Le salon Prolight + Sound qui se tient du 2 au 5 avril à Francfort sera l’occasion pour Powersoft de révéler quelques-unes des nouveautés élaborées par son département R&D : le tout nouveau X4L amplifier, la nouvelle série-T tout juste présentée au Namm en début d’année et enfin un update de l’appli mobile Snapshot Selector.
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As the latest addition to Powersoft’s already enviable range of amplifiers, the X4L, has been created to drive modern high SPL woofers that require very high voltage in order to deliver their full potential. The product is specifically designed to deliver up to 300 V (peak) to the loudspeakers, which translates to more audible impact from the music itself.
Loudspeakers like this are also very reactive, which means a lot of the energy sent to it can be recycled as it comes back to the amplifier. This asks more of the amplifier’s design but, done efficiently, around 2 – 4 dB of power can be saved. This economy is instrumental in making a product like this viable.
“In our research activity and during interactions with producers of loudspeaker components, it has become clear to us that this is the next logical step for the powering of these solutions,” said Klas Dalbjörn,Powersoft product manager.
Even in applications where high output voltage isn’t required by rental staging professionals, the X4L remains an extremely attractive product. This illustrated by the product’s ability to deliver the same or more power per loudspeaker while driving more cabinets in parallel when compared to other amplifiers, which will save users both money and truck space on portable applications.
The product also has versatility on its side, with 5 output connectors to allow easy connection without adapters for many of the expected configurations, such as channels 1 and 2 driving a cardioid sub solution, while channels 3 & 4 drive some 2-way front fill in parallel.
“In such a configuration,” commented Dalbjörn, “the X4L is capable of giving 1 dB more burst power to the 2 most power demanding channels, which in this case would be the sub channels.”
As well as the new hardware offerings, Powersoft will also use PL+S to launch an update of its popular Snapshot Selector app, which was originally released at the end of 2017. The free and easy-to-use program is now also available for iOS devices, and it allows users of Powersoft’s X Series, Ottocanali DSP+D Series and T Series power amplifiers to instantaneously recall a full set of saved settings by simply connecting their phone to the front of their amplifier with a USB cable. The app makes the Powersoft amplifier platforms even more appealing solution for audio professionals.
Following its successful launch at NAMM, another of Powersoft’s latest touring products – the T Series – will be presented to PL+S visitors. The T Series consists of both 2- and 4-channel models available in 3,000 W and 6,000 W versions supporting channel powers from 750 W to 3,000 W in a single rack unit. All models can deliver the same high peak voltage and can drive single 8/16 ohm cabinets at full SPL, making the T Series a cost-effective solution for small systems without boxes in parallel. The high voltage can also be used for power sharing between channels for applications such as bi-amped loudspeakers or subwoofers with passive tops.
In addition to analogue inputs, the T Series also includes AES3 and Dante by Audinate inputs, which are optimised for daisy-chained distribution of networked audio to multiple amplifiers with no need for external switches or splitters. Each model features group controllable advanced EQ to let users equalise multiple amplifiers in a chain, as well as a robust preset library with FIR processing.
The company’s stand can be found in Hall 8.0 (G40),