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L-Acoustic Shows Constant-Curvature Line Source “WST”

L-Acoustic (Booth C11908) has introduced two models of Constant-Curvature line source speakers. ”WST” stands for Wavefront Sculpture Technology, where boxes can be used individually or in small arrays as a point-source solution, or arrayed with multiple units as a line source, without destructive interference effects.

 

 The line source can be deployed either horizontally or vertically, with a coverage angle proportional to the number of enclosures in the array (N x 22.5 degrees). On the other plane—vertical or horizontal, respectively—the ARCS II line source provides an asymmetrical coverage angle of 60 degrees (20/40). The orientation of the ARCS II enclosures within the array determines asymmetric distribution, allowing the use of a horizontal ARCS II line source either for upward or downward coverage.

 

ARCS II can be quickly deployed as a tightly packed front of house system for medium throw applications with high-SPL LF impact and excellent stereo imaging. With precise and flexible coverage capability, the ARCS II is also well-suited for use as a distributed system, center cluster for theatrical work, sidefill monitoring, flown or stacked center fill, stereo front fill, offstage fill or delay system for concert audiences in stadiums and arenas.

 

The LA-RAK touring rack and LA8 amplified controller preset library deliver an extremely advanced and precise drive system for ARCS II. Additional features include the L-DRIVE intelligent two-way transducer protection circuit (Peak and RMS limiting) and unique Array Morphing EQ interface allowing the engineer to quickly adjust the tonal balance of the system to produce a reference curve or ensure consistency of the system’s sonic signature with multiple arrays of different types and sizes.

DriveCore Install from Crown Expands with New Networked Amps

As the HARMAN family continues to develop an integrated approach to its product line with the HiQnet Audio Architect system for control and monitoring based on TCP/IP protocols, Crown (Booth C10122) is expanding with a powerful pair of amplifiers well-suited to high-power/high-quality installations.  The DCi Network Display 8|600 and 4|1250 amplifiers feature front-panel status display and AVB (Audio Video Bridging) connectivity.  The eight- and four-channel amps will be the first amplifiers to be certified by the AVnu Alliance, and are designed for reliable networked operation utilizing AVB network protocols.

 

The eight-channel DCi 8|600 delivers 600W into 8 ohms, (300, 600 and 300W into 16, 4, and 2 ohms), and the four-channel DCi 4|1250 provides 1250W per channel into 8, 4, or 2 ohms (625/ch. Into 16 ohms), with direct drive “constant voltage capabilities, eliminating the need for step up transformers in 70Vrms and 100Vrms applications.  A front-panel display and LED indicators provide at-a-glance indication of key parameters, and a large multifunction knob and push buttons access control functions.

PreSonus has Speakers in “the Worx”

PreSonus (Booth C11341) has announced acquisition of loudspeaker manufacturer WorxAudio Technologies, Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina.  WorxAudio has been a leader in the mid- and large-scale church market, professional touring market, and corporate installations since it’s founding in 1979.  PreSonus intends to leverage the knowledge of these markets, and will take advantage of driver, systems, and mechanical design into future PreSonus offerings for the portable and touring markets, and the needed support of those customers.

 

WorxAudio will be demonstrating their TrueLIne™ X2 and V5 compact line arrays in Demo Room N104 (North Hall) at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Other WorxAudio products can be found at Booth C11746.

New Commercial Installation Solutions from Yamaha

Yamaha Commercial Audio System, Inc. (Booth C10716) has debuted two new amplifiers in their growing Commercial Installations Solutions (CIS) product line.  The MA2030 Mixer Amplifier combines a powerful combination of functionality for small installed sound applications like conference rooms, restaurants, and other mixed use applications.  The internal DSP allows ducking, feedback reduction, auto leveling, speaker processing, 2 x 30 amplifier at a price point not seen before in the market.

 

Adding more power to an installation can be easily accomplished by adding the PA2030 amplifier for an additional 2 x 30 watt amplifier.  It also works as a stand-alone unit, driving high- or low-impedance loads.  The highly efficient Class-D amp design requires no fans for cooling, and requires extremely low-current draw minimizing electricity consumption, and famous Yamaha reliability.

RSG adds Multi-format Switchers

Roland Systems Group (Booth C10536) launches the new XS Series- a new line of Muliti-Format Matrix Switchers with high-quality integrated video and audio conversion and switching.  Intended for fixed installations, three models support eight HDMI, RGB/Component/S-video/Composite inputs.  The XS-84H, XS-83H, and XS-82H all have 8 inputs, with four, three, and two HDMI or HDBaseT outputs respectively.

 

Ideal applications include conference rooms, educational auditoriums and media presentation rooms, performing arts centers, churches, convention centers, and teleconferencing, and 4k to 1080p.  Audio can be embedded into outputs, via the eight onboard stereo inputs (two also support microphones) and/or HDMI audio, as well as de-embedded on output.  The XS Series can be remotely controlled by the XS Remote, LAN connection, RS-232C, or the native iPad app.

Barco Mixes it Up at InfoComm

Barco’s new LED product. It’s the most high res LED– 1.6mm pixel pitch– that’s ever been done for a rugged, premium LED product for the event/staging market. Normally this high of a resolution you only see in indoor LED.

After seeing some small-scale 3D projection mapping demos at InfoComm yesterday, more intriguing demos keep turning up at InfoComm. Not in Barco booth but in a separate demo room in the convention center, Barco is showing some interesting things. The company has a laser phosphor projector in the 7K lumen range– a nice compliment to its huge-gun laser projector for the cinema market about which we heard Monday at the Display Summit at InfoComm. And also a nice pixel-mapping demo at small scale–reproducing building-size 3D projection mapping.

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Dawn Pro Audio Announces AW Series

Matt Thornton, director of sales at Dawn Pro Audio, poses with the AW series loudspeaker system.

Walking along the red carpet of InfoComm’s Audio Pavilion, the endless parade of loudspeaker systems may seem a little repetitive. While reputation for many of these high end speaker companies attract installers to their booths to view the latest products, for those smaller companies, you need a certain form of creativity in your design to really stick in someone’s mind.

 

Such is the case with Dawn Pro Audio (Booth #C10746), a company that fell off the map for 15 years before it was scooped up by Hanser Music Group and is now releasing new loudspeaker systems for the rental and installation markets.

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Christie Introduces Ruggedized Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 3-Chip DLP at InfoComm 2014

Christie welcomes the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 to its powerful solutions line-up at InfoComm 2014. Ruggedized and designed for rental staging, the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP projectors deliver 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution at 60Hz – with optional 120Hz capability – and 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively.

For rental/staging applications including amusement parks, concerts, live event theaters, casinos, sporting events, large sales meetings, conventions, and more, the Roadie 4K25 and Roadie 4K35 are equipped with Christie TruLife proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second processing and built-in image warping and blending to deliver the high brightness, high-resolution videos and graphics that make presentations comes alive. READ ON AT THE WIRE>>

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Installed Sound Round Up Day 1

JBL's commercial amps and mixer-amps are Energy Star certified.

Whether you’re representing a nightclub, house of worship, restaurant, or similar venue, choosing a reliable and high-quality audio system is key. Luckily, manufacturers in the pro audio realm are constantly working to improve their systems and make them more commercial friendly. more…

InfoComm 2014 Show Daily: Day 2

Need to catch up with what’s happening at the show? Check out the daily from day two.

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