Large Format Line Arrays
Buyers Guide
Large Format Line Arrays
By GeorgePetersen
JBL Professional
It’s no secret — for the past 10 years or so, line arrays have been the hottest ticket in live sound systems. And one of the fastest growing segments in the industry has been compact line
arrays, which we covered in our Nov. 2011 issue. Yet for the largest venues — and really big jobs — you need a little more horsepower, so this time we’re examining the largest, top of the line
systems (having LF drivers larger than 10 inches) from more than two dozen manufacturers. So, listed alphabetically, let’s look at these bad boys.
A-Line
AL10A
Configuration: Two-way, dual LF
LF: 2x10” B&C neodymium
HF: 1.4” B&C neodymium
Frequency Response: 75-18kHz
Horiz. Dispersion: 60/90/140° (three
models)
Size (HxWxD): 12.6x36.2x16”
Weight: 83 pounds
Power: 1000/500W B&O ICEpower
with DSP
Notes: Unpowered versions also
available.
Companion Sub: AS115A/AS215A/
AS118A
a-lineacoustics.com
Adamson
Y-18
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 18” ferrite
MF: (2) 9” ferrite
Biema Audio
YII
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12”
MF: (2) 8” cone
HF: (2) 1.5” exit JBL 2451 neodymium
Frequency Response: 40-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 100°
Size (HxWxD): 18.4x57.8x26.5”
Weight: 270 pounds
Aero 50
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 15” neodymium
MF: (4) 8” cone neodymium
HF: (2) 1.4” exit on DOSC waveguide
Frequency Response: 50-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 17x51.2x22.2”
Weight: 238 pounds
V-DOSC
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 15”
MF: (4) 7” Kevlar cone
Power: Unpowered
Notes: XTA, Lake and PLM presets
Companion Sub: T21 dual-21”
adamsonsystems.com
Lynx Pro Audio
LX-V12
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12” neodymium
MF: (4) 6.5” cone
HF: (2) 1.5” exit, neodymium
Frequency Response: 45-20kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 18.7x53.1x24.7”
Weight: 187 pounds
HF: (2) 1.4” exit neodymium
Frequency Response: 55-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 100°
Size (HxWxD): 14.5x46.25x20”
Weight: 163 pounds
MLA
Configuration: Three-way cellular drive
LF: (2) 12” neodymium Hybrid horn loaded
MF: (2) 6.5” cone neodymium
Power: D12 amplifier 2x1200W w/DSP
Notes: Designed to operate with D12
amp
Companion Sub: J-SUB cardioid sub
dbaudio.com
HF: (2) 1.4” exit
Frequency Response: 48-17kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 120°
Size (HxWxD): 14.2x43.3x22.4”
Weight: 132 pounds
HF: (3) 1” exit neodymium
Frequency Response: 52-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 14.6x44.7x26.5
Weight: 193 pounds
Frequency Response: 65-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 110°
Size (HxWxD): 14.7x24.7x15.9”
Weight: 59 pounds
Power: 1200W peak Class-D
DVA T12
Configuration: Three-way, single LF
LF: 12” neodymium
MF: (2) 6.5” neodymium
EAW
KF760
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12” horn-loaded
MF: (2) 10” cone horn-loaded
HF: (2) 2” exit, horn-loaded
Frequency Response: 80-16kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 80° long-throw
Size (HxWxD): 14.4x45x31”
Weight: 225 pounds
HF: (3) 1” exit, neodymium
Frequency Response: 60-19kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 100°
Size (HxWxD): 15.4x23.2x17.2”
Weight: 64 pounds
Meyer Sound Labs
MILO
Configuration: Four-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12” neodymium
MF: second LF extends beyond 300Hz for
Power: Unpowered
Notes: 100° short-throw HF761 also
available.
