Jun 16, 2014 3:51 PM, By Bennett Liles
The QX596i from EAW has proven itself in sports facilities, theme parks, and commercial facilities with three-way performance from four 12in. LF transducers, a mid/high compression driver with a 90°x60° constant directivity horn, and a 1.75in. HF compression driver. These provide high power output to cut through background noise typically encountered outdoors. With EAW’s WP option, speaker enclosures are built into a fiberglass shell with input cover plates, sealed access hatches, and drivers/transducers designed specifically for outdoor applications. Together in the QX596i, they provide a frequency operating range of 55Hz to 20kHz. The “WP” or weather-protected finish is available as an option for many models, including the QX series, MK series, and others.
Electro-Voice configured the 8in. two-way ZX1i for indoor/outdoor installations with its EV8L 8in. weatherized cone high-output LF transducer and DH2005 1in. exit compression driver. Available in two coverage patterns, 90˚x50˚ for clustering and 100˚x100˚, the unit has a rotatable horn to suit horizontal or vertical mounting. The included QuickSAM mounting system features a bracket onto which the speaker is snapped and then tightened to the desired position. The molded polymer enclosure can be fitted with a multilayer grille of hydrophobic cloth and weatherized components that enable it to perform in a variety of environmental conditions.
A member of the versatile AE series from JBL, the bracket-mounted, two-way AW-595 combines a 2265H-1 15in. LF driver with a 2432H HF 3in. voice-coil compression driver. The rotatable Progressive Transition waveguide is designed to allow the unit to be horizontally or vertically oriented. Constructed of multilayer glass composite and heavily braced for best low-frequency performance, the enclosure is fitted with a 400W, 70V/100V transformer. The internal components are protected by a 14-gauge stainless steel grille, backed with open-cell foam and stainless steel mesh. The enclosures are available in gray and black finish.
One of the more innovative and unusual speaker arrays to make the news is the flexible K-array Anakonda KAN200. Each one is 6.6ft. long and houses eight 1in. Neodymium cone drivers with a combined program power handling capacity of 150W. Each unit is equipped with an NL4 connector at each end so they can be daisy-chained to cover a wide area. The KAN200 comes with two covering socks, one white and one black, to blend in with its environment. The IP55-rated array can be wrapped around objects or placed along an edge where it appears almost like a trim piece.
The OS-50 from Lowell Manufacturing is a very small, bracket-mounted, full-range speaker system with an aluminum bracket and grille. The indoor/outdoor enclosure contains a 5.25in. polypropylene-coated woofer with a rubber surround and a 1/2in. PEI driver for mid/high response. These produce a frequency response of 104Hz to 17.3kHz, and the unit can handle 50W power. On the back is a removable four-conductor Phoenix connector protected by a weather-resistant terminal cover and rubber grommet. Next to this is a power tap selector switch for 8Ω, 70V, 50V, or 100V distributed installations.
The Martin Audio AM12 two-way, full-range weatherized enclosure is made to operate in big outdoor venues where long distance and rough weather conditions present a challenge. The passive system incorporates a 300W 12in. direct-radiating reflex-loaded low-frequency transducer with a waterproof cone coupled with a 1in. exit HF compression driver mounted on a rotatable 80°x50° constant directivity horn. The cabinet’s components are protected by a high-density polyurethane coating and the grille includes a water barrier. The AM12 delivers a frequency response of 65Hz to 18kHz±3dB.
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