Portable PA Systems
Jul 1, 2014 11:26 AM, By Bennett Liles
EAW has a portable PA solution that blends power and mobility in the KF200NT premium 100-degree conical, three-way loudspeaker. It is equipped with a single 10in. woofer with a 2.5in. voice coil and a coaxial mid-high driver that combines an 8in. MF cone with a 1.75in. compression driver HF. Built with multiple M10 rigging points, the system features EAW Focusing processing and software accessible DSP.
The ETX-15P two-way powered loudspeaker from Electro-Voice runs on a 2000W Class-D amplifier with integrated FIR-Drive DSP and employs Signal Synchronized Transducers (SST) waveguide design. The birch plywood enclosure houses a 15in. LF SMX woofer and a 1.25in. HF titanium compression driver to output 135dB peak SPL and a frequency range of 40-20kHz. The rear panel has two XLR/TRS input connections and a mixed output on XLR.
For maximum portability and minimum setup time, Galaxy Audio designed the AS-TV100 Any Spot Traveler as a complete AC/battery-operated portable PA system. Equipped with a 10in. woofer, 1in. horn, and a 150W amplifier, the unit has four inputs, two-band EQ, and a master volume control. Complete with universal power supply/battery charger, the system can run for up to six hours using only the battery.
The ELEMENTS Big Base from HK Audio can cover large audiences in virtually any venue layout due to its expandability. Consisting of the E835 mid/high units each with eight 3.5in. drivers and the E 210 SUB AS with two 10in. woofers, the system can be configured with as many as six E835s and four of the subwoofer enclosures. The two units fit together with E-connect couplers instead of cables to allow the subwoofer unit’s integrated 1200W Class-D amps to power both.
A 10in. LF driver and a 1.5in. JBL neodymium compression driver powered by a Class-D amplifier arm the PRX710 two-way multipurpose, self-powered sound system from JBL Professional with enough punch to cover a sizable crowd after minimal setup time. The compact unit has a DSP section with crossover, dynamic limiting, component optimization, and selectable system EQ. The whole package features an integrated handle, M10 suspension points, a 36mm pole-mount socket, and a cloth-backed, 16-gauge steel grille.
Line 6 has configured the StageSource L2t two-way, all-in-one PA to take the recording studio to a live audience. Offering six DSP-based Smart Speaker modes, the L2t can play a number of roles from main house to monitoring. Features include fast networking through L6 LINK, integrated feedback suppression, onboard mixing and effects, and the system can even automatically select the proper speaker mode by sensing its own physical position.
While the new SRM speakers look like the last version of Mackie’s SRMs, the new SRM350 and SRM450 are completely different sonically. They are packed with tech features such as HD audio processing, speaker modes (preset EQ settings for PA, DJ, soloist, and monitor), feedback destroyer, 2-channel mixer, and Smart Protect DSP, which kicks in at high operating levels to protect against clipping and limiting. The power has been raised to 1000W, while the price has been lowered.
Typical of the trends in this realm, the Blackline F12+ is a high-power system in a small enclosure. Martin Audio has made it a two-way system comprised of a vented-chassis 12in. LF driver and a 1in. exit compression driver mounted on a rotatable 80°x50° constant directivity HF horn. It also has a top hat fitting for speaker stand mounting, and it can be used as a stage monitor or can be permanently installed for small club, main house sound.
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