The record-breaking 2011 edition of ISE took place last week – and PSNE/PSN-e was there every step of the way to bring back a selection of the key product and business stories, writes David Davies.
Spooling back through the highlights in alphabetical order, APart Audioprof exhibited its new fully programmable, three-channel amplifier, CHAMP-3D. A speaker configuration wizard makes it possible to select other APart top speakers and subwoofers that go with the CHAMP-3D amplifier, meaning that the installer need only select the speakers and the settings will be updated automatically. In addition, the company announced the availability of EASE data for its complete loudspeaker line-up.
beyerdynamic showcased a host of new developments, including the Classis Series of installation-oriented microphones. Containing gooseneck and boundary microphones for table or overhead applications, the Classis Series features a classic, unobtrusive design.
d&b audiotechnik augmented its long-established line of Black boxes with a new White range of integration loudspeakers. The new product line comprises two series: the xS and xA. The xS-Series comprises seven loudspeakers and three matching subwoofers whose names reflect the LF driver size employed. A wide range of sizes and output powers are available, but all models share the same ‘clean and unobtrusive industrial design’. The xA-Series, meanwhile, features four loudspeakers and two matching subwoofers – again, incorporating a clean design and names that mirror the relevant LF driver size. Loudspeakers are driven by either the d&b D6 or D12 amplifiers that provide two different power ranges. Dedicated subwoofers are available with both series.
Genelec launched a new model in its 4000 Series range of active two-way loudspeakers. Like its stablemates, the 4040A is designed for the professional installation market while incorporating new features for use in applications such as larger conference rooms and auditoria. The specification include a new larger tweeter, a more powerful amplifier, low heat load generation for fan-free cooling, and full circuit protection.
“This new model builds on the strengths of the existing products in the range and adds features that extend the reach of the product to meet the demands of larger and more complex installations,” said Terho Savolainen, marketing manager, Genelec Oy.
There were new developments from brands across the Harman Pro portfolio, including Lexicon’s DD-8. The new multi-room DriveCore amplifier employs a silicon-based technology developed in conjunction with Texas Instruments to deliver high power while requiring less energy and rack space.
Staying on a residential angle, Revel introduced a 21-model-strong range of architectural loudspeakers that feature a patented mounting mechanism for ‘tool-less, one-handed’ installation.
Elsewhere in the Harman brand portfolio, JBL Professional showcased its EON210P portable PA system; Soundcraft added the 16 to its Si Compact console series; BSS divulged details of a new full-bandwidth AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation) algorithm that has been released with HiQnet London Architect v3.04; and AKG introduced the Wireless App 2.0 for monitoring and configuration of AKG wireless systems through an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Italian manufacturer Link Srl displayed its Dante networking technology-enabled DGlink Stage Box for the first time at ISE. Visitors to the company’s stand can see DGlink operating on a Dante network with a Yamaha M7CL-48ES console and a Lab.gruppen PLM amplifier.
As a result of the update, DGLink offers a specification including: simultaneous support of Dante and EtherSound digital protocols; 128 channels of audio (64 in, 64 out); 8-channel modular high quality AD and DA converters; 19” standard rack mounting for installed and touring applications; and an optional fibre module as well as the standard RJ45 connectors.
Following its much-publicised introduction at NAMM last month, QSC’s new fixed arcuate, active line array system, the KLA Series, was again in evidence at ISE. Built on the same power platform as the K Series and KW Series powered loudspeakers, KLA is suitable for a wide range of portable and permanently installed applications, including HoWs and entertainment venues.
The KLA Series comprises two models: the KLA12 12-inch two-way line array element and the KLA181 18-inch subwoofer enclosure. Both models feature a 1,000 Watt (continuous) Class-D power module and include QSC’s proprietary Intrinsic Correction, first introduced with the QSC WideLine Series, for optimal acoustical performance across the entire sound field.
New/recent developments highlighted by Pinanson included the USB PRO digital/analogue audio interface box. The self-contained, standalone stereo unit has been developed to interface stereo digital audio with professional balanced low impedance inputs and outputs via USB. Transformer balanced dual XLR input and output connectors supply balanced audio input and output from a USB connection, while full transformer output isolation eliminates earth loops/ground hum and other interaction noise and distortion.
Following on from the recent distribution agreement between Yamaha and Spanish manufacturer Equipson, the two companies introduced the WorkproCA range of commercial installation audio products, which was produced exclusively for Yamaha by Equipson.
‘Competitively priced’, the WorkproCA line-up has been targeted to meet the requirements of clients who demand high quality installations while working to tight budgets. Equipment on show at ISE included ceiling speakers, ‘in wall’ mount speakers and amplifiers, surface mounted passive and active loudspeakers and a range of amplifiers.
“Yamaha can offer complete integrated solutions for a wide range of installations, from bars and restaurants through to boardrooms and corporate presentation facilities,” said Nick Cook marketing director of Yamaha Commercial Audio Europe. “Our products offer tremendous flexibility and, with the addition of the WorkproCA range, we are now able to offer an even better service to installers.”