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A little bit about...Optima Series Line Array

A little bit about...Optima Series Line Array



Optima array will grow into a family of three state of the art second generation array modules. The large format Optima 12 will combine two 12" bass drivers with four 6.5" mid/bass drivers and three 4" planar wave drivers in a dipolar configuration. With a frequency response of 60 Hz to 20 kHz the three-way active cabinet will offer maximum directivity of 90° x 5° with angle selection in 1° increments. The cabinet will be designed to be used as a system with the complimentary Optima SB218 sub/bass cabinet to extend system response to 40 Hz. The Optima SB218 can be ground stacked, flown as a side hang and will also form the basis of an Optima 12 ground stack. The enclosure combines two neodymium, long excursion 18" cone drivers in a double vented band pass enclosure for optimised response over the 40 - 95 Hz frequency band. The Optima 12 is planned for release in Q3 2013.

The medium format Optima 8 array module offers a frequency response of 70 Hz to 20 kHz with 110° x 10° maximum directivity; angle selection is in 1° increments. The dipolar driver configuration benefits from two 8" neodymium transducers combined with two 4" planar wave guides driven in a bi-amp configuration. The Optima B215 is a companion bass cabinet that can act as the basis of a groundstack or be flown above an array. The B215 features two long excursion 15" neodymium drivers loading in a double vented band pass enclosure. The Optima SB218 is also an integral part of the Optima 8 system either in the form of a ground stack or alternatively as a flown side hang. Both SB218 and B215 are co-tuned to improve system integration and when used in multiples of three can be arranged in a cardioid mode. Optima 8 can also be used as a down-fill module under a hang of Optima 12.

The baby of the family is the Optima 5 which combines two 5" cone drivers with a single 4" planar wave. The ultracompact array box offers frequency response of 105 Hz to 20 kHz with maximum directivity of 110° x 15°; angle selection is in 2.5° increments. The Optima B210 offers bass extension to the Optima 5 within A/V applications and with a fully integrated fly system can be flown above a drop of Optima 5 or used as the basis of a ground stack. The Optima 5 Crossbow frame allows Optima 5 to be pole mounted, truss mounted or flown, while also acting as a fly frame for the Optima B210. For live sound applications it is recommended that the Optima 5 is combined with the reFlex B215, while the reFlex SB118 can also be added to systems where more low extension is required. Extending its functionality further the Optima 5 can also be used as a down fill module under a hang of Optima 8.


Inspired Audio Optima 5

Inspired Audio Optima 5

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The Optima 5 is a ultra-compact vertically arraying loudspeaker enclosure. It is designed to be used in variety of modes with the option of two enclosures pole mounted, a ground stack configuration which allows between three and six cabinets to be used, or in a flown array where from four to eighteen cabinets can be combined. The cabinet combines two off 5" mid bass cone drivers with a 100 mm planar wave guide loaded on an integral horn structure. The horn structure has a nominal dispersion character of 110° horizontally by 15° vertically. All components use neodymium magnet structures.

The enclosure is manufactured from 15mm birch plywood and coated in a heavy duty polyurea finish. The cabinet front has a protective steel grill coated in a water resistant powder coat finish which has an acoustically transparent filter medium bonded to its back surface. The enclosure incorporates a fully integrated fly system which permits box to box angle selection in 2.5° increments. Box to box connection is via three ball lock pins. To assist transit each cabinet has a handle on each end and also has a flightcase transit case which accepts four cabinets.

Electrical connection to the cabinet is via two parallel linked Neutrik NL4 MP Connectors. The cabinet is designed to be powered by Inspired Audio’s eFlex Q5 networked system management which provides DSP preset functions and full networked software control of operating parameters. Six Optima 5 cabinets can be driven in a bi-amp mode by one pair of output channels.

The Optima range includes complimentary bass Optima B215 and sub bass Optima SB218 cabinets which will combine with Optima 5 enclosures to provide a fully integrated system solution to your audio needs.


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Inspired Audio Optima 8

Inspired Audio Optima 8

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The Optima 8 is a medium format vertically arraying loudspeaker enclosure. It is designed to be used in either a ground stack configuration which allows between three and six cabinets to be used or in a flown array where from six to eighteen cabinets can be combined. The cabinet combines two off 8" mid bass cone drivers with two 100 mm planar wave guides loaded on an integral horn structure. The horn structure has a nominal dispersion character of 110° horizontally by 10° vertically. All components use neodymium magnet structures.

The enclosure is manufactured from 15 mm birch plywood and coated in a heavy duty polyurea finish. The cabinet front has a protective steel grill coated in a water resistant powder coat finish which has an acoustically transparent filter medium bonded to its back surface. The enclosure incorporates a fully integrated fly system which permits box to box angle selection in 1° increments. Box to box connection is via four ball lock pins. To assist transit each cabinet has a handle on each end and also has a flightcase transit case which accepts two cabinets.

Electrical connection to the cabinet is via two parallel linked Neutrik NL4 MP Connectors. The cabinet is designed to be powered by Inspired Audio’s eFlex Q5 networked system management; six Optima 8 cabinets can be driven in a bi-amp mode by one eFlex Q5 which provides DSP preset functions and full networked software control of operating parameters.

The Optima range includes complimentary bass Optima B215 and sub bass Optima SB218 cabinets which will combine with Optima 8 enclosures to provide a fully integrated system solution to your audio needs.


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