SONAR Xi models – similarities and differences
The SONAR Xi models are fullrange speakers designed for use as a stand-alone speaker, in front PAs, as stage monitors and as very powerful mid-high units in subwoofer-and-satellite systems. Their elegant yet robust polymer enclosures are tough enough to withstand years of hard wear on the road. A steel grille with acoustic foam backing protects the loudspeakers from knocks, dust and splashed water.
The speaker stand mount’s ingeniously simple design features an adjustable tilt angle that can be changed at the push of a button to align the speaker to the audience for maximum effect. With the benefit of their slanted housings, Xi models can also be set sideways for use as wedge monitors. Flying these enclosures from the ceilings of clubs and pubs is so easy with the built-in M10 rigging points.
The SONAR Xi models’ input section features two channels for line or microphone signals, plus a stereo AUX channel that can also receive audio signals wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0. A large, easy-to-read color display affords easy access to the channels and all other settings. Wireless remote control via a paired smartphone or tablet is also an option. Free apps are available for both iOS and Android.
SONAR 110 Xi
The SONAR 110 Xi is the right solution for situations where every kilo and centimeter matters, but the sound just can’t do without the support of well-rounded bass that is easy on the ears. The 110 Xi delivers the goods when deployed as a satellite in combination with the SONAR 115 D Sub, as a monitor on cramped stages, and as a highly portable sound reinforcement solution for schools and the like. And with 800 watts power output, the SONAR 110 Xi has plenty of headroom to pump up the volume when things need to get a little louder.
SONAR 112 Xi
Grown-up sound from a compact enclosure that is not too heavy for comfort – this is the formula that made the 12″/1″ format the world’s number one speaker configuration. The SONAR 112 Xi comes with all the benefits of this format packed into a sleek, stylish enclosure. The very powerful speakers and beefy 1200 watt power amp provide crystal-clear, undistorted sound with an astonishingly assertive low end. SONAR speakers’ ready-for-everything feature set is unrivaled – no other speaker in this class offers anything like it.
SONAR 115 Xi
Sizable but still comfortably transportable, the SONAR 115 Xi converts all the extra volume and power of the large 15″ woofer into higher SPL and – above all – into powerful low-end punch that really is all about the bass. All this makes the 115 Xi the go-to solution for DJs, fitness studios, entertainers with keyboards or playback devices and everyone else who wants to roll without an added subwoofer. Its remarkable efficiency also makes the 115 Xi the perfect complement for subwoofers in bands that want their PA to speak with authority and project with assertiveness.
Intuitive control via color display
The built-in digital mixer can be controlled via color display and offers two input channels for microphone or line signals and an AUX channel for analog and Bluetooth 5.0 signals. It even accepts both types of signal at the same time! The Mix Out forwards signals to added speakers or furnishes the signal for live recording.
Each of the three channels features a dedicated Volume control and a richly appointed 3-band EQ. These speakers also come with three sound modes (Live, DJ, Monitor) and a preset for setups with a subwoofer.
A dual-purpose Master control adjusts the mixer’s overall volume and affords access to the DSP menu.
Bluetooth TWS (True Wireless Stereo) is on board to link two simultaneously controlled Xi models for audio streaming in a twinned setup that delivers true stereo sound.
SONAR REMOTE app
The SONAR REMOTE app for tablets and smartphones running iOS and Android operating systems offers much more than just a remote control option for the built-in digital mixing console. It also lets you control all settings and functions of the Xi models, including the parameters of the 3-band EQ for each channel. You can save scenes to put frequently used presets at your fingertips whenever you need them. These could be settings for your favorite microphones, varying SONAR Xi setups and basic configurations for different venues.
iOS version will be available in App store end of November 2020. Android version will be available in Google Play store in January 2021.
The Xi cabinet’s display shows all settings as they are adjusted in the app, and vice versa. The two displays sync up in real time.
A compact powerhouse that packs a phenomenal low-frequency foundation into an enclosure with a surprisingly small footprint, this high-performance 15″ woofer delivers impressive 1500 watts of power. And its efficient 24-bit controller turns all that muscle into a demonstration of low-end might one would only expect from large 18″ subwoofers. That’s how the der SONAR 115 Sub D transforms a good song into a gripping rock hymn and reserved wallflowers into dancing queens and kings.
No sophisticated subwoofer has ever been simpler to set up: Just select the appropriate preset for the connected SONAR Xi model on the easy-to-read display and enjoy the perfect plug-&-play sound.
And if you like the idea of a space-saving 2.1 subwoofer/satellite system, then you’re sure to love the der SONAR 115 Sub D ´s stereo inputs and outputs.
This bass bin also comes with a very special feature called Cardioid mode that drastically reduces the volume behind the speaker when you’re running two der SONAR 115 Sub D. With this professional feature, cardioid setups require no further adjustments – anyone can configure them without having to fuss with complicated calculations.
THE CARDIOID PRINCIPLE
Adding a second SONAR 115 Sub D increases the low-frequency sound pressure level. The classic full-stack configuration on the left with two subs projecting forward boosts the SPL by 3 dB in all directions. But there is a better way of boosting bass SPL – with the SONAR 115 Sub D’s cardioid capabilities. It features two presets that let you set up a cardioid bass rig as shown on the right with the bottom sub projecting rearward – no complicated math or delay time compensation required.
Simply select the Cardioid Rear preset for the bottom bass bin and the Cardioid Front preset for top subwoofer that projects forward. Now the two are tuned to operate properly without requiring any further adjustments.
When is it a good idea to go with a cardioid setup?
A cardioid setup is all about canceling out rearward radiating frequencies. While speakers are able to throw midrange and high frequencies in directional patterns, low frequencies tend to radiate in all directions. Excessive bass levels can often be a problem on and behind the stage. And promoters are increasingly making demands to limit sound systems’ low-end reach, for example, in festival tents at urban venues.
The SONAR 115 SUB D has all the hardware and audio features needed to quickly and easily configure effective cardioid setups that attenuate rearward bass frequencies by as much as 34 dB. This makes performing life a lot easier for the artists on the stage and vastly improves the sound because microphones no longer pick up stray low-frequency signals.