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NAMM 2005 Product Preview

A sampling of new products to be displayed at the 2005 NAMM show, Jan. 20-23 in Anaheim, CA.

Powered speaker system

Targeted for use in small room/crowd installations, the APS 25 speaker system from Azden can be used with bodypack lavalier mics or handheld mics. The system features four audio inputs: two for modular, user-installable wireless microphone receivers, VHF, UHF, or infrared, and two for a wired microphone and line output device. All four inputs have independent volume control. The dual voltage speaker offers a line-output for multi-speaker applications, a variable high-cut control, and auto on/off circuitry. Price: $199.95 (speaker only); $399 (one-channel wireless system). Availability: April. For more information, see Azden at NAMM booth 5989, or contact the company at 516-328-7500 or at www.azdencorp.com.

Wireless microphone system

The 2000 Series UHF True Diversity wireless microphone systems from Audio-Technica are designed for use in mobile applications such as live performances and public addresses and fixed installations in houses of worship. The series offers two system options: the ATW-2110 UHF UniPak transmitter system features the ATW-R2100 true diversity receiver and the ATW-T210 UniPak body-pack transmitter, while the ATW-2120 UHF handheld dynamic microphone system also includes the ATW-R2100 and offers the ATW-T220 handheld microphone/transmitter. Price: $429 (UniPak system); $499 (handheld mic system). Availability: currently available (both models). For more information, see Audio-Technica at NAMM booth 6740, or contact the company at 330-686-2600 or at www.audio-technica.com.

Input module

The AN-16/iM input module from Aviom is a 3U-high, rack-mounted mic and line level input device. The unit contains 16 microphone preamps with 24-bit A/D converters. Each channel provides a three-segment level LED meter, a continuously variable gain knob, a phase reverse switch, a 48 V phantom power switch with LED, and a rumble filter with an 85 Hz roll-off. Combo jacks on each channel accept either balanced or unbalanced XLR mic or 1/4-inch line level inputs. Price: $1,995. Availability: currently available. For more information, see Aviom at NAMM booth 6848, or contact the company at 610-738-9005 or at www.aviom.com.

Loudspeakers

Celestion's FTR Series of loudspeakers features the 15-4080F, 15-4080FD, 18-4080F, and 18-4080FD aluminum chassis loudspeakers. The 15-4080F and 15-4080FD offer a 15-inch chassis with 4-inch voice coils. The 15-4080F offers 600 W RMS and a 40 Hz to 1,500 Hz frequency range, while the 15-4080FD offers 1,000 W RMS and a 30 Hz to 1,500 Hz frequency range. The 18-4080F and the 18-4080FD offer an 18-inch chassis, a 4-inch voice coil, and a 30 Hz to 1,200 Hz frequency range. The 18-4080F offers 600 W RMS, while the 18-4080FD offers 1,000 W RMS. Price: $350 (15-4080F); $395 (15-4080FD and 18-4080F); $475 (18-4080FD). Availability: currently available (all models). For more information, see Celestion at NAMM booth 4358, or contact the company at +44-0-1622-671000 or at www.celestion.com.

Mixing consoles

Peavey has introduced its new FX Series mixing consoles, which are available in 16-, 24-, and 32-channel (pictured here) versions. All consoles offer Silencer mic preamps, dual DSP engines, dual USB ports, and built-in MP3 compression for exporting audio to a computer. FX Series mixers provide four-band EQ mid sweep on each channel, four busses with insert points, 80 Hz low-cut filters and insert points on all channels, a universal switch-mode power supply, and BNC lamp outputs on the 24- and 32-channel models. Price: $694 (all models). Availability: second quarter 2005 (all models). For more information, see Peavey at NAMM booth 5740, or contact the company at 601-486-1474 or at www.peavey.com.

Power amplifiers

Targeted for use in restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and videoconferencing systems, the four-channel CM 2204 and eight-channel CM 2208 (pictured here) are power amplifiers from Crest Audio. Both units feature a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, balanced, three-pin Phoenix inputs and two-pin Phoenix outputs, and occupy two rack spaces. Price: N/A. Availability: first quarter 2005 (both models). For more information, see Crest Audio at NAMM booth 1112, or contact the company at 201-475-4600 or at www.crestaudio.com.



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