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NAMM 2013: Behringer introduces iQ Series loudspeakers

Adam Savage
NAMM 2013: Behringer introduces iQ Series loudspeakers

Behringer has launched the iQ Series networked loudspeakers – now its flagship range for the live speaker segment.

The speakers offer networking and signal processing technologies from Klark Teknik, acoustic design by Turbosound, and Behringer's iNuke Class-D amplifiers. Users of Behringer's mixers that incorporate Ultranet can now route digital audio across a network of connected speakers using only a CAT5 cable.

"Our design objective was advanced integration between our growing digital mixer family and this new, high-performance loudspeaker line," commented Al Walker, senior product manager for Behringer's parent company Music Group. "The iQ Series breaks new ground for active, portable live sound speakers by adding zero-configuration digital audio networking over our proven Ultranet technology, while simplifying connections, eliminating ground loops and other typical problems."

The iQ Series consists of four full-range cabinets – iQ15, iQ12, iQ10 and iQ8 – that share a common set of features and differ only in low-frequency driver size. All are powered, two-way designs with 1.75" titanium-diaphragm compression drivers. High acceleration 15"/12"/10"/8" LF drivers provide deep bass and acoustic power, while two powered subwoofer cabinets – iQ18S and iQ15S – complete the series and utilise the Turbosound 18"/15" long-excursion transducers with high-temperature voice coils.

Among the series' unique set of capabilities within the iQ series is Klark Teknik DPS power. The range offers total system control and driver protection, plus speaker modelling of some of the industry's best-known loudspeakers (available with the full-range models only).

The digital engine controls a phase/time-correction crossover, EQ, noise gate, automatic feedback eliminator and more, to maintain optimal performance. Set-up and adjustments can be done using the LCD display on the speaker, or by remotely using a computer running Behringer's free software.

The iQ Series units also use Behringers iNuke power amplifiers – each delivering 2,500 Watts. Professional-grade locking PowerCon AC inputs and loop-through connectors minimise cable runs.

The range is affordable enough to be used in smaller venues such as theatres, schools and houses of worship; yet powerful enough to take on festival stages, dance clubs and corporate convention centre gigs.

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Tags: klark teknik, turbosound, namm, power amplifiers, behringer, loudspeakers, mixers, NAMM 2013, iQ Series, iNUKE

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