Martin Audio is pioneering the next generation of line array systems with the announcement of the Wavefront W8L. The design combines innovative horn loading techniques with line array technology to produce an extremely powerful system with maximum dynamic impact.

The W8L is a 3-way, full-range system, which may be used without subwoofers for many applications. Unlike other manufacturers who have rushed into production to exploit the recently recognised benefit of line array systems, Martin Audio has been manufacturing modular line array systems for many years. The Wavefront W8L system is the result of this pedigree. By combining patentable and proven driver-loading techniques with no-compromise vertically-coupled waveguides and true constant directivity horns, the W8L achieves a level of efficiency and coverage consistency not usually found in this popular format.

W8L horns develop low curvature wave-fronts for smooth, comb-free horizontal coupling ­­ a feature not possible with spaced, point-source drivers.

The Wavefront W8L integrates a high excursion, Hybrid horn-loaded and ported 15-inch low frequency cone driver with two vertically-coupled constant directivity horn-loaded 8-inch mid frequency cone drivers and three vertically-coupled constant directivity horn-loaded 1-inch high frequency compression drivers. Like the Wavefront Longthrow high-mid system, the W8L mid frequency drivers are optimally loaded using a toroidal phase plug to produce much lower distortion and superior horizontal pattern control when compared with typical waveguide-loaded compression drivers or cross-fired direct radiator systems.

W8L Features:

True three-way system

Very high efficiency, all-horn design

Horn loaded 15" LF - 106dB @1W, 1m (single box)

Twin 8" mid-horn - 108dB @1W, 1m (single box)

Triple 1" HF horn - 113dB @1W, 1m (single box)

Consistent 90š horizontal mid and HF pattern control

Closely coupled HF devices overcome air absorption

Fast, integral rigging system with variable splay angles for short, medium and long-throw sections

DISPLAY predictive software

Laser pointers for easy aiming

Compatible with WSX horn loaded sub-woofer

Compatible with W8C family for side/front-fills

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