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NAMM 2019: NEXO releases ‘The Big Twelve’

NEXO has launched a new GEO M12 line array at the NAMM show, completing its GEO M series

NEXO has launched a new GEO M12 line array at the NAMM show, completing its GEO M series; GEO M12, ‘The Big Twelve’, will make its performing debut on the NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Brought out together with the MSUB18 companion sub-bass cabinet, the GEO M12 is aimed primarily at the mid-size rental company, although its competitive pricing will make it a popular investment for all types of application, from corporate presentations to live performance venues and houses of worship.

“The Big Twelve is a logical complement to our M Series range,” explained NEXO sales director, Denis Baudier. “It is packed with design features that we premiered on the GEO M10, and also benefits from patented technological and structural innovations that derive from our flagship STM Series modular line array.”

According to NEXO, the GEO M12 is more powerful than it’s earlier 12” line array cabinet, the GEO S12. Launched in 2007, nearly 40,000 GEO S12 boxes have been sold to date, with the long-throw S12-ST version becoming a common sight in large sporting stadia and arena around the world. “S12 is a typically hard-working NEXO product, but 10 years on, we are now releasing a 12” cabinet which offers 4dB more max SPL,” Baudier continued.

The M12 line array module, which contains a 12” Neodymium LF driver paired with a 1.4” titanium diaphragm HF driver, is offered with two vertical dispersions, the 10° GEO M1210, and the 20° GEO M1220. Horizontal directivity is 80° by default for both modules, but, by adding an optional NEXO’s Configurable Directivity Device, it can be changed to 120°.

The M12 modules are 370mm x 700mm x 446mm and weigh 34kg. The two-way module delivers a frequency response of 50Hz-20kHz with a nominal peak SPL of 140dB. 

“Using the single driver architecture that we deployed successfully in the GEO M10, we can deliver better LF extension, interference-free coverage in the MF range and better SPL output,” said François Deffarges, director of NEXO’s engineering support division. “This means that line arrays like the GEO M10 and now the GEO M12 can be very cost-effective: I believe the GEO M12 is going to surprise a lot of people with the power it offers at this price point.”

The enclosures include patented technology, such as the Hyperbolic Reflective Wavesource and Phase Directivity Device, and both are noted for their flexibility and ease of use.

The AutoRig system automatically connects the front rigging system when speakers are assembled, with a guided back rigging system for easy angle adjustment. There is a choice of 11 angles between cabinets, in arrays of up to 12 boxes, for indoors or outdoors. A new hardware accessory, the Mini-Stack, allows three M12 cabinets to be placed on top of an MSUB18 to make a ground stack. There are also dedicated touring and installation versions of the GEO M12.

As is standard with any NEXO product, amplification is via NEXO’s NXAMP4x4 TDcontroller, running with up to three M12 cabinets per channel. The system can be controlled over a network using a Dante, Ethersound or AES/EBU digital expansion card. 

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