Electro-Voice extends ZLX series
With the launch of the new ZLX series, Electro-Voice has extended its range of speaker systems to include two active and two passive models. Now comprising the powered ZLX-12P and ZLX-15P (plus their passive counterparts ZLX-12 and ZLX-15), the series is targeted towards a multitude of different mobile applications.
The manufacturer is keen to point out that the speakers are just as suitable for musicians and small groups as for DJs and solo entertainers, whether as a main PA or monitor system (with a dispersion pattern of 90-degrees x 60-degrees). All members of the ZLX series are notable for their lightness (ranging from 14.9kg to 17.3kg), compact dimensions and robust polypropylene cabinets. In addition, a new arrangement of the handles – above, below and to the side of each cabinet – further assists with setting-up and transportation.
Each cabinet is equipped with 12-inch and 15-inch woofers respectively, a 1.5-inch titanium HF driver and, in the case of the powered models, a 1,000W Class-D power amplifier. The patented ‘split baffle’ design leads, furthermore, to a clear improvement in the acoustic dispersion. In addition to a precise sonic image in music applications, the primary advantage of this being enhanced intelligibility of the spoken word.
The ZLX-12P and ZLX-15P two-way models are each equipped with a 1,000W (peak) Class-D power amplifier and cover the frequency ranges 50Hz to 20kHz (ZLX-12P) and 42Hz-20kHz (ZLX-15P). The 12-inch model achieves a maximum sound pressure level of 126dB, whilst the 15-inch model achieves 127dB. The two active models in the ZLX series offer both microphone- and line-level inputs, and include combination XLR/jack sockets, an additional Aux In on a stereo mini-jack socket and an XLR link for looping the signal through to additional loudspeaker cabinets.
Meanwhile, in continuous operation, the passive versions offer power handling of 250W (RMS)/1,000W (peak), and the nominal impedance of the ZLX-12 and the ZLX-15 is 8-ohms. The ZLX-12 boasts a sound pressure level of 95dB and maximum sound pressure level of 125dB, whilst the equivalent values for the ZLX-15 are a mean SPL of 96dB and a maximum of 126dB. The frequency range of the passive speakers extends from 55Hz to 20kHz in the case of the ZLX-12, and from 44Hz to 20kHz in that of the ZLX-15.
Electro-Voice has also released the RCM-28: a dual channel, digital controller module for its TourGrade power amplifiers, which in addition to numerous DSP functions, also boasts a redundantly implemented Omneo network interface – the first product from the brand to integrate this network technology.
Via IRIS-Net software, all of the TourGrade amplifier’s network and system parameters can now be supervised and controlled remotely. With RCM-28 modules, TourGrade series amplifiers can be integrated within Omneo networks with up to 100 other devices without additional hardware.
The RCM-28 offers a digital AES 3 (AES/EBU) input with a loop-through possibility and a range of 128dB, whilst two analogue inputs and the same number of analogue outputs are available via XLR connections (116dB SNR). The transmission of several hundred audio channels is possible over the network. Furthermore, two input and output signals with a sampling rate of 48kHz in Omneo/Dante format can be received or transmitted.
A third additional channel can also be transmitted for remotely monitoring the audio signal path at the amplifier. The module covers the frequency range from 20Hz to 20kHz, the internal latency being 1.5ms (AES 3 in/analogue out) and 2.375ms (analogue in/out), respectively.
Moving on to signal processing, in addition to standard functions, multi-band parametric equalisers, delays for inputs and outputs as well as additional FIR filters (on the output side), crossovers and limiters are also available.