Mackie has announced the launch of its HD Series high-definition powered loudspeakers, which, it claims create an entirely new category: high-definition live sound. The series will be debuted in Frankfurt this week.
The HD1521 two-way and HD1531 three-way boast the pinnacle of Class-D amplifier technology, delivering up to 1800W of peak system power. The HD Series takes the idea of active loudspeakers a step further with the implementation of patented acoustic correction processing that counters the inherent physical attributes that can make typical loudspeakers sound ‘honky’ or ‘washed out’.
“Our new HD Series loudspeakers are on the cutting edge of loudspeaker technology,” said Greg Young, Mackie brand product manager. “They offer more Watts per dollar than the competition and the sonic clarity is nothing short of amazing.”
With custom transducer design and system tuning by the high-end touring experts at EAW, HD Series loudspeakers feature 15-inch neodymium woofers, matched with 1.75-inch heat-treated titanium compression driver. The HD1531 three-way also features a 6-inch midrange driver and Mackie’s optimised WaveFront mid/high horn system for ultra-wide, consistent coverage. A user-adjustable three-band eq with a sweepable mid is a great feature for smaller setups that may not have a ton of outboard gear. The rugged all-wood cabinets feature 12 integral fly-points for horizontal or vertical rigging and both models are pole-mountable.
“HD loudspeakers deliver immense power, are ultra-compact and lightweight and offer unmatched clarity,” added Young. “We truly elevate the experience for the audience, not to mention the engineer.”
HD Series High-Definition Powered Loudspeakers will be available in the Americas and Europe in May 2009. Asia will have availability in April 2009. The HD1521 will retail at USD1,249.99 and the HD1531, at USD1,499.99.