Product News

GIS launches lightweight entertainment hoistsGIS launches lightweight entertainment hoists
Thursday, 9 January 2020

Europe - Swiss electric chain hoist manufacturer GIS AG has launched two new D8 products, of 500kg and 1,000kg capacity, for mobile use in the entertainment sector.
The LPML and higher capacity LPL chain hoists are both capable of lifting over 40 times their own weight. The LPML weighs a modest 12kg (20kg with 18m lifting height) and delivers a lifting capacity of half a ton. The LPL meanwhile lifts 1,000kg, and when fully equipped for an 18m lifting height weighs in at just 39kg (23kg net weight).
The hoists will be introduced as a supplement to the popular GIS D8+ motors, used for static suspension of loads over people. Hoists to the standard D8 specification may also be used for static suspension of loads, but it is essential to have a secondary suspension, such as a load arrestor, for example. The hoists are manufactured in accordance with EN14492 and DIN56950.
Erich Widmer, sales and marketing manager at GIS AG, says: “Both motors are highly robust yet still light, thanks to the aluminium housing and covers. The design of the chain hoists in accordance with protection class IP65 [as standard] protects them against dust and water. This makes them ideal for both mobile and outdoor use. They are extremely quiet running due to closed three-stage transmission with helical gearing and grease permanent lubrication.”
Other standout features, Widmer says, include casehardened profile steel chain with minimum five-fold static safety; modular configuration; quick assembly and disassembly thanks to polygonal couplings; and low maintenance. He adds

JBL debuts IRX portable PA loudspeakersJBL debuts IRX portable PA loudspeakers
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

USA - At NAMM 2020, Harman Professional Solutions will introduce the new JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers.
JBL IRX Series portable PA loudspeakers provide musicians, performers and presenters with JBL sound in |”a highly portable, feature-rich package”.
A durable, lightweight design makes IRX Series speakers easy to transport. Versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming, custom application-based pre-sets and automatic signal processors make it easy to dial in sound for a wide range of applications. The IRX Series of portable PA loudspeakers includes the IRX108BT, which features an 8-inch woofer, and the IRX112BT, which features a 12-inch woofer.
“Today’s performers need a portable, easy-to-use PA system that delivers professional results at an affordable price,” said Brandon, Knudsen, loudspeaker product manager, Harman Professional Solutions. “We’re excited to showcase our new IRX Series loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM and CES shows, which combine impressive volume output and detail with an assortment of versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming in a compact, lightweight design. Best of all, the IRX112BT and IRX108BT are the most affordable powered speakers JBL has ever offered.”
Featuring two combination XLR/TRS inputs with professional-grade preamps, IRX Series speakers provide “crystal-clear sound for microphones, playback devices and mixing consoles”. One-button Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to stream audio from mobile devices or link two speakers to provide additional coverage and create a t

L-ISA links with Yamaha Rivage consolesL-ISA links with Yamaha Rivage consoles
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Europe - L-Acoustics has announced the expansion of console partners, adding Yamaha Professional Audio, who has co-developed an L-ISA DeskLink for their flagship Rivage PM7 and PM10 mixing systems.
“Collaborating with the creative team of experts at Yamaha has resulted in an exceptionally sleek integration of the L-ISA object controls into Rivage mixing workflow. The new DeskLink is a great example of collaborative design,” explains Sherif El Barbari, director of L-ISA Labs.
Within the Rivage consoles, for every mono or stereo input channel, a direct control of L-ISA Objects or Groups will be available on the console control surface and touch screens.
The L-ISA DeskLink provides a seamless workflow on the consoles, allowing for immersive hyperreal mixing in a familiar environment, making adoption of L-ISA technology even easier.
“It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with the team at L-Acoustics to create a dedicated, deeply integrated and flexible user interface. As the reputation of Yamaha Rivage PM mixing systems for outstanding sound quality and traditional Yamaha reliability continues to grow, this project will benefit our many joint customers throughout the world.” comments Chris Angell, Yamaha Pro Audio R&D.
The Yamaha Rivage with L-ISA DeskLink will be available this Spring and on display for hands-on discovery at Prolight & Sound in L-Acoustics demo room Symmetrie 2+3.
(Jim Evans)

