Cerwin-Vega VISION Series

Apr 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Cerwin-Vega is now shipping its flagship VISION™ Series, featuring five completely new designs specifically aimed at live sound reinforcement and non-engineered sound applications. The VISION™ line comprises two three-way, full-range (bi-ampable) trapezoidal enclosures with ATM-equipped fly points, two subwoofers and a single 12-inch coaxial enclosure that doubles as a floor monitor and flyable install speaker.

The series includes the VIS-153, a single 15-inch three-way system; the VIS-253, a dual 15-inch three-way system; the VIS-122, a single 12-inch coaxial enclosure; the VIS-218 subwoofer; a dual 18-inch direct radiator; and VIS-36, a trapezoidal folded bass horn with a single 18-inch woofer.

Each enclosure is constructed of 18mm, 13-ply Baltic Birch cabinetry with heavy-duty internal bracing. The systems are finished in a black-textured Polyurethane-based finish; Cerwin-Vega announced that future available finishes will include white for houses of worship and primer.

VegaGrip's cast-aluminum handles are provided for easy and comfortable transporting. Optional accessories include an ATM truss bracket for arraying and flying up to three V-153 enclosures. The high-frequency component is a 44mm titanium compression driver loaded into a proprietary 1-inch throat 90x60-degree horn. A combination of exponential and hyperbolic horn geometry and careful attention to throat shape results in controlled directivity and smooth HF response without typical horn coloration.

The midrange device is 75mm titanium midrange compression driver coupled to a proprietary elliptical horn with a 2-inch throat. The horn provides constant directivity and controlled beam width. The elliptical mouth eliminates the sharp edges that cause high-frequency distortion, because they have no planar surfaces and are less prone to common horn resonances.

Proprietary cast-aluminum frame woofers with 3-inch (4-inch on the VIS-218 and VIS-36) high-temperature voice coils are utilized for low frequencies. These woofers feature optimized motor designs and suspension geometry coupled to carefully selected materials, resulting in extremely low distortion at high output levels.

The crossover network utilizes high-grade metal film capacitors and low-inductance laminated steel coils for low distortion and high resolution. System components are protected by Defend circuitry, which guards the high-frequency device from excessive power without degrading the audio and eliminates high-frequency shutdown. For increased performance, the systems may be bi-amped with the Defend‘ protection in place. Switches to bi-amp mode are provided with a unique connector configuration. The rugged 18-gauge input panels offer parallel 1/4-inch and Neutrik NL4 connections.

For more information, visit www.cerwin-vega.com. For more new sound reinforcement products, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_products/index.htm.

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