d&b audiotechnik has announced the XSL System, a compact line array joining the SL-Series that’s designed to provide optimum broadband directivity control and extended low-frequency performance.
The XSL System comprises installation specific and mobile touring variants. XSLi for permanent installations, is suited to venues with a high dependency on the clarity of spoken word, together with the need for high power, full spectrum performance. The XSL mobile version addresses the needs of a range of touring applications. Both XSL and XSLi can be deployed as a stand-alone, self-contained package, or as a delay and/or fill system to accompany its GSL and KSL siblings.
“The performance-to-size ratio of the XSL System is unlike anything available in the current sound reinforcement market, or within the d&b portfolio,” says Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer, d&b Product Manager. “For installation, the system’s broadband directivity control drastically improves the ratio of direct to reverberant sound in acoustically critical spaces. In short, it will clean up your room. For mobile, a small footprint and improved sonic performance are really valuable. It’s an enormous step, it’s really impressive.”
Matthias Christner, Head of R&D Acoustics at d&b, adds, “Going into the design of this product we were actually a bit sceptical about whether we could achieve the signature SL-Series directivity performance in such a compact format. We’re really thrilled, slightly stunned and very proud that it works so well. I truly believe that the sound quality, dispersion, and clarity delivered by XSL will spearhead the evolution that we all expect from smaller arrays in the future.”
XSL is designed to deliver cardioid performance across the full frequency spectrum to reduce audio spill onto open mics on stage, improve clarity and impact of individual instruments, and witgh less coloration of mid range build up in venues and on broadcast and recording feeds. Broadband directivity is attained with patented SL-Series cardioid techniques designed to control low-frequency dispersion.
The d&b amplifier family, including the 40D installation and D40 mobile amplifiers, have been designed to deliver the power density required for high efficiency d&b systems. The four channel Class D 40D/D40 devices come with proprietary voltage management to bring up to 50 percent power draw efficiency to the d&b range.
The XSLi installation systems, along with the installation specific 40D amplifier, will begin shipping in October. The mobile XSL package will begin shipping in January 2022.
2 x 8-inch front LF drivers
2 x 6.5-inch side facing LF drivers
1 x 6.5-inch MF driver / horn unit
2 x 1-inch exit compression drivers with 2-inch coil on a waveguide
Mobile and installation variants (XSL/XSLi)
80 and 120 degree dispersion patterns (XSL/XSLi8 and XSL/XSLi12)
Splay angle setting: 0 -14 degrees (1-degree increments)
Frequency response: 60 Hz – 18 kHz
Max. SPL (reference amplifiers: D40 / 40D): XSL/XSLi8 141 dB; XSL/XSLi12 140 dBWeight: 39 kg (86 lbs)
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 700 x 283 x 507 mm
Available with mobile and install specific rigging and mounting accessories; special Version Stadium (SVS) rigging available
d&b Custom Solutions, including Sea Water Resistant (SWR) variants, also available