As Prolight + Sound 2019 kicks off, L-Acoustics has launched new ARCS A15 and A10 systems and its first 21” sub, the KS21.
L-Acoustics are presenting at Hall 8.0 / booth H85 and Galleria demo room Symmetrie 2+3.
With the launch of the ARCS product range, L-Acoustics has introduced a new charter agreement offering rental partners that meet the ARCS standard system requirements the opportunity to join the official L-Acoustics rental network.
The ARCS family comprises four constant curvature enclosures – A15 Focus, A15 Wide, A10 Focus, A10 Wide – and a dedicated subwoofer, KS21. ARCS enclosures offer flexible coverage options, achieving a throw of up to 45 metres, and a maximum output of 144 dB. Mounted on a pole, stacked, or flown in a vertical or horizontal line source array, the new ARCS family comprises modular, plug-and-play ease.
Christophe Combet, L-Acoustics director of Sound System Design, R&D, enthused: “The new ARCS family is a powerful concentrate of L-Acoustics technology, integrating best practices from across our entire product range and development history. Bended wood technology, inspired by our X Series, makes the new ARCS enclosures lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy. ARCS have configurable L-Fins for refining directivity. K2-grade speakers and drivers, the industry’s best available components, deliver our unmistakable sonic signature. And KS21, our first 21” sub, will exceed expectations as the best compact subwoofer in the market. The system has built-in ease of operation, right down to the flush-fitting rigging for sleek integration.”
A15 and A10 systems scale to events large and small: from weddings and galas, to the main system for a corporate event, theatre, or mid-size festival stage with KS21 extending low frequency bandwidth to 30 Hz. At large events, ARCS becomes an effective fill or delay solution as a complement to larger K1 and K2 systems.
“The flexibility that can be achieved with this new generation of ARCS is unprecedented,” explained Germain Simon, L-Acoustics product manager. “The mounting, stacking, and rigging options, combined with user configurable L-Fins to adjust waveguide directivity, gives users a plethora of permutations to work with. For example, with only two ARCS elements, you can easily achieve 15 different coverage patterns.”
The plug-and-play simplicity of A15 and A10 Focus and Wide extends to amplification. The enclosures were designed with LA4X capabilities and 1-to-1 ratios in mind. Each LA4X amplification channel can pair with one A15, one A10, or one KS21. The 1-to-1 ratio extends to A15 and KS21, where one sub is recommended for each A15 enclosure. For A10, the recommended loudspeaker-to-sub ratio is 2-to-1. For further flexibility, ARCS also functions seamlessly with LA12X amplified controllers. A15’s and A10’s patent-pending flush rigging reduces the chances of mishandling and excessive vibration, enhancing both safety and speed.
“A version of ARCS has been part of the L-Acoustics product line since 1995,” related Combet. “It was the first loudspeaker reference to launch after V-DOSC revolutionised the industry. The philosophy behind the successive iterations of ARCS has always been to offer a superior, medium-throw, compact solution that is also easy to use. I am very proud that our new ARCS range raises the standard on all of these things in an impressive value-for-money package.”
“We see the new ARCS line of products as the perfect way to welcome providers into the L-Acoustics rental network,” shared Simon. “The versatility and scalability of ARCS is really a ‘choose your own adventure’ scenario that only leads to happy endings. We look forward to seeing new customers approach the live events market in creative ways that allow them to capitalise upon their initial investment quickly and take their rental business to the next level.”