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PSN-e previews PLASA 2010 – part 1

Manufacturers from across the audio spectrum are gearing up to reveal their plans for this year's PLASA exhibition, which is set to take place at London's Earls Court from September 12-15.

Allen & Heath, APEX, Lab.gruppen, Tannoy, TOA and more feature in PSN-e’s first compilation of PLASA 2010 product previews. Early announcement suggest a raft of significant new product launches from the pro-audio sector as the professional AV sector gears up for PLASA 2010, which takes place at London’s Earls Court from September 12-15.

Tannoy is teaming with sister audio brands Lab.gruppen, Lake and TC Electronic to exhibit jointly at this year’s PLASA. Products to be shown by Tannoy include the VQ Series/VQ Live and smaller footprint V-Series range of point-source loudspeakers, along with its award-winning QFlex digitally steerable array system for tackling challenging acoustical environments. Lab.gruppen will exhibit its C Series of installation-dedicated power amplifiers along with the FP+ Series and the new PLM 20000Q 4-channel Powered Loudspeaker Management System featuring onboard Lake Processing and 5K per channel output. Lake will show the standalone LM 26 Digital Audio Loudspeaker processor, while TC Electronic will bring the System 6000 mastering and reverb DSP up-to-date with the new System 6000 mk2.

Elsewhere on the showfloor, TOA will exhibit the Type H line array loudspeaker – billed as “the most compact, aesthetically pleasing and affordable line array” the company has ever built – along with modular audio mixing system the D-2000, which can be expanded up to a 128 input/output configuration and is suitable for venues including hotel conference suites, convention centres, sports halls and places of worship. Rounding out TOA’s PLASA selection will be the new DA series of digital power amplifiers.

Brett Downing, sales & marketing director at TOA Europe, tells PSN-e: “PLASA is a great place to show our latest products as well as to network and meet with UK and European customers. We’re looking forward to a very successful show.”

Allen & Heath, meanwhile, is to introduce the GS-R24 studio recording mixer (pictured). Specifically aimed at busy project studios, the GS-R24 is a high quality analogue console for the key mixer functions of preamp and EQ, combined with a choice of interface modules, motorised faders for automated mixing and MIDI controllers for tactile interfacing with software DAWs. The first interface module available is a 32-channel FireWire interface with ADAT optical connectivity. Allen & Heath will also be displaying the latest developments in the iLive digital mixer family, including new I/O hardware, as well as audio networking plug-in cards for Dante and RockNet.

Baldwin Boxall is to introduce two new Class D amplifiers: the BV125D (dual 125 watt) and BV225 (225 watt). Replacing the BV220 (220 watt) and the BV120D (dual 120 watt), the new units are said to be more cost-effective and, together with the BV050Q (quad 50 watt) amplifier, the range provides a complete solution from the smallest to the largest voice alarm system. The company will also showcase the Unitouch touchscreen paging station, the BVRD8 voice alarm control microphone, the BFM404 fireman’s microphone and the Omnicare EVC (Emergency Voice Communication) system.

Finally for this initial round-up, APEX is to present a new version of its dBQ-zero EQ. The new dbQ-zero matches the previous product in terms of its 30-band constant-Q graphic EQ section on each channel, plus a filter section consisting of high-pass filter, high and low shelving equalisers and two notch filters. APEX has focused on improving inter-channel crosstalk and THD+N figures, as well as load stability with the implementation of updated line driver circuitry. The dbQ-zero also features a new design of chassis, as well as a new and highly intuitive user interface. Two 10-segment LED level indicators, each with dedicated signal and clip LEDs, offer improved peak meter stability at low frequencies.

Look out for more PLASA previews on PSN-e in the weeks ahead.