Alcons Audio Ships New Line Array

Dec 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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After extensive beta testing during the past few months and the presentation of “the Ribbon” line array at the PLASA show in London, Alcons Audio is now shipping the first product of its L-Series product range: the LR16.

The LR16 is an active, two-way line-source loudspeaker system to be used in vertical arrays, either in stacked or flown configuration. The compact and flexible design makes it the ideal system for small- to medium-sized applications; With a maximum SPL of 135 dB per unit, the LR16 is also suitable for larger applications when used in extended arrays.

The Ribbon system can be scaled from (part of) a large-scale long-throw arena system to an ultracompact single-cabinet system by changing four bolts of the unique revolvable wave guide.

For HF reproduction, the LR16 comes with the Alcons RBN601 ribbon driver. The 1,000W peak power handling offers real digital dynamic without any strain or threshold. Mounted on the “Morpher” wave guide, a frontal radiation of as high as 95 percent is reached, offering even and “spikeless” dispersion with seamless coverage.

The frequencies below 1,200 Hz are taken care of by two low-power compression 8-inch mid-bass drivers, making the system real full-range in most applications with its lowest usable frequency being 55 Hz. A newly developed mid-tapering lens in front of the cone drivers creates smooth off-axis response without any lobes. With the unique real 90-degree dispersion of the RBN601, the system has true 90-degree coverage beyond 20 kHz.

The integrated heavy-duty flying system doesn’t have any separate/loose parts and is certified to a safety rating of 14:1 (12 units). With the two-side usable bumper, the system can easily be ground-stacked. The Alcons Ribbon Calculator (ARC) software calculates positions in 15 steps of 0.7 degrees.

For full-system performance, the LR16 can be used in combination with an ALC2 or ALC4 amplifier/controller. Driven by the ALC, the LR16 delivers maximum sound quality with inaudible (power and excursion) protection by means of SDP processing modules.

A complete Ribbon line array system comprises LR16 cabinets, ALC controller amps in racks, flying hardware, aiming software and dedicated transport cases.

For more information, visit www.alconsaudio.com and www.theribbonnetwork.net. For more sound reinforcement product news, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_products/index.htm.






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