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Sound Harmonics, Next Proaudio, Newblack, Jo Black


South African rental company NewBlack recently invested into Portuguese loudspeaker manufacturer, NEXT-ProAudio through local distributer Sound Harmonics. The Pretoria based company took delivery of the new LA122A.v2 variable curvature array including the LAs118A.v2 single 18” subwoofers and LAm114xA 14” coaxial monitors. 

“This was not an easy sale!” says Travis Vermeulen, Sales Director at Sound Harmonics. “Tiaan Newman, of NewBlack is a well-respected industry specialist in South Africa, and he has had his fair share of experience on practically every high-end system available. This meant that introducing a product which has never been in South Africa before was a task on its own.  Fortunately, we did our homework before importing NEXT-ProAudio and we’re happy to report that we, and our clients, are ecstatic with the results”. 

“Sitting at already 20 boxes of NEXT at one rental company, and a good number more soon to be reported on, I think we are set to see excellent results for NEXT-ProAudio in Southern Africa” reports Joseph Mandy, Owner at Sound Harmonics.

“Choosing to go with NEXT was exciting as the brand has never been in SA before”. Says Newman. “Travis got a demo rig to one of our shows for Jo Black and the results were excellent.  Even the venue’s technicians were impressed.  It’s seldom that Joe removes his in ears to enjoy the crowd and stage mix, but he feels comfortable enough to run his shows with the wedges (4 x Lam114xA coupled) alone and pretty much only the click-track goes through in-ears at this point. The venue was a highly reverberant rectangular space with a balcony level, and the system helped us keep that reverb down to almost inaudible! And, this was a ground-stacked system.   I look forward to our ‘NEXT’ set of boxes being delivered!”


 

NEXT-proaudio introduces LA26, Ultra-Compact Line Array

30 JANUARY, 2019


NEXT-proaudio announces the launch of the LA26, a new ultra-compact modular line source, with a long throw capability, delivering great sound quality at a very high SPL levels from the front row to the back of the entire audience. The LA26 is a 2-way, full range passive line array cabinet housing two 6.5" neodymium Flat Diaphragm drivers located in the side walls of the HF Oblate Spheroidal Waveguide, a 2" diaphragm HF neodymium driver and a passive network crossover presenting a nominal input impedance of 16Ω. A fast and easy 3-point auto-locking rigging mechanism is integrated for easy build of ground stacked or flown systems.

The new technology waveguide and coplanar transducer configuration, generates precisely coherent wavefronts uniformly spread in the horizontal plane (105°) and precisely coupled in the vertical plane without sacrificing HF presence in the far field, further eliminating the low-mid lobbing normally associated with two-way line source systems. According to the Portuguese Manufacturer, the main goal is to improve the audience coverage by the unrivaled dispersion control and smooth even sound radiation pattern.

Measuring 498.5mm (19.6in) wide and weighting only 15kg, the product’s elegant lines and flush-fitted rigging allow it to fit into any architecture, making it a natural element for installations in Concert Halls, Theatres, and special venues demanding minimum visual obstruction. The LA26 can also be used as Touring sound reinforcement for small and medium-size venues, sports arenas, stadiums, and corporate AV events. It can be flown in arrays for use as a main system or configured as single cabinets or short stacks for use as front-fills and under-balcony-fills. Using an adaptive flying frame, the use of this system as a complement to larger LA systems becomes possible.

“Our new LA26 is the smallest and lightest in the LA series keeping the elegance of LA Family.” explains Antonio Correia, R&D Manager at NEXT-proaudio, “The new line array model is uniquely flexible, upgradeable, and financially accessible.”

For low frequency extension the LAs15A active subwoofer or the LAs15 passive subwoofer can be used. Both models house a powerful 15-inch, long excursion 100mm (4in) voice coil speaker, operating from 38Hz to 200Hz and can be paired with LA26 cabinets via the integrated pole mount, ground-stacked, or flown.

The LAs15A (active) is powered by the DPA4000 power unit, capable of delivering 4000Wrms with a magnificent precision and punch at incredible SPL, combining optimized acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic solutions to maximize efficiency. Each LAs15A has a separate power output to power up to 3 LA26. Using the appropriate preset a cardioid system can be easily implemented. Besides this solution, the LA26 together with the LAs15 passive subwoofer, can be powered by the N-RAK, NEXT-proaudio’s new unified rack solution.

The cabinets can be finished in a variety of colours to suit fixed installations.



 

NEXT-proaudio appoints new distributor in South Africa

06 JUNE, 2018


The Portuguese audio manufacturer brand NEXT-proaudio is delighted to announce the appointment of the new distributor for South Africa. The distribution company name is Sound Harmonics, and from now on they will handle the exclusive distribution of NEXT-proaudio products for that market.

Originally, Sound Harmonics started out as a high-end Audio Company, offering rental and recording services to the Theatre, Corporate and Events markets. Soon sales and distribution of top audio brands followed and today, they have expanded the sales & distribution offering to include Audio, Lighting, Communications, Trussing and Rigging. Sound Harmonics is a multifaceted company built on passion, innovation and uncompromising standards of excellence. 

The Sound Harmonics design and installation team offer total solutions, from concept through to commissioning. They service all market segments, including Schools, Hotels, Nightclubs, Casinos, Shops, Houses of Worship, Theatres, Multi-purpose venues and Arenas.

NEXT-proaudio’s Sales Manager, Sergio Pinto provided concluding comments: “We are pleased to welcome Sound Harmonics on board. They are a high profile supplier that offers high quality solutions to the market with an unparalleled support in the professional segment. We see great potential in South Africa´s market. This is a truly exciting progression that will ensure professional support to NEXT-proaudio customers in this market”.

Sound Harmonics has already started marketing the Portuguese manufacturer's products. ‘“We are very excited to be partnering with such a passionate group of people at NEXT Proaudio, and even more excited to bring this robust and exceptionally sounding brand to South Africa”, said Joseph Mandy, Sound Harmonics Director.





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