Line Arrays for Tour Sound

Jul 1, 2014 9:00 AM, By the Mix Editors


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A whole lot of line arrays have appeared over the past decade, to the point that nearly all sound reinforcement manufacturers have a version, with the latest trend being compact boxes to either fill a club or augment larger systems in arenas. Mix surveyed the field of recent introductions to help break down the choices, and, because it is touring season, we’ve steered clear of columnar systems in favor of larger touring packages. Please visit the company Websites for more detailed descriptions.

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Atlas Sound's A-Line Acoustics AL123A-B

Atlas Sound’s A-Line Acoustics AL123A-B and AL218A-B are network-configurable, flyable speakers with subwoofer. The AL123A-B is a three-way that features an integrated amplifier with DSP network control. The unit includes dual 12-inch woofers, four 6-inch midrange drivers, and dual 1.4-inch high-frequency compression drivers. The AL218A-B is a dual 18-inch subwoofer enclosure that includes an integrated amplifier capable of producing 3,000-watts RMS power.

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Adamson E12, E218

Adamson Systems’ Energia Series features the new E12 line source and e219 sub. The e12 was designed as a stand-alone mid-size line array but can also be used as a downfill or sidefill in a larger e15 arena system. Inside the box is Adamson’s new 12-inch Kevlar driver, the ND12S, with advanced cooling and larger mass, providing LF extension. The Energia e218 was designed as a companion sub for the Energia Series e15 and e12 and can be flown together with an e12 or a stand-alone array.

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Alcons Audio LR24

The LR24 from Alcons Audio is a three-way, larger-format line-source system featuring the RBN1402rsr pro-ribbon driver with 14-inch voice-coil. The combination of the high sensitivity and the unusually high HF peak power handling of 3,000W promises intelligibility and throw with ample headroom. The MF section features four high-efficiency neodymium 6.5-inch midrange transducers in a symmetrical loaded configuration. The LF section consists of two long-excursion, reflex-loaded 12-inch woofers with carbon-reinforced cones.

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Alto Professional SXA28P, SXA18P

Alto Professional’s SXA28P two-way and SXA18P 18-inch vented sub feature quick-and-easy setup for a variety of configurations. The SXA28 incorporates dual 8-inch low/mid drivers and dual 1-inch high-frequency drivers. The unit handles 400W continuous, 800W program or 1,600W peak delivering 125 dB peak SPL. The SXA18p offers 750W continuous, 1,500W program or 3,000W peak, also 125 dB peak SPL.

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