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New RADIUS range from EAW

New RADIUS range from EAW
Adam Savage

New Gear

24 June 2016: By Adam Savage

Network-enabled powered loudspeaker line consists of point source, line source, stage monitor and subwoofer options.

Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has revealed RADIUS, a new family of loudspeakers for both temporary and permanent installations.

RADIUS brings EAW’s signature acoustical design and technologies like EAW Focusing and DynO to a new powered and processed platform that integrates Dante networking and iOS-based prediction, control and monitoring along with unique features designed to streamline setup and maximise results in minimal time.

The RADIUS Series includes point source, line source, stage monitor and subwoofer speakers. The complete range consists of 8in and 12in two-way point source units that are available in two horn patterns, a double 8in articulated line array, single 12in and 18in subwoofer models with a 12in coaxial stage monitor on the way.

At the heart of the entire RADIUS family lies the EAWmosaic iOS-based application. This completely integrated platform provides for prediction, control and monitoring at any location in the venue wirelessly.

As well as all-wood enclosures, EAW Roadcoat finish, minimalist aesthetic and Power Factor Corrected Class D amplification, the new models feature a large navigation screen that provides on-box access to all RADIUS functions through the use of a simple turn and push encoder. Dual locking etherCON connectors offer simple daisy-chain Dante connectivity for single cable audio and communications. There is also an integrated WAP connection on every RADIUS loudspeaker to deliver flexible router placement options. XLR audio input and thru connections provide an analogue input option and automatic fail-over redundancy, while power comes via powerCON inlet and loop connections to simplify cable management.

The rear panel LCD screen and encoder on each enclosure also provide direct access to a wide variety of functions. In addition to basic tools such as crossover and delay, users can select from a number of pre-tuned voicings or even perform an Output Check to verify transducer and amplifier functionality without the need for external equipment. Many model specific functions are also directly accessible from the back panel alone. The entire RADIUS line additionally includes a complete range of accessories to maximise the utility of the range, simplify logistics and offer protection during transport and outdoor use.

The 41lb RSX208L line array module incorporates 2 x 8in woofers and 2 x 1.4in voice coil compression drivers into a compact three-way package. The precision engineered design uses the power of both 8in woofers to deliver low frequency reinforcement while integrating tailored DSP to provide clean mid-range while maintaining both the wide coverage pattern and inherent acoustical symmetry. The RSX208L and RSX12 include array self-detection via on-board infrared sensors and accelerometers that enable new OptiLogic technology to pre-optimise the array and air loss compensation processing to reduce setup and tuning time.

The full-range point source models are the 8in two-way RSX86 and 89 (60 x 45 and 90 x 60 respectively) and the 12in two-way RSX126 and 129, which feature the same directivity options as their smaller siblings. The horns can be rotated to facilitate horizontal installation while maintaining the preferred directivity. The 8in models weigh 33lbs and the 12in models 58lbs. There are four user-selectable push button voicings that are based upon feedback from key touring and installation contacts – they allow for a variety of tonal starting points without a computer or external processor.

The subwoofer models in the RADIUS family are the 76lb single 12in RSX12 and the 94lb single 18in RSX18. The RSX18 offers push-button cardioid functionality in stacks of two or three via simple rear-panel controls – no complex calculations are needed to achieve great low-frequency control. Both subwoofer models offer significant sub-bass ground support and a high passed output for all full-range products in the family, while the RSX12 specifically can also be flown with the companion RSX208L line array to form a truly integrated system.

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