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Real World Gear: Compact Line Array Designs And A Collection Of Recent Models

A smaller footprint, less weight, added flexibility, quality sound and lots of volume at an attractive price point and return on investment. What’s not to like?

Popular convention says that bigger is better, but for many gigs, compact line arrays are actually a more suitable fit. A smaller system offers many advantages, including reduced effect on sightlines, reduced weight on rigging points, and a reduced impact on budgets, all while still delivering quality sound reinforcement. In addition, lesser-scaled systems take up less room in the shop and less room on the truck.

Further, smaller array modules can accommodate larger splay angles between modules while maintaining minimal displacement between speaker drivers. This can be handy when dealing with smaller rooms where array placement options are limited.

We’ve defined compact line arrays as those having low-frequency drivers measuring 8 inches or smaller. They present a scalable solution – a single array will provide main coverage to a relatively large space, and the addition of more loudspeakers easily expands coverage capabilities. For dynamic full-range music presentation, arrays are usually accompanied by at least one subwoofer, some of them designed to fit seamlessly within a flown array structure.

While larger rigs certainly deliver the horsepower for bigger shows, they don’t scale down as well. Many manufacturers offer line array modules of various sizes that work together seamlessly. In addition, some sound companies use smaller systems as front fills, down fills, and delays in conjunction with larger main arrays.

Flexibility with rigging continues to evolve, providing added array structure options. Compact systems also present a popular approach of ground-stacking as mains capable of satisfying the requirements of certain applications without the need for rigging infrastructure. Some of the models in our roundup are also designed so that cabinets can be stand- and pole-mounted, joined by ground-based subwoofers.

Many compact arrays are available with dedicated amplification and sophisticated DSP packages, either onboard or separately rack-mounted. Others are designed to work with a range of amplification and processing devices, and some companies offer a choice of either approach. A number of models are now equipped with proprietary and/or Dante networking capability.

With advances in technology and components, many recent compact line arrays can offer the same – or almost the same – acoustical output as their bigger brothers. A smaller footprint, less weight, added flexibility, quality sound and lots of volume at an attractive price point and return on investment. What’s not to like? Enjoy this look at the latest compact line arrays.


ENHANCED LISTING

Adamson Systems Engineering CS10
adamsonsystems.com

Adamson Loudspeakers
New CS-Series loudspeakers from Adamson.

The new Adamson CS10 is a two-way, full-range intelligent loudspeaker designed to serve a wide variety of applications. Utilizing Adamson’s proprietary network platform, the CS10 employs a redundant MILAN scheme with the ability to daisy-chain networked audio between multiple sources, an analog XLR input and output, as well as onboard DSP and amplification. All features of the loudspeaker are controlled and monitored through proprietary CS software.

Acoustically, the CS10 contains dual 10-inch Kevlar neodymium transducers and a 4-inch compression driver. The critically optimized sound chamber produces a slightly curved wavefront with a nominal dispersion pattern of 110 x 10 degrees (h x v). The chamber’s efficiency allows for increased vertical dispersion without sacrificing high-frequency presence in the farfield. Patented Controlled Summation Technology further eliminates low-mid lobing normally associated with 2-way line source systems.

The cabinet construction uses marine grade birch plywood as well as aircraft grade steel and aluminum, and is equipped with a male and female XLR connector, two etherCON connections and an in-and-through powerCON TRUE1 connection.

TECHNOLOGY FOCUS: The on-board DSP included in each CS10 enclosure allows for advanced control and monitoring, including Adamson’s Optimization feature, which improves on the uniformity of a CS10 array’s response throughout the listening area. 

OF NOTE: CS-Series loudspeakers offer the same form factors as their S-Series counterparts, and their compatible sonic signatures are designed to be uniform with the S-Series and IS-Series to help ensure scalable configurations. The turnkey CS Upgrade Kit allows any existing S-Series cabinet to be converted to CS models by removing four screws, connecting the CS Jackplate with the provided wiring connectors, and switching the front grille.