Companion Sub: BH760
eaw.com
HF: (2) 1.4” exit
Frequency Response: 45-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 14x58x28”
Weight: 199
Monarc MLA6
Configuration: Three–way, dual LF
LF: (2) 15”
MF: (2) 10” cone
Power: 1410W, Class-D triamped
Companion Sub: DVA S30N, DVA S10
dbtechnologies.com
Xvls
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 15” EVX-155PL
Grund Audio
Gala Series GA-2021N
Configuration: Two-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 10” neodymium
HF: (2) 1” exit neodymium
Frequency Response: 50-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 100°
Size (HxWxD): 12.25x37x13”
Weight: 90 pounds
Power: Unpowered
ISP Technologies
HDL 4212
Configuration: Four-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12” neodymium
MF: (2) 6.5” cone
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MF: (2) 8” ND08 cone
HF: (3) 3” ND6-16
Frequency Response: 50-16kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 19.5x45x29.2”
Outline
Notes: GA-4041NGS ground
stack array also offered
Companion Sub: GA-L15
grundorf.com
HMF: (2) 2” exit
HF: (4) 1.75” exit
Frequency Response: 68-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 15x43.5x27.5”
Weight: 185 pounds (w/ amps)
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GEO D10
Configuration: Three-way (shared LF/
MF)
LF/MF: 12” front-firing, (2) 8” side-firing
HF: 1.4” exit
Weight: 258 pounds
Power: Unpowered
Companion Sub: Xsub F
electrovoice.com
GTO
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 15”
MF: (4) 8” cone
Power: Six amps provide 2000W total
Notes: Outboard digital crossover
required
Companion Sub: XMAX 218
ispproaudio.com
HF: (4) 3” diaphragm NdFeB
Frequency Response: 50-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 18.1x44.3x25.8”
Weight: 212 pounds
Power: Unpowered
Companion Sub: Monarc MS6
mccauley.com
Size (HxWxD): 14.5x54x22”
Weight: 235 pounds
Power: Onboard 4-ch, 3935w AB/H amp
Companion Sub: M3D-Sub
meyersound.com
LMF
HF: 1.5” exit on Ribbon Emulation Manifold
VHF: (3) 0.75” exit on REM
Frequency Response: 60-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Nexo
Electro-Voice
Notes: Onboard DSP
Companion Sub: HD1801
mackie.com
Power: (6) Class-D, 6000W peak total
Notes: DSP and networking for control of
each cell in the array
Companion Sub: MLX Sub-Bass
martin-audio.com
McCauley Sound
dB Technologies
Power: Unpowered
Notes: Turnkey amp rack system optional
Companion Sub: SB218
l-acoustics.com
Power: 4000W Class-D w/DSP control
Companion Sub: LX-218S/LX-318C
lynxproaudio.c
HDA
Configuration: Two-way, single LF
LF: 12” neodymium
HF: (2) Beyma 1.7” exit
Power: Unpowered
Companion Sub: LX-212/LX212R/
LX212A
dasaudio.com
Martin Audio
J12
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12” neodymium
MF: 10” cone, horn loaded
Power: 3000W onboard Crown amps with
BSS OmniDrive
Notes: Unpowered and digital input versions
also offered
Companion Sub: VT4880/VT4880A
jblpro.com
Mackie
D.A.S. Audio
d&b audiotechnik
Drive
HF: (3) neodymium 2435H 1.5” exit
Frequency Response: 45-16kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 19.3x47.8x21.5”
Weight: 205 pounds w/rigging & hinge bars
L-Acoustics
Power: 1500W onboard
Companion Sub: Alpha-B
active 2x15 sub
biema.com
HF: 3”
Frequency Response: 80-16kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 100°
Size (HxWxD): 12.2x57x25.6”
Weight: 224 pounds
VerTec VT4889ADP
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 15” 2255H neodymium Differential
Drive
MF: (4) 8” 2250H neodymium Differential
Frequency Response: 60-19kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: configurable
80°/120°
Size (HxWxD): 15x29.3x29.5”
Weight: 125.7 pounds
Power: Unpowered
Notes: NX242 digital system controller
recommended
Companion Sub: GEO SUB (directional)
nexo-sa.com
Power: Unpowered
Companion Sub: GTO-LOW, GTO-SUB
outline.it
Peavey
Versarray 212
Configuration: Three-way, dual 12
