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L-Acoustics previews pro-audio 5XT coaxial enclosure and SB15m subwoofer

James McGrath 3 July 2012
L-Acoustics previews pro-audio 5XT coaxial enclosure and SB15m subwoofer

L-Acoustics’ latest compact subwoofer and XT ultra-compact coaxial enclosure for professional audio applications – fixed installation and rental – made their worldwide debut at InfoComm, Las Vegas, in preparation for a winter 2012 release.

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    "The introduction of 5XT responds to our rental agents’ and system integrators’ requests for a coaxial product with an even more compact footprint than the current 8XT/8XTi models," says L-Acoustics marketing director Stephane Ecalle.   The 5XT, which is the newest and smallest member of L-Acoustics’ XT coaxial series, is based on a two-way passive design with a nominal impedance of 16 ohms.    The compact speaker system – made for premium-grade Baltic birch plywood – contains a 1in diaphragm compression driver coaxially loaded by a 5in low-mid frequency transducer mounted in a bass-reflex tuned enclosure.   A 3/8in microphone stand insert and two M8 inserts for the ETR5 flying bracket are integrated into the cabinet. The 5XT enclosure operates over a frequency range of 90Hz to 20kHz.    Meanwhile, the SB15m subwoofer features a single 15in driver in a bass reflex tuned enclosure to provide impact, sensitivity, low thermal compression and reduced distortion.    The vent features a progressive profile allowing laminar airflow and reduced turbulence noise even at the highest operating levels. These combined properties contribute to the sonic qualities of the SB15m in terms of precision and musicality.   The professional audio subwoofer is recommended for use with L-Acoustics’ KIVA and XT series enclosures – including the 5XT – as it extends the operating frequency range of these systems down to 40Hz.   "With a maximum SPL of 135dB and operating range down to 40Hz, as well as a progressive profile with laminar airflow, the SB15m will provide KIVA with significantly reinforced low frequency resources and bandwidth. The KIVA-KILO system was originally designed for speech reinforcement, but with the addition of the SB15m, its application range can be further extended for today’s music."   "With the 5XT, our clients will be offered a discreet and high SPL solution for both rentals and fixed installation such as front-fills, under balconies, distributed systems and surround speakers. Market segments will cover congress centers, hotels, lounges, bars, AV rooms, theatres, etc."  

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