These compact speakers approach the performance of HK’s higher-end systems, but at a surprisingly modest price point.
The new HK Linear 5 series of loudspeakers aims to offer high SPL capability in a format that is still practical for musicians who need to own and transport their own PA systems. Both birch ply and MDF are used in the cabinet construction, while Class-D electronics in the active models help keep the weight down and the efficiency up.
The range includes the 112F top (a two-way design with a 12-inch woofer), the 115F (with a 15-inch woofer), the 112X (a monitor-shaped version of the 112F), and the LSub 1200 and LSub 2000 (subwoofers with two 10-inch or 12-inch drivers, respectively). All models are available in either active or passive versions.
JHS, HK’s UK distributors, were kind enough to loan us a pair of 112FA active tops and two Lsub 2000A active subs to test at local outdoor event West Fest, which coincided with the wettest and muddiest summer I’ve ever experienced! The area to be covered was around the size of a rugby field, although the visitors with more interest in the music than the bouncy castle were in the half of the field closest to the PA. Because the weather was so bad, we decided to keep things as simple as possible and, if necessary, make do with less SPL, so our initial setup comprised just the system provided.
Having run some tests with recorded music, it sounded well-balanced and reassuringly loud, but just in case the levels crept up, we also brought in a couple of HK Pro subs as reinforcements.
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The 112FA cabinet is pretty flexible, as it can be used as a self-contained full-range speaker at more modest volumes (its frequency response is 64Hz-18kHz, ±3dB), or as a mid-range/high unit in conjunction with a subwoofer, if more level is needed. Although fairly compact, and manageable by one person, the 112FA provides 650W of Class-D power for the 12-inch driver and a further 350W for the HF driver. This translates to an impressive peak SPL of 134dB (in half space), which is a fair bit of level for the price!