Martin Audio has launched nine new products including the portable FlexPoint series, primarily targeting the premier rental market.
The new FlexPoint systems are designed to deliver sound quality to match the expectations of top venues and premier touring artists, while their passive two-way configuration addresses the need to reduce running costs and amplifier count.
Comprising five models - all with highly flexible deployment - the FlexPoint series covers a wide range of professional applications, from live sound, theatre sound and corporate AV to distributed sound systems and immersive environments. From the miniature FP4 to the powerful FP15, FlexPoint loudspeakers are compact and discreet and built to provide maximum clarity, detail and coverage without affecting sight lines or detracting from venue architecture.
The FlexPoint systems are built around coaxial point source technology, with Martin Audio also incorporating a two-stage waveguide within the magnet structure. This waveguide maintains wide constant horizontal coverage out to very high frequencies, while the perimeter of the cone acts as the horn mouth, enabling pattern control to a lower frequency. Drivers can also be rotated without the need for any tools, adding to their deployment options and ease of use out on the road.
In addition, FlexPoint Systems can be used in conjunction with SX series subwoofers to extend low-frequency performance and impact, and it was this range that also saw two new additions announced.
The SX115 is a single 15” subwoofer and the SX215 is a double 15” subwoofer, both models allowing for pole-mounting of a FlexPoint system. This means that the SX series comprises a single and double 10”, 12”, 15” and 18” as well as a cardioid 15” and 18” and the ultimate subwoofer performance of the Hybrid® horn/reflex loaded SXH218.
In keeping with the name, FlexPoint systems also support a flexible electronics package. For best possible sound performance, Martin Audio iKON amplifiers with onboard DSP are recommended. However, and primarily for larger installations, Martin Audio VIA amplifiers in conjunction with a DX4.0 system controller are compatible. Then, for smaller installations utilising FP4, FP6, and FP8, a combination of VIA amplifiers and the newly announced DX0.4 or DX0.6 controller are a cost-effective option. The DX0.4 is a two-input, four-output controller, while the DX0.6 is two-input, six-output.
All nine products will start shipping no later than June, but some products will be available earlier.
Dom Harter, managing director, Martin Audio, commented: “Alongside Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays and TORUS constant curvature arrays, the exciting FlexPoint series completes a trio of premium loudspeaker categories, our finest live sound offering in the company’s history, delivering the Martin Audio signature sound experience for everything from an intimate gig to the largest of festivals.
“The addition of the two new SX subwoofers also completes a full complement of low-end solutions, while the two new controllers provide additional flexibility and cost efficiency when required.”