Loudspeakers

Oct 1, 2002 12:00 PM

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ADAM Audio Mastering Piece MP-1

The ADAM MP-1 ($20,000/pair) is a state-of-the-art, no-compromise powered monitor designed for the most demanding mastering engineers and applications. Deep bass (down to 23 Hz) is supplied by a side-firing 12-inch Hexacone woofer powered by a 400W amp. Ceramic cones provide exceptionally tight low mids from 80 to 600 Hz, where the A.R.T folded-ribbon midrange and tweeters take over, delivering unprecedented sonic precision and a breathtaking 3-D image.

ADAM Audio S2.5A

The S2.5A ($3,300/pair) is a two-way studio monitor incorporating ADAM's proprietary A.R.T. folded-ribbon tweeter, providing an amazingly lifelike, detailed image. It features an 8-inch Hexacone woofer consisting of a honeycomb core coated with Kevlar on both sides, allowing for extremely deep and tight bass response. The monitors are powered by two 150W amplifiers, and are ideally suited for small to medium control rooms and film post-production or broadcast studios.

ADAM Audio S4V

The S4V ($6,500/pair) is a three-way studio monitor with a vertical orientation that provides optimal time alignment and extremely precise imaging. It uses ADAM's proprietary A.R.T. folded-ribbon tweeter and midrange drivers, resulting in incredible sonic detail. Low end is supplied by an 11-inch Hexacone woofer for tight, accurate bass response down to 28 Hz. Power is supplied by three 150W amps. They are ideally suited for mid-field stereo and surround mixing and mastering applications.
Lobeckstrasse 36
Berlin, Germany 10969
(+4) 9 308/630-0973
www.adam-audio.de

Apogee Sound AFI-4 Powered Loudspeaker

Apogee's Fixed Installation Speakers (AFI Series) feature high power output, versatile rigging and the characteristic low-distortion response that makes Apogee products unique. This 12-inch/1-inch processor-optional loudspeaker is available in single-amped or bi-amped versions. The AFI-4 can be ordered with a 60°x45° or 90°x45° high-frequency horn. In either version, the horn may be easily rotated 90°, for installation either vertically or horizontally without compromising optimum coverage. List: $1,069.

Apogee Sound AFI-118 Subwoofer

Apogee's new high-powered, low-distortion subwoofer utilizes a proprietary 18-inch cone driver. Boasting a 35Hz, -3dB point, the AFI-118 effectively extends the bass response of the new processor-optional Apogee AFI-4 and AFI-8 powered loudspeakers, for dramatic low-frequency impact. The AFI-118 is highly effective when used with Apogee's CA-4000 power amplifier. MSRP: $1,099.
2180 S. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
707/778-8887: fax 707/778-6923
www.apogee-sound.com

ATC T16 Special-Edition Monitor

The T16 Special-Edition Monitor offers unique voicing for the American rock'n'roll market. Set up for higher output levels and more bass output, the T16 provides users with signature ATC clarity in the near-field meter bridge application. Unit includes 6.5-inch, active two-way, with internal 200W and 50W amplifiers. Price: $3,000/pair.
Dist. by Transamerica Audio Group
4760 W. Dewey Dr., Suite 129
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702/365-5155; fax 702/365-5145
www.transaudiogroup.com

Atlas 2000 Series Speakers

The Atlas 2012, 2015 and 20215 (subwoofer) two-way systems feature 90°x90° constant directivity horn coupled to a 1-inch compression driver, Power Sentry horn-protection circuitry, and a variable horn-attenuation circuit that lets the user tailor high frequencies for smooth response. Each full-range enclosure has a 10° trapezoidal cabinet constructed of QQQ-inch OSB with dado interlocking joints. The enclosures are covered in heavy-duty black carpet with interlocking protective corners and finished with a sleek, pressure tension-mounted, full-face curved, 19-gauge steel grille.
1601 Jack McKay Blvd.
Ennis, TX 75119
800/876-3333
www.atlassound.com

Bag End TA6000-S

The Bag End TA6000-S Time-Aligned loudspeaker system is a low-profile version of the company's immensely successful TA6000. Our engineers devised a way to accommodate 6.5-inch drivers in the low-profile enclosure that measures only 6 inches high. Optimized for horizontal mounting to fit into confined spaces, the TA6000-S has the same components as the TA6000: two 6.5-inch LF cones with 1-inch voice coils, and an HF radial horn with a 1.8-inch titanium diaphragm. Response is 95 to 20k Hz. Retail: $735.

