Introducing the new HK Audio LINEAR 5 MK II line

Introducing the new HK Audio LINEAR 5 MK II line

The LINEAR 5 MK II series not only gives professional performers and rental companies a reliable high-performance everyday tool – this state-of-the-art series, which has been redesigned from the ground up, features remote-controlled DSPs, more power, and cardioid-capable subwoofers. With sturdy wooden enclosures, a large selection of standard elements, and an extensive range of accessories, LINEAR 5 MK II is a powerful and innovative drive for all those who want to impress their audiences day after day. First-class sound and high performance made in Germany.

Established technology made better

The LINEAR 5 MK II series is the next logical step in the development of the popular LINEAR 5 series. With more power and weighing in at up to 3 kg lighter, featuring more compact dimensions and the added benefit of digital optimization via the DSP CONTROL software, it takes day-to-day tasks to a whole new level. New series elements, such as the series’ own subwoofers and the LINEAR 5 MK II 110 XA and 115 XA full-range mid/high units, expand the already very extensive range of applications.

Rotatable horns with optimal dispersion angles for each mid/high unit make them ideal solutions for cluster setups or as stage monitors. Sturdy wooden enclosures ensure durability and investment protection. The wide range of accessories for transportation and weather protection, rigging, and assembly make LINEAR 5 MK II a reliable workhorse.

DSP – Powerful and smart

The integrated high-performance DSPs allow tuning of the system with high precision. They provide increased usable sound pressure before distortion sets in and reduce the risk of feedback significantly.

Not only can the four matching presets be accessed directly at the loudspeaker cabinet, but also via Ethernet connection and the DSP CONTROL software for larger system set-ups on a Mac or PC and ad-hoc adjustments.

The DSP Out also allows integration of a non-networked loudspeaker, processing its signal independently of the DSP settings within the loudspeaker using the DSP CONTROL software.

DSP Control – Everything under control at all times and everywhere

Having full control over the entire sound setup, even during the sound check and the show is something that some are already familiar with from large touring systems or the LINEAR 7 and LINEAR 9 series.

HK Audio DSP CONTROL allows remote control of all LINEAR 5 MK II components, from stage monitors to complete PA systems, via network and HK Audio’s proprietary DSP CONTROL software for Mac and PC. The features of the powerful DSPs, such as volume, EQ, limiting, delay, and polarity, can thus be accessed directly from the FoH position at any time.

Components that do not have their own DSP technology can be connected to the DSP OUT on the LINEAR 5 MK II speakers and controlled remotely with the same ease. All of the speaker’s DSP functions are available to each DSP OUT, irrespective of and in addition to the DSP setup of the LINEAR 5 MK II speaker.

DSP CONTROL also offers the possibility to access functions such as equalizer, limiter, volume, and mute bundled by Sub and Main Groups. This greatly simplifies the management of large speaker setups or multiple venues.

Virtual Units make it possible to create a setup in advance of an event even without connected loudspeakers. On site, the Virtual Units can then be conveniently replaced by the network-compatible loudspeakers of the LINEAR 5 MK II series at the click of a mouse.

Cardioid – Problem solver for professionals in any situation

Professional sound technicians respond to stringent sound insulation requirements, uncontrolled bass dispersion on and behind the stage, and a high feedback risk in the lower frequency range with Cardioid technology for the subwoofers. This technical trick is now easily achieved without measurement technology: simply set up, select a preset, and you’re done!

The Cardioid setup attenuates the bass sound pressure of the physically spherically radiating subwoofers behind the subwoofers by up to 34 dB. There is a slight increase in sound pressure of approx. 2 dB in the front sound dispersion. This results in a directional, cardioid radiation pattern.

Cardioid sound reinforcement technology can be used with vertically stacked subwoofers and also with horizontal setups. This is an enormous advantage in the low stages. The 1:1 vertical and 1:1 horizontal cardioid presets are unique features.

