Get an overview of the growing line array speaker category with our Line Array Buying Guide.

Line Array Buying Guide

Clear, Room-Filling Sound through Cutting-Edge Design

Do you need to get full-range audio dispersed across a medium-to-large-sized venue? A line array speaker system may be the perfect solution. Line array speakers are designed to spread sound evenly through the room, instead of blasting the front row while leaving the back of the room straining to hear. As a growing category, line array speakers represent some of the most cutting-edge designs available from modern speaker manufacturers.

How does a stadium PA system send loud, clear sound all the way to the cheap seats? It's all about long-throw speakers. Each speaker box in a line array system is designed and precisely aimed to project a focused beam of sound to just a few rows. And when sound isn't spread out as far vertically, it can travel farther. Narrow vertical dispersion, wide horizontal dispersion, and long throw -- it all adds up to consistent sound coverage, even in huge venues.

With their ear-pleasing sound dispersion and modular, stackable design, line array speakers are great for clubs, venues, houses of worship, and other rooms requiring professional-quality sound and diverse, flexible setup options. In this Line Array Buying Guide, we'll take you on a tour through our most popular line array speakers.

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RCF HDL6-A Active 2-Way Line Array Speaker

RCF HDL6-A Active 2-Way Line Array Speaker
Build a powerful line array with the RCF HDL6-A. This 2-channel speaker gives you 1400 watts of Class D power pushing dual 6" woofers and a 1.7" HF driver.

Powerful DSP processing provides management of the crossover, phase correction, limiting and protection. The RCF HDL6-A features state-of-the-art transducers - two powerful 6" woofers for a solid bass reproduction plus a high powered 1.7" voice coil compression driver mounted on a precise 100* x 10* waveguide for vocal clarity and wide dynamic range.

- 1400 W, two-way amplification
- 131 dB max SPL
- 1.7" voice coil neodymium compression driver
- 2 x high power neodymium 6.0" woofers
- 48 kHz, 32 bit floating point DSP processing
- Extremely low weight
- FiRPHASE processing

RCF HDL10-A Active Compact Line Array Mod Speaker

RCF HDL10-A Active Compact Line Array Mod Speaker
Small does not equal quiet. The RCF HDL10-A may be compact, but its smart design, advanced DSP, and powerful amplifier create a bold, venue-filling sound.

A very compact size, no compromise transducers, and a unique composite cabinet design make the HDL 10-A the perfect speaker for live sound reinforcement and permanent installations. The HDL 10-A is the ideal choice when line array performance is needed and a fast and easy set up is a must.

- 1400 Watt Peak power
- 133 dB max SPL
- 2 x 8" Woofers
- 1 x 2" Compression Driver
- DSP-controlled input section with selectable presets
- Tour-grade variable mechanics

Mackie DRM-12A Powered Line Array Speaker

Mackie DRM-12A Powered Line Array Speaker
Part of Mackie's DRM powered family of speakers, the stackable, arrayable DRM-12A speaker focuses sound where you want it. Its ultra-efficient, built-in amplification, with Power Factor Correction and overload-prevention DSP, delivers a clear, powerful sound throughout the room with a 20x110-degree coverage angle, with minimal phase-cancellation issues. Plus, you can tune your PA via the DRM Control Dashboard panel on the back, for easy access to versatile DSP tools for EQ, voicing modes, and more.

- 2000 watts peak power
- High-efficiency Class-D amplifier offers ample headroom for professional applications
- Universal power supply (100-240 VAC) with Power Factor Correction technology ensures consistent performance even with unstable AC power
- Next-gen protection circuitry keeps transducers safe and ensures peak performance in all applications
- Precision crossovers and transducer time-alignment deliver reference quality sound that is consistent throughout the frequency range
- Cutting-edge FIR Filtering technology drastically reduces inherent anomalies, phase issues, and muddy midrange resulting in crystal clear sound
- High-contrast full color display for easy single-knob access to configuration, processing, and more

Mackie DRM-18S Powered Subwoofer

Mackie DRM-18S Powered Subwoofer
Reinforce your sound with Mackie's flagship PA sub. The stackable, flyable DRM-18S powered subwoofer supports your low end with 2000 watts of Class D power. Its built-in Power Factor Correction and overload-protection DSP ensures that you can squeeze out every available watt of performance without risking damage to the speaker or other components. Plus, the DRM18S includes a DRM Control Dashboard panel on the back, for easy access to crossover, polarity, cardioid mode, presets, and other controls.