KEY SPECS
Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x proprietary Kevlar neodymium woofers
HF: 1 x proprietary 4-inch compression driver
Frequency Response: 60 Hz – 18 kHz
Dispersion: 110 (h) x 10 (v) degrees (80-degree version also available)
Rigging: SlideLock system allows angles to be set prior to lifting
Power: 2-channel class-D, 2,400 watts total output
Weight: 68.4 pounds
Size: 10.4 (h) x 29 (w) x 20.7 (d) inches


RCF HDL 28-A
rcf.it

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 8-inch neodymium cone drivers
HF: 1 x 3-inch voice coil titanium compression driver on custom time-coherent waveguide
Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 20 kHz
Dispersion: 100 (h) x 15 (v) degrees
Rigging: Adjustable in numerous increments
Power: Self-powered (bi-amp, class D), rated at 2,200 watts peak, proprietary FiRPHASE DSP
Weight: 45.4 pounds
Size: 14.8 (h) x 25.6 (w) x 19.7 (d) inches

d&b audiotechnik Y8
dbaudio.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 8-inch cones neodymium cone drivers in dipole arrangment
HF: 1 x 1.4-inch-exit compression driver on proprietary wave transformer
Frequency Response: 54 Hz – 19 kHz
Dispersion: 80 degrees (h), vertical is array dependant
Rigging: 0 to 14 degrees in 1-degree increments
Power: d&b amplification (D6, D12, D20, D80, 10D, 30D)
Weight: 44 pounds
Size: 10 (h) x 24.8 (w) x 14.8 (d) inches

Electro-Voice XLD281
electrovoice.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 1 x 8-inch neodymium cone (EV DVN2080)
MF: 1 x 8-inch neodymium cone (EV DVN2080)
HF: 2 x 2-inch voice coil neodymium drivers (EV ND2S-8)
Frequency Response: 60 Hz – 20 kHz
Dispersion: 120 x 10 degrees (90 degrees horizontal available – XLD291)
Rigging: 1-degree increments
Power: Biamp and triamp modes (200/200/80 watts)
Weight: 48 pounds
Size: 9.9 (h) x 28.6 (w) x 14.5 (d) inches

VUE Audiotechnik al-4
vueaudio.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 4-inch Kevlar neodymium cone drivers
HF: 1 x 1-inch beryllium diaphragm compression driver
Frequency Response: 100 Hz – 18 kHz
Dispersion: 90 (h) x 10 (v) degrees
Rigging Angles: 0, 2.5, 5 and 7.5 degrees between array elements
Power: V4 Systems Engine (power, DSP, networking)
Weight: 19 pounds
Size: 10.3 (h) x 19.9 (w) x 5.5 (d) inches

CODA Audio N-RAY
codaaudio.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF/MF: 2 x 6.5-inch neodymium cone drivers
HF: 6-inch DDP proprietary driver (Mid: 3.5-inch voice coil, High: 1.75-inch voice coil)
Frequency Response: 60 Hz – 22 kHz
Dispersion: Variable horizontal coverage of 90, 120 or asymmetric 105 degrees, variable vertical curving
Rigging: Integrated 3-point captive system
Power: Driven with companion LINUS amplifier/controllers
Weight: 33 pounds
Size: 7.6 (h) x 20.4 (w) x 15.3 (d) inches

dBTechnologies VIO L208
dbtechnologies.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 8-inch cones neodymium cone drivers
HF: 1 x 1.4-inch-exit compression driver on rotatable waveguide
Frequency Response: 85 Hz – 18.1 kHz (+/- 3 dB)
Dispersion: 105 (h); vertical is array dependant (v) degrees
Rigging: 0 to 15 degrees in 1-degree increments
Power: Self-powered (Digipro G3 class D) rated at 1,800 watts peak, and DSP
Weight: 39.9 pounds
Size: 10.2 (h) x 26 (w) x 15.3 (d) inches

Alcons Audio LR14
alconsaudio.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 6.5-inch neodymium cone drivers
HF: 1 x RBN401 4-inch pro-ribbon driver on a proprietary “Morpher” lens
Frequency Response: 74 Hz – 20 kHz
Dispersion: 120 or 90 (h), vertical is array dependant
Rigging: 0 to 15 degrees in 1-degree steps
Power: Alcons ALC amplifier/controller recommended
Weight: 33.1 pounds
Size: 6.7 (h) x 22.6 (w) x 12.6 (d) inches

QSC WideLine-8 WL3082
qsc.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF/MF: Dual 8-inch neodymium cone drivers
HF: 1.4-inch-exit neodymium compression driver
Frequency Response: 68 Hz – 18 kHz
Dispersion: 140 x 10 degrees
Rigging: Adjustable in 1-degree increments from 0 – 10 degrees
Power: Tri-amped; LF –250 watts, MF – 250 watts, HF – 85 watts
Weight: 38 pounds
Size: 9 (h) x 20 (w) x 15 (d) inches

Clair Brothers C8-M
clairbrothers.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 8-inch cone drivers
MF/HF: 1 x 3.5-inch (voice coil), 1 x 1.75-inch (voice coil) concentric compression driver
Frequency response: 60 Hz – 20 kHz
Dispersion (h x v): 120 x 10 degrees, additional horizontal options
Power: Bi-amplified with passive mid/high
Rigging: Integral rigging hardware with adjustable splay angles
Size: 9.2 (h) x 28.9 (w) x 23.9 (d) inches
Weight: 62 pounds

