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Presonus Debuts a new line of Intelligent Speakers at the 2013 NAMM Show

Presonus has released an exciting new line of Live Sound Reinforcement Speakers that they are branding under their StudioLive flag.    These speakers all feature “Active Integration”   which is a proprietary networking system that allows all the components of your StudioLive Mixer and Speakers to communicate with each other.

ACTIVE INTEGRATION

Active Integration is a Wi-Fi based networking system for  communications, wireless networking, and control of the vast amounts of DSP found in a specialized custom chipset built into each speaker, resulting in a system that can easily detect, manipulate, and control each component of the system in the network enabling the room to be tuned and manipulated from one position.

The StudioLive Active Integration system includes more DSP power physically built into each speaker than a standalone rack mount speaker management system.  The included USB Wi-Fi LAN adapter enables wireless networking via a small USB dongle on each speaker.   This gives you an unprecedented amount of control over individual speakers through the network, which can be manipulated from anywhere in the room via a laptop, iPad, or iPhone and iPod touch for monitor controls.

StudioLive Room Control

SL Room Control  is speaker management software that allows you to interface directly with your entire system via a laptop or iOS device.    All you need to do is create a local area network using a wireless router and connect your StudioLive AI speakers with the included USB 2.0 Wi-Fi LAN adapter or onboard Ethercon connection.    You also connect your laptop or iPad  to the same Wi-Fi network and launch SL Room Control and your free to use a plethora of EQ and dynamic presets, RTA and SMAART applications as well as monitor temperature, set delay time and phase for your entire StudioLive AI speaker system.

The Speakers

Designed by David Gunness, formerly of EAW and Electro Voice, the SL series speakers sport a coaxial design.   This means the tweeters are set in the same axis occupying the same space.   In actuality the tweeters fire directly through the dust cap of the midrange drivers with the aid of an external wave guide.  Without getting too technical, the coaxial design of these speakers results in a homogenous wave pattern from the same source throughout the speakers frequency response.  Non coaxial, component based speakers have asymmetrical dispersion patterns that can result in varying phase anomalies dependent on the position of the observer.

StudioLive  18sAI

StudioLive 18sAI offers the benefits of Active Integration, including remote control—including wireless control—over output level, user-adjustable contours, and more and uses 32-bit floating point DSP for the variable crossover, dynamic limiting, and excursion limiting.

 StudioLive 312AI

A compact, powered, full-range, 3-way loudspeaker, StudioLive 312AI relies on a 12-inch ferrite woofer for low frequencies and a custom-designed, 8-inch coaxial speaker with a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver to reproduce the mid and high frequencies. These transducers are driven by a hefty 2,000W RMS of triamplified, Class D power.

 

StudioLive 315AI

The StudioLive 315AI is perfect for large venues and bands that need full-range speakers with plenty of low end. The StudioLive 315AI provides 3-way coverage, with a 15-inch speaker for low frequencies and a custom-designed, 8-inch coaxial speaker with a 1.75-inch titanium compression driver to reproduce the mid and high frequencies. These transducers are driven by a hefty 2,000W RMS of triamplified, Class D power.

 

StudioLive 328AI

A 3-way system that features dual 8-inch ferrite woofers and a coaxial 8-inch ferrite midrange speaker and 1.75-inch compression driver, the StudioLive 328AI delivers full-range, high-powered performance, yet is streamlined and compact. These transducers are driven by a hefty 2,000W RMS of quad-amplified, Class D power.

PRM1

To get the most out of your Presonus AI System you need to use an accurate reference microphone to measure the tonality of the room your tuning your system to.  The PRM1 can handle up to 132 dj SPL and has a linear frequency response 20Hz-20kHz, enabling you to take advantage of the RTA (real-time analyser) units and software like SMAART and Virtual StudioLive.

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JBL MS-8 Sound Processor Overview

THE BEGINNING:

2008+ Mitsubishi Lancer Rockford Fosgate Amplified Sound System Diagram

When someone says to me, “Come check out my awesome sound system!” Deep down I sigh to myself knowing that they will have two subwoofers in the trunk powered by a no name amplifier as well as a cheap head unit. Sure enough, it’s just bass… sloppy and inaccurate but loud bass. If only they knew what amazing sound lay just on the horizon. They can have loud, deep bass but obtain quality with their current setup. Where are the mids and highs? How about accurate, punchy bass? Does no one want that live concert, movie theater type sound? I bought a new 2008+ Mitsubishi Lancer and wanted to get the best possible sound from my factory amplified sound system, I had decided to hold off on an entire system until the vehicle was paid off. The JBL MS-8 was rumored to rock socks off, so I pulled the trigger and purchased one. It would integrate with my factory amplified navigation and sound system nicely. The system is made up of the following:

