The professional audio industry is evolving at an incredible rate and the products requested by today's manufacturers need to be more powerful, lightweight and highly efficient. In response to this, the FaitalPRO engineering team designed and built a range of neodymium speakers capable of combining extreme characteristics such as power, efficiency and reduced weight while maintaining the level of reliability that FaitalPRO's users are accustomed. The result of the study that was carried out by FaitalPRO's R&D team and is new reflected in the new generation of products introduced at Prolight+Sound 2019, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Responding to the needs of manufacturers looking for lightweight products with a light moving mass, FaitalPRO launched three cone speakers 12, 15 and 18 inches in diameter, dedicated to the reproduction of the lower frequencies. With 700W of continuous AES power and 1400 maximum rating, the new FX600 woofer family includes three models for now: 12FX600, 15FX600, 18FX600.
All woofers boast a huge thrust with a natural and balanced acoustic response and, according to FaitalPRO, all show very high efficiency. The family shares an innovative neodymium ring magnet assembly and an aluminum demodulation ring, designed to work with a specific 3" copper ribbon wire voice coil. The magnet circuit uses a single external demodulation ring to improve flux modulation reduction and provide very low levels of distortion when driven at high power levels.
The special 3" copper ribbon voice coil wire guarantees a higher density in its assembly (from average 78% to 96%), resulting in improved motor strength. As FaitalPRO's engineers have measured, the BL is by far higher, providing better performance than standard round wired voice coil solutions.
The deep profile curvilinear cones, created from a special high-strength waterproof paper pulp, have also been designed to achieve the best possible linearity within their frequency range. These enables the new woofers to guarantee an even greater acoustic pressure and long-term reliability, thermal power handling, and resistance to aging and fatigue.
The greater sensitivity (97, 98, 99 dB respectively) and EBP of 110Hz suggests many applications for the FX600 family, as they can be used in reflex or direct radiation designs with large cross-section tuning ports, bandpass configuration or folded transmission lines like Transflex and Tapped Horn.
"In the audio-video world "FX" refers to "special effects" and that's why we chose this name for these series of speakers. They offer high level performance for top of the range applications. An acoustic designer can obtain super high-grade performance and maximum efficiency (2,2-2,4% of total efficiency) for a first-class impact," states Flavio Naggi, FaitalPRO's sales and marketing manager.
The copper ribbon voice coils make these woofers particularly suitable for low frequency reproduction in woofer and subwoofer configurations. The 18" and 15" models are optimized for applications in pure subwoofer cabinets, with very high linearity even in cases of considerable cone excursions. The 12" model can be described as a mid-woofer with far reaching performances on the low frequency spectrum.
"The 12FX600 is particularly effective used in compact line array modules, often combined with a 6" midrange, a compression driver and a wave-guide," the company confirms. "It's also recommended for use in smaller systems and cabinets fitted with a large driver, 1,4" voice coil and wave guide. This configuration creates full range modules that reach top level acoustic bass efficiency simply by adding a pure sub."
"Of the three models in the series the 12FX600 better responds to horn loading enclosures allowing crossover settings up to 1000/1200 Hz. The 15FX600 gives excellent results in three-way systems, offering a very good bass punch in medium-high power systems at around 700 W AES. We also recommend its use as a pure stand-alone sub cutting the frequency between 400 and 500Hz. The 18FX600 is a pure band-pass subwoofer designed to meet market demand for high output, capable of providing deep low-end frequencies," FaitalPRO adds.
As Flavio Naggi explains, "The FX600 woofers are definitely designed to cover wide-ranging, multi-purpose application pro market needs. They sound excellent, have a consistent behavior and very significant acoustic performance even in smaller cabinets."