PreSonus’ new CDL12P full-range, constant-directivity, powered sound-reinforcement loudspeaker combines the attributes of point source and line array technology to provide a unique speaker system in sound-reinforcement applications. Its patent-pending constant-directivity design enables it to radiate a focused pattern with consistent SPL throughout the frequency-response range, both on and off-axis.
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The CDL12P is portable and can be used alone, in tandem with a subwoofer, or in an array, aimed at installs in small and midsize venues that don’t need a networkable loudspeaker. The original Dante-enabled CDL12 is recommended for venues that require a networkable constant-directivity loudspeaker.
Each CDL12P consists of eight 2-inch drivers aligned in a segmented circular-arc high-frequency array centered in front of a 12-inch woofer. The outputs of the low-frequency driver and the high-frequency array travel on the same acoustic axis, as with a coaxial studio monitor. Because the highs and lows emanate from the same point, they arrive at listeners’ ears at the exact same time, so the CDL12P doesn’t create any smearing in the crossover frequencies, ensuring better intelligibility throughout the frequency-response range and better sonic coherence across the entire venue. A low, 420-hertz crossover frequency minimizes comb filtering. According to PreSonus, regardless of how many CDL12Ps you stack (up to six total), you get focused sound with consistent SPL coverage both on- and off-axis. Each CDL12P delivers 120° horizontal by 15° vertical dispersion, so six enclosures rigged together form a 120° x 90° coverage pattern.
The CDL12P’s integrated 500×500-watt Class D power amplifier features onboard DSP presets to facilitate and simplify arrayed configurations. The integrated DSP offers a high-pass filter; a limiter; tuning for use with PreSonus CDL18s, AIR18s and ULT18 subwoofers; and controls for the number of enclosures used. A dual-angle pole mount is provided, supporting the use of one or two enclosures when pole-mounted on a tripod stand, or atop the companion CDL18s, ULT18 or AIR18s subwoofer, allowing the system to adapt to varying audience sizes. Heavy-duty aluminum rigging with integrated pin-loaded hardware rated for a 10:1 load ensures a safe solution for flown installations.
The CDL12P is $999.95 each.