July 17, 2024

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New Sub-compact Offering Delivers PK’s Patented Multi-axis Robotics to a Vastly Wider Array of Users and Applications

PK Sound will present its new T8 robotic line source element, the sub-compact member of the industry’s first robotically controlled line source range, at the 2024 NAMM Show (ACT Entertainment Booth 11513). Featuring PK’s patented multi-axis robotics, T8’s stunning output — with peak SPLs reaching 143.5 dB — is precisely controlled down to 400 Hz in both the vertical and horizontal planes. The result is an unparalleled degree of flexibility and precision in system dispersion for designers or operators in virtually any application. ACT Entertainment is the official North American distributor of PK Sound solutions.

In tandem with the accompanying T18 intelligent subwoofer, PK Cell modular touring rack and PK .dynamics control software, the T8 system delivers PK Sound’s patented remote and real-time multi-axis robotic coverage control to a wider range of users and applications in the touring and rental, performance installation, theatrical, worship, nightlife and corporate event verticals.

Integrated inclinometers and network-based Auto-Array via .dynamics software enable each T8 module to recognize its position and angle within the system, enhancing the speed, safety and accuracy of any deployment. Robotic control, onboard DSP and network data are routed through the world’s first implementation of Neutrik’s DR Series of IP65-rated connectors for maximum stability.

A pair of vented 8″ Tetracoil transducers with custom phase plugs manage low-frequency response while a Dual Ring Radiator coaxial compression driver handles mid and high frequencies. This three-way, high-directivity design offers detailed and variable pattern control of frequencies from 20 kHz down to 400 Hz, resulting in significant SPL reductions between on-axis and off-axis coverage points. A two-channel VE15 1,400 W Class D amplifier maximizes headroom while maintaining crystal clear audio and exceptional output.

The elongated waveguide of the T8 is robotically manipulated to offer variable symmetric and asymmetric horizontal dispersion in 49 configurations, from 60 to 120 degrees, so users can shape an array’s radial directivity remotely and in real time. This enables the configuration of tapered arrays, precisely tailored to meet the unique coverage requirements of any venue or event. Users can focus energy on the audience and away from reflective surfaces or obstacles in indoor venues for maximum intelligibility, in addition to mitigating noise impact on on-site points-of-sale or surrounding commercial and residential areas in outdoor applications.

Flown straight, the array’s directivity is then configured remotely using industrial linear actuators. Vertical angles are variable with 0.1-degree accuracy, and an entire system can easily be configured and flown by a single operator. A combination of FIR and IIR filters is applied to ensure smooth frequency response throughout the listening area.

The high-output, low-profile T18 intelligent subwoofer offers outstanding low-frequency performance with peak SPLs of 140.4 dB and an operating range of 25-100 Hz. Sharing many internal components with PK Sound’s flagship T218 subwoofer, T18 features a front-loaded, long-excursion 18″ transducer in a bass reflex design for clean and punchy output. A large, unrestricted vent enables high SPL performance with minimal port distortion.

A single, field-replaceable module located on the rear of the cabinet contains the 2,700 W Class D amplifier, control electronics and power supply. DSP and Milan-ready networking simplify set-up and calibration while optimizing acoustic performance even for advanced deployments including cardioid configurations and arc delays.

About PK Sound

PK Sound, the robotic line array company, combines the principles of sound field control with advanced mechanical design, intelligent electronics, and next-generation software to create high-performance systems, optimized in a dynamic workflow. That’s why a growing number of high-profile artists and productions — including the touring edition of the Broadway smash Hamilton, major outdoor festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), and top-grossing concerts like Dierks Bentley’s ongoing 2023 arena run — insist on PK Sound solutions.

About ACT Entertainment

ACT Entertainment is North America’s leading supplier of the entertainment industry’s principal products to professionals across six different end markets, including Professional Lighting and Control Equipment; Audio, Video, Fiber and Power Distribution; Cables; Connectivity; Metalwork; Custom Manufacturing; and Design. ACT Entertainment enhances live experiences by discovering, developing, and delivering products that create value for its customers while supporting its products with industry-leading service and education.

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