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Real World Gear: Large-Format Line Arrays

Large-format line array parameters and a look at recent models from around the industry.
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Adamson large-format arrays flying at the Nippon Budokan in support of a live concert by Little Glee Monster. Photo credit: Kano Natsumi

Clair Brothers C12-M
clairbrothers.com

Configuration: 3-way
Dispersion (h x v): 90 x 10 degrees; additional horizontal options (120 degrees or TrueFit)
LF: 2 x 12-inch cone drivers
MF/HF: 2 x 3.5-inch (voice coil), 2 x 1.75-inch (voice coil) concentric compression drivers
Frequency Response: 45 Hz – 20 kHz
Power: Bi-amplified with passive mid/high
Rigging: Integral rigging hardware with adjustable splay angles (Additional angular resolutions available using Rigging Disc accessory)
Size (h x w x d): 13.9 x 42 x 25.2 inches
Weight: 153 pounds
Companion Subs: CS218-M, iS218-M

NEXO GEO M12
nexo-sa.com

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 1 x 12-in neo woofer
HF: 1 x 1.4-in compression driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR wavesource
Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 20 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 80 or 120 degrees
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 14.6 x 27.6 x 17.6 in; 75 lbs
Electronics: NXAMP4x4 powered TDcontroller for 3 x GEO M12 per channel recommended; other options also available
Companion Sub: MSUB18

EAW Anya
eaw.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 15-in woofers, vented, Phase Aligned and Offset Aperture loading
MF: 6 x 5-in cones, horn-loaded with Radial Phase Plug & CSA apertures
HF: 14 x 1-in-exit drivers, horn-loaded
Frequency Response: 35 Hz – 18 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 70 degrees (scalable up to 360 degrees)
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 30 x 45 x 17 in; 285 lbs
Electronics: Self-powered (22 channels, each w/DSP), EAW Focusing & ADAPTive Performance processing, Resolution control software.
Companion Sub: Otto ADAPTive

JBL Professional VTX A12
jblpro.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x JBL 2264H neo woofers (12-in, dual 3-in voice coils)
MF: 4 x JBL 2165H neo cone drivers (5.5-in, dual 2-in voice coils)
HF: 3 x JBL 2423K neo compression drivers (2-in, and 2-in voice coil)
Frequency Response: 46 Hz – 19 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90 degrees nominal (250 Hz – 18 kHz)
Size (H x W x D)/Weight: 13 x 44 x 19.5 in; 134 lbs
Electronics: Crown Audio I-Tech 12000HD or I-Tech 4x3500HD with standard presets for VTX A12

PK Sound TRINITY
pksound.ca

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 12-in neo woofers, horn-loaded/rear-vented
MF: 4 x 6-in CMI-loaded drivers
HF: 2 x 4-in coaxial drivers
Frequency Response: 40 Hz – 22 kHz
Horizontal Directivity: 120 – 60 degrees (intercabinet adjustment: 0 – 5.5 degrees)
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 13.8 x 54.8 x 23 in; 259.1 lbs
Electronics: Self-powered (6000 watts, RMS), DSP, rear-panel LCD or Kontrol software for control of DSP and vertical/horizontal settings

Ramsdell Pro Audio LA-15-3
ramsdellproaudio.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 1 x 15-in neo woofer, vented
MF: 2 x 12-in neo cones
HF: 2 x 2-in-exit neo drivers
Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 18 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 130 degrees
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 15.7 x 42 x 19; 106 lbs
Electronics: External amplification/processing; program power: 1200 watts LF, 600 watts MF, 300 watts HF
**Ramsdell also offers LA-1-15 15-in line array

EM Acoustics HALO-A
emacoustics.co.uk

Configuration: 2-way
LF: 2 x 12-in neo woofers
HF: 4 x 1.4-in neo drivers on plane-wave manifold
Frequency Response: 48 Hz – 19 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 80 degrees
Size/Weight: 14.3 x 40.2 x 24.4 in; 145 lbs
Electronics: Outboard amplification (2 channels) and utilizes FIR DSP technology, so must be used with company’s DQ20 amplifier or the APA-4E8 amplifier from XTA.

VUE Audiotechnik al-12
vueaudio.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 12-in neo woofers
MF: 6 x 4-in neo Kevlar cones
HF: 2 x 1.4-in-exit Truextent beryllium drivers on a precision waveguide
Frequency Response: 47 Hz – 28 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90 degrees
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 14 x 42 x 16.8 in; 129 lbs
Electronics: Integrated VUEDrive System Engines with SystemVUE control, Dante networking
Companion Sub: hs-221, al-12SB

ISP Technologies HDL 4215F
isptechnologies.com

Configuration: 4-way
LF: 2 x 15-in woofers
LMF: 4 x 8-in cones, horn-loaded
HMF: 4 x 2-in compression drivers
HF: 4 x 1.75-in compression drivers
Frequency Response: 80 Hz – 18 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90 degrees
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 18.5 x 48 x 24 in; 165 lbs
Electronics: Proprietary D-CAT amplification (6 channels) provides 2,000 watts (RMS) total power; proprietary LINESIM simulation program
**ISP also offers HDL 4215M (mid-throw), HDL 4215S (short-throw) models

Outline GTO C-12
outlinearray.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 12-in woofers, hybrid band-pass loaded
MF: 4 x 6.5-in cones drivers, partially horn-loaded
HF: 2 x 3-in drivers on Double Parabolic Reflective Waveguides coupled to V-Power baffle
Frequency Response: 65 Hz – 17 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90 degrees
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 14.3 x 44.1 x 25.8 in; 160 lbs
Electronics: T-Series amplifiers, iMODE processing platform, connection via standard Ethernet fosters system control

ProZSound LA212
prozsound.cn

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 12-in neo woofers
MF & HF: coaxial – 1 x 10 mid-range neo driver and 2 x 3-inch neo compression drivers
Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 16 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 100 degrees, adjustable
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 14 x 39 x 22 in; 139 lbs
Electronics: HF/MF/LF:160/350/800 watts; company offers MS, MA Series amplifiers as well as D4000Q class D amplifier

L-Acoustics K2
l-acoustics.com

Configuration: 3-way
LF: 2 x 12-in neo woofers
MF: 4 x 6.5-in neo cones (both LF and MF components are housed in a bass-reflex enclosure)
HF: 2 x 3-in diaphragm neo drivers couple to individual DOSC waveguides
Frequency Response: 35 Hz – 20 kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 110/70 degrees symmetric; 90 degrees asymmetric (35/55 or 55/35 degrees)
Size (H x W x D) & Weight: 14 x 52.7 x 15.8 in; 123.2 lbs
Electronics: Quad-amplified by LA8 or LA4X controller with factory presets
Companion Subs: K1-SB LF extension, SB28

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