Mackie Expands Portable PA Range
Mackie has announced a new range of gear comprising of three different series of products: the S500 Series Passive Loudspeakers, the FRS Series Power Amplifiers and the SP260 2x6 Speaker Processor.
“Our customers have asked for an expanded portable PA line that delivers professional performance at amazing prices,” remarked Mackie’s Director of Product Management, Greg Young. “This new system does just that, with class-leading performance and unmatched affordability.”
Delivering a high-powered solution for Mackie’s popular PPM Series of powered mixers, the S500 passive loudspeakers utilize high-output transducers housed within rugged enclosures covered in tough PVC vinyl and capped with protective edge bumpers. All S500 models feature NL4 and 1/4" inputs and thru connections. There are three full-range boxes in the series: the S512 2-way 12", the S515 2-way 15" and the S525 2-way dual 15". There is also a companion 18" subwoofer, the S518.
Available in two different high-powered configurations (FRS-1700 & FRS-2800), the Mackie FRS Series Power Amplifiers utilize Mackie’s proven Fast Recovery™ technology for quicker transient response, keeping the sound clean and undistorted even when pushed hard. High-current, switching power supplies maximize efficiency and minimize the weight, making FRS power amplifiers a professional choice that keeps the amp rack light for transportation.
Offering sophisticated EQ, dynamics processing and system protection, the SP260 2x6 Speaker Processor provides complete system optimization for both passive and powered systems. The six outputs feature five different operating modes to cover a wide range of systems. Each output features dedicated level control, polarity invert, high/low-pass filters, 7-band parametric/shelving EQ, 600ms delay and limiting. Two input channels provide independent 600ms delay and a flexible 5-band parametric/shelving EQ. The front-panel control also includes 7-segment LED metering per channel. The SP260 utilizes high-end 24-bit AKM AD/DA converters with 120dB dynamic range for great sound quality. With 24 user-definable presets and flexible I/O for simple routing and configuration, the SP260 is an ultra-flexible processor, ideal for a wide range of portable applications.
All three series are scheduled for summer 2012 availability. Pictured below are the FRS1700 amplifier, SP260 2x6 Speaker Processor and the S512 Speaker.