The new SONAR speaker series – Top sound and forward-thinking features in the mainstream price segment
For 40 years, St. Wendel has been home to the production of speaker systems that are constantly setting new industry benchmarks in terms of acoustics, technology and economy. For the first time, HK Audio is now broadening this expertise to the popular category of powered PA speakers with moulded plastic enclosures. The new SONAR series combines HK Audio’s sound quality with state-of-the-art features in a particularly popular price segment.
The series consists of the three full-range models SONAR 110 Xi, SONAR 112 Xi and SONAR 115 Xi, and the SONAR 115 Sub D subwoofer.
The SONAR full-range models feature a 24-bit DSP controller with colour display, which can be used to conveniently operate the comprehensive connection and setting options. These include two channels for microphone or line signals and an AUX channel for music signals. Not only does the luxury 3-band EQ in each channel exceed the usual standards in this product class – all settings for the SONAR Xi models can even be conveniently remote controlled with the free SONAR REMOTE app (for iOS and Android). Via the AUX channel, signals can also be streamed wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0. Bluetooth TWS (True Wireless Stereo) is also possible when using two SONAR speakers.
The SONAR 115 Sub D subwoofer also features a 24-bit DSP controller, with a display that allows you to set parameters such as the crossover frequency, polarity and a delay. A unique feature in this price class are the two presets for Cardioid operation when using two subwoofers. This means when the bass is directed towards the audience, the unwanted emission of low frequencies to the rear is noticeably reduced.
“With SONAR, our goal was to develop the best equipped, best sounding and easiest to configure speaker family in this price segment”, says HK Audio Senior Product Manager Rüdiger Forse. “My favourite features of the SONAR Xi models are music streaming and remote control via Bluetooth 5.0. This new standard ensures higher ranges and significantly more stable connections. And the app not only allows to adjust the volume of the channels, I can also control the channel EQs from the audience, for example. In this way, every microphone signal is elegantly under control. The SONAR subwoofer stands out thanks to its impressive bass response and effective Cardioid options. Even non-professionals can now create perfectly working Cardioid setups with over 30 dB reduction of low frequencies to the rear at the touch of a button without any previous knowledge. Bands or DJs, who often have to perform for hours directly behind the PA, will really appreciate this feature”.
The SONAR series speakers will be available in stores in November.