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RCF Deploys Weapons of Mass Seduction

The Frankfurt Pro Light and Sound show saw the unveiling of a new installation range of compact boxes by RCF. Under the name Acustica, the look and finish is pretty sexy and sound wise, they sit up there with the top-of-the-pile pro products that are tagged with big dollars.

Installation Speakers: Everybody’s Got One.

These days, just about every speaker brand has a range available under the heading “Speaker system designed specifically for venue installation”. Installation speakers are normally a cheaper version of a road going product packaged in a much lower cost box along with any component short cuts possible. This is a generalisation of course, but you don’t have to look far to see a lot of nicely presented second-order boxes in many nightclubs. Processors, EQ, frequency-selective compression, nothing really gets the “bark” out of them. The proliferation of venues demanding distributed systems composed of small, high-powered boxes for architectural reasons has produced a new “more bark for buck” product range from many manufacturers jumping on the band wagon.

Two alternative horn patterns allow for broad dispersion, short-mid throw, or a tight pattern for arrayed clusters
Two alternative horn patterns allow for broad dispersion, short-mid throw, or a tight pattern for arrayed clusters

More Bark for Buck?

Nexo originally designed the first super-compact high-powered box about 10 years ago. People were blown over by the big sound and equally blown over by the price. The simple fact is that to make a really professional 8” or 10” speaker system costs almost as much as making it 12+”. That’s why they cost and that’s why most of the compact install boxes from most manufacturers wear out your ears after an hour or so; good ones cost too much to build when the customer has a limited budget to buy 20 boxes. Enter the barky chipboard/MDF little box with nasty components.

This is where the fact that RCF design and manufacture their own speaker components gives them the edge. Each model has driver components specifically designed and tuned to each box. The whole range retains the same acoustic footprint.

Acustica in action. One of many applications for this versatile product Acustica in action. One of many applications for this versatile product

No Processor Required

The system is so well designed; the processor is an optional accessory. You don’t need any fancy tricks to make them sound good. The latest series of RCF precision drivers and some clever design features makes the Acustica series a dream to spec and install. Features such as 60 or 90 degree dispersion boxes, 1” or 2” top-end drivers (featuring the newly developed RCF phase plug) and a choice of 8” through to 15” boxes mean that pretty much any mid-sized venue can be fitted with properly focused arrays or distributed boxes.

RCF Acustica: Three of the four, compact, full-range boxes that represent the latest technology tweaking of compact neodymium-loaded boxes
RCF Acustica: Three of the four, compact, full-range boxes that represent the latest technology tweaking of compact neodymium-loaded boxes

And the price?

Considering the quality level, the price is highly competitive. For the budget challenged customer who is counting the last dollar, this won’t be for him but then, RCF also have another range coming for the entry level installation that still can hear the difference; but that’s for a later edition of Filter.


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