VUE Audiotechnik has unveiled the latest addition to its flagship h-Class family, the new h-8, a compact design that presents an optimum solution for applications where space is at a premium and quality performance is demanded.
“The h-8 is born out of our ‘no compromises’ design philosophy,” states VUE CEO Ken Berger. “We literally re-examined everything from transducers, electronics and DSP, all the way to mechanical deployment and remote management capabilities.
“It’s a comprehensive approach that can only be done when you start with a clean slate and leverage the most advanced technologies available,” he continues. “The net result is an exceptionally capable combination of size and versatilty.”
The h-8 combines a precision-engineered 8-inch transducer with a neodymium compression driver that’s capable of exceptional high-frequency performance due to a Truextent beryllium diaphragm.
Onboard electronics include sophisticated DSP that’s programmed to address every individual element within the h-8. Dual-channel, high-efficiency amplifiers deliver ample power for both transducers while eliminating the need for cooling fans.
SystemVUE networking technology is standard in the h-8, facilitating easy connection of one or multiple h-8s with any VUE DSP-enabled system via a wired or wireless Ethernet connection to a Windows or Macintosh computer. Once connected, SystemVUE software provides access to a broad selection of network and device-level control and monitoring functions.
The h-8’s drivers and electronics are housed in a birch enclosure that includes M10 rigging points and an integrated pole-mount for both portable and fixed installation applications. The grill and handle surrounds receive a durable two-part finish that lays a coat of transparent candy-apple red over a black base for a deep hue. A heavy aluminum rear panel sports a machined “VUE”logo integrated into the heat sinks.
“The h-8 delivers a much better balance of output, clarity and frequency response than any other loudspeaker in its category,” concludes VUE Audiotechnik EVP Jim Sides. “We’re extremely excited to offer customers a true high-performance alternative for applications such as theaters, houses of worship, and any place where space and sight lines are critical.”
—Neodymium HF compression driver with Truextent beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high-frequency clarity and response beyond 25 kHz
—Dual-channel, high-efficiency amplifiers for exceptional transient response, low ambient noise and efficient operation without cooling fans
—Wide 100- x 40-degree coverage
—Integrated DSP with SystemVUE network control and monitoring
—Pole mount, integrated hanging points and optional rigging hardware for deployment as a main system, within multi-cabinet arrays, or in a variety of support configurations