By Julie Clark • December 5, 2013 A look at the Compact Systems Demo at WFX 2014 in Dallas. More images below... More than 650 worship production personnel and live sound operators converged on the Dallas Convention Center in October to check out the third annual Live Sound Compact Systems Demo, held in conjunction with the WFX Conference & Expo. The demo provides the opportunity to directly listen to, evaluate, and compare more than a dozen compact loudspeaker systems in a controlled listening environment. In addition, all participating companies have representatives on hand to provide technical details and pricing information. The event is held in a full-size exhibit hall of the convention center, with a 150-foot by 150-foot demo space draped off to define the area and to help eliminate reflections. Carpet that covered the entire demo area furthered this goal. While the 13 participating manufacturers primarily chose to highlight flown compact line arrays, others took a different approach in showing “single box” solutions, providing an excellent contrast between the types of systems available. In each one-hour full demo session, all systems were played in a roundrobin, random format, supplied with identical audio tracks until the final round, when manufacturers had the opportunity to play their own select track through their system. Listeners move from system to system, evaluating what they’re hearing and also observing each system’s scale, components and other important details. Each participating company also presented its own 15-minute exclusive demo sessions each day, further showcasing their technologies. As usual, Live Sound senior contributing editor Craig Leerman served as the tech director for the event, with veteran engineer Tim Weaver of Waco, TX, at a Yamaha CL Series console managing audio for each demo session. Gary Zandstra and Josh Maichele of Parkway Electric (Holland, MI), with more than 40 years of system integration and church tech work between them, served as emcees. Preston Gray of Morris Light & Sound (Nashville) was also on hand with a Smaart rig to monitor levels, with SPL readings visible on a large video screen. Plans are already underway for the next compact system demo – with even more features for attendees – to be held in conjunction with next year’s WFX Expo in Dallas, September 2014. Keep an eye on ProSoundWeb for more details as they become available. Demo Participants & Systems Renkus-Heinz IC Live PreSonus StudioLive 328AI Martin Audio MLA Compact Line 6 StageSource L3t L-Acoustics KARAi Elipsis Audio LA-205 Electro-Voice EVA-2082S EAW QX596i D.A.S. Audio AERO 40A Danley Sound Labs SH96HO Bose Professional RoomMatch Alcons Audio LR14/90 Adamson Metrix-i & Metrix Wave-i Technology Sponsors Yamaha Commercial Audio Shure Link USA Mega Systems DiColor Images From The Live Sound Compact System Demo At WFX 2014: About Julie Julie Clark Content Specialist, ProSoundWeb Julie has worked in professional audio for more than 20 years, bringing expertise in management, sales, marketing, content generation and more to ProSoundWeb. Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Events Line Arrays Loudspeaker World Loudspeakers Trade Shows WFX Worship Audio · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.