Starting with a “no-compromises” design philosophy, VUE’s h-Class engineering team re-examined every component in the loudspeaker equation, and then applied our most advanced technologies to achieve a more cohesive whole. From transducers, enclosures and electronics, all the way down to diaphragm materials and suspension parts, every element of our h-Class loudspeakers was optimized to deliver exceptional frequency response, clarity and SPL.
VUE Audiotechnik imbues the flagship h-Class with its most advanced technologies and innovative designs.
At the heart of every h-Class full-range system is VUE’s proprietary, beryllium-based compression driver with pure Truextent® beryllium. Beryllium delivers better sonic performance than both aluminum and titanium thanks to an extremely high stiffness-to-mass ratio, which dramatically reduces mechanical deformation (breakup), and shifts resonant frequencies above the audible range. The net result is a more defined high frequency output at higher SPLs than more conventional materials.
Each beryllium HF transducer is paired with an equally advanced and powerful LF driver. To increase power handling and decrease power compression, every transducer deployed in the h-Class full-range models features a large, 4-inch (100mm) voice coil.
Active onboard electronics include system-optimized amplification and DSP for each driver and cabinet combination. Network control and monitoring capabilities are available via standard Ethernet-based protocols and accessible through an intuitive software interface.
All h-Class enclosures are manufactured using multi-ply, cross-grain laminated birch with extensive interior bracing and a rugged polyurethane finish. Full-range models include integrated hanging points, while h-12 models also include a pole-mount system for use with stands or atop subwoofers.
At launch, the h-Class includes 12- and 15-inch two-way models (wide and narrow coverage) as well as the hs-28 subwoofer, a dual 18-inch active design that debuts VUE Audiotechnik’s patent pending Active Compliance Management (ACM) technology.
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.
Standard IP Makes For Easy Networking
h-Class systems ship with networking and remote management capabilities as standard, allowing easy assembly of expanded networks and access to each element and/or device on the network through our intuitive SystemVUE software.
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.
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.