Martin Audio has unveiled the company’s first constant curvature array, TORUS, as well as new 3D prediction and optimization software, DISPLAY 3. Both were formally showcased for the first time online at a “virtual” launch event.
TORUS cabinets are designed for a flexible horizontal dispersion pattern, and this can be manually adjusted between 90, 60 or 75 degrees (asymmetrical) via the proprietary Dynamic Horn Flare. It not only moves and locks the waveguide but also adjusts the horn mouth, including the low diffraction termination into the baffle, in a design to foster correct geometry and optimal performance in each of the settings. The Dynamic Horn Flare is moved by a rotating mechanism accessible from the front grille.
A vertical pattern of either 15 or 30 degrees is achieved via two separate cabinet types: T1215 and T1230, respectively. These cabinets can also be combined to fit venue and coverage requirements.
TORUS offers a phase plug mounted in front of a 12-inch neodymium driver, designed to increase mid-band sensitivity, and along with three 1.4-inch high-frequency polymer dome neodymium compression drivers, the sonic performance is stated to not be compromised even when driven at higher SPL.
Dom Harter, managing director, states, “It is much more than just another constant curvature array. TORUS was in development for three years in an exhaustive bid to further the acoustic concept and performance achievable. Typically, constant curvature arrays have adjustable horizontal dispersion, but their performance can vary considerably in terms of tonality and effectiveness of coverage when different dispersions are selected. Equally, many lack sufficient sensitivity in the mid-band frequency, critically important for voice projection and clarity. They also can suffer from comb filtering. TORUS fundamentally addresses these areas and more.”
TORUS is also the first product to take advantage of DISPLAY 3, the company’s new prediction and optimization software. It’s designed to work seamlessly with Sketchup for more sophisticated venue modeling or to allow for more simple venue and shape creation.
Initially, DISPLAY 3 will natively support prediction and optimization of TORUS, with line arrays being imported from DISPLAY 2. Over time, however, the company states that it will incorporate all Martin Audio line array, point source, and ceiling loudspeakers as well as all subwoofers.
“These two major announcements show both the resilience and the ambition of the company,” Harter concludes. “Through the pandemic we had a proactive approach with the continuation of R&D investment and the belief that companies that consistently add value to their customers will have a brighter future. The introduction of TORUS enables Martin Audio to compete in more applications and DISPLAY 3 will develop further to be a leading 3D design and prediction software that enhances the working lives of installation and live event professionals.”
TORUS will start shipping worldwide from April and similarly, DISPLAY 3 will have a public release at that time. Go here for more specifics on TORUS.