Alcons Audio has introduced the VR5, a compact 2-way loudspeaker designed to provide fidelity response and wide horizontal and vertical dispersion in nearfield applications.
Engineered for both portable and permanent use, the VR5 incorporates an RBN202 pro-ribbon driver for high frequencies and a 5-inch mid-bass woofer. Peak power input for the HF section is states as 400 watts peak.
The horizontal (90 degrees) and vertical (60 degrees) dispersion of the revolvable waveguide is designed for consistency in order to enhance imaging in both stereo and immersive systems.
For maximized full system performance, the VR5 needs to be driven by an Alcons ALC amplified loudspeaker controller. Proprietary Signal Integrity Sensing pre-wiring helps ensure dynamic cable/connector compensation between the VR5 and the ALC to increase response accuracy, regardless of cable length and system impedance.
The combination of the asymmetric multi-angle enclosure, the revolvable waveguide and the ACO color option provides for inconspicuous low profile stage-, stand-, wall- or ceiling positioning. Five M10 mounting points enable swivel bracket, shoulder eye bolt and mic stand deployment.
Phil “Dr. Phil” De Haan, head of Alcons R&D: “Following the recently introduced CRMSC-SRHV surround for cinema, the VR5 is the first pro-audio system that incorporates our patent-pending vertical-control waveguide technology. In further extending our line-up in point-source solutions, this has been a major breakthrough to enable any dispersion pattern from our pro-ribbon mid/high frequency drivers. We plan to further implement this in our upcoming new products.”
Tom Back, Alsons managing director: “Although the VR5 concept, as our smallest pro-ribbon system ever, was already previewed at this year’s ISE and as product introduced at the Prolight+Sound, we still had thoughts about taking ]the next step’ in the low frequency transducer. As we’ve been doing with most systems, as recently the 8-inch of the LR18 line array, we consistently co-develop and implement the most-advanced technology on the cone-drivers, to have the best match with the pro-ribbons.
“So, we decided at the show to investigate implementing a new active coil technology on the 5-inch,” he continues, “a technology we’ve been using on a number of design studies for some time now. The beta-testing of the samples proved our ideas right, leading us to re-design the VR5 with this new technology.”