Yamaha Launches New DXR Powered Loudspeaker And DXS Subwoofer Line

1/19/2012 [Live Sound]



BUENA PARK, California — The follow-up to the critically acclaimed DSR Series, Yamaha today introduced the new DXR Series active loudspeakers. Comprising four full-range models - the DXR8, DXR10, DXR12 and DXR15 - the DXR Series delivers class-leading sound pressure levels with superb high-definition sound - yet in a more compact and extremely versatile design. High-efficiency 1100W Class-D amplifiers combined with Yamaha's mastery of DSP utilization, an intelligent onboard mixer with flexible IN/OUT connectivity, and a very functional enclosure design makes the DXR Series perfectly suited for front-of-house, floor-monitoring, simple amplification, rigged applications and more. Combining the series with the newly designed, high-power DXS active subwoofers will further elevate the system's performance, with two models - the DXS12 and the DXS15. Whether for portable use by bands, small combos, solo musicians and DJ's, or for installation in churches, schools or commercial environments, these remarkable speakers are ideal for an impressive range of applications that require high SPL delivered with stunning clarity and an unsurpassed level of reliability.

During the development stages of these speakers, Yamaha collaborated with loudspeaker giant NEXO, adding their insight and expertise as an industry leader in touring-grade sound reinforcement to the development of the DSR, DXR and DXS Series speakers. "We made use of every resource at our disposal during the development of these speakers, assembling a specialized team of Yamaha's most skilled engineers to examine, and improve on, every aspect of the speaker's design," said Toshiaki Kamiya, Engineering Manager, Speakers & Amplifiers Group, Yamaha Pro Audio Division. "Working with NEXO was the next step in exploring how to take these speakers to the highest level of performance possible, by re-examining our existing process and adopting a new approach to crucial aspects of these speakers’ design." As a result of working closely with NEXO’s engineers at their state-of-the-art facility, this new approach greatly contributed to the DXR and DXS's astonishing SPL and unmatched reliability.

"We first collaborated with Yamaha in developing NXAMP - one of the industry’s most powerful amplifiers, specifically designed for our loudspeakers - and we were very impressed with their proficiency and knowledge of amplifier and processing technologies" said Francois, R&D director of NEXO. "It was really exciting to see Yamaha’s new active speaker development plan take shape and contribute to their development process."

Cutting-Edge Digital Technologies

Yamaha's cutting-edge digital technologies ensure these speakers reliably produce high SPLs with superb clarity and reliability. All full-range models feature Yamaha's proprietary FIR-X tuning™ utilizing linear phase FIR* filters for the crossover. The innovative tuning achieves accurate and smooth response, providing much better clarity and imaging than what is possible with typical crossovers. All full-range models also feature D-CONTOUR dynamic multi-band processing for clear, powerful and consistent sound throughout all output levels. With the DXR Series, D-CONTOUR provides more detailed tuning of your sound with two settings- FOH/ MAIN or MONITOR mode - optimally set to match the DXR perfectly with either FOH or floor monitoring application. The DXS subwoofers feature powerful D-XSUB processing; exclusive DSP presets for subwoofer models giving flexible control of its thunderous low end. Yamaha's innovative DSP utilization extends beyond sonic control as well, offering tour-proven protection functions that ensure all the vital components perform at their maximum potential even after extended durations of usage.

High-Performance Amplifiers and Custom-Designed Transducers

All DXR Series loudspeakers feature highly efficient Class-D amplifiers that help deliver an impressive SPL of up to 133dB with 1100W of power. A wide array of transducers went through a scrupulous analysis and selection process, ultimately settling on minimal distortion units that provided a very flat frequency response and high output. They were then thoroughly customized to match perfectly with the amplifier's properties producing impressively deep bass, clear mid-range and accurate high frequencies.

The DXR Series also features an all-new, universal switching-mode power supply suitable for any regions worldwide with 110V-240V power.

Unrivaled Versatility

The DXR Series is the picture of versatility with every aspect of its design geared towards ultimate functionality. Rugged, non-resonant ABS enclosures and a portable construction allows for seamless adaptability in various functions from front-of-house sound to floor monitoring, simple amplification and installed environments. For rigged applications DXR Series loudspeakers come equipped with rigging points compatible with standard eyebolts, and optional U-brackets are also available for horizontal and vertical applications. The DXR also features a dual-angle pole mount socket with two angles to direct acoustic energy away from reflective surfaces and onto the audience. The DXR also features a 3-channel onboard mixer, flexible IN/OUT connectivity and linking capability allowing it to comprise a full sound reinforcement system or seamlessly integrate into a setup utilizing DSR or DXS Series speakers. What's more, the DXR10, DXR12 and DXR15 feature a multi-angled design ideal for use as floor monitors, while the DXR12 and DXR15's symmetrical shape allows them to be placed in a "mirror-mode" floor monitoring configuration.

Kazunori Kobayashi, General Manager of Yamaha Pro Audio Division had this to say "The release of the DXR and DXS Series loudspeakers serves to not only extend on our line of high-power, professional active speakers, but it also contributes to our overall expansion of pro audio solutions. By combining Yamaha's signal processing, acoustic and amplifier technologies with our group company NEXO's invaluable insight, we are delighted to support a wide range of customers."

The new DXR and DXS Series will start shipping in January, 2012. For more information about the series, please visit the website http://usa.yamaha.com/products/live_sound/speakers/active_speakers/dxr/.

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