Martin Audio has announced WPS, the fourth model in the award-winning Wavefront Precision optimised line array series.
Wavefront Precision evolved from the landmark MLA series by offering external amplification and scalable resolution. The systems are said to deliver improved coverage, consistency and control compared with standard line arrays, and to be flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.
Dom Harter, managing director of Martin Audio, explained: “Simply put, the more enclosures with dedicated amplifier channels, the higher the resolution and scale of coverage and control is achievable.
“This means that even at the lowest level of resolution, the results are still fundamentally better than a traditional line array, at no extra cost, and the top end of resolution users can enjoy many of the benefits that MLA systems provide. Presently, other manufacturers are forcing their customers to buy very expensive and fixed amounts of amps to optimise arrays, but with Wavefront Precision the decision on the level of coverage control, and therefore the number of high-powered efficient iKON amps required, is the customer’s.”
Following the introductions of WPL (12” LF), WPC (10” LF) and WPM (6.5” LF), WPS (8” LF) is the fourth in the series, a line array with a peak SPL of 133dB and ideal for applications that require a high output array with reduced weight and footprint.
WPS is designed for live sound reinforcement and installations in theatres, concert halls and houses of worship. Return-on-investment within a rental company’s inventory can also be maximised by deploying WPS arrays as front-fill, delay or side-hang support for larger Wavefront Precision systems.
WPS is a passive three-way system which integrates a high density of drive units in a compact enclosure. It features two 8” LF drivers, four 4” midrange drivers and four 1” exit HF compression drivers loaded by a moulded HF horn which occupies the full width of the enclosure — defining the 100° horizontal constant directivity coverage pattern of both the HF and midrange sections.
The 4” midrange drivers are compression-loaded to raise efficiency and enter the horn walls via annular slots close to the HF throat to sum effectively with the HF wavefront. In the HF section, four 1” exit compression drivers supposedly deliver high frequency sound without the harshness and distortion associated with larger format devices.
The 8” LF drivers are set back behind the walls of the HF horn, with a small volume of air in front of each driver increasing the output at the upper end of its operating range. The LF exit apertures are spaced apart horizontally to provide useful LF horizontal pattern control.
Harter added: “WPS was a ground up product development. We wanted to overcome the deficiencies and compromises of other 8” line arrays available on the market today. That’s why we have more drivers in WPS than anything else we believe in its class, with spacing, waveguide and crossover point engineered to deliver in particular optimum HF performance with exemplary mid and high frequency pattern control, even at higher SPL.”
For extended low frequency performance, WPS is made to be partnered with the SXC118 cardioid subwoofer and its flyable variant, SXCF118.
“Wavefront Precision has been the company’s fastest ever selling line array series,” recalled Harter, “and a significant contributing factor in Martin Audio’s rapid success over the last three years. The introduction of WPS extends the line to make it an all-powerful optimised line array family. As one of the founders of the pro audio industry, it remains critical that we continue to push forward with our aggressive new product strategy.”
WPS will be featured as part of Martin Audio’s presentation at InfoComm 2019, taking place on booth 6743 and in audio demo room W224C, from June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, and will begin shipping worldwide from September, 2019.