Tech: New Products, September 2011

Sep 1, 2011 9:00 AM

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New Sound Reinforcement Products

Lectrosonics 64-Bit-Compatible
New 64-bit-compatible software for Lectrosonics’ DM Series processors and Venue receivers includes a new USB driver package that supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, as well as 32-bit Windows XP. Also included is the LecNet™2 Driver Installer program, which pre-installs the USB driver package on a PC prior to use. The programs communicate with either the USB or the RS-232-compatible interface built into LecNet2 components. The LecNet2 control panel programs remain unchanged, but the application “Help” USB driver installation topics have been updated. The LecNet2 programs contained in the new distribution are backward-compatible with the old 32-bit driver package. The updates are available as a CD-ROM image (.iso) file download. Once downloaded, the image file is burned to a blank CD-R disk and the software installer can be run as usual. Instructions for using the new USB driver installer are available on the Lectrosonics site.

EAW VG Series
This new series from EAW comprises five VFR two-way, full-range loudspeakers (VFR159 15-inch, VFR129 12-inch, VFR109 10-inch, VFR89 8-inch and VFR69 6-inch; all passive); two VFS subwoofers (VFS220 double 12-inch and VFS250 double 15-inch); and three VSM two-way stage monitors (VSM159 15-inch, VSM129 12-inch and VSM109 10-inch). The boxes can be configured as clusters and arrays, matching speaker/subwoofer pairs or stand-alone units. The VFR159 and VFR129 ship with a 90x60-degree horn that can be field-replaced with a 60x40-degree horn. All models will be available soon in black or white finish.

RapcoHorizon DesignVision
With this panel-design program (Windows), users can create custom installation diagrams (rack panels, wall plates, floor pocket inserts, etc.)—no CAD experience necessary. To create a system design, a user simply selects the preferred panel and uses the drag-and-drop feature to place the desired connectors directly on the panel. By using a basic set of design tools, the user can even create a template for engraving. When the drawing is complete, the dealer can email a PDF and an accurate price quote to the tour manager for approval. Once approved, the integrator can email the same design with its full bill of materials to his/her RapcoHorizon sales representative. The software is available for free download at the company’s site.

WorxAudio I/O-4
With its injection molded, high-impact polycarbonate enclosure, the new small-format SR system from WorxAudio is available in black or white, and includes a standard mounting bracket with weather-resistant, stainless-steel hardware for flexible aiming and easy installation. Geared for use in 100-volt distributed audio systems, the I/O-4 ($230) employs a multi-tap transformer defined for 50, 25, 12 and 5-watt settings. The new I/O-4 may also be easily configured for a standard low-impedance direct input. It uses a two-element array of high-output, 4-inch LF transducers. The horn-loaded HF waveguide (1-inch driver incorporating a titanium diaphragm) is positioned between the two elements. The three-way, full-range bass-reflex enclosure provides Push Terminal connectors at the rear for easy system connection. The loudspeaker’s frequency response ranges from 75-19k Hz.






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