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Real World Gear: Two-Way Loudspeakers

The latest design trends and developments, the scope of applications, and a roundup of numerous recent models.

Yamaha DXR12mkII

Dispersion: 90 x 60 degrees
Components: 1.75-in (diaphragm) neodymium compression driver, 12-in (2.5-in voice coil) ferrite cone driver
Frequency Response:
52 Hz – 20 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 134 dB
Power Handling: Self-powered – 1,100 watts LF, 150 watts HF (peak)
Connectors: 3 x XLR (parallel), dual RCA, dual phone
Positioning/Rigging: Pole mount (2 positions), M10 threaded inserts, eyebolts
Dimensions (h x d x w): 23.7 x 14.2 x 13.8 in
Weight: 41 lbs
Notes: Equipped with proprietary advanced DSP functions

Martin Audio CDD-LIVE 12

Dispersion (h x v): 60 x 60 degrees mid-field, 110 degrees horizontal near-field
Components: 1.7-in polyimide dome compression driver (coaxial design),
12-in cone driver
Frequency Response: 62 Hz — 20 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 128 dB
Amplification: Onboard, 1,250 watts
(continuous), biamped
Connectors: XLR input and output; dual Dante-enabled Neutrik Ethercon
Positioning/Rigging: Suspension points; pole-mount
Dimensions (h x w x d): 22.8 x 14.1 x 14.7 in
Weight: 61.6 lbs
Notes: 8 and 15-in versions available plus single and dual 18-in subs

Alcons Audio VR12

Dispersion: 90 x 40 degrees, “revolvable”
Components: RBN601 pro-ribbon driver, 12-in cone driver
Frequency Response: 60 Hz — 20 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 132 dB
Power Handling: 1,500 watts (peak)
Connectors: Neutrik Speakon
Positioning/Rigging: Flytrack, mounting points, pole-mount, swivel bracket option
Dimensions (h x v x d): 26.5 x 13.8 x 13.6 in
Weight: 39.6 lbs
Notes: Use with company’s ALC amplifier/controllers recommended; 60-degree (h) version also available and it too is revolvable; 7-inch version offered as well

Meyer Sound ULTRA-X20

Dispersion (h x v): 110 x 50 (rotatable)
Components: 2-in diaphragm compression driver and 2 x 5-in cone drivers
Frequency Response: 60 Hz – 18 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 127 dB with 20 dB crest factor (M-noise)
Power Handling: Onboard 3-channel, 860-watt (peak) class D amplifier
Connectors: XLR 3-pin female input with male loop output; optional XLR 5-pin connector for both balanced audio and RMS signals
Positioning/Rigging: 4 x M6 points, optional accessories include 35 mm-to-M8 pole adapter, U-bracket, yoke, and a pinnable link
Dimensions (h x w x d): 19 x 7.44 x 8.7 in
Weight: 27 lbs
Notes: Rotatable horn offered in three Constant-Q variants

dBTechnologies VIO X12

Dispersion: 60 x 40 degrees, rotatable
Components: 1.4-in (2.5-in voice coil) neodymium compression driver, 12-in neodymium cone driver
Frequency Response: 62 Hz – 22 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 132 dB
Power Handling: Self-powered – 900 watts (RMS) class-D Digipro G3 amplifier
Connectors: Dual XLR, USB data service
Positioning/Rigging: Pole mount, 12 x M10 inserts, 4 x fast lock pins
Dimensions (h x d x w): 25.5 x 13.4 x 17.5 in
Weight: 45.6 lbs
Notes: 10-in and 15-in versions also available plus the dual 5-in VIO X205

Electro-Voice MFX-12MC

Dispersion (h x v): 60 x 40 (mains), 40 x 60 degrees (monitor)
Components: 3-in voice coil compression driver with 12-in cone driver
Frequency Response: 62 Hz – 18 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 135 dB
Power Handling: 3,000 watts peak, Dynacord TGX or IPX amplifiers recommended
Connectors: Neutrik NL4 input with NL4 pass-thru
Positioning/Rigging: Pole mount and 4 x M10 points
Dimensions (h x w x d): 19.7 x 16.5 x 11.7 in
Weight: 41.9 lbs
Notes: 35- and 55-degree monitor angles, constant directivity waveguide has narrower pattern when horizontal as monitor and wider when vertical

Renkus-Heinz T82

Dispersion (h x v): 120 x 60 and 90 x 60 degrees (both rotatable)
Components: 1-in compression driver,
2 x 8-in cone drivers
Frequency Response: 90 Hz — 20 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 134 dB
Amplification: Onboard (SA625 amplifier)
Connectors: Neutrik Speakon and other options offered
Positioning/Rigging: M6 and M10 suspension points, U-bracket attachment points
Dimensions (h x w x d): 28.2 x 10.5 x 10.5 in
Weight: 34 lbs
Notes: Incorporates proprietary Complex Conic Horn design; passive version available; single/dual 6.5-in, single 8-in, 12-in and 15-in models also offered


Dispersion (h x v): 100 x 100 (default) or 110 x 60 degrees (with optional horn)
Components: 1.7-in diaphragm compression driver coaxial with 10-in neodymium cone driver
Frequency Response: 63 Hz – 20 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 136 dB
Power Handling: NXAMP4x1mk2 with TDcontroller recommended
Connectors: 4 x NL4
Positioning/Rigging: Pole mount, 1 x universal accessory fit on each side plus 1 x on the bottom
Dimensions (h x w x d): 19.6 x 15.2 x 10.8 in
Weight: 33 lbs
Notes: Cabinet includes wedge angle; 2 x handles on each side touring version only) hold pole stand adapter and Speakon connector for discrete connection

Coda Audio G515-96

Dispersion: 90 x 60 degrees (rotatable)
Components: 1.75-in voice coil compression driver, 15-in cone driver
Frequency Response: 50 Hz — 21 kHz
Maximum SPL (peak): 132 dB
Amplification: Coda LINUS DSP + Amplification recommended (600 watts peak)
Connectors: Dual Neutrik NL4MP
Positioning/Rigging: Flypoints, pole-mount (optional U-brackets and wall-mount also available)
Dimensions (h x v x d): 27.5 x 16.5 x 14.6 in
Weight: 38.6 lbs
Notes: Also available in 12-in version; 15 and 18-in subs offered

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