Yamaha introduced the second-generation HS Series studio monitor and subwoofer series at Musikmesse 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. The extended, revamped lineup features a new 6.5” monitor.
Improving on the original HS line, launched in 2006, the new HS series feature new transducers that achieve smooth response over a wide bandwidth and ensure the accuracy of signal reproduction throughout the audio spectrum. By upgrading to a 1″ tweeter (from the previous3/4″ models) the new monitor series provides an extended frequency range and delivers high-resolution sound. Yamaha engineers have optimized the HS powered monitor and subwoofer monitor system for a variety of music production environments. Continue reading →
Saturday Synth Porn: The latest official Moog Minitaur video goes straight to the ‘synth porn’ category, because it dispenses with plot entirely and gets straight to the subsonic action.
Here’s the slightly text of the video – though we know you don’t watch this stuff for the text….
“…any sound, soft or loud, sweet or nasty,
creates a multidimensional envelope
that does more than intrude
it takes over not only your acoustic space,
but your mind space as well.
There is no escaping sound.
It meets your body
and forcibly enters your mind,
not just through your ears
but also via your bones…”
At The NAMM Show 2012: Audio equipment manufacturer Electro-Voice is launching a matching subwoofer for its best-selling ZXA1 compact self-powered loudspeaker at NAMM 2012 – the ZXA1-Sub, a product which the company says “punches above its weight.”
The ZXA1-Sub is designed to combine a portable size, good performance, and power. Equipped with a EV-engineered heavy-duty 12” woofer, a state-of-the-art 700-W amplifier, a durable 15-mm wood enclosure, and a maximum SPL rating of 126 dB, the ZXA1-Sub weighs “only” 46 lbs and measures 15.75“ x 17.5“ x 18.“
KRK Systems has updated its popular KRK10s to match the new RokitG2 monitors.
The industrial design of the KRK10s leverages KRK’s research and development into baffle design and fabrication. The subwoofer’s curved front now matches the Rokit and VXT monitors’ diffraction reducing shape.
Updated electronics include a ground-lift switch for combating less than perfect electrical and audio grounding and a bypass footswitch that allows the subwoofer and crossover to be easily enabled and disabled. The bypass footswitch allows users to easily switch a mix from stereo or 2.1/5.1 sound environments. Improved amplifier heat sinking results in lower distortion at high power levels and the KRK10s has a lower noise floor than its predecessor.
The voicing has been slightly enhanced to provide even better mix clarity and precision and the scientifically designed front firing port reduces wall coupling and port turbulence.
I use a pair of first generation Rokit 5′s, paired with a Rokit 10s and have been happy with them – but the bypass footswitch is a great addition, along with the other tweaks.
Pricing and Availability:
The KRK10s replaces the existing RP10s subwoofer and will be available to buy in the UK from all good pro audio dealers for £299 inc. VAT
NAMM Show Update:Tapco introduced a new loudspeaker sub, the TAPCO THUMP TH-18s Active Subwoofer.
Housed in a rugged, ported bass-reflex enclosure and featuring an 500-watt Class-D amplifier design, the TH-18s provides amazingly accurate low-end response—from 35Hz-125Hz. The high-current switching power supply means it’s ready for worldwide use, and it’s lightweight, so musicians won’t break their back on their travels.
“The TH-18s is the perfect complement to the highly demanded TH-15A loudspeaker,” says Mackie product manager, Gilbert Perales. “Their sophisticated circuitry and durable construction makes this pair the most powerful—and portable—active live sound reinforcement system in their class. Together you have a complete—and completely affordable—”plug-and-play” active system perfect for a band, small club or DJ setup.”
The TAPCO THUMP TH-18s includes stereo I/O and pass thru for flexible connectivity as well as stereo High Pass output (120Hz). The sub also features a Polarity switch, Rear Clip LED and comes with a standard pole mount for the TH-15A.
The TAPCO THUMP TH-18s will be available domestically and internationally in Q2 2008 and have an MSRP of $699.99.