LF: (2) 12” neodymium Black Widow
MF: (10) 2.5-inch cone neodymium
HF: (4) 4.75” planar ribbon tweeters
Frequency Response: 70-20kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 14x43x11.75”
Weight: 93 pounds
www.fohonline.com
Power: Unpowered
Companion Sub: Versarray 218
peavey.com
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Professional Audio
Systems
RS-2LA
Configuration: Two-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 15”
Notes: TOC™ technology coaxial drivers
Companion Sub: MF-218
pas-toc.com
HF: (2) 2-inch exit, coaxial
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 17.5x36x24”
Weight: 143 pounds
Power: Unpowered
QSC
WideLine WL2102
Configuration: Two-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 10”
RCF
TTL55A
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12” neodymium
MF: 10” cone neodymium
VerSys VLX3
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12” neodymium
MF: (2) 6.5” cone in CoEntrant horn
HF: (2) 2.5” in CoEntrant horn
7225XY
Configuration: Two-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 15” neodymium
SR-A12
Configuration: Two-way, single LF
LF: 12”
C-212ii
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12”
MF: (2) 8” cone
Flashline TFS-900H
Configuration: Four-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 12”
LMF: (4) 6.5” cone
EL210
Configuration: Two-way, dual LF
LF: (2) B&C 10” neodymium
HF: (2) 1” exit, BMS neodymium
Frequency Response: 55-20kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 15.3x28.4x19.5”
Weight: 89 pounds
Power: Unpowered
V10-PMD3
Configuration: Three-way, dual LF
LF: (2) 10”
MF: (2) 8” cone into Acoustic Intergrading Module
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HF: two comp. drivers into single horn
Frequency Response: 5-20kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 17x29x18.5”
Weight: 112 pounds
Power: Unpowered
Notes: Long- and short-throw versions
available
Companion Sub: SR-A18B
toaelectronics.com
HMF: (2) 6.5” cone
HF: (3) 1” exit
Frequency Response: 70-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 14.2x48.8x22.4”
Weight: 224 pounds
Power: 4 ch. 20000DP amp with Lake
processing
Companion Sub: TFS-900B
turbosound.com
Notes: Built by Yorkville Sound
Companion Sub: ELS212, ELS118
vtcproaudio.com
WorxAudio
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Notes: RHAON-enabled powered VL3
version also offered
Companion Sub: DRS18-1B/DR18-1R
renkus-heinz.com
Power: Unpowered
Notes: Powered version available
Companion Sub: C-218-12
tviaudio.com
HF: (2) 1.7” exit
Frequency Response: 50-19kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 14x5x46.2x24”
Weight: 179 pounds
Turbosound
VTC Pro Audio
Frequency Response: 45-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 60/90/120°
available
Size (HxWxD): 17.25x38.5x26.5”
Weight: 175 pounds
Power: Unpowered
Power: Unpowered
Companion Sub: 7218SWX, 7218SWX-F,
7221SWX
soundbridge.com
HF: (3) neodymium EXO
Frequency Response: 50-22kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 120°
Size (HxWxD): 21x50.75x28”
Weight: 205 pounds
TOA
True Vision Inc.
Weight: 70 pounds
Power: Unpowered
Companion Sub: 215PCM, 215SB
qscaudio.com
Power: 3500W onboard with DSP control
Companion Sub: TTS56-A (6800W, dual21”)
rcf.it
HF: (3) 1.5” exit neodymium
Frequency Response: 50-20kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 90°
Size (HxWxD): 15x40x21.6”
Weight: 67 pounds
Renkus-Heinz
Sound Bridge
Acoustic Labs
HF: 1.4” exit neodymium
Frequency Response: 55-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 140°
Size (HxWxD): 10.8x27.4x20.75”
HF: 1.4” exit into FlatWave Former
Frequency Response: 38-18kHz
Horizontal Dispersion: 140°
Size (HxWxD): 10.5x48x18”
Weight: 165 pounds
Power: 2500W digital triamplification
www.fohonline.com
Notes: Unpowered V10 version also offered
Companion Sub: TL218SS-P
worxaudio.com
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