Alcons Audio has launched a new immersive loudspeaker, the CRS8.
The CRS8 is a two-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker, designed to meet the requirements of current and future immersive surround sound formats.
Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRS8 is said to have an unusually high dynamic range that offers the most realistic sound reproduction possible.
The CRS8/9090 system consists of the RBN401 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 8” mid-bass for LF reproduction. The CRS8 HF section has an 800W peak power input, enabling a 1:16 dynamic range with up to 90 per cent less distortion from 1kHz. to beyond 20.000Hz.
Due to the compressionless principle of the pro-ribbon transducer technology, the system has a fully linear response, with the same tonal balance at all SPLs for an intuitive 1:1 performance.
The patented (90 degrees) horizontal and patent-pending (90 degrees) vertical dispersion of the waveguide offers a wide and consistent coverage up to the highest frequencies (20kHz -3dB), which is important for the imaging in height channels of immersive systems.
Driven by the Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controller, the Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring ensures dynamic cable/connector compensation between the CRS8 and ALC. This offers a 1:1, undistorted natural sound reproduction, regardless of cable length and amplifier impedance load.
Typical applications include (height layer) immersive surround sound systems for performing arts theatres, screening rooms, post-production facilities and dubbing stages, premium home cinemas and quality-conscious PLF cinemas.
Philip ‘Dr. Phil’ De Haan, head of Alcons R&D, stated: “Immersive sound is now coming up in a wide variety of applications, demanding a diverse choice of dispersion patterns. Following our initial designs with the patent-pending waveguide technology on the RBN202 pro-ribbon platform, very successfully deployed in the VR5 and CRMSC-SRHV systems, we focused on applying our new waveguide development onto our 4” pro-ribbon transducer platform.”
The RBN401 is Alcons Audio’s most-applied pro-ribbon drive, as a critical part of the line-array systems in particular. Now with the integration in the CRS8 reference surround, the wide 90° x 90° dispersion becomes available for larger point-source applications, where extended full-bandwidth coverage is required.
De Haan continued: “The missing link has finally arrived, for a perfect voicing-match with the other RBN401 pro-ribbon loaded main and surround systems, completing the seamless 3D immersive experience.”
The CRS8/9090 is available in two impedance choices: eight ohms for efficient parallel connection in 5.1/7.1 configurations, and four ohms, for maximum amplifier efficiency in individually-amplified immersive surround systems. It comes with a six year warranty.