New York, NY — October 2011
At the 131st AES Convention 2011 — being held on October 21-23 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY — Renkus-Heinz is unveiling two major enhancements to its family of digital beam steering loudspeaker products  at Booth #527 and Demo Room # 1A02.

The IC8R-II is a major evolutionary update to the Iconyx range, introducing significant performance improvement over its predecessor, the IC8R, combining a new Triple Tweeter High Frequency Array Coax with the equally new RHAON [Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network] v1.8 beam steering module.

The new Triple Tweeter design creates a continuous, close spaced high frequency line source that pushes the onset of gradient lobes out past 10Khz, while the new RHAON v1.8 beam steering module offers a host of new features to make setting up and commissioning Iconyx arrays faster and more consistent than ever. 

First, a new automated beam shaping algorithm, developed from the feedback of years of practical implementation, maps consistent coverage and sound pressure level throughout the audience areas.

In addition, the frequency response of the beam shaping filters can now be optimized prior to uploading into the column, meaning that very little, if any, additional equalization is required during commissioning process. As well as these new time saving features, the basic filter sets have been updated for improved directional consistency over a wider frequency range for near perfect, out of the box, performance.

Senior Vice President, Ralph Heinz comments: “This new Triple Tweeter configuration represents the pinnacle of transducer design for steerable column applications, and the improved performance is immediately demonstrated in BeamWare and EASE simulations.”

The IC8R, equipped with RHAON, is one of the best selling products in the Iconyx Series, with hundreds of installations worldwide to date.

Renkus-Heinz Marketing Manager Margie Ulm added: “These two important upgrades to our hardware and software maintain our digital beam steering family’s market position as technology leader.”