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NAMM 2006 Product Preview

A sampling of new products to be displayed at NAMM 2006, Jan. 19-22 in Anaheim, Calif.

Balanced isolation transformer

Furman Sound has released the IT-20 II balanced isolation transformer, which is targeted for use in critical, low-noise applications. The unit can supply 20 amps of balanced AC power with more than 80 dB of common-mode noise reduction from a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The IT-20 II features a switchable ground isolator, a laboratory-grade digital voltmeter, and Furman's proprietary Linear Filtering Technology, which reduces transverse noise, according to the company. Price: $1,799. Availability: February. For more information, see Furman Sound at NAMM booth 6874, or contact the company at 707-763-1010 or at www.furmansound.com.

Self-powered loudspeakers

QSC Audio has released the HPR Series of self-powered loudspeakers for live sound applications. The HPR152F (pictured here) two-way, bi-amplified loudspeaker system features a 15-inch cone transducer, a 3-inch voice coil, a 1.75-inch diaphragm, and 500 W continuous power. The HPR153F three-way, horn-loaded loudspeaker offers a 15-inch cone transducer, a 3-inch voice coil, a 6.5-inch midrange, a 1.4-inch diaphragm compression driver, and 600 W continuous power. The HPR151W subwoofer includes a 15-inch cone transducer, a 3-inch voice coil, and a frequency response down to 43 Hz. The HPR181W subwoofer features an 18-inch cone transducer, a 4-inch voice coil, and a frequency response down to 39 kHz. Price: N/A (all models). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see QSC Audio at NAMM booth 6750, or contact the company at 800-854-4079 or at www.qscaudio.com.

Wireless microphone systems

The Opus 300, 500, and 800 Series wireless microphone systems from beyerdynamic are designed for fixed installation and touring applications. Targeted at multichannel applications, the 800 Series can support up to four true diversity receiver modules in a 1U/19-inch rack-mount housing. The 500 Series (pictured here) offers six different system configurations. Targeted at lower-level applications, the 300 Series also offers six system configurations. Price: $279 to $719 (800 Series); $649 to $749 (500 Series); $419 to $529 (300 Series). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see beyerdynamic at NAMM booth 6500, or contact the company at 631-293-3200 or at www.beyerdynamic-usa.com.

Loudspeakers

Tannoy has introduced its VNET Series loudspeakers. The VNET 12 offers a 12-inch driver, a 60 Hz to 25 kHz frequency response, and a 126 dB peak SPL, while the VNET 15 features a 15-inch driver, 50 Hz to 23 kHz frequency response and 127 dB peak SPL. The VNET 15HL 15-inch, horn-loaded subwoofer offers a 48 Hz to 250 Hz frequency response, and a 136 dB peak SPL. Each model is factory calibrated and includes the VNETWARE Windows-based interface control software. Price: N/A (all models). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Tannoy at NAMM booth 6840, or contact the company at 519-745-1158 or at www.tannoy.com

Mixing consoles

Targeted for use in live sound reinforcement, house of worship, and theatre applications, Inter-M's Kensington Series mixing consoles are available in 24-, 32-, and 40-channel versions. Each model offers 48 V phantom power at each input, a microphone preamplifier, a four-band equalizer, and high-pass filtering. The Series features eight auxiliary sends with pre-fader switching, LCD panning, four mute groups, and direct outputs. Price: N/A (all models). For more information, see Inter-M at NAMM booth 6849, or contact the company at 866-636-5795 or at www.inter-m.net.



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