At the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, dBTechnologies launched VIO C, a series of 2-way active line-source loudspeakers designed for a wide range of installed PA and portable sound reinforcement applications.
VIO C loudspeakers foster creation of both horizontal and vertical line-source arrays to enhance coverage options, assisted by a rigging system designed for fast implementation of configurations.
The series includes three enclosures loaded with neodymium transducers, including VIO C12 (12-inch, 3.5-inch voice coil LF and 1.4-inch-exit, 3-inch voice coil HF); VIO C15 (15-inch, 3.5-inch LF and 1.4-inch-exit, 3-inch voice coil HF) and VIO C212 (dual 12-inch, 3.5-inch voice coil LF and 1.4-inch-exit, 3-inch voice coil HF ).
All models are driven with the latest generation Digipro G4 class D amplifier stated to deliver 1,600 watts RMS Class D Amp module joined by DSP. Stated maximum SPL is 139 dB for VIO C12, 140 dB for VIO C15, and 141 dB for VIO C212.
VIO C modules are also are equipped with the dBTechnologies RDNet card that fosters real-time monitoring and remote control via Aurora Net software. The preamplifier isalso ready for future upgrades with an Audinate Dante card.
The HF drivers work with a proprietary waveguide as well as an asymmetrical horn providing stated a 22.5-degree horizontal coverage pattern. When matching companion cabinets, users can set up scalable horizontal clusters, adapting arrays to the specific venue and application.
For example, a 4-cabinet side-by-side configuration delivers 90 degrees of horizontal dispersion, an 8-cabinet cluster reaches 180 degrees of horizontal dispersion, and so forth, up to a 360 degrees of coverage with a 16-cabinet configuration.
Infrared ports on the top and both sides of each cabinet help the loudspeakers to recognize the size and configuration of the system when linked together horizontally or vertically.
VIO C12 and VIO C15 models can also be coupled vertically by turning one of them upside down and placing it on top of the companion loudspeaker. The infrared ports allow the two devices to communicate and to be processed as a single unit, manageable via the onboard display or via Aurora Net software. As a result, users can set up double-line clusters (up to 32 elements) and modify the vertical dispersion pattern via digital steering. In addition, 4-module constant curvature arrays can also be created.
VIO C clusters can be quickly assembled with the LP-1, link-plug accessory (one is included with each module) that links the rigging points placed on the corners of each cabinet and flown via the DRK-C fly bar. Use the DRKL-3 fly bar link when three loudspeakers are needed, the DRKL-4 for four loudspeakers, and the DRK-CCA fly-bar for the constant curvature array configuration.
Enclosures are made of plywood protected by a black polyurea finish. A removable rain cover is included with each cabinet that are also equipped with two side and two back handles for transport and setup.