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The Y-Series lands at Light & Sound in Lucerne
Switzerland - Sound & Light at the Messe in Lucerne is the venue for the D.A.CH. launch of the newest edition to the d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker range: the Y-Series. Visitors to the show, held from 19th to 21st October, will discover this exciting new development at Stand E33 where Swiss distributors, 2M Audio will be exhibiting the Y8, Y12, Y-SUB, B6-SUB and Y7P.
With utility and flexibility in mind, the design of the new Y-Series from d&b audiotechnik presents both point source and line array loudspeakers. The Y7P and Y10P point source and the Y8 and Y12 line array modules each feature two 8" drivers with neodymium magnets mounted in a dipolar arrangement around a 1.4" compression driver. All models are passively crossed over, keeping amplifier channels to a minimum.
The Y-Series line array modules bear more than a passing resemblance to their larger cousins, the V and J-Series. All three Series have the same rigging design in common, while the new Y8 and Y12 share the familiar 80° and 120° horizontal dispersion characteristics, with horizontal dispersion control down to 500 Hz. In keeping with the V and J tradition the Y-SUB is of course cardioid, can be ground stacked or flown, and extends frequency response down to 39 Hz.
While sharing the same LF driver arrangement, the Y7P and Y10P incorporate a rotatable CD horn on the 1.4" compression driver to enable deployment either horizontally or vertically, offering 75° x 40° and 110° x 40° (h x v) respectively. These point source loudspeakers are complimented by the B6-SUB, a single 18" bass-reflex design with a frequency response down to 37 Hz.
Yi installation specific versions, available in all Y-Series models, are designed for permanent applications, differing only in cabinet construction and mounting hardware. Naturally the Y-Series conforms to the d&b workflow comprising ArrayCalc simulation software, R1 Remote control software and d&b amplifiers.
In addition to the demonstration of the Y-Series, powered by d&b D80 amplifiers, 2M Audio will also be showing the rather clever passive column speakers from the White range, the xC-Series. The 16C and the 24C along with the 24C-E extension will be available for inspection.
The 24C loudspeaker will also be taking part in the Beam steering demonstration, a comparison of common beam steering speakers held in the Foyer of the Messe on each of the three days of the show. Along with the xC-Series will be loudspeakers from six other manufacturers offering visitors a unique opportunity to assess the performance alongside other brands. Differing from the other loudspeakers in the comparison, the 24C features a unique passive arrayable HF array, enabling the user to adjust the 20° vertical dispersion between 0° and -14° to target audience listening areas. Tackling problems of a different kind, the 4" drivers of the xC-Series are arranged in a unique cardioid setup, providing a constant
directivity pattern of 90° in the horizontal plane and a broadband attenuation to the rear of 18 dB.
2M Audio's Daniel Meyer says: "I'm confident that our customers will be impressed with the Y-Series. Its flexibility of application makes it the ideal solution in even the most demanding of environments. I'd like to invite visitors to come along and hear the Y-Series to make this judgement for themselves, while I’m sure that the column comparison in the foyer will be enlightening for many."
16th October 2014
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