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h-Class

Features

  • VUE’s “Flagship” range of ultra-premium loudspeakers includes monitors, powered subs, and full-range powered systems
  • Tight integration of transducers, amplifiers and next-generation DSP technology dramatically improves out-of-box performance and streamlines setup
  • Neodymium HF compression drivers with Truextent® beryllium diaphragms for exceptional high frequency clarity and output
  • Precision engineered LF transducers with large voice coils and massive magnet assemblies increase power handling and decrease power compression losses
  • Subwoofers and full range models feature onboard, system-optimized amps and DSP with integrated SystemVUE networking.
  • h-Class monitors compatible with rack-mount V Series amplifier/DSP processors with integrated SystemVUE networking
  • Intelligent DSP monitoring and protection of amplifier functions including over power, voltage and temperature

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hclass-outline-logo-2In designing the h-Class, VUE’s engineering team re-examined every aspect of the loudspeaker equation, and applied our most advanced technologies to achieve a more cohesive whole. From transducers, enclosures and electronics, to diaphragm materials and suspension components, every element of the h-Class loudspeakers is optimized to deliver exceptional fidelity, clarity and SPL.

VUE Audiotechnik imbues the flagship h-Class with our most advanced technologies and innovative designs.

VUE-Be-4inch-with-Diaphragm-new-logo-colorAt the heart of every h-Class full range system is VUE’s proprietary compression driver with a pure Truextent beryllium diaphragm. Beryllium delivers better sonic performance than more conventional materials. Each beryllium compression driver is paired with an equally advanced LF transducer. To increase power handling and decrease power compression, all transducers deployed in the h-Class full-range models benefit from large voice coils and massive magnet assemblies. All h-Class systems contain the same DSP hardware and software, along with factory firmware configurations for a variety of applications and combinations. Network control and monitoring capabilities are available via standard Ethernet-based protocols and accessible through an intuitive SystemVUE software.

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h-Class Products

h-12W & h-12N High Definition Systems

h-15W & h-15N Systems

h-8 High Definition Full Range System

hm-112 High Definition Stage Monitor System

hm-212 High Output Stage Monitor System

hs-20 Dual 10-inch ACM Subwoofer System

hs-25 Dual 15 inch ACM Subwoofer System

hs-28 Dual 18 inch ACM Subwoofer System


h-12W & h-12N High Definition Systems

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  • Massive 12-in woofer with 4″ voice coil for low distortion high low frequency and minimal power compression
  • Neodymium HF compression driver with 4″ (100 mm) voice coil and Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high frequency clarity and output
  • Powerful built-in amplification with 830 watts LF and 275 watts HF power long term sine wave to each driver (more than 2400 watts total peak) for very high size-to-output ratio
  • Wide 100º x 50º coverage or narrow 60° x 40° coverage Integrated DSP with SystemVUE network control and monitoring

Learn more about h-12W & h-12N High Definition Systems


h-15W & h-15N Systems

  • h-15-web-smPowerful 15-in woofer for high output and extended low frequency response
  • Neodymium HF compression driver with 4″ (100 mm) voice coil and Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high frequency clarity and output
  • Powerful built-in amplification with 830 watts LF and 275 watts HF power long term sine wave to each driver (more than 2400 watts total peak) for very high size-to-output ratio
  • Wide 100º x 50º coverage or narrow 60° x 40° coverage
  • Integrated DSP with SystemVUE network control and monitoring

Learn more about the h-15W & h-15N Systems


h-8 High Definition Full Range System

  • h-8-web-smWide 100º x 40º coverage
  • 8-in woofer with 3-in voice coil (the largest coil on an 8-in driver in the pro audio indsutry)
  • Neodymium HF compression driver with Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high frequency clarity and output
  • Dual channel, high efficiency amplifiers deliver ample power for both transducers while eliminating the need for noisy cooling fans
  • Integrated DSP with SystemVUE network control and monitoring
  • Pole mount, integrated hanging points and optional rigging hardware for deployment as a main system, within multi-cabinet arrays, or in a variety of support configurations.

