RCF debuts ART 9
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
rcfThe ART 9 Series consists of six new models
Italy - RCF has unveiled the ART 9 series, a range of six active loudspeakers that can be used as the main sound system, fills, or stage monitors.
This is the ninth generation of the series, which brings speakers with 10" to 15" drivers and a new cabinet design. All speakers also feature a 2,100W two-channel Class-D amplifier with advanced DSP processing.
RCF says ART 9 speakers are 50% more powerful than previous models, with “extremely high” sound pressure levels. The amplifier is energy-efficient so there is no need for a cooling fan. The circuit is attached to a solid aluminium heat exchanger in the back of the unit with no moving parts. Performance improvements are assured by new RCF transducers, featuring advanced materials such as kapton, titanium, and neodymium.
The new 1.75-inch compression driver with polyimide-kapton dome features a new bonding technology and reinforced ribs that make it 10 times more durable than previous models, whilst newly-designed woofers gain more stability over high currents, with less distortion. Every woofer design is tested with a 200-hour continuous signal to stress the transducer at extreme levels, says RCF.
Meanwhile, the new True Resistive Waveguide (TRW) housing is the result of several refinements in both the transducers' and the vented ports' design with Finite Element Analysis, and constant measurement in RCF anechoic chambers. TRW mimics a resonance-free pure resistive load reducing the high-frequency distortion of a classic horn. With its asymmetric acoustic radiation, the coverage angle of the waveguide provides constant directivity to the entire listening area with a balanced stereo panorama.
The sleek black cabinet uses a special polypropylene composite material with a new construction concept. RCF's M-Brace internal reinforcement design connects four sides of the enclosure with the amplifier, preventing any deformation for a completely inert body, with augmented acoustical damping even at maximum volume settings. M-brace also performs exceptionally well for greater resistance to mechanical stress.
The ART 9 series are easy to move and transport with ergonomic handles on both sides and the top of the cabinets. The bottom side includes a steel pole socket for mounting on a stand or subwoofer pole. Each model can also be flown, wall- or truss-mounted using multiple M10 rigging points and special accessories.
ART 945-A is the largest, most powerful model of the series delivering an impressive 135 dB max SPL featuring a 4" titanium compression driver, and a neodymium woofer that goes down to 45Hz. The ART 935-A and ART 932-A can produce respectively 134 dB max SPL and 133 dB SPL, sharing the same 3” titanium compression driver. The new Kapton driver is featured on the ART 915-A, ART 912-A and ART 910-A.

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