Bag End INFRAsub18/12 PRO

The INFRAsub18 PRO and INFRAsub12 PRO models offer new features for pro studio surround monitoring, such as six balanced XLR inputs and five highpass filtered, balanced XLR outs. In addition, an ELF (Extended Low Frequency) calibrated slave output is provided for additional subs. A remote concealment indicator allows concealment to be monitored remotely from the bridge of the mixing console. Both models have internal 400W amps and Bag End's exclusive ELF dual integrator for a flat response to either 8 Hz (INFRAsub18) or 20 Hz (INFRAsub12).
22272 North Pepper Rd., Unit D
Barrington, IL 60010
847/382-4550; fax 847/382-4551
www.bagend.com

Behringer Eurolive Series B1020/B1500X/B1800X

The B1500X/B1800X subwoofers and the B1020 full-range system complement the successful Eurolive Series. The B1500X has a custom 300W RMS 15-inch woofer that harmonizes perfectly with the full-range B1020. The B1800X has a heavy-duty, 400W, 18-inch woofer. Both new subs feature an integrated passive crossover. Rounding out the Eurolive full-range line, the B1020 has a 10-inch woofer and 1-inch titanium HF driver with specially developed constant directivity horn technology for optimal wide-angle dispersion.
190 West Dayton St., Suite 201
Edmonds, WA 98020
425/672-0816; fax 425/673-7647
www.behringer.com

Blue Sky ProDesk

Introducing ProDesk (MSRP: $1,195), the first full-range monitoring system specifically designed for desktop applications. Like the acclaimed Sky System One, ProDesk is an integrated three-way system based around the newly developed SAT 5, a bi-amplified (60Wx2) two-way monitor with a proprietary 5.25-inch woofer and 0.75-inch ring-radiator tweeter, and the SUB 8 (custom 8-inch woofer mated to a 100W amp). The optional $99 Functional Volume Control completes this system.
Dist. By Group One Ltd.
200 Sea Lane Farmingdale, NY 11735
516/249-1399; fax 516/753-1020
www.abluesky.com

Bose FreeSpace 3 Series II

The FreeSpace 3 Series II system has been newly engineered to offer versatile mounting options and new price points, providing sound pros flexibility in designing and installing Bose business music systems. For the first time, Bose has introduced its Acoustimass bass module technology in a ceiling or wall flush-mount speaker. A new compact, flush-mount satellite speaker is also available. These elements can be combined to bring Bose performance to spaces with nearly any configuration.

Bose FreeSpace Model 16

The FreeSpace Model 16 loudspeaker delivers smooth, accurate reproduction of speech and music. Attractive pricing makes this speaker an appealing solution for background or foreground applications in a variety of business environments. A lightweight design and flexible-mounting accessories enable easy flush, surface or pendant mounting in tile, hard or open ceilings. Designed to be flush-mounted in a standard 8-inch hole, the Model 16 is an optimum choice for systems that require retrofitting or updating.
The Mountain, Corporate Center
Framingham, MA 01701
800/999-BOSE
www.bose.com

Earthworks Cherry Sigma 6.2

This is a solid cherry version of our TEC Award-nominated Sigma 6.2 monitor. It's flat from 40 to 40k Hz within ±2 dB, with a time-accurate output across this range. It sounds like the music—not like a loudspeaker. The Sigma 6.2 is accurate in a way and to a degree that's beyond anything available. Price: $5,000 per matched pair.
Box 517
Wilton, NH 03086
603/654-6427; fax 603/654-6107
www.earthworksaudio.com

