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More highlights from NAMM Show 2011

JBL Professional, KK audio labs and Sony Electronics all made new launches at the Anaheim event, which reported 90,114 registered attendees and 1,417 exhibitors.

JBL Professional, KK audio labs and Sony Electronics all made new launches at the Anaheim event, which reported 90,114 registered attendees and 1,417 exhibitors.

Taking place from 13-16 January, the 2011 NAMM Show registered an overall 3% increase in visitors against the 2010 event, including a 2% rise in international attendees (to 10,400). Of the exhibitors, 247 were new to the show.

Reflecting on the strong exhibitor and visitor totals, NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond commented: “The world’s brightest minds and most innovative music companies came together in Anaheim for four amazing days of commerce, networking and learning. After meeting with NAMM Members from around the world, I am continually impressed and amazed at the resolve and optimism our industry has shown these past years and I believe that we are now on a path of recovery and future growth as more people of all ages and talent levels discover the fun and proven benefits of playing music.”

Further to several previous compilations of highlights to be found here ( and here (, JBL Professional announced the introduction of the EON210P portable PA system. Designed for a wide variety of live music applications, the system included two 10-inch, two-way speakers, an 8-channel powered stereo mixer with four digital effects, two 15-foot speaker cables, and a convenient storage compartment for microphones and accessories.

Richard Ruse, JBL director of marketing for portable PA, commented: “Our new EON210P makes it easy to enjoy great sound almost anywhere. It’s ideal for live music, schools, churches, presentations, parties or anywhere you need clear, powerful sound. And because it’s so intuitive you don’t need to be an audio pro to use the EON210P—you can be up and running in just a few minutes.”

Also new from JBL were the EON515XT active loudspeaker. Described as the flagship of the JBL powered portable speaker collection, the new product features improved input sensitivity and user selectable EQ control, among other features.

“In the development of our PRX600 Series we’ve learned and implemented quite a few things that enhanced system performance,” said Ruse. “We knew we could do the same for the EON515XT and quite frankly, we couldn’t wait to do it. Through amplifier optimization and restructuring of the gain stages, we’ve increased the maximum SPL from 129 dB to 132 dB. We’ve made the system quieter when idling and re-voiced the system for a more even spectral balance. I think it’s the most musical EON we have ever built.”

New from KK audio labs was the DS-6 reference monitor. The high-resolution speaker features a six-inch low frequency driver utilising proprietary composite cone material together with a one-inch, custom-designed titanium composite high frequency tweeter. KK audio labs amplifier modules deliver 200W to the tweeter and 350W to the woofer, respectively.

A particularly notable feature of the DS series – which also includes the DS-8 eight-inch, two-way powered monitor – is the inclusion of four presets that may be employed to optimise the monitor for any listening environment. Featuring balanced XLR inputs for connection to professional mixing consoles, computer audio interfaces, audio-visual equipment and consumer audio systems, the DS-6 handles a frequency range of 44 Hz – 22 kHz (+/- 2 dB) with a maximum Peak SPL of greater than 111 dB (per pair).

Also on show at NAMM Show 2011 was the expanded XD-V line of digital wireless microphone systems from Line 6. The new models are the XD-V70HS and XD-V30HS, both of which are high-performance headset microphones with beltpack transmitters. Existing models in the same range include two handheld microphone systems and two beltpack systems with lavaliers.

“The headset mics are a natural addition to our XD-V line of digital wireless mic systems,” said Don Boomer, wireless sales engineer at Line 6. “They offer the sonic clarity and simple set-up Line 6 digital wireless mics are known for, and the hands-free designs required by professional presenters, singers and performers of all kinds.”

Also expanding an existing product line was Sony Electronics, which added two new studio headphones (MDR-7520 and MDR-7510) and one in-ear system (MDR-7550) to its MDR-7500 Series Professional Headphones range. Designed for musicians to use during live performances, the MDR-7550s feature 16mm dynamic drivers for a wide dynamic range. The new MDR-7520 Studio Headphones utilise ultra wideband 50mm HD driver units and liquid crystal polymer film diaphragms, while the MDR-7510s are ideal for reference monitoring.

“The need for feature-rich, high-performance headphones in the studio and on stage is nothing new, but the latest 7500 series headphones from Sony combine quality materials and world-class design to deliver excellent sound,” said Karl Kussmaul, senior product manager, Professional Audio, Sony Electronics. “Our expanded line offers pros a wider selection of monitoring options whether for reference, live performances or recording.”

New from Lectrosonics was the Quadra digital wireless monitor (IEM) system. Consisting of the M4R belt-pack diversity receiver and the M4T half-rack transmitter, the new Quadra system features digital RF modulation, two or four channels of 24-bit/48 kHz digital audio, analogue or digital inputs, and a unique mixing interface for users. The Quadra system operates in the licence-free ISM (industrial, scientific, and medical) band between 902-928 MHz and has a throughput latency of 1 ms for the analogue inputs and <0.5 ms for the digital inputs.

“We have been asked repeatedly for many years to make an IEM system,” said Karl Winkler, director of business development at Lectrosonics. “We didn’t want to make a ‘me-too’ product, though. Instead, we based the Quadra system on our own D4 digital wireless platform, which has already been proven for film and TV production. With ultra-low latency, digital audio and four channels, I’m confident we have a unique solution for the touring market. Furthermore, by virtue of its use of the license-free ISM band between 902-928 MHz, the Quadra can be added to most existing wireless microphone installations without ‘stepping on’ what is already in place.”

Audix, meanwhile, showcased the new 24” length version of the MicroBoom solution for portable and distance miking for vocals, choirs and orchestras. The MicroBoom 24 carbon fiber boom arm is designed specifically for the Micros Series of miniature integrated condenser microphones and – when combined with the M1250B, M1255B and M1280 – the MicroBoom 24 can attach to any microphone stand or 5/8 threaded mount.

Cliff Castle, v-p of sales, recalled that the starting point for the new launch came about initially as a request from The Portland Cello Project. “We made some prototypes and it allowed the group to carry their own ‘custom miking system’ with them. We soon learned that this shorter version of the MicroBoom had universal appeal so we decided to introduce it as part of the line!”

Launched by Rycote was a new complete microphone mount and vocal pop filter system, the Rycote InVision StudioKit. The system will accommodate ‘almost any’ large-diaphragm vocal microphone, and also allows mics to be swapped without the need to change the suspension and pop filter at the same time.

In addition to the innovative new Axient wireless microphone system (already covered by PSNE here:, Shure introduced new IEM and headphone products. The PSM 1000 In-Ear Personal Monitoring System offers a dual-channel, full-rack professional monitoring solution designed for tight integration with Shure Wireless Workbench software. The SRH550DJ ultra lightweight headphones are geared towards semi-professional DJs and audio enthusiasts, while the new high-end SRH940 headphone are designed for critical monitoring and mastering applications in professional studios.

P Audio highlighted its professional loudspeakers incorporating Auto Balanced Cooling (ABC) technology. Developed by P Audio, ABC technology is said to produce substantially higher power handling and superior power compression performance. These new techniques, says P Audio, will ‘yield higher product reliability and higher sound pressure level capability’. New square wire voice coil technology is intended to increase power handling/reliability and improve acoustic output power, while new aluminium die cast and steel frame designs utilise under-damper venting to provide superior air-flow management.

For more highlights from The NAMM Show, see here: