PLASA 2014: WorxAudio makes European debut as PreSonus brand6 October 2014
PreSonus chose the second day of the PLASA London show to officially welcome its latest acquisition, American loudspeaker manufacturer WorxAudio, to the European market.
WorxAudio has been at the forefront of loudspeaker development for the US pro touring and contractor markets for over 30 years. The WorxAudio range features a line-up of more than 20 loudspeaker models with integrated rigging hardware for streamlined installation and pack-out.
PreSonus – distributed in the UK and Republic of Ireland by Source Distribution – originally announced the deal at InfoComm in Las Vegas in June. The acquisition gives WorxAudio a larger global presence and bigger distribution network (PreSonus has a worldwide sales channel), while PreSonus gains a range of boxes suitable for larger venues and environments – previously lacking from its product offering – and considerable expertise from WorxAudio,
The launch was hosted by Source, a division of HHB Communications, at its PLASA stand today (6 October). Source director Howard Jones, WorxAudio founder, CEO and director of engineering Hugh Sarvis and PreSonus vice-president of sales Rick Naqvi (pictured, L–R) showcased for the first time in Europe a selection of WorxAudio’s compact line array and subwoofer products, including the V5, X2, X115 and TL118 models.
Commenting on WorxAudio’s long-planned-for entry in Europe, Sarvis told PSNEurope: “It’s hard to set up distributors – that’s one of the reasons why we searched out PreSonus and talked to them, and they were ready to get into speakers quite heavily. They already had the distribution setup, and that makes a big, big difference.
“With PreSonus on board, things have really taken off and we’re doing well. They did a great thing with Dave Gunness, but they found they really needed someone in-house to oversee the design of loudspeakers. And what I see is good speakers with great amplifiers and digital processing really taking it from the mixing console all the way through. And I think we’ll be able to do that real well.”
WorxAudio also announced that its new TrueLine X2i-P/D, X3i-P/D and X5i-P/D line array systems and X115i-P/D and X118i-P/D subwoofers will incorporate PreSonus’s Active Integration technology and SL-Dante-SPK card. The TrueLine X2i-P/D, X3i-P/D and X5i-P/D will be the first line arrays to offer Audinate’s Dante technology with PreSonus Active Integration.
Photo: Dave Robinson