On Wednesday, we looked at some new Behringer input devices, today we’ll look at output; namely speakers. I’ll disclaim this once so I don’t have to do it each time—we didn’t hear any of these so I can’t comment how they sound. I got to know the HOW rep at the show and their new PR guy is a good friend, so perhaps we’ll be getting some demos soon.
NEKKT K5 and K8
In a clever typography trick, they used two “K’s” to make an X. Kind of. The KK of course, stands for Keith Klawitter, whom you may know from a little company called KRK. Uli asked Keith to design some monitors for them, and he did. They look a lot like KRK models, at least in shape. The cones are white, however. Since DSP is cheap now, they built some in. You can download various DSP profiles to your speakers using your iPhone and they will simulate various studio monitor setups around the world. You can also adjust the DSP settings from your phone, while you sit in the sweet spot.
Powered by a 100W or 150W amplifier respectively, the speakers are bi-amped. Silk dome tweeters and long-throw 5” and 8” woofers make the sound. You can send audio to them via analog ins, but where’s the fun in that. How about using the built-in USB inputs instead? Or better yet, you can stream audio to them via Bluetooth from you phone. That could be pretty useful if you want to demo a track, or show some song ideas. Prices are $399 and $499, respectively. A pair.
The new B112W and B115W are 12” and 15” portable, pole mount speakers. They come with two channel mixers built-in, are powered by 1000W Class D amps, and are composite box. Nothing too surprising there. However, they also are “Wireless ready” and you can use the speakers as a receiver for their line of digital wireless mic's (I didn’t even know they had those). You can also stream via Bluetooth to a stereo pair of speakers from you iPhone or Andriod. Cost is $329 or $379 each.
iQ Series Speakers
You may or may not have noticed that Behringer bought Turbosound. Well, they did. And since they also own Klark Technik, they have some interesting design help now. The first product of this marriage is the new iQ series. A line of six boxes (four tops, two subs), the iQ line is quite interesting.
For full-range boxes, you have the iQ 8, iQ 10, iQ 12, and the iQ 15. As you might expect, the main drivers are 8, 10, 12 and 15 inches. A 1.75” titanium driver handles the highs. Each box is powered by a 2,500 W Class D amp, and is endowed with a good bit of KT DSP. They are fiberglass-reinforced composite boxes, and can be used as mains or monitors; stacked, pole mounted or flown.
Each box includes Ultranet for connecting directly to the X32 line of mixers or personal monitors, USB input for control of the DSP (you can also use the rear screen), and a pair of mic/line inputs with separate level controls. The DSP seems pretty impressive for a set of portable speakers. From their website, “This dynamic digital engine commands a phase/time-correction crossover, EQ, noise gate, automatic feedback eliminator, and much more to maintain optimal performance.” Not bad. Assuming they sound good...
Also in the line are the iQ15s and iQ18s, which, as you would expect, are the sub models. Same 2,500 W power, same DSP built-in.
Prices are as follows: iQ8: $549; iQ10 $599; iQ12 $699; iQ15 $799; iQ15s $899; iQ18s $999. When you pair that with an X32 mixer and a pile of their personal mixers, you could do a dual 15 tops, dual 18 subs system with 8 personal mixers for a little over $8000. And the whole system connects via a couple of Cat5 cables. Can anyone say portable church?
Again, we haven’t heard these, but Turbosound generally doesn’t suck, so I’d say they’re going to be worth a listen.