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SHOW REVIEW: PLASA FOCUS: LEEDS Leeding from the front

Small but perfectly formed – the two-day show continues to pull in a local audience that doesn’t visit the larger events. Paddy Baker reports

Phil Price was on hand to show examples from RCF’s new mixer range

The event played host to a number of UK product debuts

THOSE WHO bemoaned the lack of representation by audio companies at PLASA London last autumn would have had no such complaints about PLASA Focus: Leeds; around half of the 148 exhibitors listed in the show guide had audio-related offerings. This smaller-scale, local-format show works well – so it’s no surprise that PLASA is extending it across more cities within the UK, mainland Europe and the US. The Leeds show brought a steady stream of visitors to the Royal Armouries. While a few exhibitors I spoke to thought that numbers might have been a little lower than last year, all declared that they were having a good show.

And that is hardly surprising, given that the show marked the UK debuts of a considerable number of products that were launched at either ISE or Prolight + Sound. These included the Yamaha QL console series; the Martin Audio DD12 multipurpose two- way speaker; and the Nexo GEO M6 compact arrayable

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speaker series. We covered these in our April issue, so I won’t dwell on them here. RCF was showing examples

from its new range of mixers. Launched at Frankfurt, the new mixer division enables the company to offer solutions along the whole of the audio signal chain. The initial offerings are analogue, but digital models will follow next year, according to Phil Price, UK director of sales. He also hinted that the

Avolites’ Titan Mobile Fader Wing (right of picture) made its first UK appearance

company would have some interesting new products for the installation market at ISE 2015. A number of recently

introduced products were on display on the d&b audiotechnik stand. While primarily aimed at touring environments, the new four- channel D80 amplifier may be chosen for installations in preference to a pair of the company’s two-channel D12 models, according to Oran

Burns of d&b education and application support. Also on show was the company’s newly updated ArrayCalc acoustic simulation software; among its new features is the ability to model more complicated room shapes. There is also improved integration between ArrayCalc and the company’s amplifier control software. Finally, the xC-Series column loudspeakers were on show: these feature tight control

d&b’s xC-Series column speakers

of horizontal directivity by sending a cancelling signal from lobes at the rear of the column. A new name to us was Audiologic, an Essex-based company which acts as an exclusive distributor for six audio brands (including Audac, ARX and Ecler), and is a sub-distributor for around 100 more – the latest addition to its roster being Nexo. Sales and marketing manager Andy Lewis explained that one of the company’s added value offerings is its system design service, which will put together a system for any kind of venue, talking to the installer’s customer to make sure their requirements are fully understood. ETC demonstrated the superior brightness and colour of Series 2 of the Source Four LED luminaire by staging a side-by-side comparison of a Series 2 Lustr model with its counterpart from the previous series. This features an amended version of the x7 colour system that features a lime-green LED emitter; this boosts the

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