Brompton brings Dynamic Calibration to ISEBrompton brings Dynamic Calibration to ISE
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Europe - ISE 2020 sees LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, give the first European showing of its Dynamic Calibration technology and launch its latest LED processor, the Tessera S8, on its largest ever trade show stand. The significant size increase of this newly designed stand, which measures 90m2, will allow Brompton to give regular presentations of Dynamic Calibration, the Brompton HDR solution, and the new Tessera S8, alongside its ever-popular demonstration stations.
First shown at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, Dynamic Calibration takes a different approach to maintaining uniformity, while unlocking the full potential of the LEDs to achieve “previously unthinkable levels of brightness and colour saturation”.
Dynamic Calibration is enabled after panels are measured with Brompton’s Hydra system; an all-in-one advanced measurement system custom-designed for LED panels and exclusive to Brompton Technology. And Dynamic Calibration is not just for new panels, it can give existing panels using Brompton’s Tessera R2 card a new lease of life.
The new Tessera S8 LED processor, meanwhile, is a cost-effective solution for high profile projects that do not require the large output capacity of the award-winning Tessera SX40 processor, but still want to benefit from the flexibility of Brompton’s industry leading Tessera feature set and easy-to-use software to produce stunning results.
“We had an incredible response to Dynamic Calibration at LDI in Las Vegas,” comments Brompton CEO Richard Mead. “We’re excited to be able to sho


AED Group launches AED AudioAED Group launches AED Audio
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Belgium - AED Group has launched its own pro audio brand, AED Audio.
The news was announced during AED’s annual Customer Nights networking and showcase events in December and is seen as a return to the company’s roots, as AED’s CEO Glenn Roggeman designed and built loudspeakers during the 1980s and early 90s.
AED Audio’s range includes two lines, the Flex and Solid series. The Flex series comprises one model, the multi-purpose powered line-source speaker Flex6, which can be used in various applications, including flown as a line array or mounted on a pole.
Part of the Solid line, Solid15 is a compact, single 15” 1.800W RMS low cabinet or subwoofer which can be used in many scenarios and several configurations. The speaker can be operated standalone, flown and stacked.
Meanwhile, the Solid28, combined with the Solid15 in low and the Flex6, gives you access to a large scale of applications, says the company. This double 18” band pass powered subwoofer with a 3.000W RMS robust amplifier module gives an output of 137 max SPL.
The three products will be available from April. All AED Audio products will be presented at ISE 2020 at the AED group stand (hall 1, stand H127).
(Jim Evans)

PSI Audio brings active monitors to NAMMPSI Audio brings active monitors to NAMM
Tuesday, 7 January 2020

USA - At NAMM 2020, monitoring specialists PSI Audio will exhibit their active studio speakers, including the A17-M, A23-M and subwoofers A225-M and A125-M.
In addition to the monitor speakers, PSI Audio will also show the AVAA C20. This product helps with controlling the part of room acoustics that is generally most challenging to treat: the low frequencies from 15Hz to 150Hz.
With its five-inch woofer membrane, the PSI Audio A17-M is fairly small compared to a lot of other nearfield monitor speakers. Due to the use of innovative proprietary technology like Adaptive Output Impedance (AOI), Compensated Phase Response (CPR) and Class G/H amplification, the A17-M provides great accuracy.
For those who require a larger speaker, PSI Audio’s A23-M “delivers exceptional range and accuracy for discerning producers and engineers”. For added flexibility, the speaker’s tweeter and midrange driver are mounted to a rotatable baffle. This feature gives users the free choice between setting the A23-M up horizontally or vertically while retaining its sound quality.
Finally, The Active Velocity Acoustic Absorber AVAA C20 active bass trap has the power to eliminate low-frequency resonances from a room by imposing an acoustic impedance that acts like a big hole in the wall. It “sucks in” the affected resonant frequencies between 15Hz and 150Hz without introducing any form of counter-noise.
(Jim Evans)

