EV’ XLD™ & XLC™ Combo Impresses at the Oregon Jamboree with Horne Audio, Inc.

August 11, 2005

One such event at which Horne Audio’s XLD boxes recently impressed their owner and the audience in equal measure was at the 13th annual Oregon Jamboree, where Peter Horne employed eight XLD 281 boxes - the full-range, dual-8“ element box in the X-Line Very Compact line - as front fills flown under the XLC main arrays. Horne explained:

“The Oregon Jamboree is a three-day outdoor country music and camping festival that attracts some of the biggest names in the business. The Jamboree takes place in Sweet Home, Oregon, nestled in the foothills of the Cascades. This year the festival ran on the last three days of July, and saw performances by Travis Tritt, Lone Star and Merle Haggard. This has grown to be a major festival event with serious attendance numbers, and the organizers were looking for a world-class PA to do it justice when we were approached to run sound for the first time, three years ago. That’s when we brought in the XLC, and the festival is sounding better than ever. We run two arrays of 12 XLC 127+ boxes per side, and this year the addition of four XLD boxes to the bottom of each array gave us even greater results. Since taking delivery on the XLDs earlier this summer, we’ve found they provide a really flexible balance of compact size, high output and full bandwidth coverage that nicely fills in the application gaps between small-format trap boxes and the XLC - with all the benefits of line array performance and EV’s Line Array Prediction Software. We have a 105 dBa noise limit at FOH, so using the XLDs allows us to deliver more controlled, even coverage throughout the venue.“

“We’ve had our XLDs for a couple of months now, and, from the scope of applications to which these boxes have already lent themselves, I’d say that design mission has definitely been accomplished.”

Horne added: “Using the XLD in conjunction with the XLC gave us a couple of advantages. For one, the XLC has a vertical coverage pattern of 8-degrees, whereas the XLD is a 10-degree box, which makes it really good for evenly dispersing energy at short distances. We tried this out prior to the show, and both the client and I noticed the difference. Secondly, we’re getting more drivers up there by switching out a couple of XLC’s with four XLDs. The two ND2HF drivers in each XLD box are amazingly responsive. All this translates into greater attention to sonic detail in the near field, allowing me to focus more of the XLC’s energy further into the audience. But perhaps the most impressive thing about the XLD was the fact that all this additional performance came from eight tiny boxes that you could hardly see hanging there from FOH.“

Aside from being a versatile addition to a larger EV array, the XLD more than holds its own in smaller-scale applications: “We’re using our other 16 XLD boxes as the main arrays at the Oregon Zoo summer concert series. We’ve already had great results with the XLD at performances by John Hiatt, Chris Isaak, the Indigo Girls, and many more. In previous years we used numerous delay towers with trap boxes to achieve coverage. Now, with a much smaller footprint and a much lighter rig, we’re achieving superior coverage with the XLD, and all within the venue’s 98 dBa noise restriction. Everybody involved in the shows has been really pleased with the sound quality, even though at first many of the engineers can’t believe that arrays this small are up to the job. We’re flying 8 XLD boxes per side, covering 3500 seats in a grassy amphitheater. In this application, the XLDs prove themselves with concert quality sound in a smaller space, with all the sonic definition, easy rigging and DSP convenience you find in the larger EV arrays, yet in a very manageable, compact package that is visually unobtrusive. EV designed the XLD to be the best of both worlds - world-class line array performance, but in a box that is remarkably compact and light. We’ve had our XLDs for a couple of months now, and, from the scope of applications to which these boxes have already lent themselves, I’d say that design mission has definitely been accomplished.“

Other Telex Communications Pro Audio equipment used included a Midas Heritage 2000 console at FOH and a Heritage 3000 at monitor position.



Electro-Voice (EV), is a professional audio brand of Telex Communications, Inc., a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of sophisticated audio, wireless, multimedia, aircraft, broadcast and communications equipment for commercial, professional and industrial customers. Telex Communications markets its products in more than 80 countries under the brands EV, Telex, RTS, Dynacord, Midas, Klark Teknik and others.

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