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EAW: Anya first in Europe, Anna first at AES!

Adaptive Performance tech reaches UK shores, as New York show reveals sister box

It was a day of firsts for loudspeaker manufacturer EAW at the Backstage Centre in Purfleet last Friday, as an invitation-only event drew 40-50 attendees from all over Europe and the UK.

It was the first time EAW had hosted a presentation at the purpose-built facility (used for pre-production by the Royal Opera House, below right); it was the first public demo in the UK for the Redline range, launched in Frankfurt earlier this year; but, to top it all, it was the first UK demo for the Anya touring system, first spied at Coachella in the USA two years ago but not yet a major player in the European scene.

The Redline demo introduced the three new models in the range and featured a Redline RL12 audio demo comparison with the Meyer UPA-1P and the L-Acoustics 112P, highlighting the benefits that Redline offers in volume, clarity, weight and price. “The Redline RL12 easily held its own against the competition and was well received by our distributors and rental partners,” said EMEA sales director Ken Dewar.

Application support manager, EMEA region, at Eastern Acoustic Works, Steve Badham (top) led the headline event, a technical seminar and full audio demonstration of EAW’s Adaptive technology in the form of the Anya rig. Badham pointed out that Anya is “ far ahead of conventional systems”. In a pre-recorded video interview, Tom Petty’s FOH engineer Robert Scovill said that “it works like a point source, more than anything else, by a million miles”.

“I managed to get [Tom’s] vocal to a position I’ve never achieved before. [Anya] is a step forward by a long way,” said Scovill.

Dewar added: “This was a great first UK outing for EAW Adaptive Technology and the new Redline range. A big thanks to all those that attended.”

Phil Wright, of Phil Wright Sound, who was at the Purfleet demo and played Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man through the Anya system, comments: “It’s like audio voodoo. You walk towards the system, expecting it to get louder towards the front of the venue, and it doesn’t. They’ve seemingly overcome inverse-square-law. It’s actually really spooky to listen to because it doesn’t do what your brain expects at all.”

+ EAW revealed ‘Anna’, a version of Anya for the mid-scale touring market (right) at the AES Convention in New York.

“Anna expands Adaptive Performance to mid-sized applications requiring excellent sound quality, high output and precise coverage, as well as the ability to readily adapt that coverage to any venue geometry in seconds. Its compact footprint and light weight make it ideal for permanent or temporary use in amphitheatres, theatres, clubs, mobile staging and corporate AV,” said the LOUD Technologies subsidiary in a press statement.