Las Vegas (April 17, 2007)-Yesterday, with the opening of NAB exhibits, Digidesign announced a new family of bi-amplified, professional-grade studio reference monitors, called the Reference Monitor Series (RMS). The new RMS family was developed jointly with PMC (UK-based Professional Monitor Company).
“For many years Digidesign’s commitment to developing state-of-the-art professional recording technologies has helped artists, engineers, and producers alike create award-winning recordings with unrivaled audio purity,” explained Gannon Kashiwa, market manager for Digidesign’s professional products. “The new Digidesign RMS monitors are a natural complement to our existing product line and a logical extension of our commitment to achieving consistent and pure sound from input to output.”
Kashiwa continued, “PMC and Digidesign share similar philosophies, which made them the logical partner for us. Their technology portfolio is impressive, and PMC reference monitors continually receive accolades from those who credit the designs with helping them achieve better mixes. We are pleased to have worked with PMC on the development of our RMS monitors and we feel strongly that the results speak for themselves.”
Digidesign RMS monitors are available as a 5.5-inch two-way (RM1) and a 6.7-inch two-way (RM2), and employ key technologies, according to the Digidesign corporate statement, including:
Advanced Transmission Line Technology: Digidesign RMS monitors employ PMC’s Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) technology, which reportedly combines sophisticated cabinet engineering, proprietary drive unit and crossover components, and patented absorption materials to deliver enormous benefits over sealed and ported designs.
Bass Port Emulation: Although ATL technology provides a more accurate bass response than traditional ported designs, PMC and Digidesign engineers developed a Bass Port Emulation feature that allows the monitors to emulate the tonal characteristics associated with ported bass reflex speakers.
Onboard DSP Engine: Both monitors benefit from a 48-bit, fixed-point digital signal processing (DSP) engine that manages various tasks, including the monitors’ complex frequency crossover, speaker positioning EQ settings, trim level, and Bass Port Emulation.
The two-way, DSP-based digital crossover features steep and pure filter designs that ensure a clean transition, with virtually zero phase shift, between the two drivers’ response curves and roll-off rates.
Analog-Controlled, Class D Amplification: Each driver in RMS monitors is powered by independent, analog-controlled, Class D amplifier, which combines the efficiency and size advantages of digital amplifiers with the precision, control, and sound quality of audiophile linear amplifiers. Unlike typical Class D amplifiers that have a load-dependant frequency response, the Class D amplifiers in Digidesign RMS monitors can sense the loudspeaker voltage directly and provide an accurate frequency response regardless of the reactive load presented by the transducers. Amplifier performance is further enhanced with the inclusion of a linear power supply, which provides two times the peak current headroom and better noise isolation than typical switch mode designs.
For a complete list of RM1 and RM2 specifications, more information on the technologies employed in the RMS series design, and news on Digidesign’s other NAB announcements and releases, go to: www.digidesign.com.