Seattle, WA (August 28, 2012)—Mackie welcomed dozens of dealers, product representatives and members of the press to downtown Seattle to unveil and demonstrate its latest DLM Series Powered Loudspeakers. Building on the energy of the nearly-shipping DL1608 digital live mixer, the DLM Series is “portable PA gold,” declared Mackie Senior Vice President John Boudreau. Approximately a third smaller than other powered loudspeakers in its class, the DLM Series is striking at first look, impressive at first listen and unique upon further inspection.
The DLM8 and DLM12 two-way, full range enclosures include a 1.75” HF transducer and 8” and 12” LF transducers, respectively; the DLM12S subwoofer has a 12” transducer. I/O includes two XLR/TRS combo jacks, stereo RCA inputs and XLR thru-put per each DLM8 and DLM12, and stereo XLR inputs and stereo full-range and high-pass XLR outputs on the DLM12S.
Each DLM enclosure provides 2000 watts of peak power (1000W RMS) via Class D amplification, Mackie’s new proprietary TruSource concentric speaker technology and surprisingly sophisticated digital processing and mixing features built around the DLP digital processor and DL2 integrated digital mixer. DLP offers a variable crossover, speaker modes for voicing and system protection features; the DL2 is a two-channel mixer with channel three-band EQ, 16 well-chosen effects, multiband feedback destroyer and six frequency-based speaker modes.
Nearly cube-like, DLM Series components are truly compact and lightweight. The DLM8 and DLM12 are full-range boxes measuring 12.3” x 12.1” x 11.7” and 15.9” x 15.3” x 14.1” while weighing 22 lbs. and 31 lbs., respectively; the accompanying DLM12S subwoofer measures 17.9” x 16.4” by 17.9” and weighs in at 48 lbs. All DLM components feature 15mm poplar cabinetry, integrated pole cup, plus fly points and other wall mounting options for permanent installations. Also notable is the sturdy “kickstand” feature on each DLM8 and DLM12; it allows the full-range cabinets to be tilted at a 45 degree angle for stage monitor applications.
Considering the specs listed above, the DLM Series demonstration at Mackie’s downtown Seattle event—featuring a seven-song live performance by Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket plus a wide stylistic range of prerecorded material—was honestly fascinating, as these little boxes filled the medium-sized club venue in a surprising way: with ultra-extended, powerful bass response, vocal-friendly midrange and crisp, yet smooth highs.
The DLM Series will reportedly ship in October 2012 and are unofficially billed as “the companion loudspeakers to the DL1608” iPad-based digital mixer, unveiled at Winter NAMM 2012 to much excitement. — Strother Bullins for Pro Audio Review
Prices: $879.99, $1,059.99 and $1,249.99 list (DLM8, DLM12 and DLM12S, respectively)