d&b audiotechnik has added two full-range loudspeakers as well as a subwoofer to its V-Series, which was launched last year.
The new Vi8, Vi12 and Vi-SUB all conform to the existing V-Series loudspeakers in every facet of technical performance, but have simplified rigging and electrical connections to comply with installation requirements.
The Vi8 and Vi12 loudspeakers are 3-way passive designs housing two 10-inch LF drivers, one horn-loaded 8-inch MF driver and two 1.4-inch-exit HF compression drivers with 2.5-inch voice coils mounted to a dedicated waveshaping device. They have an 80 and 120 degree horizontal constant directivity dispersion, respectively, which is maintained down to approximately 250 Hz.
The Vi-SUB is an actively driven cardioid subwoofer powered by a single d&b D12 amplifier channel and houses two long excursion neodymium drivers in an integrated cardioid setup, an 18-inch driver in a bass-reflex design facing to the front and a 12-inch driver in a two chamber bandpass design radiating to the rear.
In addition, the company has release ArrayCalc V7, which includes functionality to perform acoustic simulations with a number of d&b point source loudspeakers, most notably both the White range installation point source products from the xS-Series and the Black range point source loudspeakers from the Q, T and E-Series.
ArrayCalc V7 now simplifies the process of creating remote control workspaces for line arrays as well as point sources, via an export function into the d&b R1 Remote control software. It also offers a new print out section that will include the point source loudspeakers and an array collision detector.
The sophisticated additional algorithms address the requirements for a d&b style simulation and planning tool for a complete installation project, as well as for corporate and AV rental markets. Anywhere in fact, where hybrid designs that included a mix of point source and line array loudspeakers used to be a much harder task.
“There are times when navigating the complex demands of professional audio require an instinctive sense of direction,” says Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer, d&b audiotechnik’s long-time Black range Product Manager. “That doesn’t mean we should abandon an empirical resolution. The decision to implement a full range of Vi loudspeakers is a rational response to the almost irrational demand this product line has engendered.
“The inclusion of point sources to ArrayCalc V7 as the system designers’ tool kit brings helpful clarity for any audio professional negotiating the twists and turns of system design.”