It’s time for the next generation of Renkus-Heinz’ digitally-steered column speakers. The fifth generation, now using UniBeam technology, is being introduced in both the Iconyx and IC Live array series. But are customers set to benefit?
Standard point-source loudspeakers are forced to make a trade-off between reach and accuracy. Renkus-Heinz claim that their Universal Beam (UniBeam) system allows them to achieve ideal, seamlessly consistent “half horn” sound coverage, with Iconyx digital beam steering shaping the coverage pattern. That means that controlling the setup should be a question of just a few mouse clicks.
Renkus-Heinz have also made other upgrades to the systems, including master/slave amp modules – which should provide savings in both cost and complexity – and the new IC16-8-RN column speaker. The American loudspeaker manufacturers claim that the new speaker improves on the older IC8-RN version with beam control effective down to 400Hz, while retaining the same acoustic pressure thanks to the chamber being doubled in length.
They are also releasing the latest version of their loudspeaker networking software, Rhaon II. The software is designed to make it easy to connect and mix loudspeakers and is fully compatible both with the new Gen5 and all legacy systems.