Nexo unveils compact point source modelsNexo unveils compact point source models
Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Europe - Nexo has unveiled two new compact point source loudspeaker models in its P+ Series. The P8 and P10 are “true multi-purpose performers that have serious ambitions to become just as ubiquitous in the audio marketplace as their predecessors, the classic PS Series cabinets”.
The P8 arrives exactly 20 years after the launch of the PS8, a super-compact stage monitor and PA speaker which, together with the larger PS10 (launched 1993), became a staple product in rental inventory for AV and audio production companies, and a common sight in fixed installations.
At its manufacturing HQ just north of Paris, France, Nexo has invested in new tooling and assembly plant to produce the curvy modern enclosures that are the signature of its new P+ Series. Re-imagined for the 2020s, the P8 and P10 models will put entirely new possibilities into the hands of the sound designer and engineer, says the company.
Inside custom birch and poplar plywood shells, the P8 features a coaxial 8” LF driver with 1.5” diaphragm HF driver, and the P10 has a coaxial 10” Neodymium LF driver and 1.7” diaphragm HF driver. The horn driver can be rotated in both cabinets, something of a Nexo trademark after it was innovated in the PS Series. However, in the new P+ Series, the quick-release Magnelis steel grille can be quickly removed, allowing the horn to be swapped out, changing the standard 100x100 degree dispersion for a 110x60 degree alternative.
The custom-designed coaxial drivers are at the heart of these speakers, responsible for smooth, clean sound and impre

d&b debuts SL-Series subwoofer at NAMMd&b debuts SL-Series subwoofer at NAMM
Monday, 6 January 2020

USA - d&b audiotechnik will introduce a new SL-Series subwoofer and showcase compact augmented arrays and Soundscape immersive technology in the demonstration room at NAMM 2020.
At stand 18107, show attendees will be able to learn about the new addition to the SL-Series line array family, as well as the augmented array A-Series, which combines the flexibility of point source clusters with the extensive control of d&b line arrays.
In the d&b demo room (#18816) there will be presentations of various technologies that elevate the listening experience both in the audience and on stage. Demos will feature the A-Series augmented arrays, elements from the SL-Series, and the next generation of sound reinforcement, d&b Soundscape.
Additionally, d&b will also showcase the ultra-compact B8 subwoofer, xC-Series column speakers, and examples from the XS-Series. At the d&b integration island on the booth will be the new R90 touchscreen remote control panel, the Milan-based DS20 and Dante-based DS10, the flagship D80 amplifier, and d&b workflow - featuring ArrayCalc, R1 Remote, NoizCalc, and ArrayProcessing.
“The latest innovations we will highlight at NAMM are the result of our approach to empower d&b system users to create environments where the audience shares the highest level of sound quality,” states Amnon Harman, CEO, d&b audiotechnik. “We are especially excited about the upcoming show given it also coincides with the opening of our new demonstration and education facility in Los Angeles.”
(Jim Evans)

IEM specialist ASI Audio to launch at NAMMIEM specialist ASI Audio to launch at NAMM
Monday, 6 January 2020

USA - The CEOs of Sensaphonics and Think-A-Move, Dr Michael Santucci (pictured) and Jim Harris have formed a new company, ASI Audio.
The business will debut at NAMM 2020 where a new brand, ASI Audio x Sensaphonics, will be unveiled.
“Sensaphonics already had the basics of our product concept in place,” notes Jim Harris, CEO and president, ASI Audio. “Their patented Active Ambient technology provided the platform, and our expertise in app development and manufacturing enabled our combined engineering teams to create a more sophisticated and powerful product. The key to our shared vision is to deliver a customised listening environment that works equally well with or without a monitor mix. We’re very excited to be bringing this new concept to market at the NAMM Show.”
Michael Santucci adds: “We’ve had great success with our 3D system, which is used on stage by artists like Steven Tyler, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews, and hundreds more. But we know that many more musicians could benefit if we could bring down the price. We were also aware that many musicians have developed career-threatening hearing issues that could be addressed with tools like EQ and limiting. What we needed was a fresh approach to the in-ear concept that addresses all these issues in a way that no other company has even attempted. I’m proud to say that ASI Audio has achieved that goal.”
The company’s flagship product is called 3DME Music Enhancement, a universal-fit IEM system that captures ambient sound with a binaural microphone system embedded in the ea

