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NAMM 2004 Cerwin-Vega's All-New Flagship Line

Occupying the ultra-high performance segment of its Professional Audio division, Cerwin-Vega has introduced the flagship VISION™ Series, featuring five completely new designs specifically aimed at live sound reinforcement and non-engineered sound applications. The VISION™ line is comprised of two, 3-way, full-range (bi-ampable) trapezoidal enclosures with ATM® equipped fly points; two subwoofers; and a single 12-inch coaxial enclosure that doubles as a floor monitor and flyable install speaker. The series includes the VIS-153, a single 15-inch 3-way system; the VIS-253, a dual 15-inch 3-way system; the VIS-122, a single 12-inch coaxial enclosure; the VIS-218 subwoofer, a dual 18-inch direct radiator and VIS-36, a trapezoidal folded bass horn with a single 18-inch woofer.

NAMM 2004 Cerwin-Vega's All-New Flagship Line-Spotlight

The heartbeat of the VISION Series lies in its unique combination of premium construction quality along with features and performance technology previously unheard of at this price point. Each enclosure is constructed of 18mm, 13-ply Baltic Birch cabinetry with heavy-duty internal bracing. The systems are finished in a black textured Polyurethane-based finish, which is virtually indestructible. Cerwin-Vega has announced that future finishes will be available including white for houses of worship and primer, enabling the customer to choose their own finish.

VegaGrip cast aluminum handles are provided for easy and comfortable transporting. Optional accessories include an ATM® truss bracket for arraying and flying up to three V-153 enclosures. All in all, VISION offers the features to get the job done right and the peace of mind afforded by Cerwin-Vega’s dedication to dependability and durability.

The high frequency component is a 44mm titanium compression driver loaded into a proprietary 1-inch throat 90° x 60° horn. A combination of exponential and hyperbolic horn geometry and careful attention to throat shape results in controlled directivity and smooth HF response without typical horn coloration. The midrange device is 75mm titanium midrange compression driver coupled to a proprietary elliptical horn with a 2-inch throat. The horn provides constant directivity and controlled beam width without the problems associated with more conventional square midrange horns. The elliptical mouth eliminates the sharp edges that cause high frequency distortion, because they have no planar surfaces and are less prone to common horn resonance’s.

Proprietary cast aluminum frame woofers with 3-inch (4-inch on the VIS-218 and VIS-36) high temperature voice coils are utilized for low frequencies. Delivering legendary Cerwin-Vega power handling and reliability, these woofers feature optimized motor designs and suspension geometry coupled to carefully selected materials, resulting in extremely low distortion at high output levels.
The crossover network utilizes high-grade metal film capacitors and low inductance laminated steel coils for low distortion and high resolution. System components are protected by Defend circuitry, which guards the high frequency device from excessive power without degrading the audio and eliminates high frequency shutdown. For increased performance the systems may be bi-amped with the Defend protection in place. Switches to bi-amp mode are provided with a unique connector configuration making the transition simple. The rugged 18-gauge input panels offer parallel ¼-inch and Neutrik NL4 connections.