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More highlights from PLASA 2010

An innovative new crossover array and a Modular Point Source Array series from Renkus-Heinz, and an upgrade to Tannoy’s QFlex digitally steerable array series are among the notable launches at PLASA 2010.

Already previewed extensively by PSN-e here ( and here (, PLASA 2010 is taking place at London’s Earls Court until tomorrow (15 September).

Among the notable product launches is an expansion of Renkus-Heinz’s IC Live family of digitally steerable array loudspeakers in the form of IC2 or IC Squared. Combining the control and flexibility of Iconyx digitally steerable technology with the power and focus of a point source loudspeaker to yield what is described as the world’s first ‘crossover array’, IC Squared features four 8-inch low frequency Neodymium transducers and 1-inch Titanium Nitride coated HF drivers, with individual steering control of each driver. Applications include acoustically- and aesthetically-challenging spaces such as transport hubs, opera houses and cathedrals.

In a separate development, Renkus-Heinz introduced the Modular Point Source Array series (pictured), on show in the form of the self-powered CF101-LA and non-powered CFX101-LA systems. The versatile solution is suitable small and mid-sized venues, including HoWs, auditoria and nightclubs.

Elsewhere on the trade show floor, Tannoy is highlighting an upgrade to the QFlex digitally steerable array loudspeaker range that is said to make the system “even more suited” to large-scale PA/VA applications. The improvements include new safety and monitoring facilities – namely Pilot Tone Detection capability and Sentinel SM1 System Monitor – along with weatherising treatments for outdoor or harsh environments.

Apex Audio, meanwhile, has launched its Intelli-X2 series of audio devices. The two units Intelli-X248 (4-in, 8-out) and Intelli-X226 (2-in, 6-out) – are built on a 192kHz, 30-bit floating point digital processing platform and feature studio-grade analogue circuit designs, sample rate converters with bypass facility (operating to 216kHz), and AES3 and analogue I/O. Full control of all processor parameters is possible via an intuitive front panel. A new Intelli-Ware software control platform allows multiple Intelli-X2 devices to be configured and integrated into any wired or wireless Ethernet network.

The concept of the ‘line monitor’ has been introduced by Nexo with its 45° N-12 wedge. The N-12 draws on Nexo’s patented third-generation Hyperbolic Reflective Wavesource (HRW), which is used throughout the GEO range of high-performance loudspeakers.

As the company continues to enjoy success with its BLACKBOX RECORDER, JoeCo has previewed its new BLACKBOX player. Based on the technology contained in the recorder, the new player is a dedicated 1U multi-channel device specifically designed for replaying backing tracks for live shows. Able to replay 24 channels of 24bit/96kHz audio, the player can be triggered with a footswitch or keyboard, or controlled via MIDI commands, giving the live engineer, musical director or artist full control of the show.

In a separate development, JoeCo also publicised a collaboration with Audinate that will the latter’s Dante digital media networking technology incorporated into a host of JoeCo BLACKBOX RECORDER products. In addition to provide a plug-and-play approach to networking that employs standard Ips, Dante is also said to offer a migration path towards new standards such as AVB.

JoeCo MD Joe Bull commented: “Successful capture and play back of large amounts of audio data in different live situations depends on sample accurate synchronisation and low latency. With BBR products increasingly used in broadcast, film and TV applications as well as live sound, it has become increasingly important to find a protocol that enables fast, reliable and integrated data transfer while keeping costs and complexity to a minimum. In this respect, Dante has proven itself to be the most effective networking technology currently available and we look forward to establishing a successful long-term partnership with Audinate.”

For more PLASA coverage, see the September print issue of Pro Sound News Europe.