Digigram releases live broadcasting firmwareDigigram releases live broadcasting firmware
Friday, 3 January 2020

France - To meet the changing needs of its customers, Digigram has enriched the functional scope of its IQOYA X/LINK and IQOYA SERV/LINK IP audio codecs to extend it to remote broadcasting.
Digigram’s IP audio codec configured for remote broadcasting is billed as the only IP audio codec on the market allowing management of up to 32 mono or stereo full duplex IP streams.
For an optimal user experience, a specific mode of use has been added for this new operating mode with dedicated and easy-to-use graphical interfaces, both for the configuration phase and for the operating phases, says the company.
The user can now place calls and be connected to the field or the studio in two clicks. SIP, direct SIP and symmetric RTP connections are supported.
More than 10,000 IQOYA are currently in operation around the world. By using the codec in remote broadcasting mode, the user will continue to benefit from FluidIP, the technology developed by Digigram for establishing reliable and resilient connections on unmanaged networks such as the Internet. In particular, the technology integrates stream redundancy functions such as FEC (Forward Error Correction) or dual streaming with spatial or time diversity.
(Jim Evans)

ProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. makes debut at NAMMProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. makes debut at NAMM
Friday, 3 January 2020

USA - The new Wireless In-Ear Monitor System (W.I.E.M.S.) from ProCo Sound, is making its NAMM debut at the RHC stand (11610). With up to 30m of range (line-of-sight) between the transmitter and belt-pack receiver, ProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. features a sleek and simple design, with no external antennas and a seamless plug-and-pair set-up.
ProCo’s W.I.E.M.S. has four user-selectable channels, which provides the ability to deploy up to four systems simultaneously. The easy to use solution features a 3.5-mm headphone jack - enabling users to plug in their preferred earpiece. Both the receiver and transmitter are powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is easily rechargeable with the included micro-USB and AC/DC charging adaptor. A single charge provides six to eight hours of battery life, ensuring that users don’t lose power when it’s needed most.
The belt-pack receiver automatically pairs to the transmitter, which uses the 5.8GHz frequency band to eliminate any potential interference or conflict from other WiFi traffic. The compact transmitter fits easily into nearly any hand. It also has an XLR-Female on one end, which is designed to plug into any open line-level feed at the stage. On the opposite end of the transmitter, LED lights indicate the status of the system.
“The W.I.E.M.S. is perfect for anyone looking to eliminate the restrictions and challenges of a wired monitor system,” says Shawn Wells, AV marketing manager, ProCo Sound. “It gives users the flexibility to move throughout the stage or studio without the fear of tripping over an

JTE GP truss continues to deliverJTE GP truss continues to deliver
Thursday, 19 December 2019

Europe - After 40 years on the market, the General Purpose (GP) truss series from JTE is still one of the world’s most popular multi-purpose systems. Quality performance for medium-sized projects is delivered via its safe and stable plated connection system and classic bracing pattern.
This type of truss is also the industry standard for film productions, which use it to build huge “lanterns” or “reflective panels” for indoor/outdoor applications.
The General Purpose truss series consists of two sizes, the 30.5 x 30.5 cm (12” x 12”) GP30 and 52 x 52cm (20.5” x 20.5”) GP52, which are able to handle a wide variety of support structure needs and loading capacities.
The GP30 is a mid-sized, heavy-duty 30.5 x 30.5cm (12" x 12") general purpose truss designed for conferences, exhibitions, and small venues.
A bigger brother to the GP30, the GP52 measures 52 x 52 cm (20.5’’ x 20.5’’) and is suitable for most lighting applications, flying PAs and other general purpose uses. It’s an ideal choice for rental and staging companies.
(Jim Evans)