  • Navigation Headunit
  • 8-Channel DSP Amplifier
  • Front 6.5″ Component Speakers
  • Rear Coaxial Speakers
  • Trunk Mounted 10″ Subwoofer

INSTALLATION:

I had to do quite a bit of research before the installation of the MS-8 because I wanted to be absolutely sure I was cutting into the correct wires of my factory amplified sound system, which looked like rainbow spaghetti. If I had a basic, non-amplified or aftermarket sound system, the installation would have been very easy and straightforward. I used the hi-level input and output of the MS-8, which were two wiring harnesses. The clearly labeled harnesses made it easy to crimp all of the wires together once I had the colors figured out. I connected the MS-8 to the output side of the factory amplifier between the amp and speakers themselves, it would utilize it’s own high quality built-in amplifier from now on. Installation was slightly more difficult than a regular amplifier, but only because of the factory wiring.

CALIBRATION:

The included LCD display and bi-aural microphone are used for setup, calibration, and tuning of the MS-8. It can be mounted anywhere within the vehicle or simply used once and then unplugged and stored. I opted to store the display once I finished using it, however I connect it often to make adjustments to the 31-band EQ or the listening position. You must tell the MS-8 what speakers are connected to each channel, so make sure to write them down ahead of time. I then had to set the crossover points for each speaker and was delighted that I had this kind of control of my system. However, I had no idea what crossover points the factory system’s speakers were set at and Rockford Fosgate wouldn’t reveal that information to me, trust me I asked. This was a big pain in my side, but crucial to getting the best sound. The first x-over points I selected made the MS-8 sound awful and muddy, so keep that in mind if you are un-happy with the outcome, just re-calibrate with new x-over points. Finally, I donned the bi-aural microphone headset like a champion and started the sound calibrations. The measurements will take about 5 minutes to complete at which point the unit will calculate the frequency response, level and arrival time for each of the 8 output channels. Finally, it auto-tunes the car using 48 measurements per seat, up to 4 seats total (driver, passenger, two rear seats). Impressive isn’t it? Just make sure no one sees you during calibration. Looking in all directions with the headset on and the car making tons of awkward beeping noises will leave people wondering.

THE DEFINING MOMENT:
When completed, the MS-8 was ready to output the optimized tune from all of its calibrations. I was immediately impressed. I could no longer pinpoint the individual speakers in my car, all I knew was that the sound was coming from the front dashboard and all around me. More than just raising the center stage, the MS-8’s quality amplifier brought out the little nuances in my music that I was never able to hear before from the stock amplifier. Cymbals sounded like they were crashing, the bass drum was punchy and even vocals were more human and sibilant. I turned the calibrations off to revert back to the factory sound output and felt disgusted that I had ever thought it was good, at which point I immediately turned the MS-8 back on. Had I spent the same amount of money on just upgrading my speakers and radio, I would have better quality sound from the individual speakers but without time alignment and staging, it’s almost pointless. Now that I have the MS-8, adding upgraded components will be a breeze and they will sound significantly better with the additional calibrations.

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Car Sound Staging and Acoustics

Focal No. 7

The Stage is Set

Many people are convinced that buying high quality car audio equipment will automatically guarantee them a top notch sounding system.   Fact of the matter is, there are many factors to take into consideration when installing aftermarket sound components in your vehicle.   Sound staging is one of the most important aspects in that it can make the difference between a good system and a great one.  The basic concept of sound staging can be best described as trying to recreate a stereo recording as a live performance.  Think of the basic format of a band:  You have a singer, one or two guitarist, a bassist and a drummer.  Someone who has proper sound staging should be able to listen to the recording and hear the singer in the center, the guitarist on the left, the bassist on the right, and the drummer behind the singer.

Speaker Placement

Sound Staging

The placement of a vehicle’s speakers can drastically affect its sound staging. Common vehicles usually only have a standard 4 speaker system.  This can often result in poor sound staging creating a very artificial sound.  However, this can be improved by adding speakers such as the Infinity Reference 6032cf. The Unipivot feature allows the tweeter to be pointed at the listeners location even when the speaker is mounted off axis. Passionate audiophiles will go above and beyond to ensure that their speakers are in locations that will provide optimum performance.  This might include modifying door panels or building custom kick panels to accommodate midbass drivers and tweeters.  Some may create mounting devices which allow them to raise the speaker above the dash for improved imaging and staging.  Installers might achieve better sound staging by adding additional speakers to the equation in locations such as pillars or under seats.

