ISE 2019: Yamaha’s latest launches
Wednesday, 6 February 2019
yamahaThe new VXC2F and VXC8S ceiling speakers
The Netherlands - Yamaha has launched new loudspeakers, 10G L2 switches and significant firmware upgrades at ISE 2019.
Launched in response to customer demand, Yamaha’s multi-award winning VXC and VXS loudspeaker range is being expanded with the VXC2F 2.5” full-range, low profile ceiling speaker and VXC8S 8” bandpass ceiling subwoofer. The VXC2F is the shallowest model in the VXC series, with a back can less than 7.6cm/3” deep, while VXC8S is the first ceiling subwoofer in the range and includes unique VXC features like anti-drop tab and carrying band for safe, straightforward installation. The PK-C4 pendant mount option for the VXC2F will also be launched, with all VXC models available in black or white (paintable) finish.
Also being launched at ISE is the SWP2 series of network switches, which include 10Gbps fibre uplinks, making them ideal for high capacity Dante networking, including 96kHz. Both multi and single-mode models allow for longer distance transmission. With straightforward setup, rugged connectivity and Yamaha’s legendary reliability, the SWP2 series is designed to provide the optimum environment for mobile audio networks.
Yamaha's RIVAGE digital mixing systems are also receiving another significant upgrade, with ISE 2019 seeing the debut of RIVAGE V3.0. This firmware update adds the new DaNSe dynamic noise suppressor plug-in, developed by Dr K’s lab at the Yamaha Corporation in Japan to bring improvements in speech clarity for theatrical and broadcast applications. The update also adds Mix to Input routing, and workflows for global paste, DCA assignment and Custom Faders. All the improvements of RIVAGE V2.5 will also be on display, including Theatre Mode, which offers significant advantages for all types of theatrical production and support for Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager.
Alongside the new products, Yamaha is highlighting a number of other recently-announced products, including the SWR2311P-10G Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch and the VXL1-16P Dante PoE powered speaker system. The latest CL/QL series V5.1 update supports the Dante-equipped DZR-D series of powered loudspeakers and the NEXO NXAMPmk2. A ‘first’ for the popular ProVisionaire Touch / Control apps - which have recently been updated to V3.0 - will be a preview of future integration with video switchers, in collaboration with the IDK Corporation.
Finally, ISE 2019 sees Yamaha highlighting its Active Field Control (AFC) system. Yamaha is a world leader in immersive audio solutions, its spatial audio division having been involved in the acoustic consultation and design of live music venues since 1969. Yamaha patented its hybrid regenerative acoustic enhancement system in 1985, with the third generation AFC system launched in 2013. It is a feature of many theatres, opera houses, concert halls and multi-purpose venues all over the world.
“We are very pleased to launch the new VXC loudspeakers and SWP2 series L2 switches, together with several software/firmware updates,” says Yoshi Tsugawa, General Manager of the Yamaha Pro Audio Division. “In particular, we expect that the update of the ProVisionaire series, which brings smart integration for designing, controlling and operating systems that comprise Yamaha and 3rd party equipment, will contribute even more to customer creativity when designing valued commercial spaces.
“We are confident that all of these new innovations will be well-received for many types of installation project across the globe, assuring our customers that they can rely on Yamaha for an even wider range of applications.”
(LSi Online)

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