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EAW Expands MKD Series of Installation Loudspeakers

New Three-Way, Full Range Models Offer Enhanced Low-Frequency Response and Increased Output Capabilities

WHITINSVILLE, MA, NOVEMBER 16, 2020 – Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW®) unveils the MKD1200 Series, the newest additions to the MKD Series of full range loudspeakers created for installation applications. The MKD1294 and MKD1264 are three-way designs engineered to produce high output levels and outstanding fidelity while maintaining broadband pattern control for use in applications ranging from stadiums to small music venues.

Both models incorporate dual 12-inch low-frequency transducers with 3-inch vented voice coils, and coaxial 3.5-inch voice coil midrange and 1.75-inch voice coil high-frequency compression drivers. Nominal beamwidth of the MKD1294 is 90º horizontal x 45º vertical, while that of the MKD1264 is 60º horizontal x 45º vertical. The large-format horn utilized in the MKD1294 and MKD1264 may be rotated for increased versatility in pattern control, providing sound system integrators with a wide variety of installation options.

“The MKD Series takes concepts from our highly successful QX and MK Series, and applies them to new dual-woofer designs,” states TJ Smith, president of EAW. “We’ve developed new transducers that can be driven an octave lower than standard drivers through use of our Beamwidth Matched Crossover technology. Using this approach, we’re able to increase low-frequency output by as much as 6 dB while notably improving beamwidth along the axis of the dual woofers.”

All models in the MKD Series employ EAW Core Technology including Beamwidth Matched Crossovers that eliminate polar irregularities in the crossover region, and Focusing, which uses advanced DSP to refine the impulse response of the loudspeaker in the time domain to eliminate horn “honk.” The dual woofers are configured in the enclosures using a slanted mounting technique first developed for the KF860 touring line array cabinet and now used in QX Series loudspeakers. This configuration improves time coherency and also reduces the overall length of the cabinet. The result is that dual-woofer MKD loudspeakers are no larger than MK enclosures but provide dramatically improved low-frequency pattern control, extended low-frequency response and exceptional output. Frequency response for the MKD1294 and MKD1264 ranges from 47 Hz to 20 kHz, and maximum SPL is 145 dB and 147 dB, respectively. Audio input is via rear-panel terminal block connectors, and both models may be operated in passive or biamped modes. EAW recommends powering MKD Series loudspeakers with EAW UXA amplifiers for optimal performance.

All MKD Series loudspeakers feature enclosures constructed from Baltic birch, and are available in standard black or white finishes with options for custom colors as well as weather protection. Installation is facilitated by built-in M10 mounting points and optional wall-mount or ceiling-mount hardware. The curved front panel of MKD cabinets permits discreet installation in situations where visual unobtrusiveness is required.

The MKD1294 and MKD1264 are shipping now.

Staff

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