d&b introduces SL-Series software updatesd&b introduces SL-Series software updates
Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has announced the availability of two new software enabling technologies: CPL for SL-Series (coupling), and Temperature Humidity Control (THC) realtime high frequency compensation for loudspeaker arrays.
The CPL for SL-Series technology allows the extraordinary d&b SL-Series line arrays to be easily adjusted for specific venues. THC provides high frequency compensation due to temp/humidity as part of the d&b ArrayProcessing software: fluctuations in both temp/humidity can now be addressed in real time via the R1 Remote Control software - simplifying control and saving time. These software updates are available now.
“Visiting many SL-Series installation sites and working with the users and tech teams in the field, we realized that there was still room to improve the system workflow,” says Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer, d&b product management. “These two new enabling features will greatly improve daily workflows basis and elevate on-site system performance. I encourage all users to update their system software as soon as possible. “With the existing d&b line array CPL (Coupling) function, which is used to shape the array frequency response for rooms as well as personal preference, the system's frequency shelving function can prevent access to the full frequency range potential of the system - meaning that the SL-Series LF headroom below 100Hz is not fully available when CPL is engaged. The new CPL software allows SL-Series to shape LF and LoMid responses independently with individual controls for LOW and MID

Banner year for High End Systems at LDIBanner year for High End Systems at LDI
Monday, 16 December 2019

USA - In a joint display with ETC, High End Systems (HES) enjoyed record success at the recent LDI exhibition in Las Vegas. HES showed a variety of new products in the 200+ fixture rig, including the SolaHyBeam 3000, TurboRay and SolaPix automated luminaires.
High End Systems’ TurboRay won PLSN’s Gold Star Award for Best LED Wash Light. The fixture has already seen high profile use in many concerts, television and other live events. Automated lighting product manager Matt Stoner commented, "We are so happy that the TurboRay has been acknowledged as the ‘Best LED Wash’ by PLSN this year. It is especially gratifying that the wash capabilities of the TurboRay are recognized among its huge variety of other specialties, like its complex aerials and marvellous face look. It just affirms what lighting designers have been telling us all along, TurboRay is ‘much more than a pretty face.’”
Along with the new SolaWash 1000, the SolaPix family and the SolaHyBeam 3000 were also unveiled at this year’s LDI show. With their small footprint and next generation brightness, SolaPix 7 and SolaPix 19 take the traditional concept of a pixel wash and push it to its maximum potential. Patent pending Halographic Pixel Definition and the FleX Effects macros each give SolaPix a unique ‘edge’ in the marketplace.
Designed for beam control, aerial effects and raw power, SolaHyBeam 3000 features an “exceptionally efficient White Light LED engine”, a large front aperture and optimised long throw optics for superior light output throughout the fixture’s

PixMob wins first LDI Sustainability AwardPixMob wins first LDI Sustainability Award
Thursday, 12 December 2019

USA - PixMob, a Montreal-based company designing crowd experiences through LED wearables, won the new Sustainability Award at this year’s LDI for the PixMob Recycling Programme.
Since the beginning of the programme in 2018 with Taylor Swift’s Reputation stadium tour, PixMob successfully recycled over 1m wristbands, an initiative recognised by the LDI Awards panel.
“It’s an honour for us to receive this award because the Recycling Programme represents the first step in our plan to reduce our environmental impact and eliminate single-use plastics in our supply chain,” explains Jean-Olivier Dalphond, president of PixMob. “To achieve this milestone, we had to reinvent how we work, from our deployment of the Recycling Programme at venues to our message to the audience.
“Artists have also sought to be involved and get the fans behind the effort. As a result, we’ve seen the rate of wristbands returned at events progressively increase from 20% in 2018 to upwards of 60% in 2019. We also had to create a refurbishing process at our headquarters, an essential step for the wristbands’ lifecycle to become a closed loop.”
PixMob was founded in 2010 by Vincent Leclerc and David Parent. The technology gained traction by creating massive human light shows at the 2014 Super Bowl, 2014 Winter Olympics, 2015 NBA All-Stars, and over 2000 events since, including tours with Shawn Mendes and the Spice Girls.
This is the second consecutive year PixMob is awarded at LDI. In 2018, PixMob won the Best Debuting Product Award for its Moving head an

