For the third year running, Clair Brothers innovation – the 10SPOT Hybrid Loudspeaker – brings home InfoComm Best of Show Awards to the proud team in Manheim, Pennsylvania [notably adding to honours in 2017 for the C12-TrueFit Line Array and in 2016 for the 1AM Stage Monitor].
The Clair Brothers 10SPOT faced stiff competition, but ultimately the judges could not ignore the shear brilliance of the problem-solving technology and design of this bold, smooth sounding and sleek looking cabinet.
Inherent in the Clair Brothers 10SPOT loudspeaker design is its hybrid nature – a speaker that combines Clair Brothers Curved Array Technology with its One Series coaxial horn technology. This combination creates a unique form factor loudspeaker that takes up little space in a room while covering the listening area in a much more effective manner than conventional point sources. The 10SPOT’s horn proved to be the feature that quickly drew the attention of the contest judges.
It’s a coaxial horn arrangement that provides constant curvature in the vertical plane with progressively increasing divergence in the horizontal plane. So, what you end up with is a unique directivity pattern of 90° at the top and 135° at the bottom, across a 45° vertical coverage angle. The ten-inch woofer and the compression driver each load into the masterful combination of two overlaid horns. This solution optimises the coherent summation of the midrange from the woofer with the lower portion of the high-frequency driver without the horn shadowing, similarly to the Clair Brothers 1AM and 1.5AM stage monitor designs.
In the end, the Clair Brothers 10SPOT won the ultimate InfoComm Best of Show prize because of its performance features and design as a lightweight and compact loudspeaker with power to spare. It is truly special and a “must hear” to appreciate the incredibly full, yet natural tone and crystal clear imaging emanating from such a compact enclosure (the 10SPOT’s front height and its width measure less than 16.5 inches).
The Future Pro Audio Group “InfoComm Best of Show” Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.