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Exclusive: KSL touches down for its APAC debut

Exclusive: KSL touches down for its APAC debut

Exclusive: KSL touches down for its APAC debut


Following the global launch of the KSL loudspeaker system at The NAMM show, d&b audiotechnik has taken to the road to formally introduce the latest addition to the SL-Series family. Seven weeks on since the arrival of the 58kg cabinet at the Fox Theater Pomona in Los Angeles, invited guests from the Asia Pacific region converged on The Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore to better understand the Kleiner (Smaller) Special Loudspeaker.

The KSL was unveiled at The Star Performing Arts Centre
The KSL was unveiled at The Star Performing Arts Centre

Following an introduction titled ‘Applied Evolution’ by APAC territory manager Mike Case, a thorough technical demonstration of the system’s performance was provided by Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer and Matthias Christner. The KSL was then put through its paces in the 5,000-seat theatre with musical playback in various configurations. A rigging demonstration highlighting the three rigging modes, including the latest compression mode features, rounded off the morning and afternoon sessions.

Utilising the D80 amplification platform, KSL incorporates the same technical innovations and performance characteristics of its groundbreaking big brother, GSL. Featuring all the recognisable benefits of its Special Loudspeaker lineage, KSL provides full bandwidth dispersion control, an extended LF response and advanced rigging options, all wholly aligned with the d&b Workflow. The highly flexible speaker format has been created as both a standalone and a fill and delay accompaniment to the GSL.

Werner 'Vier' Bayer and Matthias Christner flew in from Germany to formally unveil the KSL to more than 200 invited guests
Werner 'Vier' Bayer and Matthias Christner flew in from Germany to formally unveil the KSL to more than 200 invited guests

A thorough examination of the cabinet’s components – during the ‘Size Matters’ section – highlighted the dual three-inch voice coil high-frequency compression drivers, the mid frequency eight-inch transducer, and the low frequency front-loaded dual 10-inch and additional dual eight-inch side-mounted speakers.

In addition, a new subwoofer companion comes in the form of the flyable SL-SUB. With its two forward facing 21-inch drivers and single, rear facing 21-inch woofer for cardioid dispersion, the 138kg family member certainly made an impression to those attendees who desire deep bass extension.

The SL-Series design philosophy is partly based on the German innovator’s concept of Art and Noise. ‘This is especially important for outdoor concerts in Australia, Europe and the US – but it is becoming a big issue around the world,’ explained Mr Bayer. ‘Those attending a music festival hear the music as art. However, if the reinforced audio isn’t contained within the festival site, the unwanted noise emissions will be regarded as noise to those living close by. We aim to ensure that concert promoters get to stage their concerts by adopting the full bandwidth directivity technology inherent with the SL-Series. It’s our aim to make sure the shows are staged by reducing unwanted emissions.’

KSL touches down for its APAC debut Click to play video
KSL touches down for its APAC debut

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