Harman’s JBL Professional introduced the new Intellivox HP-DS370 active beam shaping loudspeaker array, offering high output and unmatched directivity control for a loudspeaker in its category.

The HP-DS370 is 3,7 metres high with a sound output capability of 105 dB at 30 metres, along with a frequency response to 18 kHz. The horizontal dispersion is 100 degrees and the typical throw is around 50 metres, which means an area of approximately 2 150 square metres can be covered by a single device.

The HP-DS370 is a modern update to the classic Intellivox DS1608, which was the world’s first commercially available beam-shaping high-power loudspeaker array. Aesthetically the HP-DS370 looks similar to the 1608 but that’s where the similarity ends. The unit has all the electronics built into the loudspeaker enclosure, a highly efficient power supply and class D amplification. The unit is also IP 55 rated and it’s no wonder that it’s already proving to be a hit with systems integrators and clients. The new electronics means that power consumption and lifetime costs are dramatically reduced.

The HP-DS370 features 14 individual, high-efficiency, 6,5-inch loudspeakers arranged in accordance with JBL Intellivox’s patented algorithm, plus two coaxially mounted compression drivers for extended frequency response. It also makes use of Intellivox’s exclusive DDS beam-shaping capability, which uses complex room mapping to offer complex directivity patterns. The DDS also ensures that the frequency response is consistent throughout the space.

“Since the introduction of beam shaping loudspeakers in 1999, the Intellivox high-power models have been specified to solve the problems of speech intelligibility and musical reinforcement in highly reverberant and performance spaces. We really have done everything from railway stations to opera houses with the high-powered Intellivox products,’ says Nick Screen, Intellivox sales director, JBL Professional.

“The HP-DS370 combines sonic excellence, unmatched directivity control, even SPL coverage and low lifetime costs, making it a great option in terms of sound quality and overall system cost.’