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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 a 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

Description

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.

Quality Down to the Finest Details

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Even the h-Class cabinets are intended to 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.

The h-15 employs a VUE-designed compression driver that features a revolutionary Truextent® beryllium diaphragm. 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 SPL than more conventional materials. HF performance is further enhanced thanks to a 5-slit phase plug (above) and a powerful, lightweight neodymium magnetic circuit.

The unique compression driver is mated to an equally capable LF transducer that was also designed and manufactured by VUE specifically for the h-15. This precision-engineered 15-inch transducer utilizes a large, 4-inch (100 mm) voice coil to dramatically increase power handling while minimizing power compression losses. An impregnated linen surround, curvilinear cone, and high coercivity ferrite magnet bring exceptional durability and ensure years of reliable service under the most severe conditions.

On Board 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

SPECIFICATIONS h-15W h-15N
DESCRIPTION Single 15-in Wide Cover Single 15-in Narrow Cover
ACOUSTIC DATA
Frequency Response -3dB (+- 1.5 dB) 42 – 21 kHz 42 – 21 kHz
Efficiency (1W/1m Equivalent over operating band) 97 dB 97 dB
Max Peak SPL †Measured (band limited pink noise 6 dB crest factor) 126 dB SPL @ 1m135 dB SPL @ 1m 127 dB SPL @ 1m136 dB SPL @ 1m
Max SPL Long Term (AVG SPL @ 1 M before protection band limited pink noise) 120 dB SPL 121 dB SPL
Coverage Horizontal 100 degrees – 6 dB 60 degrees – 6 dB
Coverage Vertical 50 degrees – 6 dB 40 degrees -6 dB
AMPLIFIER DATA
Amplifier Power (Long Term Sine Wave before protection) LF: 830 watts rmsHF: 275 watts rms LF: 830 watts rmsHF: 275 watts rms
Amplifier Power ( @ 1% THD)l LF: 2,000 watts rmsHF: 400 watts rms LF: 2,000 watts rmsHF: 400 watts rms
Amplifier Protection Input limiter, short circuit protection, DC protection of output, under & over voltage protection, intelligent mains fuse protection, power stage overload protection, temperature protection of transformers and heat sinks
Operational Voltage Universal Mains, 85-268V (dual voltage auto selection). UREC™ power supply integrated amplifier modules provides universal mains operation for 120 V and 230 V, eliminating the need for market specific self-powered loudspeakers and related reliability issues.
THD+N (typical) < 0.05 % (20 Hz – 20 kHz, 3 dB below rated power)
DSP 96k Hz sample rate, mixed-mode 64-bit digital processing, 120 dB dynamic range, less than 600 microseconds latency
Network Ethernet / IP DHCP (or fixed IP) for remote monitoring and control
TRANSDUCER DATA
LF Driver Description 15”, paper cone, cloth surround, 4” (100 mm voice coil, ferrite, 8 Ohms 15”, paper cone, cloth surround, 4” (100 mm voice coil, ferrite, 8 Ohms
HF Driver Description 4in (100mm) voice coil Neo Truextent® beryllium diaphragm
Inputs Female XLR input with male XLR loop output for both Analog input and AES EBU digital input (default digital AES channel 1, channel 2 selectable remotely via software). If clock is present system uses AES input. System will automatically fall back on analog input clock is not present.
Cabinet Material Multi-ply wood birch hardwood
Cabinet Surface Black 6-layer coating
Dimensions (H x W x D) 27.24 x 17.24 x 17.99 in (692 x 438 x 457 mm)
Weight Net: 83.9 lb (38.05 kg) / Shipped: 105 lbs (47.62 kg)
†  Measured Max SPL is recommended for system design purposes and represents the average peak output before protection and after power compression. In accordance with common industry practice, calculated data is provided for comparison purposes, and is a theoretical calculation.

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  

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