New 2018 Drivers from Eminence Speaker

February 13 2018, 04:00
New 2018 Drivers from Eminence Speaker
New 2018 Drivers from Eminence Speaker
Among the several products introduced at this year’s NAMM Show, Eminence confirmed a series of new drivers already scheduled for 2018. From small format pro audio devices to a 15” neodymium guitar speaker, Eminence has expanded its lineup of audio solutions for a wide array of applications. New Eminence drivers for 2018 include the Alpha 2-8, and Alpha 5-8 for compact pro audio applications, the APT30 horn loaded tweeter, SD28 soft-dome tweeter, and F151M-8 ring radiator compression driver.

Eminence also confirmed the introduction of a new passive crossover, the PXB-1k8, and HA14-2/HA1-14 horn adapters. For the musician’s market, Eminence launched the new Legend EM12N, neodymium guitar speaker, the innovative Guit-Fiddle, a 12” speaker specific for fiddle and guitar sound, the Cannabis Rex 10 guitar speaker, and the WheelHouse 200, a 15" neo guitar speaker, the last three all featuring hemp cones.

Specialized in the custom manufacturing of loudspeakers for the world’s most recognized professional audio and musical instrument brands since 1966, Eminence Speaker also offers its own Eminence brand of upgrade and replacement loudspeakers for professional audio and musical instrument applications through distributors in over 80 countries worldwide. The company has manufacturing operations in Eminence, KY and Dongguan, China.

Targeting multi-driver pro audio applications, and new to the American Standard Series is the Alpha 2 full range driver. Ideal for tight fitting column and line array applications, the new Alpha 2-8 driver features a 0.64" copper voice coil and 2.7 oz. ferrite magnet. With under spider venting and a flux source cap, this 8 ohm driver lets the heat out while containing the magnetic flux, which is critical for multi-unit designs packed tightly together. Rated at 30 watts program power, the Alpha 2 has a wide usable frequency range of 200 Hz - 20 kHz.

Also new to the American Standard Series of professional audio loudspeakers is the Alpha 5. As with all other Alpha series models, the 8 ohm Alpha 5 offers unmistakable performance with an emphasis on value. Rated at 250 watts program power, this 5" midbass features a water-resistant cone and dustcap, making it an excellent choice for line array or column array applications.  

The Eminence APT30 horn loaded tweeter offers exceptional high frequency reproduction at an exceptional value. Rated at 10 watts AES, this ultra-compact unit features a 2 oz. ferrite magnet, aluminum voice coil former, and mylar diaphragm. With an average SPL rating of 93.4 dB and a max SPL of 116.5 dB, the APT30 is designed to deliver big performance in very limited spaces. From small bass rigs to home hi-fi applications, the APT30 can go where other devices simply can't.

The Eminence SD28 soft-dome tweeter offers superior performance to value in an ultra-compact design. With an overall diameter of less than 1.5”, this 4 ohm silk dome tweeter delivers smooth high frequency reproduction from 1.5 to 20 kHz. Perfect for car audio, ATV, RV, or any other application where space is limited.  

Maximizing performance and value for compact line array systems is the F151M-8 ring radiator compression driver, a ferrite version of the popular N151M-8 neodymium model. Both versions utilize a phase plug design that improves the distribution of forces over the diaphragm surface. The result is a driver with lower distortion, smoother frequency response, and increased sensitivity as compared to conventional ring radiator designs.

New to the Eminence PXB crossover family is the PXB:1K8. Featuring advanced circuit design to protect system components, this 8 ohm high-pass filter’s crossover frequency is 1.8 kHz, and is the ideal match for the N151M-8 or F151M-8 ring radiator compression drivers.

Eminence also designed new high-quality aluminum adapters, which can be mixed and matched easily with the company’s bolt-on compression drivers and horns. The HA14-2 mates a 1.4" horn or driver with a 2” device, while the HA1-14 can be paired with a 1" horn or driver with a 1.4” device.

Drivers for music amplification
Following in the footsteps of the popular Legend EM12, the new Eminence EM12N takes the weight out but leaves the performance in. It features an edge wound aluminum voice coil with polyimide former, neodymium magnet with vented core and a paper cone with cloth edge and paper dust cap. Rated at 200 watts, the neodymium EM12N delivers the same neutral tone so players can hear more of their guitar and amp, but with even tighter, more responsive and dynamic characteristics.

Among the news for 2018 is a highly requested 10" version of the green Cannabis Rex. This hemp cone speaker offers warm, smooth, clean, and full tone, but with high-end definition - just like its big brother. Eminence says the result is a great to tame a bright amp and/or guitar.

Another innovation is a 12” speaker voiced specifically for fiddle players. Eminence, designed the Guit-Fiddle specifically to tame upper-mids and reduce bow friction noise. Materials used for this driver include a copper voice coil with polyimide former, ferrite magnet with non-vented core, and pressed steel basket. The hemp cone is complemented with a paper cone edge and zurette dust cap. The result is a driver that’s also great for guitar amplification, if the player wants to have a thick tone with warm, smooth, more mellow mids and highs.

Finally there’s the 15" version of Eminence famous 12" Wheelhouse 150. Touch-sensitive and balanced, the WheelHouse hemp cone speaker delivers warm, smooth tone throughout the entire spectrum, allowing players to utilize their amp controls to shape their sound. It handles pedals and amp EQ with ease, and allows guitar players to evolve from country to fusion to blues, and always make it sound right.
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