After only a few months on the market, NEXO’s new P12 point source compact loudspeaker has already made quite an impact across Europe and the United States.
In the UK, the P12 received one of PLASA’s coveted ‘Innovation Awards’, whilst in the US, the system was bestowed a ‘2019 New Product Award’ at the WFX Conference & Expo.
Run by the leading publication for worship facilities, the WFX Conference included judges well versed in House of Worship and PA technology- who went on to name the P12 and LS15 partner sub-bass as the ‘Best Large-Format Loudspeaker’. With worship services typically including full multipiece bands, accompanying choirs, lead vocalists, background singers and instrumentalists, the NEXO P12 is well suited to handle the kind of directional sound requirements involved. Offering variable dispersion, each box can be precisely tailored to its user, from lead vocalists, to guitarists, horn section or backing singers.
The P12 combines a curvy modern aesthetic with technical innovation and ‘best-in-class’ specifications to meet high standards of versatility and performance. The much-anticipated P12 promises a new benchmark for all-purpose point-source cabinets, from front-of-house, to stage monitoring, and as part of a distributed system; delivering further on NEXO’s already well-established global reputation for point-source loudspeakers.
The custom birch and poplar plywood body of the P12 houses a purpose-designed 12-inch low frequency neodymium driver and a 3-inch diaphragm high frequency driver in a coaxial configuration. The cabinet’s compact curvilinear enclosure measures 531mm x 432mm x 317mm. The system’s frequency response is 60 Hz-20 kHz, and the SPL is a formidable 138 dB peak (passive)/140 dB peak (active mode), making it the most powerful point-source design available.
The P12’s innovative design allows users to customize the horn flanges with interchangeable accessories, which can be changed to deliver a variety of directivities – from the standard 60 degrees x 60 degrees, to a 90-degree x 40-degree or an asymmetrical 50-degree – 100-degrees x 40-degrees.
Switching between different accessories can be completed within 15 seconds, by easily removing the steel grille with a coin and replacing the flare, which uses a magnetic fixing. The ergonomically designed P12 weighs less than 20 kg, includes a carry handle on each side, threaded inserts for connection of mounting accessories, and a pole-mount fitting with a cleverly positioned Speakon connector behind it- allowing for tidy cable management.
The new P12 is designed to be at home on stage, with experts labelling it as an extremely capable stage monitoring solution. With its variable directivity system, a cabinet designed for the rigors of touring, and with an extra-robust grille and newly designed scratch-resistant paint finish, NEXO expects it may become the most versatile wedge monitor on the market.
Applied using a new unique painting process, the P12’s black or white scratch-resistant paint finishes ensure the unit is prepared for all climate conditions; with TUV and IP54 certification also available on the installation version of the system.
In partnership with the P12, NEXO is launching the L15 subwoofer cabinet, specially designed in a matching footprint to make it ideal for flown applications or for use as a drumfill. With a new acoustic load using a 15-inch bass horn, the L15 is designed for maximum efficiency and sonic output, as nearly the entire front face of the cabinet is used as a radiating surface. With a frequency range of 40 Hz-120 Hz, and 139 dB peak SPL, the L15 measures up as the most powerful in its category.
The P12 can be used on a pole-mount with the L15 subwoofer, can be used as a wall-mounted system, or even flown in landscape mode beneath the L15 body when using a specially designed yoke bracket.
The unit easily reconfigures from Passive to Active mode via a rear switch, where it achieves 140 dB Peak SPL. The system is the first of its kind to use the processing capacity of NEXO’s new NXAMP4x2mk2 amplifier, whilst still being fully compatible with the larger NXAMP4x4. The processing in the NXAMP4x2mk2 is precise, with separate set-ups for each directivity in order to provide perfect coverage.
The Nexo P12 is due to hit Australian shores in the immediate future.