Interior Acoustics

Sound StagingA vehicle’s interior characteristics can help determine sound staging as well.  Different surfaces will have various responses to sound waves depending on how they absorb or reflect them.  For instance, a surface such as glass will be reflective and cause sound waves to bounce around.  A surface such as upholstery will cause sound wave to be absorbed.  This can greatly affect how your speakers and subwoofers reproduce music.  For example, if you were to put identical sound systems in a Rolls Royce and a Toyota Corolla, they would sound very different.  Adding a digital sound processor such as the JBL MS-8 can improve staging significantly with its automatic time correction feature, allowing the sound from each speaker to reach the listener simultaneously.  Audiophiles will often apply sound dampening material to door panels and trunks in order to control interior surfaces and reduce unwanted vibrations.

Let’s be honest, there is no perfect sound system, but understanding how to take advantage of every small detail can mean a world of difference.

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JBL / Infinity Training at Sonic Electronix


JBL & Infinity Training at Sonic Electronix

In the audio world, the JBL brand is practically synonymous with professional audio. They have been there for all the biggest events and have become the official sound for Woodstock. When there is a revolutionary audio technology, there is a good chance a JBL/Harman engineer is behind it. That is the nature of the Harman, which includes JBL, Infinity, AKG, and more. The past week, Harman came to teach Sonic about the JBL and Infinity car audio products. Sonic Electronix was taught about speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, new unreleased products, and the incredible JBL MS-8 Sound Processor.

In addition to the classroom style training, Sonic went outside to get a hands-on demo of Infinity and JBL. Two show cars pulled up to show off what Infinity and JBL are all about.

Infinity Kappa Speakers

Infinity Kappa Speakers at Sonic ElectronixThe Kappa speakers have a long history of being some of the best speakers on the Infinity product line-up. With an affordable price tag and huge performance, these speakers have become very popular for car audio novices and audiophiles alike. The show car that Harman (JBL & Infinity) brought was fully loaded with Infinity Kappa 60.9cs car speakers.

Infinity Kappa Subwoofers

Infinity Kappa Subwoofers at Sonic ElectronixKappa subwoofers are possibly the richest looking subwoofers on the market. Not only do they produce some rich, clean bass, but they also have a shiny, gold cone. Check out the Infinity Kappa 120.9W to see high res images of the cone. Wiring is made simple with the SSI (Smart Selectable Impedance) switch. Once installed and properly wired, these subwoofers become a well-balanced woofer for SQ and SPL.

Infinity Kappa Amplifiers

Infinity Kappa Amplifiers at Sonic ElectronixProperly powering a system is important and the Infinity Kappa amplifiers are the perfect solution. Providing constant reliable power to any mobile audio system, the Kappa amplifiers have developed a reputation as one of the more premier amplifiers in the industry. To make it better, these high-end amplifiers do not come with a high-end price tag. Kappa amplifiers are the perfect solution to an audiophile car audio system.

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JBL GTO & Power Speakers: Buy One Pair, Get One Pair 1/2 Off

JBL GTO and Power Car Speakers

Want to upgrade your car speakers without hurting your wallet too much? For the last couple of weeks in May, JBL is offering some incredible deals on their car speakers. Now thru May 28, 2011, Sonic Electronix is offering a Buy One, Get One ½ Off sale for JBL car speakers.

Why Choose JBL Speakers?

There are a lot of different speaker companies in the car audio industry. For those that have already been converted, the unique JBL sound separates it from the rest of the car speakers. But what makes that difference? The answer is simple: Engineering and Experience.

The audio specialists and speaker engineers at JBL have an impressive resume and a long history of outstanding products. With so many years of experience, the engineers have learned exactly how to make a great sounding speaker. Their experience and love for music results in the speaker sounding just the way that the artists intend.

The GTO and Power series of speakers include a built-in tweeter attenuation switch that will adjust the output level of the tweeter. The result is a finely tuned system that sounds great to the listener’s ears. The attention to little details like this are a lifesaver for those that are serious about their music. JBL understands how important the tweeter is and makes sure that the listener is getting a product that they will enjoy listening to.

Now for a limited time, Sonic Electronix is hosting a Buy One, Get One ½ Off for JBL GTO and Power series speakers. Get more from your car audio system by upgrading to a pair of JBL speakers. Simply call Sonic Electronix at 1-877-289-7664 to take advantage of this great deal.

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