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L-Acoustics launches new Xi Series coaxial speakers

L-Acoustics has launched its new Xi Series, an extension to the X Series of coaxial speakers.

Visitors to ISE 2024 will be able to see and hear the new X8i and X6i models in Hall 7 booth #7F150, Hall 2, #2G500, and Hall 8, Audio Demo Room #B4.

The Xi Series is designed to meet the demands of every type of integration project that requires powerful, premium sound in a discrete format that can seamlessly blend into any room architecture. It offers a range of installation-focused coaxial enclosures with distinct formats, bandwidth, and SPL specifically tailored for short throw applications. These enclosures provide pristine sound quality and discreet design, allowing them to integrate elegantly into venues requiring natural and powerful sound.

"The Xi Series represents a significant leap forward in meeting the diverse demands of premium installations,” said Germain Simon, director of product management at L-Acoustics. “The refined acoustic and physical design combines with a plethora of simple yet purposeful accessories to ensure premium professional audio can be created in any space."

One of the key features of the Xi Series is its coaxial technology, which allows for a compact design and constant tonal balance over distance. This technology aims to ensure smooth coverage for off-axis audiences, eliminates the need for a minimum listening distance, and provides high feedback rejection. The Xi Series also boasts L-Vents to deliver low-frequency power and features a weather resistant IP55 rating, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor installations.

The X6i and X8i’s passive loudspeakers come with a 1.5’’ neodymium compression driver coaxially loaded by a 6” or 8’’ low-frequency transducer in a bass reflex cabinet. The 90° axisymmetric directivity imparts a smooth tonal response, free of secondary lobes over the entire frequency range.

Both loudspeakers can be driven by two presets, allowing them to adapt to the acoustic needs of different projects and subwoofer coupling configurations. In their native presets, suitable for vocal reinforcement or when used alongside a subwoofer, the X6i offers a maximum SPL of 123 dB and a frequency response down to 69 Hz, while the X8i features a maximum SPL of 129 dB and a frequency response down to 67 Hz.

For standalone applications and close proximity listening experiences, the X6i_50 preset delivers full-range sound reproduction down to 54 Hz and produces a maximum SPL of 117 dB. The X8i_40 preset reaches 43 Hz, producing a maximum SPL of 123 dB. This makes the the X6i and X8i ideal for vocal or musical reinforcement in small theatres, live clubs, luxury and hospitality spaces, houses of worship, home and yacht, broadcast, and recording studios.

X6i and X8i ship in April 2024.