Eastern Acoustic Works JFX Series

The JFX Series is a line of radical two-way systems designed from the ground up to maximize performance and utility at a cost-effective price. Intended for both portable and permanent install applications, the JFX Series features asymmetrical trapezoidal enclosures that allow them to work as main channel systems or as stage monitors. All transducers, crossovers and enclosures are newly designed and feature the latest advancements in manufacturing technology and loudspeaker engineering.
One Main St.
Whitinsville, MA 01588
508/234-6158; fax 508/234-8251
www.eaw.com

Electro-Voice XLC

The Electro-Voice XLC linear array series of loudspeakers provide superior performance in a compact, lightweight package. The XLC system is designed for use in groups of four or more cabinets. The XLC 127 is a three-way design with a 120°x7° coverage pattern that can be either tri-amped or bi-amped in two-way mode. The XLC 124 downfill provides 120°x40° coverage, and the XLC 118 is a single 18-inch subwoofer.
Distributed by Telex Communications
12000 Portland Ave. South
Burnsville, MN 55337
952/884-4051; fax 952/884-0043
www.telex.com

EMES Studio Monitor Systems Mini-OWL

Based on the Swedish Embracing Sound Experience patent, EMES launches its second ESE-System monitor package. The Mini-OWL is a magnetically shielded, compact (13x11.5x8 inches) active monitor. All amp stages (2-channel/two-way) deliver 80W continuous power each—total 320W. A linear frequency response from 60 to 20,000 Hz (±1.5 dB) is guaranteed, due to EMES pre-selection of all driver components! Recommended listening distance: 3.5 to 10 feet. MSRP: $1,550.
Dist. by X-Vision Audio
241 Federal Plaza West, Suite 406
Youngstown, OH 44503
330/747-3862; fax 330/747-3865
www.xvisionaudio.com

Event Tuned Reference 5

This two-way, bi-amplified, Direct Field Monitor System offers a 5.25-inch mineral-filled polypropylene cone woofer with 1-inch high-temperature voice coil and 1-inch Ferrofluid-cooled natural silk-dome neodymium tweeter. Other features: magnetically shielding; >108dB SPL output; 53-19k Hz frequency response; 2.6kHz active fourth-order asymmetrical crossover; variable input sensitivity; and balanced (TRS and XLR) and unbalanced RCA inputs. Protection: RF interference, output current limiting, over-temperature, turn-on/off transient and subsonic filter. Price: $599/pair.

Event Tuned Reference 8

This two-way, bi-amplified, Direct Field Monitor System features an 8-inch mineral-filled polypropylene cone woofer with 1.5-inch, high-temperature voice coil; 1-inch Ferrofluid-cooled, natural soft-dome tweeter; magnetic shielding; >108dB SPL output; 35-20k Hz response; 2.6kHz active fourth-order asymmetrical crossover; variable input sensitivity; and balanced (TRS and XLR) and unbalanced RCA inputs. Protection: RF interference, output-current limiting, over-temperature, turn-on/off transient and subsonic filter. Price: $599/pair.
Box 4189
Santa Barbara, CA 93140-4189
805/566-7777; fax 805-566-7771
www.event1.com

F.A.R. Tsunami-10

The Fundamental Acoustic Research Tsunami-10 combines a clever design and a great sound. The triple-layer front baffle places a resilient material between two 22mm MDF slabs to eliminate unwanted vibrations. Sophisticated internal bracing locks the entire enclosure into a single, nonmoving block, and a huge rear port reduces air compression and lowers distortion. A 10-inch woofer, 1-inch soft-dome tweeter with symmetric waveguide, 220 watts of onboard bi-amplification and an optional remote control complete the package.
Rue Bois de Sclessin, 6
B-4102 Liège, Belgium
(+3) 24/259-7412
www.far-audio.com

FBT MaxX 6a

This two-way, 900W RMS powered speaker has a polypropylene cabinet with a 15-inch neodymium magnet/aluminum die-cast frame woofer and a 2.5-inch HF driver on a 90°x60° horn with FBT's ADAP component protection circuitry and M-10 flypoints. The bi-amped system has a 700W RMS Digital PWM power amp on the LF and a 200W RMS Class-G amp driving the highs. Specs: 40 to 20k Hz response and 128dB max SPL. Control panel features 3-band EQ, preamp gain control, volume control, balanced XLR/¼-inch inputs/outputs/link thru, ground lift switch and LED LF/HF overload indicators. Weight: 64 lbs.

