Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced the debut of RADIUS, an intelligent and sophisticated family of loudspeakers for both portable and permanent installation applications. RADIUS brings EAW’s signature acoustical design prowess and technologies like EAW Focusing and DynO to a new powered and processed platform that integrates Dante networking and iOS-based prediction, control and monitoring along with a number of useful and unique features that streamline setup and maximize results in minimal time.
The EAW RADIUS Series is a comprehensive family that includes point source, line source, stage monitor and subwoofer loudspeakers. The complete range consists of 8-in and 12-in 2-way point source loudspeakers that are available in two horn patterns, a double 8-in articulated line array, single 12-in and 18-in subwoofer models – and will soon add a 12-in co-axial stage monitor.
At the heart of the entire RADIUS family lies the EAWmosaic iOS-based application. This completely integrated and intuitive platform provides for prediction, control and monitoring at any location in the venue wirelessly. With the power of EAW RADIUS and EAWmosaic, delivering spectacular audio results has never been easier or faster.
Beyond the all wood enclosures, EAW Roadcoat finish, minimalist aesthetic and Power Factor Corrected Class D amplification, all models in the RADIUS family incorporate a range of refined features that simplify and accelerate the path to optimized results. They feature a large, highly-legible navigation screen that provides on-box access to all RADIUS functions through the use of a simple turn and push encoder. Dual locking etherCON connectors provide simple daisy-chain Dante connectivity for single cable audio and communications. There is also an integrated WAP connection on every RADIUS loudspeaker to provide flexible router placement options. XLR audio input and thru connections provide an analog input option and automatic fail-over redundancy. And power is delivered via powerCON inlet and loop connections to simplify cable management.
The rear panel LCD screen and encoder on each enclosure also provide direct access to a wide variety of useful functions. In addition to basic functions such as crossover and delay, users can select from a number of pre-tuned voicings or even perform an Output Check to verify transducer and amplifier functionality without the need for external equipment. Many model specific functions are also directly accessible from the back panel alone. The entire RADIUS line additionally includes a complete range of accessories to maximize the utility of the family, simplify logistics and offer protection during transport and outdoor use.
The 41 pound RSX208L line array module incorporates 2x 8-in woofers and 2x 1.4-in voice coil compression drivers into a compact 3-way package. The precision engineered design uses the power of both 8-in woofers to deliver low frequency reinforcement while integrating tailored DSP to provide clean mid-range while maintaining both the wide coverage pattern and inherent acoustical symmetry. The RSX208L and RSX12 include array self-detection via on-board infrared sensors and accelerometers that enable new OptiLogic technology to pre-optimize the array and air loss compensation processing to dramatically reduce setup and tuning time.
The full-range point source models are the 8-in 2-way RSX86 and 89 (60 x 45 and 90 x 60 respectively) and the 12-in 2-way RSX126 and 129 which feature the same directivity options as their smaller siblings. The horns can be rotated to facilitate horizontal installation while maintaining the preferred directivity. The 8-in models weigh 33 pounds and the 12-in models weigh 58 pounds. There are four user-selectable push button voicings that are based upon feedback from key touring and installation contacts – they allow for a variety of tonal starting points without a computer or external processor.
The subwoofer models in the RADIUS family are the 76 pound single 12-in RSX12 and the 94 pound single 18-in RSX18. The RSX18 offers push-button cardioid functionality in stacks of two or three via simple rear-panel controls – no complex calculations are needed to achieve great low-frequency control. Both subwoofer models offer significant sub-bass ground support and a high passed output for all full-range products in the family, while the RSX12 specifically can also be flown with the companion RSX208L line array to form a truly integrated system.
“The value of RADIUS is far greater than the sum of its parts. Many manufacturers are producing high featured products but very few are producing products that are self-aware of their location in the system and use that information to optimize system wide performance in a given venue. No one is making systems like this at this price point.” concludes TJ Smith, president and general manager of EAW.