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CROWN AUDIO REDEFINES THE PRICE/PERFORMANCE RATIO WITH THE XLS SERIES

December 2, 2008

In a move that makes quality high power amplifiers affordable to a broad new market, Crown Audio present the newly extended XLS Series amplifiers that significantly elevate the performance threshold of affordable portable PA amplifiers.

Comprising the XLS 202, XLS 402, XLS 602, XLS 802 and the brand new XLS 5000, the XLS Series is ideal for musicians, DJs, rental companies and corporate and hotel AV departments 

“Providing more power than any other amplifier in its class, the XLS5000 represents a tremendous value to end users who need a high power amplifier without the big price tag,” noted Marc Kellom, Vice President of Marketing, Crown Audio. “By pairing this amplifier up with JBL’s MRX, SRX, or VRX loudspeaker enclosures, our customers can now have access to a highly professional yet economical all-Harman solution.”

The XLS Series, Crown’s workhorse amplifier line, has now been extended with the addition of the new XLS 5000 (£1399 RRP). Delivering 1,800 watts per channel in 4-ohm stereo mode, and a staggering 5,000 watts in 4-ohm bridge-mono mode, the XLS 5000 packs more than twice the punch of the next highest-powered model in the range, the XLS 802.

Housed in a rugged, 3U, all-steel chassis, the highly reliable XLS 5000 is equipped with an efficient forced-air fan to prevent excessive thermal buildup. The front panel sports dual precision-detented rotary level controls, a power switch with accompanying LED, and six additional LEDs indicating signal, clip, and fault for each channel. Rear panel connections include two electronically balanced XLR inputs as well as touch-proof binding post and Speakon® outputs.

The XLS 5000 also employs extensive protection and diagnostics capabilities, including output current limiting, DC protection, circuit breaker, and special thermal protection of the unit’s transformers.

Like the rest of the XLS Series, as well as all other Crown amplifiers, the new XLS 5000 is backed by the manufacturer’s industry-exclusive Three-Year, No-Fault, Fully Transferable Warranty.

The Crown XLS Series is available now at Dolphin Music.

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The Yamaha Tenori-On has finally arrived!!!

September 26, 2007

THE BIGGEST INSTRUMENT LAUNCH OF THE YEAR – WORLD EXCLUSIVE RELEASE IN THE UK ONLY! Just a few selected shops will be selling the Yamaha Tenori-On, from October, and Dolphin Music is one of the exclusive retailers.

Media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha have collaborated to design a new digital musical instrument for the 21st century, TENORI-ON. A 16×16 matrix of LED switches allows everyone to play music intuitively, creating a “visible music” interface.

The Tenori-On is a revolutionary new concept, and is not only a very useful and versatile tool for professional musicians and producers, but also a fantastic instrument for those who never thought they could play anything, due to it’s “visible music” interface.

TENORI-ON “Modes”
The TENORI-ON 16 x 16 LED button matrix is simultaneously a performance input controller and display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce you gain access to the TENORI-ON’s numerous performance capabilities.

The TENORI-ON provides six different performance and sound/light modes for broad performance versatility, and these modes can be combined and used simultaneously for rich, complex musical expression.

LAYERS
TENORI-ON layers can be thought of as “performance parts” or “recording tracks.” The TENORI-ON has a total of 16 layers. Separate notes and voices can be assigned to each layer, and all layers can be played together in synchronization.

The 16 layers are divided into six performance mode groups as shown in the illustration below. The six modes have different note entry methods and operation. Up to 16 layers created using different modes can be combined for rich, complex musical expression.

BLOCKS
Once complete set of 16 layers is called a “block.”

The TENORI-ON can store up to 16 programmed blocks (16-layer groups) in memory, and you can switch from block to block instantly during performance.

You could, for example, create a musical composition in one block, then copy that composition to another block and edit it to create a variation of the original composition. Or you can load a number of previously-created compositions into separate blocks from an SD Memory Card and switch between them to create variation during playback.

Tenori-On Design Detail

The Interface area of Tenori-On consists of a simple square of 16×16 matrix of LED switches surrounded by an aluminium frame. The upper part of the aluminium frame has two high sound quality speakers, the lower part of the aluminium section has a dial and a LCD, and both sides of the aluminium frame there are four function switchesthat change sound or image etc. These interfaces are designed with particular attention being paid to quality and ease of operation. The back of Tenori-On has a 16×16 matrix of LED lights that copy the light display produced by the LED switches of the control surface. This facilitates a beautiful light display when Tenori-On is used during stage performances, or when used for interior ornamental effect.

Tenori-On Collaboration

Tenori-On makes it possible for you to enjoy playing music and light with a friend. Using the connection Function, You can play a synchronized session or send and receive songs between 2 Tenori-Ons. Toshio Iwai and Yamaha are working together to make Tenori-On function as a brand new communication tool using light and sound right now.

The Tenori-On is available from Dolphin Music for £599, and Yamaha believes this new musical instrument will be a huge success – it’s quite possibly the most original,  innovative and versatile musical intrument to be invented in over 50 years!

The Dolphin Music website has a NEWS section full of further Tenori-On stories and videos…and here’s the product page, with further specs.

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Yamaha Stagepas 500 – The Perfect Portable PA?

May 24, 2007

The Yamaha Stagepas 500 – light, portable and easy-to-use, The STAGEPAS™ 500 is a great choice for easy operation in a wide range of applications. This versatility makes the Stagepas 500 ideal for the most diverse situations, such as:

Solo Guitar Plus Vocals: The high-quality built-in reverb adds the finishing touch to great vocal sound, and the STAGEPAS 500 system also features a LIMIT/COMP switch that  can help to deliver smooth, punchy vocals.

Solo Guitar Plus Vocal 

 The STAGEPAS mixer also has more than enough input capability to directly handle a range of instruments from electric-acoustic guitars to electronic keyboards, which can be plugged directly into the mixer. 

Live Performance/ Bands:  Multiple microphone inputs (up four) make the STAGEPAS™ 500 system a good choice for band rehearsals or performances. MSR100 powered monitors (sold separately) can be added for monitoring. The Stagepas 500 is an unbeatable live performance system.

The Yamaha Stagepas 500 is quite simply a great, versatile PA System!

All of this is provided with no compromise in sound quality or versatility, plus some advanced features you normally wouldn’t expect to find in systems in this class.  You can currently find the Yamaha Stagepas 500 quite cheaply on the Dolphin Music website, which sells it for much less than the £849 RRP – it’s only £599 at Dolphin! VIEW

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Everything a Musician may need!

August 8, 2006

Welcome to Musicians Tools Web Blog designed to bring you some of the best products for musicians from Dolphin Music. We will be covering everything you could imagine from Acoustic Treatment from Auralex, Books & Manuals to help you get the most out of your system, Cables to connect everything together, PC & Apple Computer Systems, DJ Equipment & Lighting, Furniture & Stands, Guitars from Gibson & Fender, Hardware Synths, Headphones, Keyboards, Microphones, MIDI & Sync Equipment, Mixers, Multitrack Recorders, Musical Instruments, PA & Live Sound, Sample CDs, Music Software, Sound Cards, Speakers / Monitors, Studio Outboard, Video products, & Vocal Booths.