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PL+S 2016: Yamaha upgrades and expands line-up

Duncan Proctor 6 April 2016
Yamaha - RPio222

Yamaha’s presence at ProLight + Sound 2016 will include a wide range of product launches including the RPio222 I/O rack, DXS18 subwoofer, and PX Series power amplifiers.

The RPio222 I/O rack is a compact variation of the RPio622 I/O rack for the RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing system. Its two I/O rack types allows flexible setup of distributed I/O systems and it occupies half the rack space (5U) of the RPio622, offering more placement options.

“As an I/O expansion unit for the control surface, for applications that demand portability or a compact I/O for distributed systems, the RPio222 offers enhanced flexibility for a variety of situations,” said Yamaha Pro Audio business unit director Ken Hiraoka. “We hope that the RPio222 will increase the flexibility and utility of RIVAGE PM10 systems in an even broader range of working environments.”

The RPio222 is currently scheduled to begin shipping in summer 2016.

Yamaha is also showcasing its new DXS18 subwoofer, which complements the DSR, DXR and DBR series of full-range loudspeakers.

Yamaha dxs18

The DXS18 builds on the design of the DXS12 and DXS15 and features upgrades to cabinet construction, DSP processing, protection functions and crossover control. In addition it offers new flexible features and higher power output suitable for larger applications following interaction with users and ongoing collaboration with Nexo.

The DXS18 is powered by a 1,020W Class-D amplifier and features an 18in woofer with 4in voice coil magnet, housed in a sturdy bandpass-type plywood enclosure. This combination enables it to deliver 136dB maximum SPL and extended response down to 32Hz with clarity and minimal distortion.

It also features Yamaha’s proprietary DSP technology, D-XSUB processing offering additional control of the low frequency range via selectable BOOST and XTENDED LF modes, as well as including a crossover selectable at 80, 100 and 120Hz for a range of applications. The DXS18 also features a Cardioid Mode setting for systems with two or more DXS18s, effectively reducing the SPL of bass directed towards the stage, while increasing the bass levels directed at the intended audience.

In addition, Yamaha is introducing the new PX series of power amps featuring the latest developments in Yamaha’s DSP technology.

Yamaha PX series

The series comprises four models with power outputs ranging from 300W (PX3) to 1,000W (PX10) into eight ohms.

PX amplifiers are driven by a newly developed Class-D amplifier engine that concentrates all the necessary functions into a single custom LSI chip. Yamaha’s new PLL technology controls transfer characteristics in real time, achieving greater sound quality and power.

High quality processing is at the heart of the new range, with flexible onboard parametric EQ, crossover, filters, delay and limiter functions as standard. All models feature D-CONTOUR multi-band dynamic processing, allowing users to achieve consistent clarity and high-quality sound at any output level.

Each model features an LCD display for system setup, with eight programmable presets for instant recall and reduced setup time that can be saved to a USB thumb drive and shared with other PX amplifiers.

Other releases include the EMX2 portable powered mixer, as well as software upgrades for the CL, QL and TF ranges of mixing consoles.

“2016 is shaping up to be a truly dynamic year for Yamaha. The growing CIS series of installation products alongside new ‘vital but unseen’ hardware – including interfaces, Dante switches and more – is taking the business in a new direction. Yamaha is becoming a true ‘one stop shop’ for professional live or installed audio systems of any scale and scope,” said Nils Peter-Keller, pro audio division director at Yamaha Music Europe.

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