DAS Audio EVENT-26A
dasaudio.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x DAS 6.5-inch neodymium cone drivers
HF: 1 x DAS 1.75-inch neodymium driver
Frequency Response: 76 Hz – 19 kHz
Dispersion: 100 degrees nominal, vertical is array dependant
Rigging Angles: Proprietary FSS (Fast Set Splay) rigging system adjustable in 1-degree steps from 0 to 10 degrees
Power: Self-powered, 2-channel class D amplifier; DSP
Weight: 36.4 pounds
Size: 8.9 (h) x 18.9 (w) x 19.1 (d) inches

NEXO GEO M6 Series
yamahaca.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF/MF: 1 x 6.5-inch cone driver
HF: 1 x 1-inch-throat driver on optimized HR Wavesource
Frequency Response: 80 Hz – 19 kHz
Dispersion: 80 or 120 (h) x 20 (v) degrees (0- to 20-degree splay when arrayed)
Rigging: Proprietary NEXOSkeleton rigging system; can also be ground-stacked as well as pole- and wall-mounted
Power: NEXO NXAMP amplifier/controller recommended
Weight: 21.4 pounds
Size: 7.4 (h) x 14.6 (w) x 10.2 (d) inches

Martin Audio Wavefront Precision WPM
martin-audio.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 6.5-inch neodymium cone drivers
HF: 3 x 1.4-inch neodymium compression drivers on constant-directivity waveguide
Frequency Response: 76 Hz – 18 kHz
(+/- 3 dB)
Dispersion: 100/125 (h at – 6/-10 dB) x 10 (v) degrees
Rigging: Integral 3-point rigging system
Power: iKON multichannel class D amplifiers w/DSP, can be driven in blocks of 1, 2, 3 or 4 resolution configuration
Weight: 30.9 pounds
Size: 7.3 (h) x 19.7 (w) x 14.8 (d) inches

Renkus-Heinz IC² (IC Squared)
renkus-heinz.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 4 x 8-inch neodymium cone
drivers
HF: 4 x 1-inch compression drivers
Frequency Response: 60 Hz – 20 kHz
Dispersion: 120 or 90 (h) degrees;
adjustable vertical from 10 to 80
degrees per beam
Rigging Angles: Digitally steerable;
adjustable from -30 to +30 degrees
Power: Self-powered
(class D, 8 channels), multi-channel
DSP
Weight: 75 pounds
Size: 18.5 (h) x 28.5 (w) x 11.5 (d) inches

K-array Mugello-KH2
k-array.com

Type: 2-way
LF: 2 x 8-inch (2.5-inch voice coil)
neodymium cone drivers
HF: 2 x 1.4-inch (2.5-inch voice coil)
compression drivers
Frequency Response: 70 Hz – 19 kHz
Dispersion: 110 (h) x 20 (v) degrees
(preset dependent)
Rigging: Adjustable
Power: Self-powered (class D, 750 + 250 watts); DSP onboard
Weight: 63.9 pounds
Size: 11.2 (h) x 33 (w) x 8.3 (d) inches

FBT Mitus 206LA
fbt.it

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 6.5-inch neodymium
cone drivers
HF: 1 x 1.4-inch neodymium
compression driver on a waveguide
Frequency Response: 68 Hz – 20 kHz
Dispersion: 100 (h) x 10 (v) degrees
Rigging: Adjustable in 2-degree
increments from 0 to 10
degrees
Power: Self-powered (class D),
LF – 600 watts, HF – 300 watts;
DSP
Weight: 30.8 pounds
Size: 7.5 (h) x 22.6 (w) x 15 (d) inches

TW AUDiO VERA10
twaudio.de

Configuration: 2-way
LF/MF: 1 x 10-inch cone driver (compression chamber phase plug is positioned in front of the driver chassis)
HF: 2 x 1-inch compression drivers on an optimized waveguide
Frequency Response: 60 Hz – 18 kHz
Dispersion: 80 or 120 (h) x 10 (v) degrees
Rigging: Integral captive rigging system
Power: Active and biamp/passive versions available; high-shelf attenuation vertical selector onboard; operates with DSP controller
Weight: 39.7 pounds (VERA10P version)
Size: 10.8 (h) x 19.7 (w) x 14 (d) inches