FBT LF 62a

This two-way powered speaker combines a 15-inch woofer and 1-inch driver on a 90°x60° horn with a 13-ply poplar plywood cabinet covered in HD carpet. The bi-amped system has a 300W RMS Class-A/B LF amp, 50W RMS Class-A/B HF amp, FBT's ADAP component protection circuitry, balanced XLR/¼-inch inputs/outputs/pass thru, ground lift switch, volume control, LF/HF LED overload indictors, asymmetrical profile for stage monitor or mains use, 1"-inch speaker stand socket and fly points. Specs: 40-20k Hz response, 125dB max SPL. Weight: 50 lbs.
Box 8144
Berlin, CT 06037-8144
800/333-9383; fax 860/829-1026
www.fbt.it

Genelec LSE Series Subwoofers

Genelec's new LSE Series consists of four new subwoofer models designed to create very dynamic, extremely efficient and highly configurable full-range systems for critical monitoring applications. The radical LSE cabinet technology virtually eliminates nonlinearities from port turbulence associated with traditional vented designs. The LSE range includes the 8-inch 7050A 2-channel system for use with a pair of 1029A/2029A/B monitors, and the 10-inch 7060A, 12-inch 7070A and dual 12-inch 7071A multichannel units, featuring an integrated 6.1 bass manager.
7 Tech Circle
Natick, MA 01760
508/652-0900; fax 508/652-0909
www.genelec.com

JBL VerTec VT4887 & VT4881

One of three new VerTec products designed to be compatible with the VT4889, the VT4887 is a dual 8-inch system weighing only 68 lbs., including rigging. It measures 31x11x16.5 inches. An optional companion VT4881 compact 15-inch subwoofer has a 19-160Hz response and can be ground-stacked or suspended. Like other new VerTec system products, the VT4887 and VT4881 are pre-engineered to receive JBL's upcoming Drive Pack technology as a future optional upgrade for onboard amplification. Pricing: TBA.

JBL VerTec VT4888

The VT4888 dual-12-inch midsize modular line array element measures 39x14x20 inches, weighs only 98 lbs., and has applications in theater, performing arts centers, churches, conferences, corporate business meetings and media support. Frequency response ranges from 48 to 18k Hz. The VT4888 is pre-engineered to receive JBL's upcoming Drive Pack technology as a future optional upgrade for onboard amplification. Pricing: TBA.
8400 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91329
818/894-8850
www.jblpro.com

KRK Systems M118

The M118 active three-way studio monitor can easily handle the workload of most other dual 15-inch cabinets and still not lose the bottom end. Perfect for post-production, CD mastering and more, the monitor is mounted in wall or freestanding. Power amplifiers are not included. Drivers: Woofer: 18-inch, high-strength, paper-impregnated cone; Midrange: 7-inch Kevlar cone; Carbon-ring diaphragm tweeter (loaded by a symmetrical horn). Frequency response: 19 to 20k Hz, ± 2dB. Amp requirements: LF 1,000 watts @ 8 Ohms; MF 450 watts @ 8 Ohms; HF 250 watts @ 8 Ohms.

