July 12, 2017
N12SM: purely NÍTID
Amate Audio launches NÍTID ultra-compact active speaker series with dual profile stage monitor
Amate Audio is introducing the first model in a new ultra-compact performance loudspeaker series – NÍTID. Like all NÍTID series designs, the N12SM is the culmination of intensive R&D, to achieve the greatest attainable levels of power and performance from the most compact cabinet geometry. NÍTID series systems employ the latest digital amplification and processing technologies, in symbiosis with advanced acoustic design and engineering, and represent a new paradigm in compact sound reinforcement.
greatest attainable levels of power and performance from the most compact cabinet geometry
Easy to operate and even easier to handle, the N12SM is a highly portable, powerful stage monitor that weighs just 18kg. Performance is characterised by its highly musical, pristine sound reproduction – with outstanding vocal intelligibility – ultra-low distortion and 128 dB SPL.
These remarkable performance capabilities derive from the synthesis of advanced 12” LF and 1.75” HF neodymium drivers, integral 700 W 3rd generation Class-D bi-amplification and on-board digital signal processing technology. Extensive system control capabilities are accessed from the comprehensive control interface with SensitiveTouch™ keypad; a no mechanical component or moving part capacitive sensor technology, that is highly responsive, weatherproof and durable. Control settings include a selection of ‘plug & play’ active power and DSP system presets that enable the N12SM to be configured for performance in mere seconds.
The low profile form factor measures just 459 x 364 x 570 mm (approx. 18 x 14 x 22.5 inches), and can be deployed in either a nearfield or front-of-stage monitoring profile. Distinguishing details of the cabinet’s fully professional design and construction specification includes the speaker grille. Exclusively designed by Amate Audio, the 2 mm thick grille provides robust protection and improved sound quality with the best perforation coefficient in the market. The Polyurea® finish and rubber protective profiles provide durable protection for the birch-ply cabinet, and electronic circuits and controls are smartly protected against moisture.
Other high-end features include Amate Audio’s universal switch mode power supply, enabling operation with any mains condition between 85 and 265 V AC. The backlit NÍTID logo can be switched off or switched to indicate when the speaker system is limiting.
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Joan Amate, comments, “Recently we have developed several coaxial based monitor designs but, while the N12SM – as part of our new NÍTID series – incorporates our very latest digital, acoustical and mechanical engineering developments, the design returns to the classical woofer and horn configuration that was especially popular in our SM12 stage monitor, in the early 2000s. With the N12SM we take that classic design and marry it with our most recent R&D capabilities, to produce something exceptionally compact and high performance.”