RTI laser module generation unleashedRTI laser module generation unleashed
Thursday, 12 December 2019

Germany - The RTI PIKO RGB 28 has been released by Ray Technologies as the first product with the latest RTI laser module generation. “This new laser module technology really changes the way professional laser systems are built. The compact form factor and the great visibility combined with the quality of the beam profile make those new laser systems stand out even more,” states Jordi Luque, head of R&D at Ray Technologies.
The new RTI diode modules are designed in a way to keep both spot size, as well as divergence equal on both x- and y-axis.
The beam specifications of the new RTI PIKO RGB 28 are given with only 4mm diameter and less than 0.9mrad divergence - which applies to both axis, so it’s an actual value not an average and provides higher quality results than specifications with mixed calculations. The extremely small beam diameter allows for the use of very small 4mm mirrors, which results in reduced inertia and thus very good scanning performance, says the company.
(Jim Evans)

HK Audio launches ‘affordable’ column PAHK Audio launches ‘affordable’ column PA
Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Europe HK Audio has unveiled Polar 10, an ‘affordable new columnar PA for musicians, entertainers, DJs, presentations, schools and audiovisual applications’.
Polar 10 features include a four-channel mixer with five programmable user presets, Bluetooth 5.0 audio streaming, and assertive bass response.
Polar 10 consists of a subwoofer and two columnar elements. The contours of the subwoofer’s birch ply housing are not just cosmetic; the enclosure is acoustically shaped and sized to deliver quality audio results in combination with a specially developed 10” woofer sporting an extra-long voice coil.
The midrange/HF column comes in two sections for easy transport. The top section is loaded with six high-performance 3” midrange drivers and a low-distortion, 1” constant directivity horn. The system delivers well-balanced, exceedingly natural sound, rendering everything from low-mid frequencies all the way up to 20 kHz with remarkable authority. Tuned to project an expansive 120° throw pattern and engineered to impede feedback, it gives users freedom choice when it comes to positioning the PA in venues. Placed behind the speaker or performer, it can also serve as a stage monitor to take the place of wedges in many scenarios.
The newly developed E.A.S. connect system links the three components. This smart set of couplers requires no cables. Setting POLAR 10 on a raised stage is not a problem; it can still be aimed at the correct height by simply leaving the column’s bottom section – which is a spacer – out of the stack.

Highlite International heads for CUE 2020Highlite International heads for CUE 2020
Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The Netherlands - Highlite International will be present during CUE 2020 from 13 to 15 January at Rotterdam Ahoy (NL), hall 1, stand 1.402. Here, they are going to showcase a wide array of lighting, audio and video applications from DAP Audio, DMT, Showtec and Infinity. The biennial exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the latest technical facilities for indoor and outdoor stage presentations.
Infinity will show the Furion Series: powerful and intelligent LED-based moving heads, equipped with wireless DMX. There will be special attention for the Cue 2020 Audience-award nominee Furion B401 Moving head Beam. The B401 is equipped with a multicolour bump functionality. This feature gives light engineers sheer endless possibilities in combining colours. Besides Furion Infinity will also show the Chimp light controllers and the Signature LED based theatre luminaires.
In the design of the Highlite stand DMT Premiere LED Screens have been incorporated. These screens with their very fine pixel-pitches are well equipped for indoor applications like corporate events or product presentations.
Showtec offers a very powerful outdoor washer: the IP-65 rated Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 with 40 Prolight Opto RGBW 4-in-1 10W LEDs and wireless DMX. A true eye-catcher can be found in the Showtec Edison-range with their vintage look and feel. The Phantom 280 hybrid is also present, combining a spot, wash and beam into one fixture. DAP Audio takes care of the sound around the stand by delivering the Odin T-8A Line array Satellites in combination with the S-18A subw

