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Best of the rest

While the PLASA Awards for Innovation recognised the best new products released over the past 12 months, PLASA07 also played host to some significant product releases in its own right. S&S reviews some of the best.

While the PLASA Awards for Innovation recognised the best new products released over the past 12 months, PLASA07 also played host to some significant product releases in its own right. S&S reviews some of the best.


The first product in Lab.gruppen's new Powered Loudspeaker Management series product range comprises a four-channel amplifier, dual Dolby Lake processor modules, Dante low-latency networking, and other features designed for load verification and performance monitoring.

Built on the foundation of Lab.gruppen's robust FP+ series of loudspeakers, the PLM 10000Q features four output channels (driven independently) providing 2700w@2.7 ohms (2300w @4 ohms), with more power available when driven asymmetrically. Other features in common with the FP+ series include patented Class TD output stages, regulated switch-mode power supply (R.SMPS), a high-efficiency intercooler copper-finned cooling system, and a full suite of protection features.

Philips SSLS

Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, the new entity formed by Philips' acquisition of Color Kinetics, showcased its inaugural range of LED lighting products at the show designed for entertainment and event production applications. Highlights of the rebranded product range include the iW Blast 12 TR, which is a new white light system with variable colour temperature; the RGB ColorBlast 12 TR; and the ColorBlast 12 TR UV, which is designed for ‘black light' applications in stage and set environments and features advanced optics to provide strobing and dimming of UV light without the need for blinders, dowsers, or other moving components.

Another highlight is the iColor Accent Powercore linear RGB ‘tube', which offers control resolution in increments as small as 3cm, allowing it to run video graphics in any interior or exterior environment. It also incorporates Powercore technology to directly accept line voltage, eliminating the requirement for external power supplies.

Philips also showcased its Video System Manager (VSM) at the show. VSM is an integrated software/hardware solution that converts standard live video signals from a variety of media sources and streams the content to Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions' LED-based fixtures or nodes - essentially reproducing video effects in a lighting installation.

The VSM's Ethernet-based video system ‘engine' is available in a rack-mountable version, making it ideally suited for use as a touring application.

Martin Professional

The Magnum 650 is the latest fogger to join Martin's Magnum line of fog effects products. The 650 repackages the Magnum 550 in a new and smart design.

Housed in a compact body, the fogger is ideally designed for mobile DJs and applications in smaller venues. It features a 600w heat exchanger that works in conjunction with Martin's ECO-Mass vaporising system for economical and even distribution of fog. The fogger is supplied with a remote control and features Martin's patented overheat protection system.

Another highlight of the company's product assault at PLASA07 was the smartMAC 150w moving head profile, which features a unique fanless cooling system and silent operation.


JBL Professional introduced its VRX932LAP 12-inch powered loudspeaker and VRX918SP 18-inch powered subwoofer at PLASA07. Utilising the JBL DrivePack DPC-2 amplification system, both models are fully self-contained and boast a range of performance-enhanced features including integrated DSP, creating what JBL claims is the simplest professional powered line array system available today.

Designed for use in arrays of up to five units, the VRX932LAP (pictured above) is a two-way powered line array loudspeaker featuring a DPC-2 amplifier module that provides 1750w of peak power. A DSP-based resident input module provides system optimisation and equalisation.

The VRX932LAP features JBL latest 2408J annular ring diaphragm HF driver technology. A constant curvature waveguide mounts three compression drivers on a continuous arc. When additional loudspeakers are added to the array, the uninterrupted arc continues. In effect, all the drivers work together as if they were a single driver on a very long waveguide.

The VRX932LAP also uses ‘amplitude shading' to shape the coverage of the array. For example, switches on the input plate control the output of each high-frequency section in the array. This allows users to set the upper enclosures in an array configuration to deliver more output to the rear of a venue, while the lower box is shaded back to reduce excessive levels at the front of the listening area, thus creating a more coherent sound field.

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