Electro-Voice is pleased to announce the first preview of the next generation of its X-Line line-array loudspeaker family at InfoComm 2014.
The new models mark a step forward in EV’s 85-year tradition of innovation, offering a new range of components that work together to surpass the performance of other leading line arrays – all in a significantly more compact, flexible, and faster-to-set-up package.
Two models will be launched later this year: X1 and X2. The X1 will be on display at InfoComm (booth C9708) and demonstrated in the EV Demo Room (N109).
The new X1 compact 12-inch vertical line-array loudspeaker system combines new technologies and features with compact design. It is designed for use in a wide variety of applications, including small and mid-sized houses of worship, local and regional rental companies, corporate events and clubs and entertainment venues.
Three new EV technologies form the core of the X1 system—Mid-Band Hydra (MBH) for superior box coupling, Wavefront-Shaping Circular Hydra (WCH) for extended linear HF performance, and Integrated Rigging System for quick setup
The SMX 12-inch woofer in the X1 (DVN3125 12-inch woofer in the X2) is coupled to an EV-exclusive Mid-Band Hydra device that effectively emulates the acoustic behavior of a double line of four 3-inch point sources. This delivers perfect mid-band coupling of the array while maintaining the efficiency and power of a 12-inch transducer.
The HF section in the X1 incorporates two new ND2R ring-exit high-output 2-inch titanium compression drivers coupled to a pair of WCH constant energy planar wave generators on a 90° waveguide optimized for high efficiency, uniform pattern control, and smooth, extended, linear response. The ring-coupled ND2R and WCH circular Hydra eliminates wave distortion, maximizing the acoustic output of this medium-format compression driver with in-phase summation past 16 kHz.
A captive twist-lock multi-angle arraying system designed by EV to simplify the rigging of any size of array, significantly reduces load in/out time and production costs. The Integrated Rigging System has been engineered with the flexibility to deploy a system using the two most common methods of array set-up, fixed angles locked by using secondary rigging pins (included) and compression method by using a pull-up kit (sold separately)
The new X2 system provides high SPL capability, extended HF response, and linear LF output for more performance than previously possible in an extremely compact cabinet. The X2 delivers the SPL, bandwidth, and coverage needed for demanding applications, including large houses of worship, concert and tour sound events, sports venues and theaters and performing arts venues.
In addition to the Mid-Band Hydra (MBH) and Integrated Rigging System shared with the X1, the X2 system features two new EV technologies, the DVN3125 12-inch neodymium woofer and Advanced High-Frequency Hydra for controlled linear HF performance
For low frequencies, the new, high-sensitivity DVN3125 woofer in the X2 was developed using Finite Element Analysis to optimize motor, suspension, and electrical design for very low distortion, high efficiency, and maximum intelligibility at high SPL. The woofer is coupled to a Mid-Band Hydra (MBH) device.
To satisfy the most demanding system applications, the HF section of the X2 matches two ND6A high-output 3-inch titanium compression drivers to the pair of Advanced High-Frequency Hydra constant energy planar wave generators on a 90° waveguide.
The Advanced High-Frequency Hydra provides full control of the acoustic wave, eliminating wave distortion with in-phase summation to 20 kHz. All array elements sum seamlessly together to deliver consistent pattern control and smooth, extended, linear response for any array configuration.