KRK Systems Expose E12DSP

The E12DSP is a complete and refined active three-way system, featuring low distortion, incredible imaging and increased power handling. From its digital crossover to the Kevlar cones and titanium dome, the KRK signature sound is truly apparent. Drivers: Woofer: 12-inch, high-strength paper-impregnated cone; Mid: 5-inch Kevlar cone; Tweeter: 1-inch titanium-inverted dome. Response: 29-22k Hz, ± 2dB. Amplification: HF 120 watts @ 8 Ohms; MF 200 watts @ 8 Ohms; LF 400 watts @ 8 Ohms.
Dist. by Stanton Group
3000 S.W. 42nd St.
Hollywood, FL 33312
954/689-8833; fax 954/689-8460
www.krksys.com

KS Systems 5.1 System

KS Systems now offers a 5.1 monitoring system with analog and digital inputs, rackmount external amplification and an optional advanced remote/system controller. The system is available either as a complete 5.1 unit or as a stereo/expand-to-surround-later package, featuring a single 12-inch subwoofer and five two-way (6.5-inch woofer/1-inch dome tweeter) ADM 4 satellites with die-cast enclosures and internal video shielding.
Dist. by CAP Audio
Weaver Park, 1060 Cephas Drive
Clearwater, FL 33765
727/447-9656
www.cap-audio.com

Martin Audio Ltd. Blackline F8

The Blackline F8 is a two-way passive system, designed to provide exceptional sound reinforcement and stage monitoring from a compact enclosure. It features a powerful 250mm (8-inch) low-frequency driver and a 25mm (1-inch) HF compression driver mounted on a 90°x50° horn. The horn is user-rotatable to allow the F8's multi-angled enclosure to be used in vertical or horizontal orientations. List: $799.
Box 44019
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2N 3G7
519/747-5853; fax 519/747-3576
www.martin-audio.com

Meyer M1D Ultra-Compact Curvilinear Array

The M1D is ideal for implementing compact curvilinear arrays (up to 12 high) in smaller venues. Each self-powered, three-way M1D cabinet has two 5-inch cone drivers, three vertically aligned metal dome tweeters, dual MOSFET amplifier modules (250 W/channel), integrated control electronics, IntelligentAC power supply, QuickFly rigging system and RMS monitoring module. Operating frequency range: 60-18k Hz; maximum peak SPL: 125 dB @ 1 m. List: $2,950.

Meyer M1D-Sub Ultra-Compact Sub

Designed as the companion subwoofer for systems configured with M1D Compact Curvilinear Array loudspeakers, the self-powered M1D-Sub has two 10-inch, long-excursion cone drivers, each powered by a dedicated 350W amplifier. With an operating frequency range of 35 to 150 Hz, and a maximum peak SPL of 130 dB @ 1 m, the M1D-Sub offers surprisingly prodigious LF capability in a very compact cabinet. List: $3,200.
2832 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
510/486-1166; fax 510/486-8356
www.meyersound.com

Quested Monitoring Systems F5 and F19

The $695 F5 is a compact, self-powered, active near-field with a 5-inch bass driver and ?-inch soft-dome tweeter powered by 80W RMS amps. Features: infinite baffle design with front-mount volume, HF and bass boost/cut controls. The F19 sub-bass speaker has a 10-inch bass driver and 180W RMS Class-D amps. The F19 for stereo applications ($1,495) and F19.1 feature bass management, variable lowpass filter settings, phase adjustment, separate LFE gain, and sub output/direct input to allow for multiple cabinets. Caters to surround applications.
Dist. by Q.USA Inc.
5816 Highway K
Waunakee, WI 53597
608/850-3600; fax 608/850-3602
www.quested.com

Radian Audio Engineering Radian MicroFill

Radian's MicroFill is an ultra-compact, defined-coverage, multi- purpose loudspeaker system. This newest Radian Micro product shares sonic and industrial design characteristics with the successful MicroWedge Monitor Systems. MicroFill incorporates defined high-frequency pattern control, a 2-inch compression driver and 12-inch high-power woofer, plus built-in bi-amp or passive operation, and it is the ideal solution for sight line-friendly monitor sidefills, rearfill or corporate truss systems. Options: versatile rigging hardware, including pole cup.
600 N. Batavia St.
Orange, CA 92868
714/288-8900; fax 714/288-1133
www.radianaudio.com

