d&b audiotechnik's E4 (left) and E5.
New York (October 10, 2011)—d&b audiotechnik has added the E4 and E5 to its E-Series.
Designed to be compact and unobtrusive, the new E4 and E5 loudspeakers size-wise fit below the recently launched E6, the successor for the E3. The E4 will be available in November 2011, while the release of the E5 is scheduled for January 2012.
The E4 and E5, the latter being a new design for the E0 in the Series, are lightweight, two-way passive loudspeakers that employ a 4" and 5" LF driver, respectively, and a coaxially mounted, wide-dispersion dome tweeter. Both are mounted in compact enclosures and are said to offer wide symmetrical dispersion patterns in the horizontal and vertical plane, while the cabinets may be mounted in either attitude.
They have built-in passive crossover networks with a frequency response reportedly extending from 130 to 20 kHz for the E4 and 85 Hz to 20 kHz for the E5 and weighing in at 1.1 kg (2.4 lb) and 2.2 kg (4.8 lb), they produce a maximum dB SPL of 115 and 117, respectively. The enclosures are injection moulded and are coated with an impact resistant black paint finish. The front of the loudspeakers are protected by a rigid metal grill and incorporated into the rear panel is an M10 threaded insert to accept the Ball joint adapter, two NL4 connectors and a 2 pole push terminal.
The loudspeakers are weather-protected and said to be suitable for temporary outdoor use as standard, and, as with all other E-Series cabinets, are available to order with a special color option. They can be powered by either the d&b D6 or D12 amplifiers and up to four cabinets may be driven by each channel of either amplifier. Firmware and software updates including the E4 are available for download under the relevant sections within Support/Downloads at d&b’s website. These provide configurations for all current d&b amplifiers and the latest version of R1 Remote control software. Firmware and software updates to include the E5 will be available in January 2012.
The E4 and E5 loudspeakers are specifically intended for mobile near field applications for speech and music reinforcement in theatres, conferences, industrial presentations and broadcast studios and as surround sound, delay and fill systems. Both can be used stand-alone or supplemented by different subwoofers from the E-Series.