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PSNEurope’s Best of Show 2019 winners at ISE

The winners of Future's Best of Show awards announced as ISE 2019 closes its curtains

The bustle of ISE 2019 is coming to a close on the last day of show, and with that comes the announcement of Future’s Best of Show winners…

From the pool of pro audio excellence presented at this year’s show, PSNEurope has selected Bose Professional, Kramer Electronics and Meyer Sound as its winners.

Bose Professional has been recognised for its new ArenaMatch DeltaQ array loudspeakers.

The ArenaMatch arrays incorporate DeltaQ technology – which features an IP55 weather rating – to bring improved sound quality, consistency, vocal clarity, and flexibility to outdoor installations, such as sports stadiums, arenas, and outdoor entertainment centres.

The DeltaQ array technology integrated in the product allows directivity, or “Q,” to vary in each module to more precisely match coverage to audience area, with nine coverage patterns available. By reducing the number of modules required, ArenaMatch loudspeakers can help improve sight lines, reduce array weight, and lower overall system costs compared to some conventional arrays.

ArenaMatch also offers a turnkey solution for entire outdoor sound systems. ArenaMatch loudspeakers also interface perfectly with Bose Pro PowerMatch amplifiers, ControlSpace DSPs and ControlSpace Designer software (as well as Dante connectivity), which simplifies setup and monitoring, saving users time with loudspeaker presets for EQ, limiter and crossover settings.

For outdoor sports complexes, ArenaMatch loudspeakers provide clean audio for the entire spectator area, such as delivering announcements and play-by-play calls clearly. Each module includes a 14-inch neodymium woofer and six Bose Pro EMB2S titanium-diaphragm neodymium compression drivers. Weather-resistant features include a three-layer stainless steel grille, water-resistant woofer cone coating, industrial polyurethane exterior coating, and a moulded input cover.

Meyer Sound has been awarded for its innovative redesign of point source loudspeakers, the ULTRA-X40 series.

The new series features a concentric driver configuration, new amplifier and processor technologies drawn from Meyer Sound’s LEO Family of line arrays, a rotatable horn and a wide selection of rigging options.

“The ULTRA-X40 is the first in a completely new generation of Meyer Sound point source loudspeakers,” remarked Meyer Sound senior VP of Marketing, John McMahon. “We are confident it will redefine the category of compact loudspeakers as much as the UPA-1P did when it was first introduced back in the late nineties. The ULTRA-X40 offers significant advantages across an exceptionally broad range of portable and installed applications.”

Inspired by the design of the LEO Family, the ULTRA-X40 employs a concentric driver configuration with dual 8-inch neodymium magnet cone drivers coupled to a low-mid waveguide surrounding the single 3-inch diaphragm high-frequency compression driver. The 110° x 50° Constant-Q HF horn is easily field rotatable, and working alongside the concentric design, it ensures that the full bandwidth coverage pattern will be uniform with either horizontal or vertical orientation.

The ULTRA-X40 also incorporates a newly designed and highly efficient 3-channel class D amplifier that produces a total peak output power of 1950 W with low power consumption. It has a total system weight of only 55 pounds (25 kg), more than 20 pounds less than the UPA-1P.

Performance specifications include an operating frequency range of 60 Hz to 18 kHz, with a linear peak SPL of 130.5 dB measured with M-Noise, free-field at 4 m and referred to 1 m. Refined signal processing with advanced phase alignment methods results in a phase response of ± 45° from 100 Hz to 16 kHz.

The rear-panel features a female XLR 3-pin input connector with a male loop output. The optional RMS remote system monitoring module provides comprehensive monitoring of loudspeaker parameters from a host computer running Compass software. In addition, the optional XLR 5-pin connectors version of the input board accommodates both balanced audio and RMS signals and the AC line power is furnished via loop-through powerCON 20 connectors.

Housed in a multi-ply birch enclosure with textured finish, ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers measure 12.51 inches (318 mm) wide, 22.31 inches (567 mm) high and 14 inches (356 mm) deep. An integral handle for portable applications is standard, but it may be quickly removed for permanent installation. Flexible mounting and rigging is facilitated by 11 integral M8 points as well as an integral 35 mm pole mount receptacle with an M20 threaded insert socket for added stability.

Optional rigging accessories include a U-bracket, yoke, pick-up plates for horizontal or vertical orientation, and brackets for grouping in horizontal or vertical clusters. Full weather protection and custom colour finishes are also available.

Kramer Electronics Ltd. has been crowned for its new PA-240Net.

PA−240Net is a selectable power amplifier featuring balanced and unbalanced inputs and additional line−level output and Dante interface. This PA has built−in DSP, auto−standby and maximum durability. It is suitable for a vast range of AV installations, such as medium to large meeting rooms, auditoriums and lecture halls, court rooms, retail stores and shopping centres, hotel lobbies and transportation hubs.

Its Dante integration makes networking any size of audio installation easy by providing digital signal transmission over a local area network using standard Internet protocols. The unit is part of the expanding family of products that make up Kramer’s Dante ecosystem. It also includes the latest generation 32–bit advanced Digital Analogue Converter architecture to achieve dynamic performance and improved tolerance to clock jitter.

The PA is able to maintain the quality of the original audio signal with selectable sampling rates up to 96 kHz. With flexible control options, it can be controlled locally via RS–232 serial commands or remotely, via embedded web pages over Ethernet.