Constant Directivity – Consistent, Coherent Sound:
The PreSonus® CDL12 is the result of years of research and development, combining the best attributes of point source and line array technology into a unique patent-pending design. Based on the Constant-Directivity Two-Way Loudspeaker System design presented at the 143rd AES Convention in New York by Hugh Sarvis and Don Keele, the CDL12 radiates a highly focused pattern with consistent SPL throughout the frequency response range, both on- and off-axis. The result is clear, articulate speech intelligibility and natural music reproduction.
A unique look with a unique result:
Each CDL12 consists of eight 2-inch drivers aligned in a segmented circular-arc high-frequency array centered in front of a 12-inch woofer. The output of the low-frequency driver travels from the same acoustic axis as the high-frequency array so that the pattern always radiates from the center of the CDL12. This is true whether the CDL12 is used individually on a tripod speaker stand or as part of an acoustically coupled vertical array with up to six enclosures. Because of this, the CDL12 avoids the near-field anomalies that can interfere with the sound quality of a traditional line array. This makes the CDL12 ideally suited for a broader range of venue sizes, creating a far-field response almost immediately as the sound is projected from the center of the enclosure.
Symmetrical dispersion matters:
Traditional line array loudspeakers typically place a high-frequency horn on one side of the enclosure and a woofer on the other. To obtain a symmetrical image with those loudspeakers, you’d have to flip one over—something they aren’t designed to do in the first place—and you’d still have phase issues. With the CDL12, the eight 2-inch high-frequency drivers arc over a single 12-inch woofer, comparable to the coaxial driver configuration found on top studio monitors. The result is better sonic coherence across the entire venue, with no anomalies to compensate for via time-consuming room correction. Regardless of how many CDL12s you stack, you’re working with a shared acoustic axis—and non-turbulent sound propagating throughout the room.
Scalable vertical coverage:
The CDL12’s hybrid point source/line array design delivers focused sound with consistent SPL coverage both on- or off-axis, making it an excellent choice for mobile and installed applications. Rigging CDL12 enclosures is made easier, thanks to integrated pin-loaded rigging hardware. A dual-angle pole mount is provided, supporting the use of one or two enclosures when pole mounted on a tripod stand, or atop the companion CDL18s subwoofer, allowing the system to adapt to varying audience sizes. When vertically arrayed for suspended applications, up to five CDL12 enclosures can be flown beneath one or two CDL18s subwoofers. When flown without a subwoofer, six CDL12 loudspeakers can be arrayed to create a truly symmetric 120˚ x 120˚ design.
-8 x 2″ drivers disperse high frequencies at an astonishing 120° horizontally
-6 speakers can be arrayed for symmetrical 120° x 120° dispersion
-12″ woofer yields a thunderous low-end thump
-1,000 watts of Class D power exhibit remarkable headroom, explosive SPLs, and incredible dynamics
-Onboard array presets for easy deployment
-Take command of large arrays with Worx Control software
-Speaker-management tools include compression, limiting, 800ms of delay, an 8-band EQ, and more
-Built-in Dante connectivity gives you near-zero latency and synchronization
-Boasts an impressive range of mounting options
Power Configuration: Bi-amped
LF Driver Size: 12″ Woofer, 2.5″ Voice Coil
HF Driver Size: 8 x 2″ Drivers, Speaker Array
LF Driver Power Amp: 1000W Peak, 500W Program
HF Driver Power Amp: 1000W Peak, 500W Program
Total Power: 2000W Peak, 1000W Program, 500W RMS
Inputs: 1 x XLR (line)
Outputs: 1 x XLR (direct out)
Data I/O: Locking Ethernet (Dante)
Frequency Range: 42Hz-19kHz
Frequency Response: 48Hz-18kHz (-3dB)
Crossover Frequency: 420Hz
Maximum Peak SPL: 131 dB SPL
Horizontal Coverage Angle: 120 Degrees
Vertical Coverage Angle: 20 Degrees
Signal Processing: DSP Presets, Compression, Limiting, Delay, 8-band EQ
Software: Worx Control Software
Enclosure Material: 15mm Eucalyptus Plywood, Chemline Polyurea Finish
Mounting Options: Dual-position Pole Mount, Integrated Pin-loaded Hardware (connecting multiples), Suspended CDL Rigging (sold separately)
Power Source: PowerCon In/Out
Weight: 65 lbs.