VUE Audiotechnik revealed the next addition to its h-Class family. 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.
The two-way h-208 includes a custom-designed three-inch diameter large-format compression driver that features a Truextent beryllium diaphragm and a powerful Neodymium magnet. This combination allows the HF unit to deliver dramatically better high-frequency extension and response linearity than more traditional aluminium or titanium-based designs. The horn’s dispersion is 70° horizontal by 45° vertical.
The compression driver is joined by two custom-designed and manufactured eight-inch transducers. These precision transducers benefit from large, three-inch (75mm) voice coils that dramatically increase power handling while minimising losses due to power compression. An impregnated linen surround and curvilinear cone optimises mechanical stability, while a massive, high-coercivity ferrite magnet circuit rounds out the design.
Onboard VUEDrive electronics offer 64-bit digital processing which handles EQ, time alignment, crossover management, speaker protection, and complete SystemVUE network control and monitoring functions. A dual-channel amplifier delivers 1600W LF, and 275W HF power long-term with more than 3000W burst output. What’s more, the Class D design eliminates the need for noisy cooling fans, while a lightweight, fully protected, switch-mode power supply provides hassle-free worldwide compatibility with universal mains operation from 85V to 260V.
All transducers and VUEDrive electronics are housed in a robust birch enclosure that includes integrated M10 hanging points as well as the h-Class’ distinctive, deep red multi-layered powder coated grill. A U-bracket yoke is provided as standard for easy installation and aiming. The h-208 also features a built-in stand mount for portable applications.
Due to its low-profile design and rear-cabinet slant, the h-208 can be easily hung from the ceiling at steep angles. The unique cabinet shape also allows the h-208 to serve as a high-output stage monitor where stage depth is limited.
“As more customers experience the uniquely pristine sonic characteristics of beryllium, we’re seeing a growing demand for application-specific variations of the technology,” explained VUE CEO Ken Berger. “The h-208 is the direct result of listening to our customers, and leveraging our advanced technology portfolio to deliver true, high-performance solutions for real world challenges.”