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Sound takes shape. Sound enters your ears and takes you gently away to paradise. Calm melodies pace back and forth unconstrained around the room. Emotions flow free in the music. Sorrowful ballads, dark and fragrant fluctuate and shake your heart.
Pure and natural, a soothing wind blows through trees and gently shaking leaves. Slowly you drift into tranquility. The sounds of modern life slip away from memory as your mind returns to it’s natural state. At the heart of the metropolis, a pool of serenity in the concrete desert. Drink and fill your soul with the music.
Originally Posted by avs markie /forum/post/15508491
Presumably, a swan would be gliding in that pool of serenity...Mark
Originally Posted by KyaDawn /forum/post/15510794
What are the advantages of line arrays anyway?
Originally Posted by Rogue Element /forum/post/15511553
Extreme efficiency and dynamics, coupled with low distortion, are the primary benefits. Large numbers of drivers equals lower distortion, as each driver in an array moves a small amount versus 1 or 2 drivers moving a large amount. Since distortion generally increases with increasing excursion, the array wins. They're generally efficient, as the drivers are generally wired in parallel. That lowers impedance and raises the dB/watt @ 1m.
Other benefits come from the comb filtering effect of all those drivers. Since there are so many interactions, the peaks/nulls from one are outweighed by all the others, so the net frequency response tends to be very smooth. Also, vertical dispersion is very low, so low floor/ceiling reflection issues. In addition, the wavefront behaves differently than a standard point source speaker. The array only loses 3dB/m acoustic output, versus 6dB/m for a standard speaker. All good stuff.
On the con side, arrays are huge cabinets with a small fortune's worth of drivers, not to mention the crossovers (usually active) and amps to drive them. Arrays can get pricey!
Check out this link if you want more info on arrays:
Originally Posted by KyaDawn /forum/post/15511637
Wow, great reply, thanks for all the info! I've yet to hear a line array speaker. With the drivers lined up from top to bottom, I've always wondered what the soundstage would be like? Does it seem "tall"?
Originally Posted by raymond leggs /forum/post/15511811
only when the sound molecules are coerced to stand vertically.
Originally Posted by KyaDawn /forum/post/15511890
With some line arrays that look like they are 8-10' high, I always pictured a vocalist would sound like a giant mouth!
Originally Posted by ninefivezero /forum/post/15512313
What I don't understand is the subwoofers.
15" woofer, 118 pounds, ported, 2600 watts RMS and only 30hz?