Origin Acoustics and Bang & Olufsen have recently announced the product of their collaborative efforts: a modular speaker system called the "Terrestrial Line Array" created for outdoor applications as landscape audio systems. A base unit (shown right) includes two modules and can be expanded vertically with up to six. The modular speakers each feature an aluminum body housing a 5" full range driver with a VariBlade Lens to increase high-frequency dispersion, powered by a 70v transformer located in the base unit.
Installation options include mounting the array on the ground, attached to a flat surface, or hanging to the optional wall and ceiling mounts. The advantages of the line array setup include the ability to reduce the fall-off in sound pressure that occurs over long distances. This is especially useful in an outdoor installation because it means that speakers can be placed further away while still providing powerful sound.
Nick Berry, Senior VP for Origin stated that “The line array effect itself is actually quite surprising if you’ve never experienced it before" since the sound seems to emanate from nowhere due to the distance of the speakers. He concluded that "its projection and coverage give the dealer another powerful tool to utilize in their outdoor system designs.”
Bang & Olufsen Executive VP Stefan K. Persson explained that "With the new Terrestrial speakers, we extend our mastery of interior design past a new threshold—both literal and figurative—to the outdoors."
The Terrestrial Line Array will be available from Q1 2018, with pricing to be announced. The speakers will be on display at CEDIA Expo in San Diego this week at the Origin Acoustics booth.