San Diego, CA (January 18, 2013)—Vue Audiotechnik will introduce its newest product at the NAMM show next week: the al-4 Subcompact Line Array System, the first product in its al-Class of professional loudspeakers.
The al-4 Subcompact Line Array System combines a beryllium compression driver, Kevlar/Neo LF transducers, amplification and DSP with an ultra-compact and scalable design.
It includes the al-4 Acoustic Element and the rack-mount V4 Systems Engine. The al-4 Acoustic Element measures 18.9 x 5.5 x 10.3 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 18 lbs. Drivers are loaded in an M-T-M (LF-HF-LF) configuration with the intention of providing symmetrical horizontal consistency. Two 4-inch Kevlar cone neodymium woofers flank a Vue-designed, 1-inch exit neodymium compression driver with a Truextent beryllium diaphragm. The beryllium compression driver is mounted to a precision waveguide delivering 90 degrees of horizontal coverage.
The 2U rack-mount V4 Systems Engine is a 2-in/4-out configuration capable of powering up to eight al-4 elements with two channels at 1600W each for the low frequency and two channels at 550W each for the high frequency (pure, sine wave rating). The V4 also handles all system management including speaker protection, and system-optimized alignment of EQ, time and crossover functions.
"We designed the al-4 to be easily scalable and extremely versatile, allowing it to open new applications for line array technology," explained Ken Berger, Vue's co-founder and CEO. "The al-4 functions more like full-scale line arrays. Vertical coverage is limited only by the number of elements and their configuration, rather than by the physical limitations found in many compact line array designs. With our al-4, scaling up is simply a matter of adding more elements."
The al-4 Subcompact Line Array System is sold in standard "blocks", with a single V4 Systems Engine and eight al-4 Acoustic Elements comprising a single block. Multiple al-4 blocks can be combined to address larger applications. For applications where extended low frequency is required, the al-4 is compatible with a variety of Vue subwoofers. Flexible rigging options allow flying, ground stacking, and pole mounting on stands or atop Vue subwoofers.