The CDL that fits your venue AND your budget.
The CDL12 loudspeakers impressed ears around the world when we introduced them, thanks in no small part to their unique, patent-pending driver design that fills venues with consistent, articulate speech and music reproduction without sacrificing consistent SPL. Now that same constant-directivity performance is available in the new CDL12P, a lighter-weight design ideal for touring bands and mobile DJs who want the same scalability and sonic performance in portable design.
What’s so great about constant directivity?
Like the CDL12, CDL12P 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 CDL12P 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 CDL12P 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 the dispersion pattern always radiates directly from the center of the CDL12P. This is true whether the CDL12P is used individually on a tripod speaker stand or as part of an acoustically-coupled vertical array with up to six enclosures. Because both the highs and lows emanate from the same point, they arrive at listeners’ ears at the exact same time—meaning the CDL12P powered loudspeakers don’t create any smearing in their crossover frequencies, ensuring better intelligibility throughout the frequency response range.
The fast transient response of the two-inch cones is uniquely matched for high- and mid-range frequency reproduction. This is further enhanced by setting the internal crossover point of the high-frequency array to 420 Hz, so that the CDL12P powered loudspeaker reproduces audio seamlessly without any gaps in the frequency response curve at the heart of the musical range. This low crossover point also minimizes comb filtering between the 12-inch bass drivers in an array, providing a very smooth frequency response in the low-mid.
Each 2-inch speaker in the high-frequency driver array has a 1-inch voice coil, and the entire array is driven by a 500W Class D amplifier. Because the power is shared across eight independent voice coils, power compression is reduced, resulting in a more efficient design and a flatter phase response. This delivers a less fatiguing listening experience and a more refined, balanced sound.
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 CDL12P, 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. Regardless of how many CDL12Ps you stack, you're working with a shared acoustic axis—and non-turbulent sound is propagating throughout the room.
Scalable vertical coverage.
The CDL12P’s hybrid point-source/line-array design delivers focused sound with consistent SPL coverage both on- and off-axis, making it an excellent choice for mobile and installed applications. Rigging CDL12P 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. The CDL12P’s integrated 500W x 500W Class D power amplifier features onboard DSP presets to facilitate and simplify arrayed configurations
The CDL12P and all associated rigging hardware are rated for a 10:1 load, making it a safe solution for flown installations. The CDL12P Rigging Grid is required for any flown installation and has been designed to quickly mount to the CDL12P using the integrated rigging hardware. The CDL Rigging Extension Bar is an optional accessory for the CDL12P Rigging Grid that provides upward or downward tilt control for any suspended installation that requires it. The CDL12P Rigging Sling is required on all installations that include four or more CDL-series loudspeakers in a vertical array. In installations using the CDL12P Rigging Extension Bar deployed with an upward or downward tilt of 12˚ or greater, the CDL12P Rigging Sling must be utilized.
Now hear this.
The patent-pending constant-directivity design of the PreSonus® CDL12P delivers exceptional performance and versatile configuration options in a visually stunning, compact form factor. Superior phase coherence and controlled dispersion result in an articulate, natural listening experience, making the CDL12P an outstanding choice for both portable PA and installed sound applications. The result of years of research and development, the CDL12P combines the directivity of a point-source design with the scalable coverage of a line array to create a unique loudspeaker that provides the flexibility demanded by modern sound reproduction applications. Hear it now at your authorized PreSonus dealer.
Six-year warranty lets you rest easy.
Quality runs deep in our company culture, and we strive to build feature rich, the best sounding, and most reliable products available anywhere. We’re confident you’ll love the PreSonus CDL12P. By choosing PreSonus, you’re assured of robust, trouble-free performance—for six years. In the unlikely event you do experience an issue, you can count on us to make it right. This is our commitment to you.