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Product of the Month: Martin Audio CDD Series

Paddy Baker 6 May 2015
CDD range

It’s… A new dedicated installation loudspeaker range, comprising six two-way full-range coaxial speakers, plus subwoofers.

What’s different? The CDD Series features Martin Audio’s new Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology, which offers improved coverage across larger areas than conventional coaxial speakers.

Details: Named after its new patent-pending transducer design technology, the CDD Series is designed to bring ‘MLA-like’ consistency of audience coverage to the smaller spaces of the AV installation market.

The range consists of six full-range cabinets ranging from the 5in CDD5 to the 15in CDD15, and four subwoofers that go from a 1 x 12in to a 2 x 18in model. Suggested applications include bars, nightclubs, public spaces, houses of worship and general AV installations.

The majority of the cabinets are made of UPM Formi, a composite material that combines wood fibre and polypropylene to provide stiffness, internal damping and mouldability. Because they are moulded, they have a rounded design which also enables them to be mounted close to walls and ceilings. The speakers can be operated

in either horizontal or vertical orientation: the coaxial driver can be rotated by removing a screwless protective grille.

Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology is said to overcome the weaknesses of conventional two-way systems at the crossover point between the low-frequency driver and the high-frequency horn, and also the tendency of coaxial speakers to beam at high frequencies. It does this by use of fixed and moving waveguides which shape the wavefront and control the dispersion pattern of the high frequencies, without interfering with low-frequency generation.

The result is a more rectangular coverage pattern, with more consistent coverage front to back, but wide horizontal dispersion close up. This means that in some cases fewer speakers are required for even coverage across a space.

The speakers are available in black or white as standard, with custom colours available to order.

Managing director Luke Ireland describes the CDD range as “a significant landmark in Martin Audio’s history”, adding: “More importantly our customers are being offered a vastly superior product at a price that’s significantly less than our current AQ range that CDD is replacing. It’s not often that superior technology and performance are offered so competitively, but that’s another reason why we expect big things for CDD in the installed sound market.”

Available: Late June

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