NAMM 2012: Yamaha launches DXR and DXS digital loudspeakers

Yamaha has introduced its new DXR and DXS digital loudspeakers at the NAMM 2012 Winter Show.

The DXR series comprises four full-range models – the DXR8, DXR10, DXR12 and DXR15, complemented by the DXS12 and DXS15 active subs.

Each enclosure houses a 1100W Class D amplifier, delivering an SPL of up to 133dB. Minimal distortion transducers, which provide a flat frequency response and high output, have been customised to match the amplifier’s properties and are designed to produce deep bass, clear mid-range and accurate high frequencies. Furthermore, an all-new, universal switched mode power supply ensures the DXR series is suitable for worldwide use.

The DXR series features Yamaha’s FIR-X tuning is also employed for clear and consistent sound throughout all output levels. Two settings are provided – FOH/MAIN or MONITOR – optimising the loudspeaker for front of house or monitoring applications.

Yamaha’s DXS series subwoofers include D-XSUB processing and exclusive DSP presets for control of the low end. The company’s DSP also provides tour-proven protection functions, which ensure all the vital components perform at their highest level.

ABS enclosures on all models are designed to offer adaptability in a wide range of applications – from FOH or stage monitoring for bands, solo musicians and DJs to installation in commercial and public premises, churches and schools.

The DXR series is also equipped with rigging points compatible with standard eyebolts, while optional U-brackets are also available for horizontal and vertical mounting. The series also features a dual-angle pole mount socket, three-channel onboard mixer, IN/OUT connectivity and linking capability, allowing DXR loudspeakers to make up a full sound reinforcement system alone or integrate into a setup with DSR or DXS Series speakers.

In the development of this new range, Yamaha collaborated with loudspeaker specialist NEXO, whose insight and expertise in touring-grade sound reinforcement ensured that the DXR and DXS series deliver optimum portable sound.

“Working with NEXO was an obvious step in taking the DXR and DXS ranges to the highest level of performance. Liaising closely with their engineers at their state-of-the-art facility greatly contributed to the astonishing SPL and unmatched reliability of these new loudspeakers,” said Toshiaki Kamiya, engineering manager, Speakers & Amplifiers Group, Yamaha Pro Audio Division.

“By combining Yamaha’s signal processing, acoustic and amplifier technologies with NEXO’s invaluable insight and experience of loudspeaker design, we have not only extended our ranges of high-power, professional active speakers, but we have also made a significant addition to our overall portfolio of pro audio solutions,” added Kazunori Kobayashi, general manager of Yamaha’s Pro Audio Division.

The new DXR and DXS Series will be on show at Yamaha’s NAMM 2012 stand 6528 in Hall A of the Anaheim Convention Center, California from 19th – 21st January and will be available from this month.