Costa Mesa, CA (August 20, 2007)–Designed in an effort to meet the needs of both concert and fixed sound applications, the new WideLine-8 line-array system from QSC Audio is said to possess the ability to pack full-size line-array performance into small enclosures. Including the full-range WL3082 and WL212-sw subwoofer, the WideLine-8 Series offers the same wide, 140-degree horizontal coverage as larger WideLine models, and a rigging system integrated into each enclosure that provides strength to accommodate arrays of up to 12 boxes with a 10:1 design factor.
On the full-range side of the WideLine-8 design came the WL3082, which measures less than 20 inches wide and 9 inches high, and has an operable range from 68 Hz-20 kHz. Relying on a triamplified configuration (there are no passive components), the enclosure is outfitted with a pair of high-powered, 8-inch drivers with neodymium magnets. While both of these elements cover low frequencies, only one extends into the midrange to ensure that horizontal dispersion control is maintained at the crossover point.
High frequencies within the WL3082 are managed by a 3-inch, voice-coil-equipped neodymium compression driver coupled to QSC’s patented 140-degree multiple aperture diffraction waveguide. Extending nearly to the top and bottom of the enclosure, the waveguide exit creates a continuous acoustical source with minimal discontinuities between adjacent elements to reduce the negative impact of driver interaction. To minimize the frontal area of the system to a bare minimum, the ports were moved to the sides of the enclosure and incorporated within a patented handle design.
No sound reinforcement system is complete without the low-frequency impact of a subwoofer. In keeping with its goal of delivering large output from small packages, the WideLine-8 system extends its low-end performance with the aid of the WL212-sw sub. Producing 135.4 dB peak SPL, with an extended range down to 32 Hz, it has a high sensitivity of 99 dB and 1,100 watts of continuous power-handling capacity. Employing a 4th-order bandpass design, the sub matches the width of the full-range WL3082, allowing it to be flown in-line with or behind a WideLine-8 array. Its low profile (less than 15 inches) also makes it suited for either fixed or portable use when system subs must be located under a stage or in other tight spaces.
The WideLine-8 WL3082 and WL212-sw subwoofer will have an MSRP of $3,159 and $2,999, respectively.
QSC Audio Products