By Live Sound Staff • November 13, 2017 Typically offered by many of the same companies that build line arrays and larger-scale systems, 2-way loudspeakers often have a similar sonic signature to their “big brothers” and lend themselves to front fill and other supplementary duties in larger venues in addition to serving as mains in smaller applications and also as stage monitors. They can be used by themselves or with subwoofers in applications requiring additional low-end reinforcement. Many models now include onboard amplifiers with sophisticated DSP, although a significant number are also offered in passive versions. “Automatic” features might include signal delay to align the acoustic centers of each driver, phase correction, equalization, and driver protection. Some offer selectable presets for different applications such as main or monitor placement, vocal or music sources, and high-pass filtering when used with subwoofers. Additional EQ control may be present, including parametric EQ in at least one case. Others provide at least rudimentary mixing capability, with level controls, mic/line switches, and EQ on XLR or combo (XLR, 1/4-inch) inputs. More models will accept Dante digital audio input along with an analog audio signal. This genre has also benefitted from advances in driver technology, signal processing, and amplification. Transducer innovations have often trickled down from touring products. Many have lightweight magnetic structures using neodymium magnets, rugged cone and spider materials, and robust voice coil designs. High-frequency horns are frequently rotatable, and with improved directivity. Larger format compression drivers deliver greater power handling capacity. Several models are coaxial, another trend in this genre. All generally share similar dimensions, with a range of 22 to 30 inches in height and weight spanning from 35 to 75 pounds (some a few pounds more). Most have a poll-mount socket and handles, and some offer rigging options along with a cabinet angle for stage monitoring. The following roundup covers recent 2-way designs, many (but not all) with 12-inch woofers. Keep in mind that for each type of model presented here, there are several similar models from other sources, so further homework is strongly recommended. Electro-Voice ELX200-12P electrovoice.com Dispersion (h x v): 90 x 60 degrees Components: 1-in compression driver, 12-in cone driver Frequency Response: 57 Hz — 16 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 130 dB Amplification: Onboard (1200 watts), with integrated QuickSmartDSP Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks plus one XLR link output Positioning/Rigging: M10 suspension points; pole-mount Dimensions (h x w x d): 24.8 x 14.3 x 13.6 in Weight: 34.4 lbs Notes: 10- and 15-in versions also available; Bluetooth; includes internal DSP with presets and multiple optimization settings RCF TT2-A rcf-usa.com Dispersion (h x v): 90 x 50 degrees Components: 3-in voice coil compression driver, 12-in cone driver Frequency Response: 50 Hz — 20 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 134 dB Amplification: Onboard (1600 watts total, biamped) Connectors: XLR in/out, RDNet in/out Positioning/Rigging: Rigging plates top and bottom, suspension points, pole-mount Dimensions (h x w x d): 23.5 x 14.6 x 18.5 in Weight: 75 lbs Notes: 10 and 15-in versions available; rear-panel control of functions including gain reduction, delay, and presets; also controllable remotely via RDNet QSC K12.2 qsc.com Dispersion (h x v): 90 x 75 degrees Components: 1.4-in compression driver, 12-in cone driver Frequency Response: 50 Hz — 20 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 132 dB Amplification: Onboard (1800 watts LF, 225 watts HF, both peak) Connectors: 2 XLR & 1/4-in combo, 2 XLR (loop-thru output), XLR mix output, 3.5 mm TRS (stereo input) Positioning/Rigging: Suspension points, dual-angle pole-mount; optional yoke mount available Dimensions (h x w x d): 23.7 x 14 x 13.8 in Weight: 39 lbs Notes: User