EAW Debuts Line Array DSP Engine
San Francisco (October 11, 2006)–EAW used the recent AES show to debut its new EAW UX8800 digital processor, providing KF760 and KF730 line arrays and AX Series loudspeakers with complete access to EAW’s Gunness Focusing technology. According to EAW, Gunness Focusing corrects the sonic shortcomings inherent in horn-loaded systems to provide sonic performance comparable to premium direct radiating studio monitors, but at much higher output levels. EAW is now bringing this technology to large-scale, high-output touring and fixed installation systems.
EAW vice president of Engineering Kenton Forsythe explains, “Designers have long acknowledged that horn loading is the best way to achieve the predicable directionality and high output required for live sound applications. But there are several commonly accepted tradeoffs with horn loading; acoustic anomalies that present themselves as ‘honk’, ‘splashiness’ or ‘time smear’. At the same time, direct radiating designs also present numerous irregularities. Regardless, Gunness Focusing’s unique algorithms, which are tailored to each individual component, eliminate loudspeaker anomalies which have long been considered unfixable.”
In addition to providing the algorithms necessary to deploy Gunness Focusing to high-output EAW systems such as the KF 760 and KF730, the UX8800 also offers full system processor settings for those products, allowing for an unprecedented level of consistency between EAW systems worldwide. KF Series and AX Series users will be confident that cross-rented systems will all have the foundational processor settings, and with Gunness Focusing, that foundation is phenomenal clarity and fidelity.