NEXO launches its first coaxial 12″ design, in the shape of the P12 loudspeaker, at InfoComm 2019.
According to NEXO, P12 is set to establish a new benchmark for the all-purpose point-source cabinet that can deliver at front-of-house, on stage, and as part of a distributed system.
Inside the curvilinear enclosure of custom birch and poplar plywood, the P12 employs a purpose-designed 12” LF Neodymium driver and 3” diaphragm HF driver in a coaxial configuration. The cabinet footprint is compact, measuring 531mm x 432mm x 317mm. Frequency response is 60Hz-20kHz, and the SPL is a 138dB Peak (passive)/140dB Peak (active mode).
The speaker design allows the user to customise his or her P12 cabinet, as the horn flanges can be interchanged to deliver a variety of directivities – from the 60 x 60 that is provided as standard, to a 90 x 40 or an asymmetrical 50 – 100 x 40. Switching between different directivities can be accomplished in just 15 seconds, easily removing the steel grille and replacing the flare, which uses a magnetic fixing.
Less than 20 kg in weight, the ergonomic design of the P12 includes carry handles on each side, pole-mount fitting with a Speakon connector behind it to allow tidy cable management, and threaded inserts for the connection of mounting accessories. P12 can be used on a pole-mount with the L15 sub-bass cabinet, wall-mounted or flown in landscape mode beneath a L15 enclosure, using a yoke bracket.
NEXO expects it to largely be used on stage. The variable directivity feature is said to treble the deployment of any inventory of P12 floor monitors, and the cabinet is designed for the rigours of touring use, with a robust grille and scratch-resistant paint finish.
Denis Baudier, sales director of NEXO, describes the P12 monitor as “lower profile and definitively sexier than any competitive product. For a vocalist, there is better dispersion because of the angle of the cabinet, and variable dispersion means each box can be precisely tailored to its user, from lead guitarist to horn section to backing singer.”
With a switch on the back of the cabinet, the P12 is easy to reconfigure from Passive to Active mode, where it achieves 140dB Peak SPL. This is the first NEXO speaker to be purpose-designed to use the processing capacity of the new NXAMP4x2mk2 amplifier, although it is fully compatible with the larger NXAMP4x4.
To partner the P12, NEXO is launching the L15 sub-bass cabinet, designed in a matching footprint which makes it ideal for flown applications, and for use as a drumfill. With a new acoustic loading technique using a 15” bass horn, the L15 operates with maximum efficiency: nearly all the front face of the cabinet is used as a radiating surface.
Touring and installation versions of the P12 and its partner L15 sub will be produced in black and white scratch-resistant paint finishes, the first use of a new paint process which is described by Joseph Carcopino, NEXO’s head of R&D, as “100 times better than before”. TUV and IP54 certification is provided for the installation version of the P12.