Cerwin-Vega’s new P-Series family of powered loudspeakers starts with the bi-amped, full range P1500X (1,500-watts total) and the 2,000-watt P1800SX subwoofer. The P1500X is a two-way, full-range speaker that pairs a 15-inch woofer with a high frequency compression driver and hemi-conical horn in a bass-reflex speaker cabinet. The cabinet is made from a tough, polymer material that has a flush-mounted rear-panel three-channel mixer and Neutrik Combo connectors. This is ideal for fast, simple and universal setups anywhere in the world. I like the onboard EQ, VEGA BASS boost and high-pass filters for on-site tuning as required.
The P1500X is useful as a single, standalone speaker for smaller venues (office A/V meetings etc.) or in pairs for larger spaces needing more coverage, volume level and projection.
To project over and above the crowd, the P1500Xs have a two-position pole cup with an adjustable mounting point for upright pole mounting. The comfortable handles, built-in rigging points and remote volume port make the P1500X great for suspended installations or at stage front as wedge monitors.
The P1800SX subwoofer uses an 18-inch woofer powered by a custom 2,000-watt Class-D amp. Both the woofer and amplifier are enclosed in the same hardwood cabinet and this system also includes VEGA BASS boost, and a high-pass filter switch.
I saw and heard a pair of P1500X and P1800SX systems in action at a recent press event and they provided more than enough big sound and projection for a four-piece Rock band with vocals. Each of the P1500s was pole-mounted on top of a single P1800SX and the two sets of speakers were easily daisy-chained together using rear-panel I/O connections.
The P-Series P-1500X sells for $1,199 MSRP and the P-1800SX sub is $1,499. See http://cerwinvega.com/pro-audio/p-series/p-series.html.
By Barry Rudolph
miniBIO: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com