• RCF announces ART 9 Series

    RCF celebrates a 25-year history of ART speakers by introducing the ninth generation of the series, with a new design and 6 active speaker models to choose from. Manufactured by RCF in Italy, All models share the same 2100W 2-channel Class-D amplifier with DSP processing. ART 9 Series.

    Now 50% more powerful than previous models, ART 9 achieves correspondingly higher sound pressure levels. The amplifier is energy-efficient so there is no need for a cooling fan. The circuit is attached to a solid aluminum heat exchanger in the back of the unit with no moving parts. RCF transducers featuring materials such as Kapton, Titanium, and Neodymium, are used. The new 1.75-inch compression driver with Polyimide-Kapton dome features a new bonding technology and reinforced ribs that reportedly make it 10 times more durable than previous models. Newly designed woofers gain more stability over high currents, with less distortion, says the company. Every woofer design is tested with a 200-hour continuous signal to stress the transducer at extreme levels.

    According to the brand, the new True Resistive Waveguide (TRW) is the result of several refinements in both the transducers' and the vented ports' design with Finite Element Analysis, and constant measurement in RCF anechoic chambers. TRW mimics a resonance-free pure resistive load reducing the high-frequency distortion of a classic horn. With its asymmetric acoustic radiation, the coverage angle of the waveguide provides constant directivity.

    These components work two RCF exclusive DSP algorithms, one for phase linearization and crossover design, the other for woofer excursion management. FiRPHASE, RCF's digital FIR technology, allows for a more coherent time distribution of sound without phase distortions. With proprietary FiRPHASE technology, the new shape, and the placement of the vented ports, the speaker reportedly now acts as a single source for a true sound image. The woofer excursion management feature, Bass Motion Control works by creating a map of the dynamic behavior of the transducer, to generate a custom algorithm that only limits over-excursions. This avoids both high-pass filters and large-band limiters. "The speaker is now allowed to reproduce the input signal at all volume levels for the entire audible spectrum, maintaining all nuances of the music with deep, detailed bass response".

    The sleek black cabinet uses a special polypropylene composite material with a radically new construction concept. RCF's M-Brace internal reinforcement design connects four sides of the enclosure with the amplifier, preventing any deformation for a completely inert body, with augmented acoustical damping even at maximum volume settings. M-brace also performs exceptionally well for greater resistance to mechanical stress.

    The ART 9 provides ergonomic handles on both sides and the top. The bottom side includes a steel pole socket for mounting on a stand or subwoofer pole. Each model can also be flown, wall- or truss-mounted using multiple M10 rigging points and special accessories.

    The ART 9 Series consists of six new models, ranging from 10" to 15" woofers. ART 945-A is the largest, most powerful model of the series delivering a nominal 135 dB max SPL featuring a 4" titanium compression driver, and a neodymium woofer that goes down to 45Hz. The ART 935-A and ART 932-A can produce respectively 134 dB max SPL and 133 dB SPL, sharing the same 3” titanium compression driver. RCF remarks the "clarity and minimal distortion" of the new Kapton driver of the ART 915-A, ART 912-A and ART 910-A and the "remarkable SPL and power to weight ratio".

    The ART 9 Series is now available.

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