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hm-112 High Definition Stage Monitor System

  • hm-112-IMG_9931-web-smNeodymium HF compression driver with 4″ (100 mm) voice coil and Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high frequency clarity and output
  • Integrated electro-acoustic system with rack mount V4 Systems Engine that provides specially configured dsp and massive power output for quick setup and zero performance compromises
  • Optimized coverage for real world stage monitoring use
  • Full network monitoring and control via SystemVUE software.
  • Very low-profile and rugged birch ply-hardwood enclosure with 12-layer coating Dura-Coat LX finish provides clear sight lines and years of reliable service

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hm-212 High Output Stage Monitor System

  • hm-212-IMG_web-smDual 12-in woofers enable exceptional output for the most demeaning stage monitoring applications
  • Large 4-in diameter 4-in Neodymium HF compression driver with Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high frequency clarity and output
  • Integrated electro-acoustic system with rack mount V4 Systems Engine that provides specially configured dsp and massive power output for quick setup and zero performance compromises
  • Optimized coverage for real world stage monitoring use
  • Full network monitoring and control via SystemVUE software.
  • Very low-profile and rugged birch ply-hardwood enclosure with 12-layer coating Dura-Coat LX finish provides clear sight lines and years of reliable service

Learn more about the hm-212 High Output Stage Monitor System


hs-20 Dual 10-inch ACM Ulta Compact Subwoofer System

  • hs-20proto-IMG_0532Active Compliance Management: Patent-pending hybrid design combines both band-pass and vented alignments into a single, compact footprint for more output and definition.
  • Tons of horsepower: Onboard amplifier supplies 500W pure sine wave power (800W “peak” power) to each woofer.
  • Purpose-designed transducers: Dual 10-inch, long-excursion woofers with dual layer, inside/outside wound 64 mm voice coils
  • Built for the road: Premium birch plywood enclosure with extensive internal bracing and a highly-durable Dura Coat finish.
  • SystemVUE software: Mac and Windows compatible software provides access to networks and device-level parameters such as speaker protection, input/output levels, volume, mute, delay and input sources

Learn more about the hs-20 Dual 10-inch Ulta Compact Subwoofer System


hs-25 Dual 15 inch ACM Subwoofer System

  • hs-25-subwoofer-array-IMG_1984Amazingly high  output form a copmact system utlizing Active Compliance Management: A hybrid design that combines both band-pass and vented alignments into a single, compact footprint to produce significantly more output than conventional dual 15-inch designs.
  • Tons of horsepower: amplifier supplies 2x 830W pure sine wave power (4000W “peak” power) to each woofer.
  • Standard IP for easy networking: Fully compatible with standard IP networks. Simply plug in, and the system will automatically connect to virtually any kind of IP configuration. Users can access and monitor network and device-level parameters through our SystemVUE software.
  • SystemVUE software: Mac and Windows compatible SystemVUE software provides access to all VUE devices on the network as well as device level parameters such as speaker protection, input/output levels, volume, mute, delay and even input sources.

Learn more about hs-25 Dual 15 inch ACM Subwoofer System


hs-28 Dual 18 inch ACM Subwoofer System

  • hs-28_3qrt-fr-smActive Compliance Management: Patent-pending hybrid design combines both band-pass and vented alignments into a single, compact footprint for more output and definition.
  • Tons of horsepower: Dual amplifier modules supply 830W pure sine wave power (2000W “peak” power) to each woofer.
  • Purpose-designed transducers: Dual spider long-excursion woofers features large, 4-inch voice coils for increased power handling and reduce power compression.
  • Standard IP for easy networking onboard: .Simply plug in, and the system automatically connects to virtually any kind of IP configuration.
  • SystemVUE software: Mac and Windows compatible software provides access to networks and device-level parameters such as speaker protection, input/output levels, volume, mute, delay and input sources
  • Built for the road: Premium birch plywood enclosure with extensive internal bracing and a highly-durable Dura Coat finish.
  • Impressive output-to-size ratio: Ideal for building extremely high-output and compact subwoofer arrays

Learn more about hs-28 Dual 18 inch ACM Subwoofer System


Design Team

EVP Jim Sides,

CEO Ken Berger and

Design Chief Michael Adams

As the visionaries behind some of audio’s most noted success stories, VUE Audiotechnik’s founders have been making waves in professional audio for nearly four decades.
Now they’re uniting their collective experience and creative visions behind a new venture. Steeped in history but focused on the 21st century, VUE Audiotechnik is ready to leapfrog today’s performance benchmarks with road-tested designs, cutting-edge technologies, and world class manufacturing.

