ISE 2011 sees NEXO debuting the first production models of its new 45°N-12 monitor loudspeaker, which introduces a new concept in stage sound – line monitoring.
With its super low profile, the new wedge is set to appeal to those with concerns about sightlines and camera angles for stage and screen productions.
The 45°N-12 draws on NEXO’s patented Hyperbolic Reflective Wavesource, which is used throughout the GEO range of high-performance loudspeakers. The design works by wavesourcing, creating virtual acoustic sources behind the enclosure itself and below the stage, using reflection rather than coercion to determine the shape of the wavefront. Unlike a conventional high frequency waveguide in which the exit is rectangular, the NEXO monitor’s waveguide forms a ‘smile’, enabling cabinets to be linked together to form arrays without interference between wavefronts.
According to NEXO, monitor engineers will find that the N-12 design produces a ‘very sharply defined dispersion pattern’ whilst simultaneously offering a ‘huge improvement in terms of level before feedback’.
Other features include a magnetic locking system joining multiple monitors together, allowing scalability for both coverage and SPL level, as well as a non-slip base with a skid system and ergonomic handle.
François Deffarges, NEXO’s technical director, commented: “This is actually the first purpose-designed wedge that NEXO has ever made. We believe our design philosophy of line control will offer real benefits to engineers, performers and audiences.”