WNAMM13: BEHRINGER Launches iQ Series Networked Loudspeakers
2,500 Watts of iNuke DSP Power on tap 23/01/13
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BEHRINGER has launched the all-new iQ series networked loudspeaker line as their flagship range in the live speaker segment. Boasting networking and signal processing technologies from KLARK TEKNIK, acoustic design by TURBOSOUND, and built around BEHRINGER's iNuke Class D amplifiers, the iQ series sets a new standard for connectivity, precision and performance. Users of BEHRINGER's mixers incorporating ULTRANET can now route digital audio across a network of connected speakers using only CAT5 cable.
Al Walker, Senior Product Manager for parent company MUSIC Group, told Sonic State, "Our design objective was advanced integration between our growing digital mixer family and this new, high-performance loudspeaker line. The iQ series breaks new ground for active, portable live sound speakers by adding zero-configuration digital audio networking over our proven ULTRANET technology, while simplifying connections, eliminating ground loops and other typical problems."
The iQ line consists of four full range cabinets – iQ15, iQ12, iQ10 and iQ8 – that share a common set of features but differ only in low-frequency driver size. All are powered, 2-way design with 1.75" titanium-diaphragm compression drivers for exceptional high-frequency reproduction. High acceleration 15"/12"/10"/8" LF drivers provide incredibly deep bass and acoustic power. Two powered subwoofer cabinets – the iQ18S and iQ15S – round out the series and utilize the famed TURBOSOUND 18"/15" long-excursion transducers with high-temperature voice coils.
Among the unique set of capabilities within the iQ series is the DSP power of KLARK TEKNIK. Total system control and driver protection–plus speaker modeling of some of the industries most respected loudspeakers (available on the full-range models only)–is just the start. This digital engine controls a phase/time-correction crossover, EQ, noise gate, automatic feedback eliminator and much more to maintain optimal performance. Set up and adjustments can be done using the LCD display on the speaker or remotely using a computer and BEHRINGER's free software download.
Understanding that high performance loudspeaker cabinets require high-powered amplification, the iQ series uses BEHRINGER's class-leading iNUKE power amplifiers in every system; each packing a whopping 2,500 watts. Professional-grade locking PowerCon AC input and loop-through connectors minimize cable runs while ensuring that the show goes on, even after the lighting guy trips over the power cable.
The BEHRINGER iQ Series is affordable enough to be used in smaller venues such as theaters, schools and houses of worship; yet powerful enough to take on festival stages, dance clubs and corporate convention center gigs.