EAW gets smart with Radius
Described as an intelligent loudspeaker series, EAW’s new Radius cabinets house a wealth of technology, including its proprietary EAW Focusing and DynO technologies in addition to Dante networking and iOS-based prediction, control and monitoring. The series currently comprises 8-inch and 12-inch two-way point source speakers available in two horn patterns, a double 8-inch articulated line array, single 12-inch and 18-inch subwoofer models, and a soon to be released 12-inch co-axial stage monitor.
The standout feature of the series is the comprehensive control offered via the EAWmosaic iOS app, which the manufacturer says provides for prediction, control and monitoring at any location in the venue wirelessly. In terms of construction, the wooden cabinets each house Power Factor Corrected Class-D amplification, while a large navigation screen provides on-box access to Radius functions via a turn and push encoder. Dual locking etherCon connectors provide daisy-chain Dante connectivity for single cable audio and communications. There is also an integrated WAP connection on all Radius models to provide flexible router placement options. XLR audio input and thru connections provide an analogue input option and automatic fail-over redundancy. Power is delivered via powerCon inlet and loop connections.
More specifically, the RSX208L line array module incorporates dual 8-inch woofers and dual 1.4-inch voice coil compression drivers in a three-way package. This is matched with integrated DSP aiming to provide mid-range while maintaining both the wide coverage pattern and acoustical symmetry. The RSX208L and RSX12 include array self-detection via onboard infrared sensors and accelerometers. These enable the manufacturer’s OptiLogic technology to pre-optimise the array and air loss compensation processing, reportedly reducing setup and tuning time.
The full-range point source models are the 8-inch, two-way RSX86 and RSX89, offering 60-degrees x 45-degrees and 90-degrees x 60-degrees coverage respectively, and the 12-inch two-way RSX126 and RSX129 which feature the same directivity options as their smaller siblings. The horns can be rotated to facilitate horizontal installation while maintaining the preferred directivity and there are four user-selectable push button voicings that are based upon feedback from touring and installation contacts.
Lastly, the subwoofer models in the family include the single 12-inch RSX12 and single 18-inch RSX18. The RSX18 offers push-button cardioid functionality in stacks of two or three via rear-panel controls, while both models are said to offer ‘significant’ sub-bass support and a high-passed output for all full-range products in the family. The RSX12 can also be flown with the companion RSX208L line array to form an integrated system.