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Martin Audio introduces full-range DD12 powered two-way loudspeaker

Martin Audio DD12
Following a preview at Integrated Systems Europe in January 2014, Martin Audio officially launched the multi-purpose DD12 powered loudspeaker at Prolight + Sound Show 2014, Frankfurt. The DD12 was designed to define the ultimate in performance and versatility for powered, two-way loudspeaker systems. It combines onboard networking, DSP and Class D amplification with state-of-the-art transducers and Differential Dispersion horn technology to achieve best performance in terms of fidelity, output capability and coverage consistency across the audience.
Differential Dispersion technology (with user rotatable horn) delivers more consistent audience coverage than systems with conventional X° x Y° horns — providing more throw to the rear to distribute sound evenly front-to-back, while having wider close-up horizontal coverage for the front rows.
The DD12 is designed to meet a multitude of premium stand-alone and distributed sound reinforcement requirements — from touring, theatre and portable live sound applications to concert hall and house of worship installations, AV events and stage monitor use. Suitable as the main PA in small-to-medium size rooms, it can also be used as an infill loudspeaker in large-scale systems.
Whether configured as an element in a stand-alone DD12 system or part of a larger MLA/MLA Compact system, individual DD12s can be controlled and monitored from a laptop or wireless tablet PC via intuitive VU-NET proprietary software. PC connection can be made directly via USB, or via Martin Audio’s proprietary U-NET network and Merlin loudspeaker and network management system.
An important feature of the DD12 is its internal memory, which allows a choice of factory presets or user-generated DSP preset ‘snapshots’ to be recalled by means of a preset selector button on the rear panel, instead of using computer control.
In addition, comprehensive accessories support a wide variety of mounting options – including surface, ceiling (M8 rigging inserts) and pole mount. The DD12’s universal bracket facilitates a wide range of down-tilt and up-tilt angles in both portrait and landscape orientation, and can be mounted directly onto the pole of a speaker stand or attached to a scaffold clamp.
The DD12 festures a compact, multi-angle, polyurethane-coated plywood enclosure with screw-free perforated steel grille and runs on a switched mode power supply with PFC (Power Factor Correction) and global mains operation.
Jason Baird, R&D Director for Martin Audio, concludes, “This market sector has been underserved from a technology and innovation point of view for far too long. DD12 will signal a true shift in fidelity, output capability and coverage and bring our Differential Dispersion horn technology to, quite literally, a wider audience.”
According to Martin Audio it is 'not unlikely' that a matching subwoofer will be releasead soon.
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