The use of line array speaker systems have shaped the live sound of stages and festivals around the world since the late 1980s when they first commercially appeared.
Always identifiable by their multi-piece curved structure, they are an imposing sight when in the classic flown configuration from a tower or rigging and have become a symbol to many that you're at a serious live event.
The primary function of a line array is to focus the output sound into a very narrow pattern to avoid the wasted sound energy that comes from using standard speakers. An array is constructed of identical loudspeaker units mounted in a line and fed in-phase to create a singular line source. Used vertically, they give a narrow and defined vertical output with a wide horizontal spread, which is perfect for arenas as it gets the sound across the audience rather than up into the ceiling or the open air.
When height or lack of rigging doesn't permit the array to be suspended, they will typically be stacked on top of the stage mounted subwoofer units or on the stage itself using a custom framework. The stacking of array systems is common and convenient for smaller venues, and they require less vertical dispersion to cover the audience space, which results in the stack being near straight rather than the curve of a flown system.
Array units are generally trapezoidal in design, and feature multiple mounting points for stacking or flying, with units such as the D.A.S. Aero range featuring built in rigging framework with locking and angle adjustment, negating the need for additional framing systems, and the in / out signal and power connections allowing simple cabling for even the largest system.
Like all sound systems, the level of capability, features and design specifics change from brand to brand and at different cost levels. We are pleased to offer our customers a selection from RCF, D.A.S. Audio, NEXO, and MOOSE, who all deliver products of exceptional quality with features unique to that particular brands take on things, giving you the widest possible choice from the market at the best prices possible.