Systems Etc Invests in EV XLE Line Array

June 2, 2006

Why XLE? Mani says he wanted to “stay EV“: Last year, Systems Etc invested in an EV XLC system, which they used to great effect at mainstream events for up to 30,000 people. That’s why Mani looked to EV again this spring, adding to his XLC inventory with new XLE boxes, encouraged by the mix-and-match flexibility the two systems will offer. Systems Etc has earmarked XLE for use in the theatre market as well as for live music, and have ordered16 XLE181 two-way boxes, each using an 8“ neodymium LF/MB transducer and dual ND2S HF driver combination with a 120° x 10° waveguide coverage.

“The XLE is really tiny, compact and user-friendly,“ Mani says “and, apart from the obvious advantages of its size, the other thing that impresses is its clarity. We’re tailoring the system to our own needs, using the XLE with the new XLC 215 subs, which are a perfect fit. And we’re just waiting for the new grid adaptors, which will enable us to hang XLE cabinets beneath XLC elements in fully integrated arrays.“

“The XLE is really tiny, compact and user-friendly, Mani says and, apart from the obvious advantages of its size, the other thing that impresses is its clarity.”
Shuttlesound’s Sean Maxwell added that the XLE 8“ line-array elements “offer fantastically even front-to-back and side-to-side coverage in an impressively compact package. Demand for smaller and lighter sound systems has increased, and EV has designed the XLE systems for situations with critical audio requirements where overall cluster size is a high priority.“ …Such as Systems Etc’s many projects for MTV and corporate clients, where clear sightlines, uncluttered by bulky speaker cabinets, are insisted upon.

At less than 18 kg (40lbs) per unit the XLE offers a powerful, very compact solution for applications with limited space and/or load capacity, and can be used in bi-amp mode or full range using a sophisticated internal passive network. The purchase includes four XLC215 direct radiating subs, which can be flown or ground stacked, delivering extended low end and fantastic low impact while maintaining a low profile. The order is completed by four adaptor grids, and eight P3000RL Precision Series amplifiers.

Additionally, Systems Etc has ordered 16 XLC 127+ top boxes, and 12 XLC118 subs, “and some bits and pieces to reinforce our X-Line system.“ XLC is already doing regular dates at the Brixton Academy, and working with Carl Cox and XFM’s ’Big Night Out’. Systems Etc’s XLE made its debut at the Hackney Empire in May, on a night hosted by Groove Armada. It was also used at the Evolution Festival in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the UK’s largest free outdoor festival over Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.

Editors’ Note:

Founded by Bernard Mani in 1996, Systems Etc has been carving its niche in the London club and live scene since 1996, providing state-of-the-art fully integrated audio-visual systems. In 2001, Systems Etc took over Eskimo Noise, creating an even larger output potential, a substantial equipment inventory, considerable technical expertise and resources. Its client list includes Radio 1, Ministry, Budweiser, Rizla, Pepsi, Nike, Time Out, X-Box, Playstation, Levi, Capital Radio, and Gatecrasher amongst others.


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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