The DVA T12 – dBTechnologies’ latest and largest line array module – was recently presented in Holland and Spain during events that allowed customers the chance to hear the new system in a stadium set-up.
Holland’s Kerkrade football stadium was the backdrop for the Dutch event, where visitors were able to hear different configurations for a DVA system. 24 T12 units were flown (12 per side) and after hearing these, tracks were played through the 36 T4 units (18 per side). Then the subwoofers were added to create a full system for each DVA model: four stacks each of three S30s boosted the T12s, and the 12 S10s flown centre stage augmented the T4 system.
Michael Herweg, MD of dBTechnologies’ German HQ, commented: “In order to demonstrate that T12 can be counted among ‘industry standard’ line arrays, we decided to set up a well-known French competitor’s system on the day. It’s not a case of being better, we just want to prove T12 can hold its own when compared to a similar sized system.”
The two line arrays were flown alongside each other and a light was illuminated to show which system was being used at the time. Various tracks were played through each, swapping between the two systems for direct comparison.
“dBTechnologies was really impressive,” said Herweg. “The T4 at low SPL was very convincing, even next to the T12. The T12 certainly kept pace with the competition; the sound was more transparent and seemed to have a broader frequency range. When we engaged the full T12 system with the subwoofers, it sounded incredible.”
On the same day, another demonstration at an outdoor private accommodate space in Madrid saw dBTechnologies and local company Sound Service showcase eight T12s per side, along with two T12s and four T4 units in a central array. Eight S30 subwoofers, in clusters of two, formed a subwoofer array on the ground beneath.
“Initially we played a few tracks using just the centre speakers – in mono,” remarked Juan-Miguel Ramonde of dBTechnologies. “Then we added the two sets of 8 x T12, at this point still without subs. Finally we played some tracks using complete system, and I'm happy to say the customers were amazed all the way through.”
A representative from Projeccio Visual from Valencia noted: “I’ve already got some T4s, and there’s no question that I’m going to order some T12s. With their greater throw, they are exactly what I need for more coverage. It sounds great!”
A total of 200 people attended the Dutch and Spanish events, described by Herweg as “a great success. We hope events like these will help people see that dBTechnologies really is getting serious about line array.”