Winter NAMM 2014 Wrap-Up
Jan 27, 2014 2:49 PM, By Kevin Becka
Product Highlights From Winter NAMM 2014, Day Three
If there was one audio product category at Winter NAMM that was up for the "Most New Gear" award, it would be speakers.
PMC had its TwoTwo series on hand in its demo room. They come in 5-, 6- and 8-inch models and the front of each unit features the company's transmission line vent.
Cerwin-Vega displayed new 4-inch XD4 and 5-inch XD5 full range systems, and 8-inch XD8 powered subwoofer.
Blue Sky had the Star System One 2.1, comprised of a single Sub 12D digital powered subwoofer and two Sat 6D digital satellite speakers.
Neumann's KH 310 is a three-way active tri-amplified monitor with a Mathematically Modeled Dispersion Waveguide (MMD), flexible acoustical controls, various input options and an extensive range of mounting hardware.
Sonodyne revealed the SRP Series speakers with five models from the small SRP 350, through the SRP 400, 500, and 600, to the large SRP 800.
Genelec had some new models on hand including the 8010 compact monitor featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and Class-D power amplifiers. Also showing was the M040, a two-way system featuring a 6.5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter.
PreSonus, meanwhile, is now shipping the entire line of its StudioLive Active Integration speaker line, with the Temblor T10 sub due out within a few weeks.
QSC, which had been hinting at a revolutionary new product for a few months, showed it off! The TouchMix-16 mixer definitely looks new, with its tiny footprint, touchscreen-and-knob control, 20 inputs (16 mono), DCA groups, analog input gain, etc. A whole lot of power in a tiny space.
Equator had the new emc controller with Bluetooth, three stereo inputs, two stereo outs, speaker switcher, recessed trim adjustment and large calibrated volume control.
Yamaha had a new line of compact mixers, including the MG20XU, which features 18 inputs and USB connectivity. Also in the booth was the Steinberg UR44 audio interface with four Class-A D-PRE preamps, MIDI I/O and latency-free DSP for monitor mixing with effects.
sE Electronics had the sE X1 R passive ribbon microphone offering 135dB SPL signal handling and shipping with a swivel mounting clip. Also bowing was the sE5 small diaphragm condenser offering a fixed cardioid pattern. 100Hz cut and -10dB/-20dB pad.
Rupert Neve Designs debuted the 551 EQ, the first and only 500 Series inductor EQ designed by Rupert himself. The 3-band model features custom wound inductors and transformers.
Focusrite showed the new iTrack Dock featuring dual Focusrite microphone preamps, two line inputs and an instrument DI, independent stereo monitor and headphone outputs, and a USB port for class-compliant MIDI instruments and controllers.
Dramastic Audio had its G Platinum Studio Computer, an aftermarket solution for SSL G Series console owners whose computers are getting long in the tooth. It features a scalable design, iPad GUI and full recall with high-res graphics.
Isoacoustics displayed its new all-aluminum matrix construction system that can be configured for applications from 8-inches square and larger with weight capacities in excess of 200 psf.
Finally, DPA Microphones displayed its d:fine Series headsets featuring adjustable booms and a removable cable.
Look for Mix magazine's continuing coverage of new audio products announced and shown at Winter NAMM 2014, both in print and at mixonline.com.
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