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2 September 2014


There’s a new series of loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik, the Y-Series, which is designed for any small to medium sized sound requirement.

The new series is similar to d&b’s V-Series, in that the Y7P and 10P loudspeakers cover point source duties, the B6-SUB provides frequency response, and two line source loudspeakers with a matched cardioid subwoofer, the Y8, Y12 and Y-SUB tackle the line array tasks.

The company has provides some specifics on how the new series will work, saying that (prepare for a lot of technical specs):

“The Y7P and Y10P loudspeakers share the same dipolar 8″ driver arrangement centred on a 1.4″ compression driver, fitted to a rotatable CD horn, facilitating deployment horizontally or vertically. With dispersion characteristics of 75° x 40° and 110° x 40° (h x v) respectively, the Y7P and Y10P offer a multitude of deployment options, individually as a full range system or in combination with other elements from the Y-Series, either ground stacked or flown. The port design delivers extended LF performance down to 59 Hz. The B6-SUB compliments the Y7P and Y10P, with a single 18” driver built into a bass-reflex design, extending the frequency response down to 37 Hz.

The Y8 and Y12 loudspeakers utilise the same rigging design as their bigger brothers from the J and V-Series, the Y8 and Y12 also share the same 80° and 120° horizontal dispersion characteristics. The Y8 and Y12 can be suspended in columns of up to 24 loudspeakers with splay angles from 0 to 14 degrees with a 1 degree resolution. The Y-SUB houses a forward facing 18″ driver and a 12″ driver radiating towards the rear, producing a cardioid dispersion pattern. Driven by a single amplifier channel, the compact Y-SUB can be ground stacked or flown at the top of a Y8 / Y12 array.

Both the point source and line source loudspeakers feature two 8″ drivers with neodymium magnets mounted in a dipolar arrangement around a 1.4″ compression driver. This driver configuration enables the Y8 and Y12 to offer a horizontal dispersion pattern controlled down to 500 Hz. Its range of transport solutions and loudspeaker accessories allows for ease of setup and mobility.”

The company also have said that the Y loudspeakers are designed for movable installations and the Yi installation specific versions are designed for permanent applications. The only difference is in the cabinet construction and the mounting hardware. There’s also Special Colour and Weather Resistant options available for permanent displays, if you’re looking for that.

In addition, using the ArrayCalc simulation software, the R1 Remote control software and d&b amplifiers, you can move the new series into your workplace. Also, the company have told us that a multitude of line and point source loudspeakers can be combined within ArrayCalc, which provides a graphic representation detailing the coverage, level drop and safety aspects of a system setup in a given space.

Lastly, there’s an R1 export function, so you can transfer all your configurations and settings into the Remote control project file, which will save some time and the entire workplace connects via the d&b Remote network, either through CAN-Bus or Ethernet (using OCA protocols).

“Since the Y-Series combines both line and point source technologies, the application possibilities are endless, ranging from performing arts to conferences, religious events and live shows,” said Product Manager
Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer. “This has been an exciting and illuminating project; we see this Series becoming the workhorse of our industry, on every end of the spectrum. From point source to line source, Y-not?”

We’re not loving that dinky little slogan, here’s hoping the Y-Series performs as well as the previous series.

For more info check: www.dbaudio.com


Excerpts from Press Release


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