h-15W & h-15N High Definition Full Range Systems

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Features

  • 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

 Applications

  • Theatrical sound reinforcement
  • Portable and installed audio-visual systems
  • Nightclubs
  • Themed entertainment venues
  • Houses of worship

OVERVIEW

Starting with a “no compromises” design philosophy, VUE’s h-Class engineering team re-examined every single element of the loudspeaker equation, and then applied our most advanced technologies to deliver measurable improvements in clarity, frequency response and SPL. From precision transducers with cutting-edge diaphragm materials and suspension components, to highly sophisticated active electronics and digital signal processing, every element of an h-Class system was optimized to deliver unparalleled sonic performance.

The two-way h-15 combines a precision-engineered, 15-inch LF transducer with a horn-loaded compression driver that features a Truextent® beryllium diaphragm at its core. Optional rigging hardware allows the h-15 to be deployed as a main system, within multi-cabinet arrays, or in a variety of support configurations.

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Finally, every h-Class model ships with networking capabilities right out of the box. And since VUE’s network technology relies on standard IP protocols, set-up is a breeze. Once assembled, supplied SystemVUE software provides control and monitoring capabilities through a highly intuitive and powerful user interface.

Ruggedly Handsome

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Even the h-Class cabinets are intended to a raise the standard for quality and attention to detail. For example, the grills and handle bezels are coated with a two-part finish that lays a transparent candy-apple red coating over a base coat of black. The durable finish has a deep red hue that’s uniquely attractive while remaining entirely unobtrusive. The heavy aluminum rear panel is both functional and visually impactful, with the “VUE” logo machined directly into the heat-sink fins.

All h-Class enclosures are manufactured to the strictest ISO standards, using multi-ply, cross-grain laminated birch with extensive interior bracing for resonant-free output. The h-15 features integrated hanging points, while optional flying hardware extends versatility even further. A rugged, polyurethane finish ensures years of on-the-road service.

Cutting-Edge Transducer Design

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The distance from the phase plug to the diaphragm is very precisely maintained to ensure maximum HF response.

Even the h-Class cabinets are intended to a raise the standard for quality and attention to detail. For example, the grills and handle bezels are coated with a two-part finish that lays a transparent candy-apple red coating over a base coat of black. The durable finish has a deep red hue that’s uniquely attractive while remaining entirely unobtrusive. The heavy aluminum rear panel is both functional and visually impactful, with the “VUE” logo machined directly into the heat-sink fins.

All h-Class enclosures are manufactured to the strictest ISO standards, using multi-ply, cross-grain laminated birch with extensive interior bracing for resonant-free output. The h-15 features integrated hanging points, while optional flying hardware extends versatility even further. A rugged, polyurethane finish ensures years of on-the-road service.

Onboard Amplification

The h-15 is fitted with a 2-channel power amplifier module that supplies 830W long-term, sine wave (2000W peak) to the LF transducer, and 275W long-term, sine wave (400W peak) to the beryllium compression driver.

h-class-12-15-back-01-IMG_9183The module’s Class D circuitry allows for massive output and headroom in an extremely compact form factor, while producing significantly less heat than more conventional designs. The amplifier is mounted to a large aluminum heat sink with machined “VUE” logo. The combination of Class D amplification and ample heat dispersion eliminates the need for noisy cooling fans.

A lightweight, fully protected switch mode power supply with auto voltage detection provides hassle-free worldwide operation with universal mains operation for 120 V and 230 V. Self-protection circuitry includes input limiter, short circuit protection, DC protection of output, under and over voltage protection, intelligent mains fuse protection, power stage overload protection, and temperature protection of both transformers and heat-sinks.

xpro-2amp-moduleSophisticated DSP and onboard networking capabilities come courtesy of a 64-bit, 96 kHz sample rate, mixed-mode processor that delivers 120 dB of dynamic range with less than 600 microseconds latency.

Finally, since full networking capabilities were conceived as part of the amplifier module’s initial design specification, the h-15 module provides impressive amounts of detailed, real-time information, as well as access to key operating parameters when connected to the SystemVUE network. Accessible functions and monitoring options include: protect status, mute, heatsink temperature, clip (for each amp channel), output voltage (for each channel), output current (for each channel), and SMPS limit (power supply limit).

Specifications


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Network

SystemVUE Network

The SystemVUE networking technology enables easy monitoring and control of a single powered VUE system, or the entire network of them, through our highly intuitive SystemVUE software.

The h-15 ships with SystemVUE networking capabilities already onboard. There’s no need for additional cards or retrofitting. In addition, the h-15, like every h-Class model, was designed from the ground up to be part of a networked system. The result is synergy at every level in perfect sync. From transducers, amplifiers, and DSP, all the way out to the SystemVUE software, everything works in perfect harmony to enable precise control and easy operation.

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Zero Configuration Networking For Easy Set-up

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To make set-up easier, SystemVUE automatically creates a usable TCP/IP-based network without requiring manual operator intervention or special configuration servers. This means that any h-Class model 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.

SystemVUE

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systemVUE-Ease_MACBOOK Think of SystemVUE Software as command central for the SystemVUE network. Elegantly simple, and deceptively powerful, SystemVUE software combines system and device-level control and monitoring capabilities with a highly intuitive user interface that's fully compatible with both Macintosh OSX and Windows operating systems.
SystemVUE software's browser window shows every VUE device connected to the network

SystemVUE software's browser window shows every VUE device connected to the network

Most importantly, SystemVUE software was designed with significant input from installers and system integrators. So unlike other applications that were developed from the perspective of the DSP or electronics engineer, SystemVUE software takes a practical, real world approach and puts the most critical functions right up front and within easy reach. systemVUE-h15
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The unit control window in the SystemVUE software enables easy set-up, optimization and monitoring

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Beryllium

The Truextent® Beryllium Advantage

be-diaphagm-03 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.
 
Read more about the advantages of Truextent beryllium  

Drawing

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Downloads

h-15N Polar Data