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K-array provides front fills for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ last large-scale tour

K-array loudspeakers are providing the front fill solution on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 2017 gigs – shows that are expected to be the band’s last ever large-scale tour.

Touring sound reinforcement company Sound Image was contracted to design the front fill element of the customised electro-acoustic system for the cross-continent tour, which began in April and runs through to late September.

Sound Image chose K-array’s 12” Dragon-KX12 loudspeaker, proposed by K-array America, for its expandable and arrayable abilities.

“We were quite pleased that we were given the opportunity to be considered for the Tom Petty tour front fills,” explained Josh Radin, sales director at K-array America.

“The tour wanted a touring system that could provide high SPL, handle hard-hitting rock music and yet not throw so far into the audience that it would interfere with the main audio system. Also, rear rejection was important as the front fills would be right in front of where Tom Petty and his band would be standing.”

The compact line array element features an asymmetric 100° by 30° horn with an adjustable orientation and delivers a continuous SPL of 127 dB – particularly suitable for when high pressure is needed close to the source.

“During the extensive testing, the KX12 excelled on all fronts and defeated some very respected and high performing systems from other manufacturers,” continued Radin.

“I think everyone who witnessed the test was impressed with the KX12’s clarity and musical presentation. Of course, since sight lines for the audience were a very important factor, the KX12’s low profile helped win the day and the demo.

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