Alcons Audio has launched the LR18i pro-ribbon line-array system, which the company says combines the highest sound quality with very high SPL capabilities and throw. The 3-way, compact-size format line-array sound system is specifically designed for fixed installations.
By implementing Alcons’ pro-ribbon technology for mid and high frequencies, a very fast impulse response with up-to-90 percent less distortion is achieved, the company says. This enables the LR18i to offer an intuitive linear response, with optimal intelligibility and non-compressed identical tonal balance at any SPL, under a remarkable gain-before-feedback performance.
The all-natural cylindrical wavefront of the multiple-patented Alcons RBN702rs 7-inch pro-ribbon transducer and the acoustically and electronically symmetrical component configuration cater for a very coherent pattern control in both the vertical as well as the horizontal plane, without any distortion-inducing horn constructions.
The pro-ribbon’s power handling of 1500W (200 milliseconds, which is 10x the industry standard) provides an unlimited headroom for even the most dynamic source material.
The RBN702 is coupled to a high-efficiency, horn-loaded 6.5-inch midrange transducer, coaxially mounted behind the HF driver; The LF section consists of 2 reflex-loaded 8-inch woofers with oversized 3-inch voice-coil Neodymium motor-structure. These surpass the output of even larger drivers, while maintaining a smaller face print.
“The LR18 line-array follows the design approaches of its larger siblings, the LR24 and the LR28 pro-ribbon line-arrays. We developed this symmetrical line-array as a full three-way system, where two-way is the general standard in this product category," says Philip de Haan, Alcons’ head of research and development. We wanted to make the LR18’s unique properties easier accessible for applications where mobility, flexibility and ease of quick set-up and strike was of less relevance. For this, we focused on simplifying the system down to the core performance, while maintaining the unique sound properties of the pro-ribbon line-array.’