What's New: Audio Technology
Jul 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon and Charissa Young
TOA Electronics expands its 9000-series digital matrix mixer/amplifier accessory line with the D-001R dual mic/line input module and ZM-9003 remote-switch panel. The new D-001R module features two balanced mic/line inputs, each with digital signal processing functions including 10 bands of parametric equalization. The D-001R is equipped with two RCA pin jacks per channel to allow for convenient connection of stereo sources. The ZM-9003 remote-switch panel offers four programmable pushbuttons and two volume-control buttons. The new remote-switch panel can be connected to the contact-closure inputs of any 9000-series mainframe as well as the optional C-001T input/output-control module. The new 9000-series accessories are backed by a five-year warranty and will be available in summer 2007.
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The Auralex Acoustics SpaceArray, featured at InfoComm 07, combines hemispherical acoustical diffusion with a wood finish. Part of Auralex's new pArtScience product line, a family of acoustical treatments designed for high-quality performance with a custom look, the 24"×24" paulownia wood panels are ideal for control rooms, auditoriums, performance venues, listening rooms, home theaters, and worship spaces with their easy installation and variety of placement options.
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The Anchor Audio portable-lectern sound system, the Acclaim, is capable of reaching crowds of 500-plus with 114dB of audio power. With its 16-channel UHF diversity wireless system, single built-in wireless receiver, true AC/DC capability, and ability to run more than seven hours on a charge, the Acclaim provides dealers and their customers with the flexibility for on-the-go, indoor/outdoor lectern use. The system includes a six-year warranty.
▪ Anchor Audio | www.anchoraudio.com
The Sennheiser Evolution 912 S is a high-quality pre-polarized condenser mic with a half-cardioid pick-up pattern that has been acoustically optimized for speech applications. The e 912 S boundary microphone features an unobtrusive design that permits discreet placement on flat surfaces such as conference tables, lecterns, and altars. The mic has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, and it offers a maximum sound pressure level of 134dB (at 1kHz). It also features integrated electronics, rather than an in-line preamp, and is supplied with a gold-plated XLR connector.
The version 3.2 release of Bridgit conferencing software from Smart Technologies for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS adds improved Voice over IP (VoIP) for web conferencing apps, chat features, and enhanced support for the Mac OS. The software allows users to connect instantly and share voice, video, and data in realtime. Bridgit software is valuable in distance-education environments because students and teachers can connect using their Smart Board interactive whiteboard and Sympodium interactive pen displays. A free 30-day evaluation copy is available at Smart's website.
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The DA-500F-HL and DA-550F are two additions to TOA Electronics' DA series of multichannel amplifiers. The new amps operate at 85-percent efficiency and consume almost one-third less power than conventional analog amplifiers. Lightweight and compact in size (only 2RU), the new DA-series amplifiers are ideal for multizone distributed speaker systems and professional sound applications. The new DA-500F-HL can drive both high- and low-impedance speaker loads with four channels of 500W at 70V or 550W at 8Ω. The low-impedance model DA-550F provides four channels of 550W at 4Ω or two channels of 1100W at 8Ω in bridged mode.
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The C815E-RF is Clockaudio's new slim-line interference-tube microphone. Featuring a hypercardioid polar pattern, the mic also features a miniature table stand that includes a shock-mount and an adjustable microphone clamp. The in-line phantom-power adapter (PPA) is equipped with Clockaudio's popular RF filter, which eliminates unwanted interference from cell phones and popular GSM devices. Different mounting accessories are also available to accommodate a variety of applications.
The Wirelux Premium audio-cable line from Wireworks includes the Musilux microphone cable, the Instalux color-coded installation cable, the Speakerlux loudspeaker cable, and the Studilux fast-strip multichannel interconnection cable. Featuring conductive thermoplastic (CTP) with bare-copper drain wire and a PVC outer jacket, the cables provide 100-percent shielding and faster termination. Cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) insulation reduces migration, while copper conductors make soldering faster. Each cable is customized to specific projects. All Wirelux products are packaged in 500ft. pools for easy ordering.
Its plug-and-play simplicity makes the Aviom AV-M8 mic input module ideal for distributing audio over Cat-5 in boardrooms and conference rooms. Using the fast audio transport protocol, A-Net converts eight analog audio channels to a digital stream and provides eight mic-level inputs. Two channels include a 30dB switchable pad, allowing line-level signals to be connected. Eight channels of digital audio may also be input via ADAT from a second AV-M8 module. Analog audio is input via eight latching 5mm Euroblock connectors. Each analog input channel features a set of configuration DIP switches for individually selectable gain settings, +48V phantom power, and low-cut filter.
The OAP Audio Products PS-110 two-way loudspeaker system uses a 10in. coaxial speaker with a 70-degree conical horn and an integral 1in. titanium diaphram driver. Also called “The Pilot,” the PS-110 can be used as a low-profile stage monitor (37-degree angle), stand-mounted as a front-of-house speaker, or used in a fixed application with optional mounting hardware. The PS-110 also offers parallel NL4 connectors — one on each side of the cabinet — convenient for daisy-chaining/log-through connection. Full-range sensitivity measures 99dB, 200W continuous program power, and 75Hz to 20KHz +/-3dB.
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B&W Loudspeakers launches the fourth generation of its popular 600 series, incorporating technology from its reference-standard 800 series. The line has been focused down to fewer models to suit current market requirements. The line includes the compact 686 two-way vented design with 5in. Kevlar bass/midrange driver and 1in. Nautilus tube-loaded aluminum dome tweeter; the 685 with a 6.5in. Kevlar driver and 1in. Nautilus tweeter; the 684 two-and-a-half-way vented-box floor-stand model with 6.5in. drivers; the 683 three-way vented-box floor-standing speaker with 6.5in. Kevlar bass driver and 6in. FST midrange driver; and a range of home theater products.
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Soundcraft extends its multipurpose mixer range with three new FX models: The FX16ii, EFX, and MFX each feature no less than 32 Lexicon 24-bit digital effects. The FX16ii has a new control surface layout and 26 inputs, 16 direct outputs, four stereo returns, and a rotating connector pod, which allows cables to be connected behind the rack to save space. The EFX, the smallest console in the range, is a Soundcraft EPM mixer with built-in Lexicon effects and GB30 mic preamp, and it is available in 8-channel and 12-channel versions. Lastly, the MFX is a Soundcraft MPM that also comes standard with built-in Lexicon effects. It features two group busses, two aux sends, one FX send on each channel, and two stereo input channels. All are offered in three frame sizes — eight, 12, and 20 inputs — for added versatility.
▪ Soundcraft | www.soundcraft.com
The A-Line Acoustics Emma Solutions-1 portable line-array system can be easily set up and operated by just two people, yet it is also capable of covering ballroom-sized venues and theaters. Its wide 100-degree dispersion coverage and efficiency reduces the need for satellite point-source speakers in most AV applications. Built-in Bang & Olufsen ICE power modules with DSP and networking options eliminate the need for heavy amp racks. The system includes an EMMA806A with eight 6.5" LF drivers, eight 6.5" HF ribbons, and an S410 4"×10" subwoofer. Customized low-profile columns may be stacked, wall-mounted, or flown to blend in with any interior design.
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