- 2000 watts peak power
- High-efficiency Class-D amplifier offers ample headroom for professional applications
- Universal power supply (100-240 VAC) with Power Factor Correction technology ensures consistent performance even with unstable AC power
- Next-gen protection circuitry keeps transducers safe and ensures peak performance in all applications
- Dual independent input channels with Full-Range Direct and High-Pass outputs
- Advanced Impulse DSP Module: Precision acoustic correction delivers reference quality sound that is consistent even at high SPL
- User adjustable variable crossover point allows for matching to any speaker system plus a DRM specific mode tailors DRM18S for full-range DRM loudspeakers

JBL SRX906LA Powered Line Array Loudspeaker

JBL SRX906LA Powered Line Array Loudspeaker
The SRX906LA is a compact, two-way, active line array speaker that can cover a variety of small- to mid-sized applications, including rental houses, touring acts, DJs, and installations. Dual 6.5-inch high-excursion woofers, precise waveguides, and phase-alignment filtering make the SRX906LA perfect for venues that require small speaker size.

- High-performance, high-density system solution in a truck-pack friendly format
- User-controllable DSP includes 24-band parametric EQ, delay, JBL Array Size Compensation and FIR-based Throw Distance Compensation filters
- Dual Neutrik etherCON connectors
- Supports HARMAN HControl ethernet protocol for improved network performance and simplified network management
- Innovative three-point rigging system makes suspending systems easy and safe, regardless of system size or user experience level
- Reinforced composite loudspeaker enclosures and 18mm plywood subwoofer enclosures are acoustically optimized and designed for a clean, modern look
- Enclosed side panels with integrated handles simplify storage and transport

JBL SRX910LA Powered Line Array Loudspeaker

JBL SRX910LA Powered Line Array Loudspeaker
A step up in size from the SRX906LA, the JBL SRX910LA is a two-way active line array speaker that's great for mid- to large-sized applications, including rental, touring, DJs, and permanent installations. With dual 10-inch high-excursion woofers and precise waveguides, the JBL SRX910LA delivers flat, wide coverage in an amazingly small box.

- High-performance, high-density system solution in a truck-pack friendly format
- Built-in, passively cooled Class D amplification
- Rear-panel LCD provides complete access to control features
- Dual Neutrik etherCON connectors
- Supports HARMAN HControl ethernet protocol for improved network performance and simplified network management
- Innovative three-point rigging system makes suspending systems easy and safe, regardless of system size or user experience level
- Reinforced composite loudspeaker enclosures and 18mm plywood subwoofer enclosures are acoustically optimized and designed for a clean, modern look
- Enclosed side panels with integrated handles simplify storage and transport

JBL SRX918S Powered Subwoofer

JBL SRX918S Powered Subwoofer
With an 18-inch woofer and an 18mm reinforced plywood enclosure, SRX918S sub packs a serious punch. Combined with the SRX series line arrays, it's perfect for any installation, venue, or touring company.

- High-performance, high-density system solution in a truck-pack friendly format
- LevelMax limiting uses sophisticated excursion-control algorithms to protect transducers from mechanical damage
- Integrated into JBL Performance, Line Array Calculator 3 and Array Link applications
- Differential Drive dual-voicecoil, dual-gap woofer design delivers better heat dissipation, lower power compression and wider dynamic range than single-coil designs
- Built-in, passively cooled Class D amplification
- Rear-panel LCD provides complete access to control features
- Dual Neutrik etherCON connectors
- Supports HARMAN HControl ethernet protocol for improved network performance and simplified network management
- Innovative three-point rigging system makes suspending systems easy and safe, regardless of system size or user experience level
- Reinforced 18mm plywood subwoofer enclosure is acoustically optimized and designed for a clean, modern look
- Enclosed side panels with integrated handles simplify storage and transport

JBL SRX928S Powered Subwoofer

JBL SRX928S Powered Subwoofer
Ideal for ground stacks or flown line arrays, the JBL SRX928S is a dual 18-inch active subwoofer designed to complement SRX900 full-range sound reinforcement systems. The subwoofer houses two JBL 2279-1 18-inch woofers, featuring Differential Drive -- JBL's dual voice coil, dual gap technology -- to deliver better heat dissipation, lower power compression, and wider dynamic range than conventional single-coil designs.

- High-performance, high-density system solution in a truck-pack friendly format
- High-power-handling transducers deliver low distortion, high fidelity, and class-leading output
- Built-in, passively cooled Class D amplification with a universal power supply
- Dual Ethernet ports with Neutrik etherCON connectors
- Supports HARMAN HControl Ethernet
- User-controllable DSP
- LevelMax limiting uses sophisticated excursion-control algorithms to protect transducers
- Rear-panel LCD provides complete access to control features
- Reinforced 18mm plywood enclosure