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ISE 2018: Loudspeakers And Control Highlight Yamaha’s Expanding Range

Feb, 2018

Alongside the products enjoying their world launch at ISE 2018, Yamaha is also highlighting a number of new developments that have so far only been seen at a limited number of events.

Launched at InfoComm last June, the VXL1 range of column-type line arrays is based on multiple arrays of the same 38.1mm driver which is at the heart of Yamaha’s multiple award-winning VXS1ML speaker. Featuring IP35-rated, paintable enclosures in black or white, the VXL1 series includes the VXL1-8 (featuring eight full-range 38.1mm drivers), the VXL1-16 (16 full-range 38.1mm drivers) and the VXL1-24 (24 full-range 38.1mm drivers). Each speaker is supplied as a Lo-Z unit (a Hi-Z option is available).

All models measure just 54mm wide by 103mm deep, with heights of 480mm (VXL1-8), 846mm (VXL1-16) and 1212mm (VXL1-24). Frequency range and sensitivity is exceptionally consistent across the series.

All are supplied with a bracket for seamless wall mounting, while the VXL1-16 and VXL1-24 feature dispersion expander switches which allow the lower vertical dispersion of the array to be easily expanded, without having to angle the speaker. Optional accessories include a high impedance transformer box and a range of alternative mounting brackets.

The PGM1 is a PoE (Power over Ethernet) paging station which can be used to provide multiple remote paging locations on an MRX7-D/MTX5-D Dante network. Up to four PGM1 units can be connected per system, with eight assignable buttons on the unit and output destinations / input sources programmed via Yamaha MTX-MRX Editor software. Up to two PGX1 paging station extension units can also be added to each PGM1, providing a total of up to 24 function buttons for each station.

The MCP1 is an advanced, PoE-powered, multi-purpose remote panel for controlling a system based around the Yamaha MTX3 or MTX5-D / MRX7-D processors. Featuring an elegant brushed aluminium finish and customisable touch controls, it delivers exceptional remote control flexibility, with up to 16 MCP1s able to be added to a system.

The MCP1 dot matrix display allows dynamic labelling, with universal character support, and up to 36 parameters can be assigned to six control (plus home) buttons on six pages. Four user levels are provided for access management and enhanced security.

Meanwhile, the SWR2100P-5G and SWR2100P-10G L2 switches respectively feature four or nine Ethernet output ports with PoE plus an additional uplink port, power status monitoring and ON/OFF switching capability. Also allowing comprehensive network monitoring from Yamaha’s LAN Monitor software, they complete a full range ‘one-stop’ solution for high quality paging systems.

Launched at NAMM in January, the new DXS15mkII and DXS12mkII powered subwoofers are upgraded models of the DXS15 and DXS12 subs, delivering higher maximum SPL, extended low frequency response and a cardioid mode setting, which effectively reduces the SPL of bass that reaches the stage, while increasing the levels directed at the intended audience.

Despite being even more compact than their predecessors, the upgraded 1020W Class-D amplifier and a 15” or 12” powerful speaker mean the DXS15mkII can deliver an impressive 135dB maximum SPL and an extended LF response down to 40Hz, while the DXS12mkII can produce 134dB SPL and reach down to 42Hz with exceptional clarity and minimal distortion.

Both models feature a rugged bandpass-type plywood enclosure, coated with an extremely durable Polyurea finish that is used extensively in disaster protection applications. This gives the speaker’s exterior added protection from exposure to outside elements and duress during transport and performance.

Also launched at NAMM, the STAGEPAS 400BT and 600BT portable PA systems are ideal for smaller live presentations in the corporate, education and house of worship markets and now feature Bluetooth connectivity.

These updated versions are the successors of the STAGEPAS 400i and 600i, which have sold over 400,000 units worldwide. A very compact, yet high-powered, all-in-one sound system which delivers exceptional sound quality, the addition of Bluetooth audio streaming to the high-efficiency amplifiers, speakers and Yamaha's state-of-the-art DSP means the new models will expand the already versatile capabilities of the system for an even wider spectrum of uses.

The WXAD-10 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Adaptor supports wireless music playback with Bluetooth® and Airplay® music streaming services, plus more. Its high-performance wireless network capabilities allow you to stream digital music content from your smartphone or tablet, as well as music libraries from your computer or network storage. A variety of online streaming services and Internet radio can also be accessed. In addition, with the Yamaha MusicCast sharing and control features, you can share music with MusicCast-enabled devices in multiple zones.

Yamaha Commercial Audio is exhibiting on stand 3-C112 at ISE 2018, which takes place at the Amsterdam RAI from 6th - 9th February.

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