Mackie sets precedent with DLM compact powered speaker28 August 2012
Mackie launched the new DLM Series of powered loudspeakers to an audience of dealers, distributors and press in Seattle yesterday. Glen Phillips of indie rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Seattle locals Presidents of the United States of America, were on hand to assist with the introduction of the speakers in a move that LOUD Technologies’ president, CEO and chairman Mark Graham (pictured) called “a return to innovation” at the company.
“With DLM you are seeing Mackie’s commitment to delivering groundbreaking technology,” commented John Boudreau, Mackie SVP. “It’s amazing that DLM speakers are a third smaller than anything in their class. But it’s the unmatched power, processing and fidelity that really sets DLM apart from everything else on the market.”
Each DLM Series Powered Loudspeaker delivers 2,000W (peak) of Class-D power from a proprietary amplifier module. The full-range DLM8 and DLM12 are equipped with Mackie’s TruSource driver that incorporates a high-output Celestion woofer and 1.75” compression driver into a design based around one ferric magnet rather than two, so reducing weight (full specs available in Live Products).
The ultra-compact form factor of the DLM8 and DLM12 includes a rugged PC-ABS cabinet, powder-coated grille and integrated kickstand for personal monitor use. Mackie says the companion DLM12S is “the highest-output compact sub on the market” and has is capable of reproducing frequencies as low as 35Hz. The integrated DLP Digital Processor provides system processing tools like a variable crossover, speaker modes for optimum voicing and the system protection.
DLM speakers are in production now, says the company, and are due to ship in November. The smallest unit in the range, the DLM8, has a list price of $879.99.
At the launch at the Neumos club in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district, Glen Phillips (pictured) played an acoustic solo set featuring Toad the Wet Sprocket’s biggest hits, and later, Presidents of the United States of America delighted the crowd with an anarchic rock set which included hits Peaches and Lump – as well as a mash up of MC5’s Kick Out the Jams and Lulu’s version of The Isley Brothers’ hit Shout.