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h-208 Dual 8-in High Definition Full Range System

h-208 Features

  • Very low vertical profile for applications with restricted sight lines but requiring unrestricted fidelity and output
  • Large format Neodymium HF compression driver with Truextent® beryllium diaphragm for exceptional high-frequency clarity and output
  • Powerful built-in amplification with 1600 watts LF and 275 watts HF power long term sine wave (more than 3400 watts total peak burst) for output and exceptional transient reproduction
  • 70° horizontal x 45 vertical coverage coverage
  • Integrated internal VUEDrive System Engine equipped with 64-bit digital processor and tons of amplifier horsepower and universal mains operation (85V to 260V)

Description

The h-208 is a unique loudspeaker that provides what we believe to be the most output available in any system less than 12 inches in height. The h-208 combines a full complement of VUE’s most advanced transducer technologies, with powerful onboard VUEDrive system electronics, into a low-profile configuration ideal for low-ceiling applications where output and fidelity are critical.

Like all h-Class systems, the h-208 was designed 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 their precision-engineered transducers with cutting-edge diaphragm materials and suspension components to their 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-208 combines a pair of precision-engineered, three-inch voice coil 8-inch LF transducers with a horn-loaded compression driver that features a Truextent™ beryllium diaphragm at its core. The h-208 can be used alone or on top of a subwoofer pointing forward (90 degrees relative to the floor) or hung using its yoke bracket to the precise angle required for a specific application. The h-208 can be hung from the ceiling at steep angles while maintaining very low overall height due to the slant at the back of the enclosure’s top. The unique shape of the h-208 also permits its use as a very high output stage monitor for applications where stage depth is limited but performance cannot be compromised. The h-208 also includes a built-in pole mount along with the yoke assembly, which allows easy deployment as a main system, or in a variety of support configurations.

Finally, every h-Class model ships with networking capabilities built-in right out of the box. And since VUE’s network technology relies on standard IP protocols, setup is a breeze. SystemVUE software (available free on Windows, MacOS, and iPad on iOS) provides control and monitoring capabilities through a highly intuitive and powerful user interface. The h-208 also includes as standard support for Dante network audio streams in addition to AES/EBU digital and analog inputs.

Cutting-Edge Transducer design

The h-208 active two-way system employs a compression driver featuring a revolutionary Truextent™ beryllium diaphragm at its 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 3-inch coil driver is VUE’s third generation of beryllium drivers incorporating a totally new phase plug designed to extend high-frequency response enabling output up to 28k Hz. The use of beryllium enables more extended high-frequency response with lower harmonic distortion and less time smearing (impulse accuracy). The net result is unmatched clarity and detail at high frequencies that sound more like a high-end audiophile HiFi system than a very high output sound reinforcement system.

The unique compression driver is mated to a pair of equally capable cone transducers that are also designed and manufactured by VUE. The woofers are a variation of the 8-inch drivers developed for the al-8 Acoustic Linearity Line Array with a different voice coil optimized for use in the h-208’s enclosure while providing exactly the right impedance for maximum performance from the built-in amplifier. These precision-engineered 8-inch transducers utilize a large, 3-inch (75 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.

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Ultra High-Efficiency Amplifier with on Board DSP

The h-208 is fitted with a 2-channel, high-efficiency power amplifier module that provides ample power for both transducers while eliminating 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 from 85V to 260V.
Sophisticated onboard DSP and networking capabilities come courtesy of the same 64-bit digital processor found inside the h-12 and h-15 systems. This powerful processor handles all EQ, time alignment, crossover management, and speaker protection, as well as SystemVUE network control and monitoring functions.

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS h-208
DESCRIPTION Dual 8-inch Low Profile High Output FUll Range System
ACOUSTIC DATA
Frequency Response (+- 2.5 dB) 75 Hz to 24 kHz
Frequency Range (-10dB) 60 Hz – 27 KHz
Sensitivity (1W/1m) 97 dB SPL
Max Peak SPL(Band limited 10 dB crest factor) 132 dB SPL
Max SPL Long Term 120 dB SPL AVG SPL @1M before protection band limited pink noise
Coverage Horizontal 70 degrees – 6 dB
Coverage Vertical 45 degrees – 6dB
AMPLIFIER DATA
Amplifier Power (Long Term Sine Wave before protection) LF: 1600 watts rmsHF: 275 watts rms
Amplifier Power ( AVG Burst@ 1% THD) LF: 3000 watts rmsHF: 600 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 via SystemVUE software plus Dante ethernet audio stream digital audio input
TRANSDUCER DATA
LF Driver Description 2x 8-inch driver 3-inch voice coil
HF Driver Description 1.4-inch exit 75 mm voice coil, Pure Truextent® beryllium diaphragm
PHYSICAL DATA
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 digital input. System will fall back on analog input if clock is not present. Plus Dante ethernet audio streams input..
Cabinet Material Multi-ply wood birch hardwood
Cabinet Surface 12 Step Dura-Coat LX
Dimensions (H x W x D) 294 x 618 x 333.1 mm (11.57 x 24.37 x 13.11 in)
Weight Net: 63.6 lbs (28.84 kg) / Shipped: 79.1 lbs (35.87 kg)

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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.
 
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