Bose has added three speaker types to its range of RoomMatch products: asymmetrical line array modules, a small-format reinforcement speaker and an additional sub-woofer. The company has also added three new models to its ControlSpace sound processor range.
The RoomMatch range is designed to enable system designers to create systems that are tailored to the characteristics of the room. Bose has created line array modules with asymmetrical horizontal coverage patterns for use in L-R hangs or in the outside of L-C-R hangs. The asymmetrical coverage patterns enable speakers to be hung closer to walls while still minimising sidewall reflections. They also remove the need to yaw (rotate) the arrays inwards – they can remain square on to the audience.
Twenty-two speaker modules, which feature the industry's only large-format asymmetrical waveguides, have been added to the RoomMatch range, bringing the total number of coverage patterns available to 42.
The speakers all use six Bose EMB2 extended-midrange compression drivers with 2in voice coils for the high frequencies and dual LF10 10in woofers with 3in voice coils for the low. Crossover is at 500Hz, improving vocal clarity in the 1-4kHz range.
The EMB2 compression driver also features in Bose's new small-format RoomMatch speaker, the RMU208, to provide mid/high-frequency voicing similar to the RoomMatch full-range array modules. Dual Bose LF8 8in woofers provide full-range output down to 80 Hz, and there is a rotatable 90° x 60° constant-directivity high-frequency horn.The RMU208 is designed for zone filling and under-balcony applictions, as a vocal range floor monitor, and for high-quality foreground music applications.
Completing the addtiions to the RoomMatch range is the RMS218, a subwoofer that extends coverage down to 25Hz. It can be used either in conjunction with or in place of the existing RMS215, which extends to 40Hz. Both speakers can be rigged in Progressive Directivity Array hangs.
Complementing the new RoomMatch speakers are three new ControlSpace ESP engineered sound processors. The ESP-880 has a fixed 8x8 analogue I/O configuration, while the ESP-1240 and ESP-4120 have 12x4 and 4x12 analogue I/O configurations respectively. All models include a rear-panel expansion slot for Dante, AVB or other network audio cards. An ESPLink optical output can be used to send low-latency uncompressed 48kHz audio to Bose PowerMatch amplifiers in the same rack.
Bose launched the new products over a three-day event in Amsterdam for dealers, consultants and press. The new RoomMatch arrays were featured in a comparitive demonstration alongside two other well-known (but unnamed) brands and were shown to produce lower sidewall reflections, more consistent tonal coverage and better vocal clarity. The company said that the demonstration was intended to be a comparison of technologies rather than of brands.