JBL launches cinema amplifier rangeJBL launches cinema amplifier range
Tuesday, 10 December 2019

USA - JBL Professional has released JBL DSi 2.0 Series cinema amplifiers designed for the company’s range of cinema loudspeakers.
The first ever JBL branded cinema amplifiers, DSi 2.0 Series builds on the legacy of Crown DSi Series amplifiers to combine the of Crown’s CDi DriveCore Series amps with a new high-power design to deliver “superior efficiency, reliability and audio fidelity”. The DSi 2.0 Series includes three power configurations - 350W, 700W and 1,200W - available in analogue and analogue-plus-digital versions with Dante/AES67 and SNMP connectivity.
“As cinema audio systems continue to grow larger and more complex with 5.1, 7.1 and immersive audio formats, venue owners require more efficient ways of powering, controlling and managing networked audio systems,” says Karam Kaul, vice-president of audio, Harman Professional Solutions.
“The JBL DSi 2.0 Series combines cutting-edge technology from Crown DSi and CDi Series amps with a new high-output design for superior sound quality. Cinema managers and integrators looking to maximize their power investment and future-proof their systems can count on the DSi 2.0 Series to deliver robust, reliable performance in a compact and cost-efficient package.”
The DSi 2.0 Series consists of six amplifier models, suitable for cinemas, theatres and premium large-format rooms. The LA4 and LA4-D deliver 1,200W at 8Ohms, the MA4 and MA4-D deliver 700W at 8 Ohms, and the SA4 and SA4-D deliver 350W at 8 Ohms.
(Jim Evans)

Broadweigh Bluetooth scoops LDI AwardBroadweigh Bluetooth scoops LDI Award
Tuesday, 10 December 2019

USA - Broadweigh Bluetooth won Best Debuting Product award in the Rigging and Staging category at this year's LDI Awards. This latest win rounds of a successful year for the brand which launched its Bluetooth system at ABTT 2019, where it won Widget of the Year.
Speaking of the product's success, Robert Wilmington-Badcock, MD of Mantracourt commented: "We are extremely pleased to receive such a coveted award for Broadweigh Bluetooth. It's something that we've worked extremely hard on to get it just right. It's such an exciting time for us as a company - as we end the year and move towards 2020, you can expect to see a series of bold developments from Broadweigh as we strive to provide better solutions dedicated to the entertainment industry."
LDI 2019 recorded the highest number of registered attendees in the show's history. "We certainly felt it was the perfect platform for launching Broadweigh Bluetooth in the USA," says Wilmington-Badcock. "It was a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase our range of kit that we believe so strongly in, to such a knowledgeable audience. The scope to gain first hand feedback from existing and potential new customers is second to none. When we create our products, our aim is always to take a potential user's wish-list and see if we can turn requests into real products. Judging by the reception we got during our few days in Vegas, it seems we've succeeded."
Broadweigh's stand at the show was also a hit, welcoming visitors with live demonstrations of its products. The stand itself was designed by one of Broadwe

DAS Audio America to mark 25th anniversaryDAS Audio America to mark 25th anniversary
Tuesday, 10 December 2019

USA - Miami-based DAS Audio America, the North American subsidiary of Spanish pro audio manufacturer DAS Audio, will celebrate its 25th anniversary during the Winter NAMM 2020 tradeshow in Anaheim. Much of the activity will take place on the tradeshow floor, at booth #17224 and neighbouring Anaheim Hilton hotel. This event will take place at the Anaheim Hilton inside the Avalon Room on Thursday, 16 January 2020 at 6:30pm. Those who wish to attend should visit DAS Audio at the company’s NAMM Show booth to acquire a pass, which must be collected prior to 5pm that day.
The company will be launching two new product lines: the Icon Series and E11EVEN Sound by DAS Audio.
Jaime Villegas, general manager of DAS Audio of America, comments: “During our 25 years in the United States, we’ve been fortunate to take an active role in growing DAS Audio into a highly respected global loudspeaker brand that can be found on tour and in leading facilities the world over.
“Here in the US, DAS Audio loudspeakers continue that success with deployments at American Airlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat), Criss Angel’s Mindfreak Show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and numerous other high-end venues. Winter NAMM will be another important show for us, and I expect that visitors to our booth will be impressed with everything DAS has to offer. We look forward to seeing everyone.”
(Jim Evans)

