German loudspeaker manufacturer Fohhn Audio has shipped the first of its new Focus Modular Series of electronically steerable, active column/line array loudspeaker systems.
The Modular Series comprises three active loudspeakers:
—FM/FMI-100 high frequency module containing 8 x 1-inch compression drivers with Fohhn HF waveguide and horn;
—FM/FMI-110 high frequency module containing 16 x 1-inch compression drivers with HF waveguide and horn;
—FM/FMI-400, a low-mid module equipped with 32 x 4-inch long-excursion cone drivers.
All three incorporate multi-channel Class D amplifiers and a specially developed multi-channel DSP processor for beam steering capability.
A second DSP provides access to a range of audio tools, including parametric 10-band EQ, compressor/limiter/noise gate, delay, x-over, status and temperature monitoring and tone generator (sweep tone and pink noise).
A further DSP contains a special algorithm designed to give maximum protection to each individual driver.
Specifications provided by the company include maximum SPL of 139 dB (FMI-400), 142 dB (FMI-100) and 148 dB (FMI-110), measured at 1 meter. The different modules can be combined and cascaded for a range of applications using Fohhn’s dedicated Quick-Lock system.
The new modules offer the same beam steering technology that characterizes Fohhn’s Focus Series, including precise real-time adjustment (in 0.1-degree increments) of the vertical sound inclination angle (-40/+40 degrees) and vertical beam width (0/-90 degrees). Dual-beam technology enables simultaneous coverage of different audience areas.
A digital high-pass filter can be separately applied to each beam, and the acoustic center of the individual beams adjusted in real time and set at any point of the loudspeaker’s line length. A specially developed algorithm also enables the suppression of any unwanted side lobes in the beam.
The systems can be networked and remotely controlled in real time via Fohhn’s Audio Soft control software.
New Modular Series loudspeakers can be supplied in a full range of RAL colors to blend with interiors.
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