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Clair Brothers C12 Truefit Wins Infocomm Best of Show

Clair Brothers C12 Truefit Wins Infocomm Best of Show

USA – Launched earlier this year, the Clair Brothers C12 line array is now available with a prize-winning, breakthrough innovation: Clair TrueFit Technology – the first modular, bespoke waveguide. A panel of expert judges at InfoComm 2017 recognised the C12-TrueFit’s inventive sound craft awarding it the prestigious NewBay Media’s ‘Best of Show’ honour. (Competition criteria included ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.)

The C12-TrueFit represents the latest double 12-inch format mid-size line array and an industry first in integration optimisation. For those seeking the pinnacle in custom horizontal configurations, Clair TrueFit waveguides are singularly configured, continuously variable waveguides designed-to-order. Modern or classic venues looking for the utmost customisation in audio design are wise to give this a serious look.

A Clair TrueFit system design reduces energy wasted on walls and effectively extends the stereo image over a greater audience area. Fewer lateral reflections create greater focus and better intelligibility. System tuning is faster and easier since the acoustical problem of geometric divergence shading is already solved with the TrueFit 3D acoustical solution.

What exactly is TrueFit Technology? For direct application, a TrueFit array is designed collaboratively with the customer, architectural consultants, and venue staff through a few simple steps. First, the array type and location is determined in a conventional sense and signed off on by the customer. Venue-specific details and other criteria are input into Clair Brothers proprietary design software culminating in the creation of a fluid form waveguide with continuously variable geometry. Explains Josh Sadd, vice president and chief engineer at Clair Brothers, “Rather than quantising speaker coverage in a stepped sequence of approximate angles, the TrueFit geometric forms are mathematically derived using our proprietary progressive azimuth technology. We use the latest in 3D CAD, and produce the custom parts with state of the art 3D CAM software.” Finished waveguides are CNC-milled in-house from Baltic Birch, the superb sounding material used on all Clair waveguides and horns.

The result is a perfectly unique, venue-specific loudspeaker array that provides naturally even coverage for audience areas and minimizes architectural reflection and anomalies. “What was once a dream is now possible,” says Mr. Sadd.

TrueFit Technology is currently on offer in the following Clair Brothers products: C12-TrueFit (double 12” line array), C8-TrueFit (double 8” line array), kiTCURVE12-TrueFit (curved live array) and kiTCURVE12-TrueFit+ (self-powered, curved line array).

The C12 and C8 continue to be offered in standard installation and portable models (C12-i, C12-M, C8-i, C8-M) featuring a new transducer technology with two noteworthy benefits: significant weight reduction and a reduction in amplifier channel requirements. Better still, there are no technical trade-offs since these features enhance the ability for the line array to be digitally beam-steered in the vertical plane with F.I.R. processing. These models are available with a range of horizontal waveguide patterns (between 60º and 140º), while standard factory waveguides are 90ºH and 120ºH. Standard symmetrical and asymmetrical coverage angles are also offered as catalogue items.

20th July 2017

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