d&b audiotechnik launches E4 and E5 loudspeakers

d&b audiotechnik has launched its new compact E4 and E5 loudspeakers.

Comprising some of the smallest loudspeakers within the Black range of products, the E Series will expand in November with the release of the E4, with the E5 due to follow in January 2012.

The E4 and E5, the latter being a new design for the popular E0 in the Series, are lightweight, two-way passive loudspeakers that employ a 4" and 5" LF driver respectively and a coaxially mounted wide dispersion dome tweeter. Both are mounted in compact enclosures and are designed t offer wide symmetrical dispersion patterns in the horizontal and vertical plane.

They each posses built-in passive crossover networks with a frequency response extending from 130 to 20 kHz for the E4 and 85 Hz to 20 kHz for the E5, and weighing in at 1.1 kg (2.4 lb) and 2.2 kg (4.8 lb) they produce a maximum dB SPL of 115 and 117 respectively. The front of the loudspeakers are protected by a rigid metal grill and incorporated into the rear panel is an M10 threaded insert to accomodate the ball joint adapter, two NL4 connectors and a two pole push terminal.

The E4 and E5 are both suitable for temporary outdoor use as standard and are available to order with a special colour option. They can be powered by either the d&b D6 or D12 amplifiers and up to four cabinets may be driven by each channel of either amplifier. Firmware and software updates including the E4 are available for download under the relevant sections within Support/Downloads at www.dbaudio.com. These provide configurations for all current d&b amplifiers and the latest version of R1 Remote control software. Firmware and software updates to include the E5 will be available in January 2012.

Both the E4 and E5 are specifically intended for mobile near field applications for speech and music reinforcement in theatres, conferences, industrial presentations and broadcast studios and as surround sound, delay and fill systems. They can be used stand-alone or supplemented by different subwoofers from the E-Series. Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer, product manager at d&b commented: "When we recently launched the E6 into the E-Series we thought at the time that this little loudspeaker was the final piece to complete the package since the introduction of the E12X and the cardioid B4 subwoofers, however these two new loudspeakers have proved us wrong. The E4 and E5 are great additions to this Series providing even further flexibility along with astonishing performance for their size. They really should be listened to to be believed."