The K-array KR400S, left and right of the stage at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.New York, NY (April 26, 2011)–K-array’s KR400S loudspeakers made their US debut at New York’s legendary Avery Fisher Hall for a special concert performance by The New York Philharmonic.
Lou Mannarino, owner of NY-based L&M Sound & Light, used them for the concert, which was conducted by Marvin Hamlich and featured special guest vocalist Idina Menzel.
Menzel’s solos featured selections from the Broadway play Wicked, Barbara Streisand, The Police, Jimmy Webb and many others. Mannarino used a pair of the new K-array KR400S loudspeakers to cover the entire first tier of the 2,738 seat hall, situating them directly on the left and right side of the stage. “It was everything I hoped it would be and more,” recalls Mannarino.
Mannarino had previously used K-array’s KR200S loudspeakers for concert performances in and around New York City, including at the wedding of Ivanka Trump in late 2009.
For the debut of the KR400S, Mannarino noted, “The KR400S recreated the natural tonality of everything Idina was doing onstage, and that’s the reason it worked. I was able to keep everything open without the risk of feedback, and the directionality was constant. Whether you are in the third row or the 10th row, you want the loudspeaker system to reproduce exactly what is happening on stage. With the K-array, the sound dispersion is 120 degrees horizontally, and only seven degrees vertically. This allows you to reach every audience member with greater precision.”
“Everything we do in audio is service driven and it is important to be prepared with the best possible tools for the job,” he concludes. “You don’t expect a violinist to be changing strings or fixing cracks on his instrument in the middle of a rehearsal. The same must be true in live audio, and K-array understands this.”
The KR400S is a slim, two-way loudspeaker designed for small to medium wavefront systems in both mobile and installed applications. It includes two KR400 satellites and two KL21ma powered subwoofers. The KL21ma subwoofers feature a 2,500 watt, 21-inch drive unit with neodymium magnet structure and suspension. Its reflex cabinet is fitted with four pocket handles and one 35 mm pole mounting point for installation of satellite speakers.
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