configurable DSP system; EQ, delay, crossover and preset contour library are all selectable; all settings can be saved as a scene Meyer Sound UPA-1P meyersound.com Dispersion (h x v): 100 x 40 degrees Components: 3-in diaphragm compression driver, 12-in cone driver Frequency Response: 80 Hz — 17 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 133 dB Amplification: Onboard (MOSFET amp, 550 watts, biamped) Connectors: XLR input/output Positioning/Rigging: Ring and stud pan fittings; pole-mount adapters & yoke-mounts Dimensions (h x w x d): 22.4 x 14.5 x 14.3 in Weight: 77 lbs Notes: Internal DSP includes EQ, phase correction, and protection; optional 3/8-inch or M10 nut plates available Renkus-Heinz T82 renkus-heinz.com Dispersion (h x v): 120 x 60 and 90 x 60 degrees (both rotatable) Components: 1-in compression driver, 2 x 8-in cone drivers Frequency Response: 90 Hz — 20 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 134 dB Amplification: Onboard (SA625 amplifier) Connectors: Neutrik Speakon and other options offered Positioning/Rigging: M6 and M10 suspension points, U-bracket attachment points Dimensions (h x w x d): 28.2 x 10.5 x 10.5 in Weight: 34 lbs Notes: Incorporates proprietary Complex Conic Horn design; passive version available; single/dual 6.5-in, single 8-in, 12-in and 15-in models also offered dBTechnologies DVX D-12 americanmusicandsound.com Dispersion (h x v): 60 x 40 degrees, rotatable Components: 3-in diaphragm compression driver, 12-in cone driver Frequency Response: 68 Hz — 19 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 131 dB Amplification: Onboard (700 watts, RMS, biamped) Connectors: Neutrik Speakon (output and link), XLR (input and link), 1/4-inch TRS (link) Positioning/Rigging: Suspension points; top/bottom flytracks; pole-mount Dimensions (h x w x d): 24.6 x 14.6 x 15.6 in Weight: 60.6 lbs Notes: 8, 10 and 15-in versions also available, plus three sizes of floor monitors with 12, 15, and dual 8-in woofers L-Acoustics Syva l-acoustics.com Dispersion (h x v): 140 degrees horizontal, +5/-21 degrees vertical Components: 3 x 1.75-in diaphragm compression, 6 x 5-in cone drivers Frequency Response: 87 Hz — 20 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 137 dB Amplification: LA4X/LA8/LA12X amplified controllers with DSP Connectors: Neutrik Speakon and screw terminal Positioning/Rigging: DIN580-compatible M8 inserts; 2 integrated inserts for rigging accessory; stackable Dimensions (h x w x d): 51.3 x 5.7 x 8.2 in Weight: 46 lbs Notes: Can be wall- or pole-mounted, as well as flown or used alone with its baseplate; alternatively it can be mounted on top of Syva Low or Syva Sub using AutoConnect link NEXO ID24t yamahaproaudio.com Dispersion (h x v): 60 x 60, 90 x 40, 120 x 40, and 120 x 60 degrees (all rotatable) Components: 1-in voice coil compression driver, 2 x 4-in cone drivers Frequency Response: 95 Hz — 20 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 126 dB Power Handling: 200 to 500 watts recommended Connectors: Neutrik Speakon Positioning/Rigging: Pole-mount, rigging points Dimensions (h x w x d): 12.2 x 5.2 x 9.2 in Weight: 13 lbs Notes: Install version also offered; horn can be rotated without need for tools via “screw head” on rear panel Adamson Point 12 adamsonsystems.com Dispersion (h x v): 60 x 40 or 40 x 20 degrees, both rotatable Components: 3-in diaphragm compression driver, 12-in cone driver Frequency Response: 60 Hz — 18 kHz Maximum SPL (peak): 134.4 dB Power Handling: LF: 500 watts; HF: 110 watts (AES) Connectors: Dual Neutrik Speakon Positioning/Rigging: SLR sockets; pole-mount Dimensions (h x w x d): 25.5 x 13.9 x 12.1 in Weight: 45.5 lbs Notes: Active bi-amped and passive versions; Lake and XTA processing; 8- and 15-in versions also available, plus single and dual 15-in subs Read the rest of this post 1 2 3 Tagged with: Live Sound International Loudspeakers Product RWG Sound Reinforcement · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. 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