QSC’s WideLine-8 ultra-compact line array system Costa Mesa, CA (July 20, 2007)–QSC has announced its WideLine-8 ultra-compact line array system; including the full-range WL3082 and WL212-sw subwoofer, the WideLine-8 Series offers the same reputed 140-degree horizontal coverage as larger WideLine models, and a rigging system integrated into each enclosure, accomodating arrays of up to 12 boxes with a 10:1 design factor.
On the full-range side of the WideLine-8 design is 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, eight-inch drivers with neodymium magnets. While both of these elements cover low frequencies, only one extends into the midrange to reportedly ensure that horizontal dispersion control is maintained at the crossover point.
High frequencies within the WL3082 are managed by a three-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 is said to create a continuous acoustical source with minimal discontinuities between adjacent elements to greatly reduce the negative impact of driver interaction. In an effort 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.
The WideLine-8 WL212-sw sub houses a pair of long excursion 12-inch woofers with four-inch voice coils that reside inside. Producing 135.4 dB peak SPL nonetheless with an extended range down to 32 Hz, the sub has a reported high sensitivity of 99 dB and 1,100 watts of continuous power handling capacity. Employing a fourth-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 provides for the possibility of fixed or portable use when system subs must be located under a stage or in other tight spaces.
Every WideLine-8 enclosure is constructed from Baltic Birch plywood finished with an eco-friendly, waterborne polymer that is field-repairable. Reducing weight further (and preventing rust), suspension fittings found on each cabinet are made of aluminum. WideLine-8 Series components utilize a straightforward four-point suspension system outfitted with quick-release pins secured by lanyards. For groundstack applications, the WL212-sw subwoofer may be used as a base for stacking up to six full-range enclosures. In addition, the subwoofer’s suspension system is equipped with a feature that permits the lowest full-range cabinet stacked above to be tilted up or down as much as 10 degrees to facilitate coverage in areas nearest to the stage.
Set to ship later this spring, the WideLine-8 WL3082 and WL212-sw subwoofer will have an MSRP of $3159 and $2999 respectively.
QSC Audio Products, Inc.