Barcelona, Spain (January 9, 2013)—Master Audio recently upgraded the point source cabinets in its Xcellence range with new, high-end amplifier and DSP modules with Ethernet connectivity.
The new selection of enhanced loudspeakers includes the X12CE and X15CE coaxial active cabinets; the X15LTE two-way active cabinet, for full-range FOH or monitor applications; and the X18WE subwoofer. These units were previously known as the X12C, X15C, X15LT and X18W, so the upgraded version of each can be identified by the 'E' (for Ethernet), which has been added to the end of the model numbers. With Ethernet capability rolled out across the complete range, every Xcellence series cabinet can be deployed as part of a flown system, including the X18WE subwoofer, which is now able to fly alongside the X208 line array element.
Full remote control and monitoring of the new Xcellence point source cabinets is now possible from any spot in the venue, just as it is with the line array units. The bespoke control protocol supports connection over Wi-Fi, allowing users to address the system via wireless access points using a notebook PC running Master Audio's DSP Studio software. Parameters such as gain (per way), limiter, polarity, delay and five custom parametric EQs can all be adjusted in detail, with several elements controlled at the same time using grouping functions. The software also gives information about the amplifier status: input and output levels, heat-sink temperature, clip and protection indications. An iPad version of the software is due to be released early in 2013.
While the output power of the upgraded Xcellence cabinets remains the same as the original models, their sonic performance has reportedly been enhanced with the help of new third-generation Class-D amplifier modules that are said to provide full power bandwidth up to 20kHz and extremely high efficiency for masses of headroom. The amplifiers are matched to DSP modules featuring 48bit/96kHz internal architecture for AD/DA conversion, crossover filters and signal processing.
Master Audio's R&D Manager Joan Amate commented, “The new Xcellence series point source cabinets represent a lot of hard work by Master Audio to bring every model in the range up to the very high standard set by the line array units. The entire series is now flyable and completely scalable, and the performance of every loudspeaker in the range is simply exceptional.”