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PLASA 2012: Martin Audio launches XD Series of loudspeakers

The XD12 and XD15 high-output speakers are designed for theatre/fixed install as well as live sound.

Martin Audio has boosted its theatre and touring portfolio, with the introduction of the new high-output XD Series. 

Currently consisting of the XD12 and XD15 the new series has been designed to deliver best-in-class performance, including higher output levels and more extended frequency range than is normally associated with similarly-sized systems. They are designed to represent new benchmarks for the compact two-way format which has always played a central role in professional sound reinforcement. Designed principally for live sound, theatre/fixed install and high power stage monitoring, both the XD12 and XD15 combine a full, rich sound and an accurate 80° x 50° dispersion pattern in a compact, multi-angle enclosure suited to a wide range of uses – from distributed sound reinforcement and portable AV events, to dancefloor and stage monitor use. With the XD Series, versatility is key. Each multi-angle enclosure can be used in either horizontal (landscape) or vertical (portrait) orientation, with rotation of the high-frequency horn easily accomplished by removing the screw-free, protective grille. Comprehensive brackets support a wide variety of mounting options – including surface, ceiling and pole mount. Integral M8 inserts for eyebolt suspension increase the mounting options further. 

The XD12 features a high-specification 12in (300mm) LF drive unit and a 1in (25mm) exit compression driver on a user-rotatable 80° x 50° constant directivity horn. It can be driven passively or biamped, depending on user requirements – the internal crossover is switchable between passive and bi-amp operation by means of an external switch.

The XD12’s grille is a spring-fit into the sides of the enclosure and requires no retention screws, allowing for easy removal to access the HF horn. The grille arrangement also means that the baffle and long sides of the enclosure form a continuous surface into which the LF driver and HF horn are flush-mounted to reduce diffraction effects. 

A universal bracket offers a versatile solution for mounting the cabinet, giving quick and easy vertical angle adjustment with a spring loaded locking pin, while the bracket offers other flexible mounting options.

The XD15 offers many of the same design and cosmetic features. Capable of producing 132dB peak SPL at 1 metre and with a usable LF response down to 45Hz it is ideally suited to a raft of professional applications that demand the highest level of performance from a single enclosure. Its two-way format combines a very powerful 15in (380mm)/4in(100mm) voice LF drive unit with a 1.4in (35mm) exit compression driver on a user-rotatable 80° x 50° horn. The LF driver utilises a high gap flux neodymium magnet assembly to achieve a very high sensitivity of 100dB @ 1m for 1 watt input. Advanced cooling and flux demodulating rings combine to reduce power compression and reduce distortion at extreme excursions. In the HF section, the 1.4in exit compression driver has a 3in pure titanium diaphragm and ultra-high flux neodymium magnet structure with a copper cap that extends the HF response.