Fulcrum and Powersoft partner to produce self-powered products
Fulcrum Acoustic and Powersoft have recently unveiled the results of a three year research and development collaboration, which has seen the brands partner to produce six new additions to Fulcrum’s RM and FA series, as well as Fulcrum's first ever self-powered speakers. The new products pair Fulcrum's Level 1 TQ processing with the flexibility and ease of self-powered units.
In Powersoft, Fulcrum found a partner that was able to provide ‘a high-powered, high-fidelity’ amplifier with enough DSP to handle its proprietary Level 1 TQ processing. Together, the two brands developed the DSP4 module, which in addition to supporting TQ Level 1, also provides network control/monitoring over Ethernet, digital audio I/O and additional equalisation that end-users can access for venue-specific adjustments.
The latest editions to the FA portable family comprise the FA12ac, FA15ac and FA28ac, whilst the RM22ac, RM25ac and RM28ac complete the Reference Monitor family.
Starting with the FA12ac, this is a portable, horizontally-oriented, self-powered coaxial loudspeaker that is well suited for a variety of sound reinforcement applications, including A/V rental, live performance, corporate A/V, nightclub PAs and theatrical productions.
Key features include a neodymium coaxial transducer, a 90 degree x 45-degree horn, a pole mount socket, 40-degree and 55-degree rear angles for stage monitor use and M10 threaded accessory plates for use with optional suspension hardware such as the FA12 yoke bracket. If a vertical orientation is desired, this can be obtained by exchanging the pole socket with one of the M10 accessory plates and rotating the coaxial transducer to provide appropriate coverage angles.
Key to its appeal is the on-board TQ Level 1 processing, whilst four back panel selectable presets optimise the response for either mains or floor monitor use, with or without a subwoofer. In addition, a full complement of input filters and delay, as well as signal levels and amplifier status, may be accessed via Ethernet, using Armonía Pro Audio Suite control software. The FA12ac’s coaxial transducer is powered by two 1,050W amplifier channels, designed and manufactured by Powersoft.
Meanwhile, the RM28ac is a self-powered three-way coaxial reference monitor that is primarily intended for use as a near or mid-field monitor in recording studios and A/V production suites, but it is also suited for use in cinemas, museum exhibit spaces, multimedia presentation facilities, boardrooms and high-end home theatres.
Its 90-degree x 45-degree coaxial transducer can be rotated 90-degrees to provide optimal coverage in a vertical orientation as a main monitor, or in horizontal orientation to present a low profile, over-the-meter bridge.
Again, on-board TQ Level 1 processing is key with regards to providing clarity and stability, as are its robust transducers – powered by two Powersoft 570W amplifier channels. Four back panel selectable presets tailor the response for the most common configurations.