NEXT-proaudio debuts installation lineNEXT-proaudio debuts installation line
Monday, 9 December 2019

Portugal - NEXT-proaudio has introduced the i Series, the company’s new installation line. Th range comprises the i4 (a 4” LF transducer and a 0.8“ dome tweeter), the i6 (a 6” LF driver with a 1“ HF driver), and the i8 (a 8” LF transducer with a 1“ HF driver).
All speakers are housed in IP65-rated plastic white or black cabinets designed for indoor and outdoor applications, with the speakers benefitting from dust and splash protection. The speakers are equipped with a four-position Phoenix connector located on the back plate, whilst the screw connector provides a faster and easy way to wire the system allowing the speaker to perfectly fit the wall shape while keeps invisible.
This speaker is designed for PA applications in restaurants, bars, shopping centres or conference rooms. For greater versatility, the speakers can be used at 100V or 16Ω. In high impedance operation, a multi-tap transformer is available with three different taps to be used according to the pretended 100V power and impedance needed.
(Jim Evans)

Beta release for Coda prediction softwareBeta release for Coda prediction software
Monday, 9 December 2019

Europe - Coda Audio has released a beta version of its upcoming 3D prediction software.
The Coda System Optimiser enables users to design audio systems, from small to large-scale productions. The software is currently under development, with users invited to register to access the beta version from the Coda website ( The System Optimiser will eventually be compatible with the company’s entire loudspeaker range.
David Webster, global marketing director at Coda Audio International, comments: “This is a ground-up development, so taking the long view; it’s very important to us that audio professionals out in the field are directly involved with the evolution of our 3D system optimisation software. A beta release gives us the opportunity to allow early engagement for Coda system-users operating in real-life environments.
“Our System Optimiser allows the pinpoint design of Coda systems from the smallest fixed install to the largest, most complex stadium production and does so with great ease, in incredible detail, delivering results in seconds, not minutes. The team is looking forward to working with our clients and taking account of their feedback during this development stage, before we roll the product out across the entire Coda range.”
(Jim Evans)

JBL Professional debuts desktop monitorsJBL Professional debuts desktop monitors
Thursday, 5 December 2019

USA - Harman Professional Solutions has released the JBL Professional One Series 104-BT and 104-BTW desktop reference monitors with Bluetooth.
JBL One Series 104-BT reference monitors enable content creators and audio professionals to stream ‘accurate, studio-quality audio via Bluetooth or play back audio using a standard wired connection’. JBL One Series 104-BT monitors deliver ‘clear, detailed sound while mixing and editing’. With an array of easily accessible input options, smart features and a compact design, JBL 104-BT monitors provide great sound in every listening scenario, with the added flexibility of wireless streaming. Black (104-BT) and white (104-BTW) finish options are available.
“Music production has evolved beyond the recording studio, and today’s creative professionals and music lovers need reference monitors that deliver neutral, accurate sound to create mixes that translate well in a variety of listening environments,” says Chris Hansen, director, recording and content creation, Harman Professional Solutions.
“With class-leading sound quality, impressive output and high-bandwidth Bluetooth 5.0 streaming capabilities, JBL 104-BT monitors provide an accurate, reliable sonic reference and a truly enjoyable listening experience. They’re perfect for musicians, producers, podcasters and professional audio engineers who want a compact reference monitor with the added benefit of Bluetooth at an accessible price.”
The JBL 104-BT reference monitor features a coaxial driver that pairs a contoured low-frequency woo


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