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North Carolina-Based Carey Sound Invests In New Electro-Voice/Dynacord System

Selection of company's new flagship system follows through evaluation process involving at least 10 brands.
Ken and John Carey of Carey Sound with the company's new Electro-Voice X-Line Advance X1 line arrays flying behind them.

Carey Sound, founded 40 years ago in North Carolina, recently invested in a new flagship system headed by Electro-Voice X-Line Advance X1 line arrays with DSP amplifiers from Dynacord.

“My son John and I listened to at least 10 brands before making a decision, at trade shows, demos and shootouts,” notes company founder Ken Carey. “We heard the EV systems at a demo in Nashville. The X1 just had that sonic magic we had been looking for. It was everything we’d been missing.”

Carey Sound then began a three-phase acquisition process for X-Line Advance , starting with 18 X1-212/90 tops and 12 X12-128 subwoofers. Phase two was power, with the purchase of six of the new Dynacord TGX20 DSP amplifiers. All system elements are networked through the amps, providing centralized Dante-based monitoring and control via Dynacord’s new SONICUE software. Phase three will involve additional loudspeakers.

“When these Dynacord amps came out, we were amazed at the value,” notes Carey. “They come preconfigured in a very cool rolling rack with pocket doors, each with three TGX20 amps, plus power distro and I/O panels, all ready to plug in cables and go. With just two small racks, we’ve got 120,000 watts and 24 output channels, plus full system control. A beautiful example of German engineering.”

Carey cites the flexibility of X-Line Advance as a primary factor in its selection. “We need our system to sound good across a wide range of musical styles,” he explains. “One day, we might do a pumping rock or rap show, and this system delivers everything our clients could ask for. But for a gig like the Chantilly Bluegrass Festival, we need a very musical system. For that, we used nine boxes in full-range mode, rather than bi-amping, with only one sub per side. The sound was just beautiful. Frankly, there aren’t a lot of systems that can excel in all those situations. The X1 truly does.”

The system utilizes multiple proprietary EV and Dynacord technologies for system optimization, protection and efficiency. These include FIR-Drive, which employs the latest Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter technology to optimize transducer linearity for more precise, balanced sonic output. Advanced limiter algorithms offer independent peak and thermal transducer protection, designed to foster superior and safer system performance. The distribution of output energy is combined with advance power management for more headroom and fidelity.

“The sound of this system is, to me, just amazing,” says Carey. “The definition and clarity is so musical, it’s just gorgeous – especially the mid-range detail. And to think that they did that with essentially a compact two-way box with the X1 is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Carey also points to the Electro-Voice and Dynacord system approach: “If you want something to perform well and be repeatable, you can’t do that with a mix of amps and processors from various companies. X-Line Advance components all work together from input to output, so you’ve got everything working the way it was designed and engineered. It really does make a difference.”

For the third phase of their commitment to X-Line Advance, Carey Sound will be adding six more X1-212 tops, augmenting its 90-degree boxes with six of the 120-degree version. Six more X12-128 dual-18 subwoofers will also be joining the line-up.

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“For a regional sound company like ours, a lot goes into the purchase of a new system,” Carey concludes. “Obviously, the sound itself is the biggest thing. We also have to look at things like reliability, the engineering behind the system and cost. But the reality is, we wanted a system that would make us happy, something we knew we would love for years to come. And X-Line Advance is that system.”

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