Martin Audio has today announced BlacklineX, a new set of passive loudspeakers that marks the reinvention of the manufacturer's Blackline series for the modern era, and will have its European launch at the BPM | PRO event in Birmingham from 11-13 September.
According to the company, the original Blackline series, launched in 1999, set a new standard for affordable professional loudspeaker systems, becoming synonymous with sound quality and reliability for live music venues, nightclubs and installations worldwide.
Now, with BlacklineX, Martin Audio’s R&D team has engineered a whole new range that Martin Audio says "delivers the signature sound of warmth, nuance and clarity at a price point not previously possible – all in a clean, smart design with no-compromise between the needs of installation and portability."
Applications range from portable sound reinforcement and stage monitoring for live bands, DJs and corporate events to installations in nightclubs, bars, commercial spaces and houses of worship.
The multi-purpose BlacklineX series comprises four two-way systems – from the ultra-compact X8 to the powerful X15 – and three subwoofers, including an unobtrusive slimline model.
Each symmetrical, multi-angle full-range enclosure features a user-rotatable horn for horizontal or vertical orientation, and has a screw-free, foam-backed steel grille. Comprehensive mounting options include wall-bracket, eyebolt suspension and pole-mounting. Ergonomic handles at the rear of each full-range enclosure make for easy handling while maintaining clean lines.
All BlacklineX Series enclosures are constructed from plywood and are finished with a durable black textured coating, with white and custom RAL colour options available to order.
Marketing director James King said: “This is the first new series developed under the management of Dom Harter and it’s been achieved in record time for Martin Audio — from concept to launch in five months.
“It’s something Dom championed from the moment he walked in the door, and the engineering team led by Jason Baird has done a superb job. The product series will target small to medium rental and installation companies as well as the weekend DJ and artist community, and will certainly bring smiles to their faces both in terms of sonic performance and also price point.”
MD Harter added: “It’s important that for Martin Audio to grow, its portfolio needs to offer more complete solutions at commercially sound price points, leading to additional distribution channels, incremental sales and new customers. With BlacklineX we now have a classic, stylish, professional yet very affordable range that delivers the Martin Audio signature sound people really love. Pound for pound, these are the best sounding speakers around.”
BlacklineX will start to ship in late October 2016.