EAW Introduces Anna: New Mid-Size Adaptive Performance Array

Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) expands the Adaptive Systems™ family with the introduction of Anna, a loudspeaker designed for the touring, regional sound and permanent installation markets.

Anna expands Adaptive Performance™ to mid-sized applications requiring excellent sound quality, high output and precise coverage, as well as the ability to readily adapt that coverage to any venue geometry in seconds. Its compact footprint and light weight make it ideal for permanent or temporary use in amphitheaters, theaters, clubs, mobile staging and corporate AV.

In addition to being a stand-alone PA, columns of Anna modules interlock seamlessly side-by-side with columns of Anya modules – EAW’s large format Adaptive Performance system – for supplemental fill or to horizontally expand Anya-based systems for outfill. Lastly, both Anya and Anna integrate perfectly with the Otto Adaptive subwoofer to form a cohesive, one-family solution for any application.

“Anna offers sound companies and integrators a product that can adapt to performance parameters electronically, allowing it to be used in any application,” explains Jeff Rocha, president of EAW. “Just like Anya, columns of Anna hang straight and array horizontally. With Resolution 2 software, Anna can assess 3D coverage of a space, determine processing and configuration to achieve this, and then implement this in processing. It’s a smaller, lighter Anya that extends the benefits of Adaptive Performance to venues of any size.”

Each Anna module includes 14 highly customized transducers: eight HF compression drivers provide a continuous line of apertures on a horn that expands to fill the entire face of the enclosure, four 5-inch MF cone transducers combine with Radial Phase Plugs™ and Concentric Summation Array™ technology to sum coherently with the HF wavefront, and dual high-power 10-inch LF cone transducers employ Offset Aperture™ loading to extend horizontal pattern control well into the lower octaves.

Anna enclosures also have 14 built-in amplifier and processing channels providing independent power and control of each loudspeaker component. Resolution 2 software controls the processing of each acoustic cell individually to generate the ideal coverage pattern for the venue while minimizing the impact of the room’s acoustics. The end result is extremely high fidelity, output and coverage control.

“Anna is so compact that it is easy to assemble vertical columns side-by-side to form 3D arrays, expanding horizontal coverage up to 360 degrees,” Rocha adds. “The wide horizontal coverage will blanket a venue with fewer columns, minimizing line-of-sight issues.”

Anna modules are sold in groups of 24 or 12 enclosures with power and data distribution, dollies, covers, flybars and cabling included.

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Cutline: EAW’s new Anna array is a loudspeaker designed for the touring, regional sound reinforcement and permanent installation markets.

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