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Enter the CDD-LIVE!

Comprising three full-range models and two subwoofers, the new CDD-LIVE! Series is intended to suit an exceedingly wide range of professional stand-alone and distributed applications — from sound reinforcement and monitoring for live bands, DJ’s and corporate events to installations in clubs, theaters and performing arts centers.

Coextensive with the install version of the CDD range that debuted last year, the heart of the new CDD-LIVE! series is Martin Audio’s patented Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology. Combining the point-source benefits of coaxial designs with the consistent coverage of Differential Dispersion, the CDD-LIVE! full-range systems project sound evenly front-to-back while exhibiting wide horizontal coverage close to the speaker to place full-bandwidth fidelity and impact to all corners of the audience.

All CDD-LIVE! models feature built-in Class-D amplification, onboard DSP and Dante digital audio networking assure quick stage set-ups and efficient installations, while tour-grade enclosures and comprehensive mounting options — including pole mount, wall brackets, yokes and rigging inserts — provide maximum flexibility in the field.


   Martin Audio CDD-LIVE 8     Martin Audio CDD-LIVE 12     Martin Audio CDD-LIVE 15     Martin Audio CSX-LIVE 118     Martin Audio CSX-LIVE 218

Understanding Coaxial Differential Dispersion

At the heart of the series is Martin Audio’s patented Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology. By combining the “point-source” benefits of coaxial design with the consistent coverage of Differential Dispersion, the intent of the CDD-LIVE! full range systems is to project sound evenly front-to-back, thus overcoming the weaknesses of both classic coaxial systems and systems with fixed dispersion X°-by-Y° horns.

Until now, one disadvantage of conventional coaxial devices has been high frequency beaming, where the high-frequency dispersion reduces as the frequency increases. This is primarily because conventional coaxial devices channel high frequencies through a narrow tube in the pole-piece of the magnet system. CDD Series coaxial devices sidestep this drawback via an innovative static waveguide (see Fig. 1) that merges seamlessly with the unique cone shape — maintaining the dispersion pattern out to very high frequencies.

Fig. 1

The DANTE Advantage

Dante is an uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology. It is the preferred audio networking solution of the pro-audio industry owing to its outstanding audio quality and interoperability that is easy to install, easy to set up, versatile, scalable and economic.

Each CDD-LIVE! system is Dante enabled. Delivering significant improvements in Audio over IP technology in terms of speed, high channel count and with near-zero latency, Dante networking opens up tremendous opportunities for digital audio distribution and control — from a front-of-house live music system to a large-scale installation with multiple locations and zones. With audio transmitted digitally over a single CAT5 cable, quality is maintained however long the cable run and integration with other devices in the sound system is straightforward.

Setting up a Dante network is simple — even complex networks can be configured easily and quickly, with all devices discovered and displayed in the Dante Controller software. Once set-up, the computer running Dante Controller can be removed from the network if desired, with system settings stored in the devices themselves and automatically restored when a device is power-cycled.

Switching between XLR analogue inputs to Dante on CDD-LIVE! enclosures is automatic if a digital stream is present, unless the user selects the XLR option in VU-NET.

Multi-Purpose Flexibility

CDD-LIVE! systems are incredibly flexible and complemented by a comprehensive range of mounting accessories. The CDD-LIVE 8, 12 and 15 can be pole mounted — either directly using their integral pole-mount fittings or with the addition of a universal bracket with a wide range of up and down tilt angles. The up/down tilt angle is easily adjustable and lockable in place. The universal bracket can also be attached to a scaffold clamp for vertical or horizontal suspension from a truss.

Horizontal yokes are available for the CDD-LIVE 12 and 15, while pan and tilt wall brackets for the CDD-LIVE 8 and 12 mount the enclosures as close to the wall as possible. The wall brackets feature a lift-off capability that enables the wall-mounted section to be first-fixed, with the speaker added later.

The CDD-LIVE 8, 12 and 15 are fitted with multiple M8 threaded inserts for eyebolt suspension. The CSX-LIVE 118 and 218 are fitted with M10 inserts.