At this year's Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, Martin Audio unveiled an ambitious line up of ten new products across multiple categories including Line Arrays, Stage Monitors and Amplifiers.
First up was the Wavefront Precision Series, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio's signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of touring applications, installations and budgets. Comprising the WPC (2 x 10" LF) and WPM (2 x 6.5" LF), Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with the newly announced external iKON® multi-channel amplifiers optimized by Martin Audio's automated DISPLAY software.
Adopting the principle of scalable resolution, with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable, and financially accessible.
Dom Harter, Managing Director, explained further: "Martin Audio's MLA Series remains the definitive optimized array technology in the market place today, offering customers both the hard avoid feature (the ability to limit coverage in a zone by as much as 30dB) and the patented ability to optimize against multiple target functions — such as frequency response, SPL gradient and leakage, which no other competitive product can.
"But the MLA family consists of fixed resolution systems, and what we wanted to do with Wavefront Precision was to introduce a solution whereby customers could have a flexible and scalable approach to resolution and control of coverage.
"Simply put, the more boxes with dedicated amplifier channels, the higher the resolution and scale of coverage control achievable.
"This means even at the lowest level of resolution, the results are still fundamentally better than traditional line arrays at no extra cost, and at the top end of resolution users can enjoy many of the benefits MLA systems provide. Presently, other manufacturers are forcing their customers to buy very expensive and fixed amounts of amps to optimize arrays, but with Wavefront Precision the decision on the level of coverage control, and therefore the number of high-powered efficient iKON amps required, is the customer's.
"This fundamentally changes the rule book and reaffirms once again our leadership in optimized array technology."
To accompany the new Wavefront Precision, two new subwoofers, the SX118 and SX218, a single 18" and double 18" respectively, were also unveiled.
Next in the roster of new products was the XE Series, bringing engineering innovation to high performance stage monitoring. Developed in consultation with leading monitor engineers and combining sleek, low-profile enclosures with unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology and a patent pending third static waveguide, the XE300 (1 x 12" LF) and XE500 (1 x 15" LF) are designed to deliver perfect monitor sound with a defined coverage pattern that allows the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors.
The XE series is designed as a complete system and is partnered with the new iKON 4-channel amplifier, maximizing the capability of the monitor while ensuring both engineer and artist can be confident they will experience the same high level of consistent performance from an XE monitor anywhere in the world.
Jason Baird, R&D Director, commented, "The world of stage monitoring has been stagnating for far too long with much of today's monitor technology based on decades old solutions. XE changes the game with the introduction of high performance Coaxial Differential Dispersion drivers with an additional contour-molded static third waveguide that increases the size of the HF horn mouth to maintain pattern control over a wide frequency band and avoid spill outside the coverage area. Its rolled contour reduces diffraction and further improves pattern consistency at the lower end of the HF passband.
"Because you can go right up and over the monitor as well as further back without significant changes, the flexibility for an artist and engineer is greatly improved. This, coupled with the fact that the XE500 has a staggering 143dB capability makes it the definitive article in premier monitoring."
Finally, the last series to be unveiled was a brand new LE range of stage monitors. Complementing Martin Audio's high-performance XE Series monitors, the latest LE Series now brings engineering innovation to everyday stage monitoring—delivering exceptional performance and controlled coverage at a price point not previously possible for a truly professional monitor.
Both the LE100 (1 x 12" LF") and the LE200 (1 x 15" LF) are designed for a wide range of users and applications—from up-and-coming bands and regional rental houses, to corporate AV events, HoW and fixed installations.
With extremely compact enclosures and the same Coaxial Differential Dispersion drivers as the CDD-LIVE range, the LE Series monitors deliver cut-through sound with a coverage pattern that allows performers greater freedom of movement compared to conventional monitors. Instead of the typical ‘hot-spot', they produce a near-rectangular coverage pattern over a listening plane at head height—with a wide horizontal coverage close to the monitor that reduces gradually as distance increases to maintain consistent SPL and tonal balance.
James King, Marketing Director, commented, "Professional and affordable, the latest LE Series puts great sound, optimized coverage and the very latest in innovative monitor technology literally at your feet."
Summing up all the launches Dom Harter said, "This is a bold new line up of product offering customers innovation and value throughout. We are happy to be a brand that continues to over-perform in bringing market leading solutions."