Compact speakers: built to last!20 November 2013
‘Tough’… ‘robust’… ‘enduring’… Just three of the epithets that typically litter the marketing materials for modern compact speakers. The choice of words might vary, but almost without exception manufacturers are keen to convey the ability of their products to cope with the greatest challenges that touring or fixed installation can throw in their way. For touring, prerequisites of a ‘tough’ compact speaker would include components and cabinet design capable of withstanding the endless load-in/load-out cycle and less-than-genteel handling by road-crew. With bands packing in more live dates than ever before as income from recorded music continues to decline, these qualities have never been at more of a premium. The stakes for fixed install-oriented compact speakers are arguably even higher. Typically – for example, in restaurants and shops – their design must support round-the-clock operation. But nearly as important for external or heavy-duty usage, internal public space applications is speakers’ weatherproofing and all-round solidity of construction. PSNEurope caught up with a number of leading manufacturers to find out about their most robust compact speakers… in the process discovering that, to paraphrase Masterchef, ‘speakers don’t get any tougher than this’.
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