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Amate Audio’s Curved Compact Array Cabinet

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Xcellence. X12CLA

Amate Audio challenges the market-leaders in compact line-arrays with a radical new compact curvature array cabinet: the Xcellence.

X12CLA is an ultra-compact, self-powered, DSP controllable constant directivity array cabinet-- one that can also be deployed as a horizontal point source cluster element.

Amate Audio’s first constant curvature array design, the Xcellence X12CLA was specified to fulfil a requirement for a smaller, lighter and more affordable array cabinet, below the twin 8” X208 line-array in the Xcellence series portfolio.

A new waveguide was designed to achieve the required 15° constant vertical directivity, partnering a specially developed single 12” LF driver which provides full frequency response down to 58Hz.

VP and CTO Joan Amate, explains, “Not only did we achieve the intended signal quality with the desired vertical directivity, the design far exceeded the SPL levels we had anticipated. This enabled us to match the waveguide with a far more powerful LF driver and to increase the amplifier power rating by over 50%.”

In array configuration the Xcellence X12CLA enables 15°, 30°, 45° or 60° vertical directivity, with one two, three or four cabinets respectively. Inter-cabinet connection is set via lateral rigging bars, providing a 15° fix angle between cabinets. Just a few units can cover a medium-size room or auditorium, including front row coverage; often susceptible to “acoustic darkness” for lack of angularity.

With a “hi-fi sized” form factor and weighing just 31.5 kg (69.45lbs), the Xcellence X12CLA is exceptionally portable, yet offers 129 dB continuous SPL output. Portability and a proprietary rigging system integrated with the recessed carry handle, makes set up simple. The cabinet can be flown, stacked or pole mounted on a sub.

The Xcellence X12CLA has also been designed to be deployed as a cluster element, specifically in applications where a highly controlled, narrow horizontal dispersion is required.

Cutting-edge, on-board digital electronics include high performance 24-bit /96kHz AD/DA converters and powerful remote controllable 48–bit/96 kHz DSP, optimally matched with third-generation 1.5kW Class D bi-amplification.

Amate’s Windows or iPad based DSP Studio 2 software provides Ethernet and wi-fi control of gain, precise crossover filters, limiters, polarity, delay, parametric EQ and other parameters. The software provides information about the amplifier status, including input and output levels, heat-sink temperature, clip and protection indications.

The company says its innovative overvoltage protection circuit continuously monitors line voltage, instantly disconnecting the system when line voltage exceeds maximum permitted levels--even automatically restarting when voltage returns to normal.

The cabinet is made from multilayer Baltic birch plywood with high resistant black Polyurea® coating with a 1.5 mm steel and grey micro-foam cloth grille.

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