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d&b rounds off SL Series with new smallest sibling

d&b rounds off SL Series with new smallest sibling

d&b rounds off SL Series with new smallest sibling

d&b audiotechnik has completed the line-up of the SL series with the addition of the XSL System, a smaller and more lightweight solution than its SL siblings, but still encompassing the primary feature set of broadband directivity control and extended low frequency performance, as well as comprehensive rigging, cabling and transportation.

“Going into the design of this product we were actually a bit sceptical about whether we could achieve the signature SL-Series directivity performance in such a compact format,” explained d&b’s head of R&D acoustics, Matthias Christner. “We’re really thrilled, slightly stunned and very proud that it works so well. I truly believe that the sound quality, dispersion, and clarity delivered by XSL will spearhead the evolution that we all expect from smaller arrays in the future.”

The XSL System includes installation specific and mobile touring variants in both 80 and 120° dispersion patterns. XSLi, for permanent installations, is suited to venues dependant on the clarity of spoken word, together with the need for high power, full spectrum performance. In contrast, the XSL mobile version addresses the needs of a range of touring applications. Both XSL and XSLi can be deployed as a stand-alone, self-contained package, or as a delay, or fill system to accompany its GSL and KSL cabinets.

The cabinet itself houses a pair of 8-inch front LF drivers, two 6.5-inch side-facing LF drivers, a 6.5-inch mid-frequency driver/horn unit and a pair of 1-inch exit compression drivers with a 2-inch voice coil on a waveguide. Weighing 39kg, the enclosure occupies a 700mm x 283mm x 507mm footprint. The system can be powered by the manufacturer’s amplifier family, including the 40D installation and D40 mobile amplifiers.

With directivity first in mind, XSL delivers cardioid performance across the full frequency spectrum which is said to result in reduced audio spill onto open mics on stage, improved clarity and impact of individual instruments and less colouration of mid-range build up in venues and on broadcast and recording feeds.

“The performance-to-size ratio of the XSL System is unlike anything available in the current sound reinforcement market, or within the d&b portfolio,” added Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer, d&b product manager. “For installation, the system's broadband directivity control drastically improves the ratio of direct to reverberant sound in acoustically critical spaces. In short, it will clean up your room! For mobile, a small footprint and improved sonic performance are really valuable. It’s an enormous step, it’s really impressive.”

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