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Electro-Voice introduced the latest members of their line-array loudspeaker family at Winter NAMM: the X-Line Very Compact, which offers two principal system choices for different applications. The most compact single 8-inch XLE and the slightly larger, more powerful, double 8-inch XLD. Each full-range line-array element features two ND2S compression drivers for maximum high-frequency headroom. Both systems can be combined with the matching XS212 bass cabinet for low-frequency extension.

With X-Line Very Compact, EV sets a new level of precise coverage and dynamic headroom for compact line arrays. The XLD281 is a 3-way design using CCT (Coverage Control Technology ) to control horizontal coverage to 250 Hz. It uses an 8-inch neodymium LF transducer, an 8-inch neodymium LF/MB transducer, and two ND2S neodymium, 2-inch voice coil compression drivers, combined through 2 Hydra plane wave generators into a 120 x 10 waveguide. CCT uses both 8-inch transducers to provide maximum low frequency output and operating bandwidth while controlling horizontal beamwidth as low as to 250 Hz by using DSP. The XLD281 has a sophisticated internal crossover network and can be operated in biamp or triamp modes. It is 9.9" (25cm) high x 28.8" (73cm) wide x 14.4" (37cm) deep, and weighs 47lbs (21.3kg).

The XLE181 is the most compact version for applications that require a lower maximum SPL, with one 8" neodymium LF transducer and the same dual HF section. The internal passive crossover allows for either full range or biamp operation. It is only 19.6" (50cm) wide and weighs 39.6lbs (18kg).

The XS212 bass cabinet has an identical footprint and compatible rigging as the XLD281, and thus can be flown separately or integrated into arrays. This cabinet utilizes two new DVX3120 12-inch woofers in a side-firing design, and is set-up to enhance frequency response from 42Hz to 100Hz.

The system is designed to be driven and controlled using EV's Dx38 digital signal processor and CP3000S Precision Series Compact amplifier, or alternatively EV's remote amplifiers P3000RL and P1200RL controlled via IRIS (Intelligent Remote Integrated Supervision) software.

Scheduled availability is March 2005.

Sugg. Retail (US)

  • XLD 281 3-Way Line Array Element $ 3,300
  • XLE 181 2-Way Line Array Element $ 2,600
  • XS 212 Low-Frequency Cabinet $ 2,600
  • Grid (XLD/XS212, or XLE) $790
  • Dx38 2-4 Digital System Controller $1,590
  • CP3000S Power Amplifier $2,330
  • P3000RL $3,990
  • P1200RL $2,400
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