MA, USA, December 3, 2009 â€“ Flamingo Audio Owner Brad Walker comes from a music recording background, and his company still does plenty of that at their Seattle-area facility. But their real bread and butter these days comes from systems installation and live sound. As Walker puts it, â€œThe installation work keeps us smart, and the live sound work makes us fast.â€? And for a company that has to cover as many categories of events as Flamingo Audio â€“ from concerts to corporate, from government to tribal â€“ the EAWÂ® NTL720 Self-Powered Line Array Loudspeaker System
has been a versatile solution. Walker first acquired his NTL720 boxes a year-and-a-half ago, and theyâ€™ve been in constant use ever since.
â€œWe really like the physical form factor of the NTL720, as well as the way it sounds,â€? says Walker, who notes that the NTL720â€™s compact dimensions, flexible mounting possibilities and scalable deployment let it be used in a wide range of situations. For instance, at the Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival, which attracts over 50,000 people each year, Flamingo Audio used 16 NTL720 boxes, set up eight per side on a stage that hosted music acts ranging from brass bands to rock bands to a flamenco guitarist. â€œThe system had to cover a music performance area of about 1,000 people and cover all these types of music without sounding hyped,â€? he explains. â€œThe NTL720 performed flawlessly for every genre on that stage.â€? For the University of Puget Soundâ€™s last two annual commencement ceremonies, 12 NTL720 boxes per side easily covered an event attended by an estimated 8,000 people, with EAW NT29 Self-Powered Full-Range Loudspeakers used as fills. â€œThe last two years with NTL720s required very minor system EQ during setup, which is a good thing â€“ we never get a soundcheck with the actual people speaking, and hear them for the first time with the rest of the audience.â€? he says.
The NTL720 turned in the same flawless performance when the Suquamish Tribe hosted the 2009 Tribal Canoe Journey, where eight NTL720s covered a 5-acre food and gathering area with a single cluster, and for U.S. Navy change-of-command ceremonies, where, as Walker jokes, â€œYou cannot even think of making a mistake.â€? Citing the NTL720â€™s consistently great sound in such varied environments and how its captive rigging allows it go up quickly and safely, Walker says the NTL720 has been a huge help for his business. â€œItâ€™s a great box for so many reasons,â€? he says. â€œI canâ€™t imagine where we canâ€™t use them.â€?
About the NTL720
The EAW NTL720 is a self-powered line array loudspeaker system featuring a true three-way design and numerous other EAW-patented and -proprietary technologies housed in an extremely compact (9.4â€? x 24â€? x 14.3â€?) and low-weight (less than 50 pounds) package. The entire enclosure face of each NTL720 module is filled by a full-sized mid/high horn providing 110-degree (horizontal) by 12-degree (vertical) dispersion. The extreme horn size insures broadband pattern control throughout the entire MF/HF pass-band. High frequencies are produced by six 1-inch dome tweeters, configured in two vertical columns (each with three tweeters) mounted on a manifold that feeds a single slot in the center of the horn, highly effective in controlling vertical dispersion. Flanking the HF section, dual 6-inch cone woofers handle the MF range, also loading on to the horn, with minimal space between the MF and HF components enhancing coherency and improving overall off-axis response. The LF section features EAWâ€™s proprietary Phase Aligned approach, first deployed in KF730 Series line arrays. Both 6-inch LF drivers are positioned in a side-mounted â€œfigure-8â€? configuration that extends horizontal pattern control while directing more acoustical energy on axis. The response of the MF drivers is also extended down to 100 Hz, furthering low-end presence and impact. The onboard self-powering technology includes three individual modified 500-watt Class-D (digital) amplifier modules, each tailored for its respective subsection (LF, LF/MF, and HF – all 4-ohm loads). Each amplifier module is accompanied by its own precisely matched digital signal processor. Headlining the DSP is EAWâ€™s Gunness Focusingâ„¢ alignment and driver processing algorithms that produce horn-loaded performance comparable to premium direct-radiating studio monitors.
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