Martin Audio uses Prolight + Sound to unveil CDD

New dedicated installation loudspeaker range launched at Frankfurt exhibition
R&D director Jason Baird introduces the new line at Prolight + Sound 2015.
R&D director Jason Baird introduces the new line at Prolight + Sound 2015.


Today at the opening day of Prolight + Sound Frankfurt 2015, Martin Audio announced a major new dedicated installation loudspeaker range — the CDD Series.

Combining distinctive curved enclosures with Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology, the series is designed to deliver class-leading performance, fidelity and coverage consistency to venues that demand cutting-edge technology.

CDD has been conceived as a one stop solution; six two-way full-range coaxial systems — from the micro CDD5 to the powerful CDD15, complemented by high-performance subwoofers — cover the majority of install applications. All models come in black or white as standard and all RAL colour variants are available to special order.

The CDD Series also has the audience covered. Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology delivers more consistent audience coverage than systems with fixed dispersion X° x Y° horns — projecting more output to the rear of the audience to distribute sound evenly from front-to-back, while having wide horizontal coverage close-up. This increased coverage area can reduce the speaker count in larger installations.

Moulded in rigid UPM Formi — a natural fibre composite which combines stiffness with internal damping properties — the curved shape of the CDD Series allows each enclosure to be discreetly mounted close to a wall or ceiling. They can also be used in either horizontal or vertical orientation, with rotation of the coaxial driver easily accomplished by removing the screw free, protective grille.

Martin Audio's R&D director, Jason Baird, explained: “With CDD we have all the benefits of coaxial point source, but because we have developed a patent pending two-part static and moving waveguide that merges with the low frequency cone we are able to maintain the dispersion pattern out to very high frequencies."

Baird continued: “By making these waveguides produce differential dispersion, we’ve created a rectangular coverage pattern to reach all corners of the audience, whilst wide horizontal coverage is achieved very close to the loudspeaker. Walking the room, the consistency in frequency response and SPL — both close to the loudspeaker and further back — is exceptional. Essentially we’ve advanced point source technology to bring MLA-like consistency to the more intimate spaces of the install market. The improved coverage close-up also means that CDD speakers can be spaced further apart in some instances, reducing overall speaker count.”

Managing director, Luke Ireland, added: “This is a significant landmark in Martin Audio’s history but more importantly our customers are being offered a vastly superior product at a price that’s significantly less than our current AQ range that CDD is replacing. It’s not often that superior technology and performance are offered so competitively, but that’s another reason why we expect big things for CDD in the installed sound market.”

The new series will start shipping from late June.

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