NEXO has unveiled the P12 multi-purpose loudspeaker, the company’s first 12-inch enclosure for a wide range of sound reinforcement applications. The P12, and its new partner L15 subwoofer cabinet were presented at InfoComm 2019.
Inside the curvilinear enclosure of custom birch and poplar plywood, the P12 employs a purpose-designed 12-inch LF Neodymium driver and 3-inch diaphragm HF driver in a coaxial configuration. The cabinet’s compact footprint measures 531 mm x 432 mm x 317 mm. Frequency response is 60 Hz – 20 kHz, and the SPL is 138 dB Peak (passive)/140 dB Peak (active mode).
In an innovative design twist allowing users to customize the P12 cabinet to their needs, the horn flanges can be interchanged to deliver a variety of directivities – from the 60 x 60 degrees provided as standard, to a 90 x 40 or an asymmetrical 50 – 100 x 40 degrees. (The interchangeable flanges are available as accessories.)
Switching between different directivities can be accomplished in just 15 seconds, by easily removing the steel grille with a coin and replacing the flare, which uses a magnetic fixing.
Weighing less than 20 kg, the ergonomically designed P12 includes carry handles on each side, a pole-mount fitting with an ingeniously positioned Speakon connector behind it to allow tidy cable management and threaded inserts for connection of mounting accessories. The P12 can be used on a pole-mount with the L15 subwoofer cabinet, wall-mounted or flown in landscape mode beneath the L15 enclosure when using a specially designed yoke bracket.
NEXO expects one of the principal applications of the new P12 enclosure will be on stage as a wedge monitor. The cabinet is designed for the rigors of touring and stage monitoring, with an extra-robust grille and newly designed scratch-resistant paint finish. This is the first use of this new paint process, described by Joseph Carcopino, NEXO’s head of R&D, as “100 times better than before.” Applied using a special process, the paint finish prepares the P12 for use in all climate conditions.
“The P12 monitor is lower profile and definitively sexier than any competitive product,” says Denis Baudier, sales director, NEXO. “For a vocalist, there is better dispersion because of the angle of the cabinet, and variable dispersion means each box can be precisely tailored to its user, from the lead guitarist to the horn section to backing singers.”
With a rear switch, the P12 easily reconfigures from passive to active mode, where it achieves 140 dB Peak SPL. This is the first NEXO loudspeaker purpose-designed to use the processing capacity of NEXO’s new NXAMP4x2mk2 amplifier, although it is fully compatible with the larger NXAMP4x4. The processing in the NXAMP4x2mk2 is precise with separate set-ups for each directivity providing perfect coverage.
To partner with the P12, NEXO is launching the L15 subwoofer cabinet, specially designed in a matching footprint to make it ideal for flown applications or for use as a drumfill. With a new acoustic load using a 15-inch bass horn, the L15 is designed for efficiency and output, as nearly the entire front face of the cabinet is used as a radiating surface.
Touring and installation versions of the P12 and its partner L15 sub will be produced in the black and white scratch-resistant paint finishes. TUV and IP54 certification is provided for the installation version of the P12.