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InfoComm '09 Products: Audio

Yamaha amps and mixers, Audio-Technica's newest lavalier mic, Lectrosonics new audio networking family, more

New at InfoComm '09


Clear-Com's new Tempest2400 wireless intercom system operates in a license-free frequency band where there is little interference from other wireless devices. By using 2.4 GHz frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) in conjunction with TDMA technology, the Tempest2400 RF scheme avoids the need for licensing and frequency coordination, according to the company. Additionally, once the device is registered to a base station, the beltpack needs no further configuration and roams freely within a single zone. The new system features 2xTX Transmission Voice Data Redundancy, which sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies and through different antennas. It also can cooperate with other Clear-Com systems and includes the iSelect roaming feature, which allows the beltpack user to move from one zone to another. Clear-Com Communications.


The new PS16 paging station from Barix uses modular audio-over-IP technology. Integrating a variety of professional features, the PS16 includes a flexible gooseneck microphone, a 1-watt loudspeaker, a 2 x 24-character backlit LCD, and 16 user-definable push buttons with LED indicators. Power can be supplied over Ethernet or a conventional wall plug. The system's iMaster application offers features like group call, public address broadcast, per-location audible call identifier, remote relay operation, and unattended mode operation, in which operators can record an unattended message for automatic answering of calls. The standard unit can be scaled with Barix's expansion modules to support larger installations. Barix AG.


QSC's new K Series includes a collection of compact, lightweight, powered loudspeakers. The series combines a molded ABS enclosure, uniform drivers, advanced DSP, and the company's touring spec amplification, and uses the same 1,000-watt Class D amplifier module to power all four models. The K12 is a 12-inch two-way system with 75-degree horizontal and vertical coverage. Low frequencies extend to 48 Hz (-10 dB high acoustic output, 131 dB peak). The K10 10-inch loudspeaker shares the same amplification, HF device, and LF driver as the K12, but offers a 90-degree conical coverage and 129 dB peak output. The K8 has a 105-degree-wide dispersion, with low frequencies extending to 61 Hz (-10 dB) and a 127 dB output. The KSub dual 12-inch subwoofer comes with an M20 threaded pole socket for a secure method of elevating a mid-high speaker over the sub. QSC Audio Products. 800-854-4079.


Audio-Technica's latest lavalier microphone is the company's smallest to date, according to A-T. The BP896 Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone is intended for capture of high-quality audio and accurate reproduction for broadcasters, lecturers, house of worship users, actors, and presenters. The capsule measures 2.5 mm in diameter and the microphone operates on phantom power. Complete with an accessory kit, the BP896 comes in black and beige wired and wireless models. The subminiature omni element is enclosed in a low-profile housing with internal construction designed to minimize noise from handling, clothing, and wind, says the company. Several application-based models are available. Audio-Technica. 330-686-2600.

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