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4 l September 2014 business GERMANY

d&b explains Y its new loudspeaker is so useful

Premium German brand goes for “flexible and configurable” approach The Y7P and Y10P

D&B AUDIOTECHNIK launched its new Y-Series of loudspeakers on the first of this month, ahead of any trade events across Europe. The system, which addresses small-to-medium sized sound reinforcement needs, follows an emerging trend for “a flexible and configurable solution” and has been the subject of speculation since spring of this year. The Y-Series completes the family of T, (Y), V and J-Series, (respectively with 6.5”, 8”, 10” and 12” low frequency drivers), for a “well-balanced toolbox”. (There’s also the Q-Series, now 11 years old, which is considered by many to be the ‘multipurpose box’ of the d&b range.) There are six elements to the Y-Series. While the Y7P and Y10P loudspeakers cover point source duties, with the B6-SUB providing extended frequency response, two line source loudspeakers and a matched cardioid sub, the Y8, Y12 and Y-SUB, tackle line array tasks. Echoing the larger V-Series (launched in 2012) and using patented three-point rigging, the Y-Series is “all new, yet strangely familiar”, says d&b.

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. A port design delivers extended LF performance down to 59Hz. The B6-SUB complements the Y7P and Y10P, with a single 18” driver built into a bass-reflex design, extending the frequency response down to 37Hz. Utilising the same rigging design as their bigger brothers from the J and V-Series, the Y8 and Y12 boxes 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 0º -14º with a 1º resolution. The Y-SUB houses a forward facing 18” driver and a 12”

The six different cabinets in the Y-Series

“We see this series becoming the workhorse of our industry, at every end of the spectrum” Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer

differing only in cabinet construction and mounting hardware; the usual special colour and weather-resistant options are available.

The Y-Series assimilates into the d&b workflow comprising the ArrayCalc simulation software, the R1 Remote control software and d&b amplifiers; a process ensuring consistent and efficient results whenever and wherever required.

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 500Hz. d&b says an “extensive” range of transport solutions and loudspeaker accessories will facilitate ease of setup and mobility.

A parallel Yi installation- specific range is designed for permanent applications,

“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,” says product manager Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer. “This has been an exciting and illuminating project; we see this series becoming the workhorse of our industry, at every end of the spectrum. From point source to line source, Y-not?” 

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