L-Acoustics announces the launch of the X Series, a new line of coaxial speakers for the installation and rental markets. The three new enclosures in the X Series family—X8, X12 and X15—represent the most recent engineering innovations at L-Acoustics and directly benefit from the research and development breakthroughs that led to the launch of K2 last year.
The new X Series responds to the demands of the industry’s top sound designers. Improvements include high-excursion neodymium drivers, ellipsoid directivity, laminar vented ports and up to 30 percent weight reduction. Used as a stage monitor, the X Series offers low latency monitor presets and a seven percent lower profile. In installation applications the X Series comes with a complete range of flexible rigging accessories and a RAL custom color program. With improved radiation control and low frequency performance, the X Series is a true point-source system, boasting pristine sound for short throw applications.
“The challenge in creating the X Series was to bring all of the experience we gained in designing the K2 to bear on a new series of reference coaxials,” explains Christophe Combet, head of acoustic and instrumentation at L-Acoustics. “We optimized the design, ergonomics, acoustical performance and weight. We used new carpentry techniques to optimize internal volumes, maximize bass and eliminate vibrations, designing a new, aerodynamic form with a slender, low profile that gives a profound feeling of power.”
X8 - Live Monitor
The X8 is the live monitor of the X series. X8 delivers pristine sound with the L-Acoustics signature, a high SPL and extended bandwidth for operation at FOH position or in control rooms. Its wide conical directivity pattern imparts a sense of spatialization, with no minimum listening distance.
X12 - Multipurpose
The X12 can cover multiple applications in rental and installation. An ellipsoid directivity of 90° x 60° makes it adaptable to FOH application. The X12 comes with a complete range of rigging accessories and RAL color program for maximum application versatility and seamless integration. Other features include low weight and optimized ergonomics for easy handling and a passive design for effective amplified controller management.
X15 - Reference Stage Monitor
The X15 is the powerhouse of the series, with exceptional power in beamwidth and acoustic isolation. Its narrow, 40° x 60° directivity gives it immunity to feedback, making it perfect for the stage. Low in profile, light in weight and rugged in build, the X15 boasts integrated risers allowing it to go from 35° to 55° for maximum versatility.
“The X Series is the result of an intense R&D process, fully based on feedback from the professionals of the industry and from our own field experience,” continues Combet. “We look forward to working with our installation and rental partners worldwide on the launch later this year.”
The X Series comes as an addition to the ultra-compact 5XT fill launched in 2013 and will ship in Q4 of 2015.