K-Array slims down its subs
Two low-end solutions have joined the portfolio of Italy’s K-Array, once again shrinking the manufacturer’s technology into smaller and thinner enclosures. Named the KU26 and KU44, the cabinets are accompanied by the KA14, an amplifier for smaller installations.
The KU26 ‘bass system’ houses one 6-inch Neodymium transducer with a double voice-coil (twice 16-ohms) for selectable impedance settings, plus one 6-inch passive radiator. The configuration is engineered, K-Array says, for ‘maximum linear excursion and minimum residual noise’. Available in a black or white finish, it offers a frequency range of 45Hz to 300Hz and is intended as the ideal accompaniment to the small-format Lyzard, Vyper and Tornado speakers. The selectable impedance means that users can power up to eight KU26 subs with one channel of a KA48 amplifier.
Meanwhile the arrayable KU44 line source subwoofer has a frequency range of 50Hz to 150Hz, with two 4-inch Neodymium transducers and two 4-inch passive radiators. Users have a choice of impedance between 8-ohms and 32-ohms, with the latter facilitating as many as eight KU44 units powered by a single KA amplifier channel. Boasting steel construction for atmospheric resistance and accompanied by a variety of dedicated hardware accessories for permanent and portable mounting, the KU44 is also available in black or white.
Finally, the KA14 is a small format, 4-channel amplifier complete with an integrated mixer and DSP loaded with a K-Array speaker preset library. Each channel delivers 300W at 4-ohms while the DSP offers functions such as equalisation, matrix, levels, delays and a limiter. Setup and operation is via either the front-panel touchscreen or K-framework software over USB, while onboard I/O includes XLR and RCA analogue inputs, facilitating the amp’s use as a mixer in fixed installations. Occupying a 2U space and constructed with an aluminium chassis, the KA14 also has optical limiters plus protection against overheating, overcurrent and short circuits.