Samson Resolv Reference Monitors

The Resolv 65a (active) and 65 (passive) monitors feature a 6.5-inch woofer and 1-inch titanium-diaphragm Ferrofluid-cooled—in a ported tuned cabinet. The 65a models include internal biamping (72W LF; 25W HF) and a unique contour control that changes from flat response to the aggressive midrange of certain classic near-fields. Optional is the Resolv 120a active subwoofer, with a 120-watt amp, 10-inch woofer, 40-180Hz response, active crossover, phase switch and mute jack for switching the sub in/out of the mix.
Samson Technologies Corp.
Box 9031
Syosset, NY 11791
516/364-2244; fax 516/364-3888
www.samsontech.com

Sonixell Pipeline PL1224

The Pipeline PL1224 comprises 288 flat-panel transducers in a compact 3x70-inch tubular design. This line array produces tightly controlled vertical dispersion, resulting in improved intelligibility while dramatically reducing near-field feedback. The PL1224 delivers full fidelity output over large distances with minimal reduction in gain. The PL1224s are singular in performance capabilities.
Dist. by International Sales Inc.
1265 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106
619/224-9429; fax 619/224-9439
www.fps-inc.co.jp

Tannoy Ellipse 8

The first of a new generation of monitors featuring Tannoy Wideband technology, the Ellipse 8 has a frequency response extending above 50 kHz. Based on a fully time-aligned, three-way active system using an 8-inch Dual Concentric drive unit, plus SuperTweeter drive with a 90° horizontal dispersion. The uniquely shaped cabinet is constructed of laminated birch with a massive MDF baffle and rear panel forming an enclosure that is non-resonant acoustically and mechanically. 14.7x8.1x13.75 inches. USA list: $3,595/pair.
335 Gage Ave., Suite 1
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2M 5E1
519/745-1158; fax 519/745-2364
www.tgina.com

Truth Audio TA-2A

New Truth Audio powered monitor following the successful TA-1 and TA-3 Series, features dual 6.5-inch drivers and a soft-dome high-frequency driver. Also available in a passive model.
129 Sugar Cove Rd.
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
973/728-2425; fax 973/728-2931
www.truthaudio.com

Visioneering Design Tesseract

The LMH Series high-power, three-way, tri-amplified loudspeaker systems—designed and TMH-qualified by Tomlinson Holman—are intended for use in pro screening rooms, dubbing theaters, film and digital cinema theaters, and high-end home theaters. Manufactured by Visioneering Design, the Holman custom-designed crossover divides the main screen channels into low, mid and high-frequency outputs for feeding the tri-amped LCR speaker cabinets. TMH-integrated bass management is featured in the crossover design. Price: $18,000 for three channels, including crossover.
9666 Owensmouth Ave., Unit Q
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818/882-7271; fax 818/882-8325
ron@rlag.com

Westlake Lc24.75

This two-way, bass-reflex loudspeaker for center channel and low-profile stereo and multichannel applications has a compact, dual-ported enclosure with twin 4-inch woofers and a ?-inch soft-dome tweeter. Frequency response: 65-20k Hz, ±3 dB with a sensitivity of 89 dB/1m for 2.83V input. The Lc24.75 features extensive electro-mechanical and acoustical dampening, point-to-point wiring and magnetically shielded drivers. Available individually or in pairs. Price: $999/each.
2696 Lavery Court, Unit #18
Newbury Park, CA 91320
805/499-3686; fax 805/498-2571
www.westlakeaudio.com

Wharfedale Diamond 8.1/8.2

Wharfedale's Diamond Series models feature Kevlar woofer cones, neodymium magnets, bi-wire terminals, and all USA models are wired internally with Monster Cable®. The $199.98/pair Diamond 8.1 is a 296x198x191mm, two-way design with a 130mm woofer and 25mm silk-dome tweeter; response is 55 to 20k Hz. The larger (364x213x258mm) Diamond 8.2 ($299.98/pair) has a 165mm woofer, 25mm silk dome tweeter and 45 to 20k Hz response.
Dist. by IAG America
508/850-3950
www.iagamerica.com






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