Electro-Voice has launched the second generation of the ZLX series of portable loudspeakers, ZLX G2 promising ‘next-level features and functionality’ 8-inch (new to the series), 12-inch and 15-inch two-way models in both powered and passive versions.

Introduced in 2013 with the stated aim of to bringing pro audio performance to a more accessible price point, the first-generation ZLX series combined Electro-Voice sound quality with lightweight-yet-robust construction and breakthrough configuration and control. With more than 1m ZLX units delivered globally to date, ZLX G2 offers increased maximum SPL, frequency range, durability and connectivity, along with ergonomic refinements.

Electro-Voice ZLX G2 loudspeakersZLX G2 sees maximum SPL increased to 129dB (ZLX-15P-G2) and premium components behind the grille. The woofer and compression driver in each ZLX G2 model are coupled to a patented SST (Signal Synchronized Transducers) ported waveguide, enhancing low-frequency extension and delivering even vertical and horizontal coverage across all frequencies.

Active ZLX G2 versions are Powered by Dynacord with premium electronics from Electro-Voice’s sister brand. Ultra-efficient 1kW class-D power amplifier modules feature an integrated four-channel, three-input digital mixer with high-quality effects. The mixer includes two XLR/TRS combo jacks and provides 24V phantom power and Hi-Z compatibility. The mixer also includes AFS (automatic feedback suppression), ducking, compression and loudspeaker delay settings.

Five system mode settings are available: Music, Live, Speech, Club and FRFR (full range, flat response). New for ZLX G2, the FRFR setting offers a flat/neutral frequency response to produce accurate results when used with modelling processors and guitar cab simulators. Powered ZLX G2 loudspeakers also contain Electro-Voice-specific subwoofer presets that adjust for both gain and time alignment, resulting in full acoustic optimisation. Additional high-pass filters are available in the DSP for increased compatibility.

All ZLX G2 loudspeaker and mixer functions can be remote-controlled and monitored using the Electro-Voice QuickSmart Mobile app, available for iOS and Android. The app allows pairing and grouping of up to six Bluetooth-equipped Electro-Voice portable loudspeakers, in any combination. Users can wirelessly pair and link to two ZLX G2 loudspeakers in a stereo set-up using Bluetooth wireless stereo streaming. Local configuration can be completed using the single-knob encoder with LCD. The new, full-colour LCD is larger and of higher resolution, offering a clear view of system settings.

Enclosure design, ergonomics and versatility were all a priority in ZLX G2’s development, resulting in a ‘sleek-yet-solid’ blend of form and function that evolves elements of the first-generation model while incorporating key improvements. Available in black, the loudspeaker enclosure is constructed from durable polypropylene, featuring a new strengthening ‘spine’ complete with an embossed Electro-Voice logo.

Symmetrical 55º sides allow a steeper projection angle when the loudspeaker is placed in monitor position, making it easier for users to hear themselves and alllowing access to the amplifier input/control panel on the opposite side. A built-in ‘kick-back’ angle allows the 12-inch and 15-inch models to project upwards at a 23º angle in a vertical orientation. The stance of the enclosure has been redesigned to aim straight forward when placed directly over a subwoofer (without the use of a pole).

A choice of mounting accessories is available to permanently install ZLX G2 models: a ‘U’ style wall bracket allows 12-inch and 15-inch models to be either vertically or horizontally mounted; a long-arm pole-mount style wall bracket for the 12-inch and 15-inch models allows vertical mounting with tilt adjustment; a short-arm pole-mount-style wall bracket for the 8-inch version allows vertical mounting. Slipcovers are available for all model sizes.

Musicians are provided a built-in mixer with EQ, compression and effects, instrument and microphone input presets, a Hi-Z input and phantom power. Rental and event production companies will welcome the addition of an 8-inch model to the line-up, providing acoustic and aesthetic consistency in a smaller format to add to their ZLX inventory.

More: https://products.electrovoice.com/na/en/zlx-portable-loudspeakers

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