NEXO Unveils The Big Twelve at NAMM

The NAMM Show in January is the first public outing for NEXO’s new GEO M12 line array, The Big Twelve will make its performing debut on the NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage

Sharing the same aesthetic design and sonic signatures as the other models in the NEXO GEO M Series, the NEXO GEO M12 promises to deliver all the NEXO hallmarks of power, flexibility, coverage and superb sonic performance in a thoroughly modern package.

Launched together with the NEXO MSUB18 companion sub-bass cabinet, the NEXO GEO M12 is aimed primarily at the mid-size rental company, although its competitive pricing will make it a popular investment for all types of user, from corporate presentation to live performance venues to houses of worship.

The NEXO GEO M12 is more powerful than NEXO’s earlier 12-inch line array cabinet, the NEXO GEO S12, which remains in the catalogue. Launched in 2007, nearly 40,000  NEXO GEO S12 boxes have been sold to date, with the specialist long-throw S12-ST version becoming a common sight in large sporting stadia and arena around the world.

The  NEXO M12 modules are 370mm by 700mm by 446mm and weigh 34kg. The two-way module will deliver a frequency response of 50Hz-20kHz with nominal peak SPL of 140dB. “Using the single driver architecture that we deployed successfully in the GEO M10, we can deliver better LF extension, interference-free coverage in the MF range and better SPL output,” said François Deffarges, Director of NEXO’s Engineering Support Division. “This means that line arrays like GEO M10 and now GEO M12 can be very cost-effective: I believe the GEO M12 is going to surprise a lot of people with the power it offers at this price point.”

The enclosures use the same honeycomb structure and urethane co-polymer material first used in NEXO’s STM Series cabinets and carry a full complement of patented technology, including the Hyperbolic Reflective Wavesource and Phase Directivity Device, and an improved version of the patented V-shaped profile of the bass port.

Rigging hardware is integrated, with no loose parts. The AutoRigä system automatically connects the front rigging system when speakers are assembled, with a guided back rigging system for easy angle adjustment. Perfect coverage is achievable with a choice of 11 angles between cabinets, in arrays of up to 12 boxes, indoors or outdoors.

Although the GEO M12 is partnered by the dedicated sub bass cabinet, the MSUB18, it shares the same phase response the other NEXO speakers have, so it can be teamed with any NEXO sub without requiring complex adjustment.

Amplification is done via the NEXO’s NXAMP4x4 TDcontroller, running with up to three NEXO M12 cabinets per channel. The system can be controlled over a network using a Dante, Ethersound or AES/EBU digital expansion card.

There are dedicated touring and installation versions of the NEXO GEO M12. The Touring version uses a magnetically-fixed front steel grill with a back mesh. AutoRigä automatically connects the front rigging system when the speakers are assembled, with a guided back rigging system for easy angle adjustment. The connection plate uses NL4 connectors. The IP54-rated Installation version comes with a fixed front steel grid, covered by an acoustic cloth. The rigging system uses safety nuts and the connectivity is made through cable gland and captive four core cables. All hardware is TUV-certified. Both Touring and Installation versions are available in black, white and custom RAL colours on request.