ACM Subwoofer Technology

Active Compliance Management (ACM) Patent Pending

ACM is a unique hybrid design that combines the attributes of direct radiating and band-pass configurations to reduce distortion and increase sound pressure output while decreasing box size.

ACM technology utilizes a unique hybrid configuration in which two 18-inch woofers share a common vented chamber. One woofer’s frontal radiation is direct, while the second woofer is set at 90 degrees and drives a second vented chamber that has fourth-order response characteristics. Each woofer has its own amplifier and DSP control. This sophisticated combination of physics and DSP yields a substantial increase in amplitude over conventional designs, with the summed output of drivers and vents maintaining flat phase response and exhibiting low distortion, while occupying a more compact enclosure.
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SystemVUE Networking


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systemVUE-macbookair-35-small-6-14The al-class' companion V6 and V4 Systems Engines ship with networking and remote management capabilities as standard, allowing easy assembly of expanded networks and easy access to each element and/or device on the network through our intuitive SystemVUE software.

Front and rear panel Ethernet ports are fully compatible with standard IP networks. Simply plug in, and the product will automatically recognize and connect to virtually any kind of IP configuration including DHCP based networks, a fixed IP network, or even an ad hoc network (directly connecting to a computer via Ethernet cable). Whatever the configuration, it just works.

al6-v6-control-panel-01The V6-d and V4-d provide an Ethernet “Input” on the front panel and both “Input” and “Loop” connections on back. The loop option allows users to daisy-chain additional devices into the network without the need for individual runs from the system switch to each device.

SystemVue-Windows-al8To ensure network reliability, the Ethernet ports on the V6 can detect power interruptions and automatically switch to a pass-through position in the event of a local failure. This ensures that the larger network remains functional even if a single node fails or loses power.

SystemVUE software connects VUE devices and networks to Windows or Macintosh computers via a wired or wireless Ethernet connection. SystemVUE software provides access to entire networks, as well as individual devices, for the purpose of optimizing key parameters such as speaker protection, input/output levels, volume, mute, delay and even input sources. Via the SystemVUE software, users can easily customize the V6 and V4 Systems Engines for use with a wide variety of unique al-class configurations, or update the unit to function with future VUE al-Class arrays.

ZeroCOnifg-headlineTo make setup even easier, SystemVUE automatically creates a usable  TCP/IP-based network without requiring manual operator intervention or special configuration servers.

This means that any SystemVUE-enabled device will automatically recognize and connect to virtually any kind of IP configuration, including DHCP based networks, a fixed IP network, or even an Ad-hoc network (directly connecting to a computer via Ethernet cable). Whatever the configuration, just plug in and the devices are instantly recognized. It just works.   network-dig-hm05.psd

Beryllium


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Truextent Beryllium

h-Class full range systems and al-Class line arrays all employ VUE-designed compression drivers that feature a Truextent® beryllium diaphragm at their core. Beryllium outperforms both aluminum and titanium thanks to an extremely high stiffness-to-mass ratio, which dramatically reduces mechanical deformation (breakup) and shifts resonant frequencies outside the audible range. The net result is a more defined HF at much higher SPLs than more conventional materials.

The Truextent® Beryllium Advantage be-diaphagm-03

  be-domes0-01 Beryllium’s near-perfect pistonic motion results from its extremely high stiffness-to-mass ratio, dramatically reducing mechanical deformation (breakup) and shifting resonant frequencies outside the audible range.  

Lower Mass Equals Greater Acceleration

AccelerationBeryllium has the lowest density-to-mass ratio of any metal used for compression driver diaphragms. Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity. Density measures mass per unit volume. A lower overall mass allows for greater acceleration, which increases both efficiency and frequency extension.   Beryllium resonance is 2.6 times higher than titanium or aluminium of the same size, as shown by this plot of machined tuning forks exactly the same dimensions. tunning-forks
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