Void Acoustics Arcline 6
voidacoustics.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 4 x 6.5-inch neodymium
cones
HF: 3 x 1-inch neodymium
compression drivers
Frequency Response: 60 Hz – 20 kHz
Dispersion: 120 (h) x 12 (v) degrees
Rigging Angles: 2-degree
adjustments from 0- to 10 degrees
Power: 800 watts (RMS)
Weight: 62 pounds
Size: 15.6 (h) x 21.2 (w) x 14 (d)
inches

Verity Audio IWAC208
verityaudio.fr

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 8-inch cone drivers
HF: 2 x 1.7-inch compression drivers
on proprietary waveguide/expanded horn
Frequency Response: 95 Hz – 19.5 kHz
Dispersion (h x v): 90 degrees x 8 degrees
Rigging: Adjustable 0 to 6 degrees in 1-degree increments
Power: Verity V4.25 amplification/DSP package provided in rack that
can be ground-based or flown with arrays
Weight: 52.9 pounds
Size: 10.6 (h) x 26.9 (w) x 14.4 (d) inches

Meyer Sound LINA
meyersound.com

Congifuration: 2-way
LF/MF: 2 x 6.5-inch cone drivers
HF: 1 x 3-inch compression
driver coupled to a constant-directivity horn through a patented REM
manifold
Frequency Response: 65 Hz – 18 kHz
Dispersion: 100 (h) x 11 (v) degrees
Rigging: End frames with four captive GuideALinks, secured with quick-release pins
Power: Self-powered 3-channel class D amplifier; DSP
Weight: 43 pounds
Size: 8.4 (h) x 20.3 (w) x 15.3 (d) inches

Ramsdell Pro Audio LA-10-2
ramsdellproaudio.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF/MF: 1 x 10-inch cone driver in vented chamber
HF: 1 x 1-inch (1.75-inch voice coil) neodymium compression driver
Frequency Response: 65 Hz – 18 kHz
Dispersion: 60, 90 or 120 (h) x 10 (v) degrees
Rigging: Integral captive rigging system adjustable in 2-degree increments from 0 to 10 degrees
Power: Active and passive versions available; optional biamp; rated at 500 watts (program)
Weight: 29 pounds
Size: 12 (h) x 21.7 (w) x 15.9 (d) inches

Fulcrum Acoustic FL283T
fulcrum-acoustic.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 8-inch ceramic horn-loaded cone drivers
HF: 3 x 1.4-inch neodymium drivers
Frequency Response: 54 Hz – 18.6 kHz
Dispersion: 90 (h), vertical is array dependant
Rigging: 4 to 20 degrees in 2-degree increments; 0- and 2-degree splays with optional rear link bar
Power: Each module is configured for full-range passive operation at 16 ohms, allowing up to eight units to be driven from a single amp channel.
Weight: 57 pounds
Size: 14.3 (h) x 24.6 (w) x 19.3 (d) inches

JBL Professional VTX A8
jblpro.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 8-inch Differential Drive neodymium cone drivers
MF: 4 x 3.5-inch neodymium midrange drivers
HF: 2 x 2-inch neodymium compression drivers
Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 19 kHz
Dispersion: 110 degrees (h), vertical is array dependant
Rigging: Selectable splay increments between 0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 10 degrees
Power: Crown Audio I-Tech HD (all models) & I-Tech 4x3500HD
Weight: 65 pounds
Size: 11 (h) x 31 (w) x 22.1 (d) inches

Bose ShowMatch DeltaQ
pro.bose.com

Configuration: 2-way
Dispersion (h x v): 100 or 70 degrees (changeable) x choice of 5, 10, or 20 degrees
LF: 2 x 8-inch cone drivers
HF: 4 x EMB2S compression drivers
Frequency Response: 69 Hz – 17 kHz
Power: HF: 100 watts continuous, 400 watts peak; LF: 450 watts continuous, 1,800 watts peak
Rigging: 3-point “quick pin” system,
support for up to 24 modules
Weight: N/A
Size (h x w x d): 11.1 (h) x 31.2 (w) x 18.3 (d) inches

Turbosound Flashline TFS-550H
turbosound.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 6.5-inch neodymium cone drivers
MF: 1 x 4-inch neodymium cone driver
HF: 1 x 1-inch compression driver
Frequency Response: 80 Hz – 20 kHz
Dispersion: 110 (h) x 8 (v) degrees
Rigging: 0 to 12 degrees in 1-degree increments
Power: 10000DP amplification
recommended (DSP, networking); LF: 400 watts peak, MF/HF: 240 watts peak
Weight: 29.5 pounds
Size: 7.6 (h) x 21.7 (w) x 15.6 (d) inches