As of InfoComm 2019, Clair Brothers has introduced a new line array to its C-Series, the C10-TrueFit.
The C10-TrueFit represents its latest double 10-inch format midsize line array. Clair TrueFit waveguides are singularly configured, continuously variable waveguides and designed-to-order.
A Clair TrueFit system design is said to reduce energy wasted on walls, as well as to extend the stereo image over a greater audience area. According to Clair Bros, system tuning has also become faster and easier since the acoustical problem of geometric divergence shading was resolved with the TrueFit 3D acoustical solution.
For direct application, a TrueFit array is designed collaboratively with the customer, architectural consultants, and venue staff. First, the array type and location are determined and signed off on by the customer. Venue-specific details and other criteria are inputted into Clair Brothers proprietary design software, culminating in the creation of a fluid form waveguide with continuously variable geometry.
Josh Sadd, VP and chief engineer at Clair Brothers explained: “Rather than quantising speaker coverage in a stepped sequence of approximate angles, the TrueFit geometric forms are mathematically derived using our proprietary progressive azimuth technology. We use the latest in 3D CAD and produce the custom parts with state-of-the-art 3D CAM software.” Finished waveguides are CNC-milled in-house from Baltic Birch, which is used on all Clair waveguides and horns.
The C10, like the C12 and C8 (the eight inch speaker in the C-Series), also features a new transducer technology, which reduces the weight and amplifier channel requirements of the product. These features enhance the ability for the line array to be digitally beam-steered in the vertical plane with F.I.R. processing. It can also be ordered with a variety of horizontal waveguide patterns (as can C8 and C12). Standard C10 factory waveguide is 100° H x 15° V, but a range of horizontal waveguides between 70° and 120° (in 10° increments) are also available.
TrueFit Technology is currently available in the following Clair Brothers products:
• C8-TrueFit (double 8” line array)
• C10-TrueFit (double 10” line array)
• C12-TrueFit (double 12” line array)
• kiTCurve12-TrueFit (12” curved array, fully custom)
• kiTCurve12-TrueFit Standard LCR (12” curved array, standardised L-C-R systems designed for ~200-500 seat venues)