What's New: Audio Technology
Jan 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon
Gemini's XTR-500 complete powered speaker system includes two 10in. satellite loudspeakers featuring new compression drivers for better high-frequency definition, and a 15in. subwoofer with a built-in 400W, three-channel power amplifier and electronic crossover. Each speaker in the system features a heavy-duty MDF enclosure for durability. Speakon cables and large detachable wheels for portability are included.
▪ Gemini Sound Products
SoundTube's XT550 (5.25in. coax) and XT850 (8in. coax) durable in-ground speakers feature watertight compression fittings, a sealed heavy-duty ZeroReflection enclosure, a polypropylene driver, an aluminum dome tweeter, and an easy-access tap switch that allows for multiple power options including 25/70.7/100V or 4Ω applications. The speakers also feature BroadBeam dispersion technology, which distributes the higher frequencies of sound in a wider, more effective pattern than conventional speakers. The speakers deliver a 360°×40° sound field, enabling users to place speakers farther apart and use fewer speakers overall without sacrificing intelligibility.
▪ SoundTube Entertainment
A-Line Acoustics' three new portable EMMA speaker modules can be combined for powerful line array coverage over 250ft. (four 806 enclosures — two coupled per side). The modules may be stacked or flown depending on the application. Each two-way enclosure is loaded with specially matched 6in. LF drivers and 6in. HF ribbon drivers for smooth, accurate frequency response and 100-degree-wide dispersion. The affordable speaker modules are ideal for use in small to medium venues such as houses of worship, theaters, and clubs. They are available unpowered or powered with Bang & Olufsen ICE power technology.
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LINE ARRAY SIMULATOR
Outline's V.I.P. 2 achieves greater precision between prediction and reality in the aiming of flown and stacked systems. The output of the aiming function is obtained using five specific manual and semi-automatic commands, plus two more completely automatic commands. A single screen is provided showing all the mechanical and acoustic information needed for installation of each array. A virtual automatic 1/3-octave equalizer has also been implemented in the new version.
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WIRELESS SOUND SYSTEM
Comprehensive's TableSound technology allows each table of patrons in a dining or entertainment environment to listen to their own favorite program or sporting event. Users can even change the channel at their table without disturbing other tables. TableSound easily connects to existing AV setups and runs on two rechargeable NIMH batteries. A wireless transmitter sends sound from existing televisions to speakers at any table or bar up to 300ft. from its receiver. The system can even be plugged into satellite radio or an MP3 player for consumer use.
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