Robust housings optimized for all application scenarios

The acoustic properties and stability of wood cannot be achieved with any other material in loudspeaker construction. That is why all LINEAR 5 MK II components are built into wooden cabinets made of MDF and birch multiplex. The LINEAR 5 MK II 118 Sub A is completely made of birch multiplex. Despite the robust material, LINEAR 5 MK II is extremely compact and comparatively light.  MultiGrip handles ensure easy handling and, together with the optional tilt brackets, provide a secure hold in flight for the mid/high units.

For use as compact, powerful, and low-feedback stage monitors, the housings of the LINEAR 5 MK II XA mid/high units are equipped with a 31° monitor slope and offer a safe and firm stand even when lying crosswise. The rotatable horns allow the dispersion angles to be optimally adjusted to the desired setup. The enclosures of the LINEAR 5 MK II FA full-range mid/high units provide more pressure and volume in the bass range.

Smaller, lighter, louder

LINEAR 5 MK II is smaller, lighter, and louder than the LINEAR 5 series. With up to 3 kg less weight at the same sound pressure level, the LINEAR 5 MK II 112 XA is the loudest and lightest mid/high unit in its speaker class. The new LINEAR 5 MK II 115 XA offers enormous volume and noticeable structure-borne sound, making it the most powerful and loudest mid/high unit in the series. a front-facing port based on the company’s Trio11 monitors but adds internal and external flares to reduce mechanical noise and distortion. As a convenience, large handles are built in on the sides of the cabinet to more easily move the 154-pound unit with two people. A complete host of bass management controls on the rear of the Sub12 allow an acoustician, room tuner, or studio owner to dial in the perfect low-end settings for any system setup: variable low-pass, highpass, and phase. Rear controls also feature switches for polarity, +4dBu or -10dBv sensitivity, auto stand-by bypass, LFE input, and Throughout. The Sub12 also features Focal’s single footswitch control input to truly bypass one or multiple daisy-chained Sub12 units.

Although our Sub6 and Sub One subwoofers are extremely popular and work in many studio systems, we now cover an even wider set of studio requirements including immersive recording and mastering setups with the new Sub12. With its exceptional efficiency and deep low-end impact, the Sub12 achieves a new level of low-frequency reproduction. And its variable control settings for low-pass, high-pass, and phase set a new precision level for realizing the perfect studio sound.

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New models

Flexible and broadly positioned – that’s what you expect from a good rental company, and that’s exactly what

LINEAR 5 MK II offers. Mid/high units in all reasonable sizes and standard subwoofers cover all conceivable application scenarios in this speaker class optimally and reliably.

The popular LINEAR 5 series has been completely revised, adapted from the ground up to meet the current requirements of modern sound reinforcement systems, and expanded to include the following models:

  • LINEAR 5 MK II 110 XA – ultra-compact and powerful multifunctional mid/high unit
  • LINEAR 5 MK II 115 XA – volume, pressure, and high sound pressure level as a monitor or mid/high unit
  • LINEAR 5 MK II 115 SUB A – compact and crisp “easy handling” subwoofer
  • LINEAR 5 MK II 118 SUB A – uncompromising power and pressure down to the deepest bass cellar

Accessories – equipped for all situations

The optional accessories of the LINEAR 5 MK II series expand the application possibilities enormously and provide customized, high-quality, and secure solutions.

Weather Protective Cover – The sound never stops, come rain, come sunshine

The Weather Protective Covers for all LINEAR 5 MK II mid/high units and subwoofers are precisely manufactured and equipped with many practical details. They are optimal protection against moisture and wetness, at the same time robust transport protection. Waterproof acoustic gauze protects the front of the speakers and drivers without affecting the sound. Depending on the model, the front flap can be easily and securely clipped to the side of the speaker or rolled up at the head end without interfering with stacking, clustering, or cardioid setups.

On the backs, sturdy transparent viewing windows keep water out of electronics and provide access to controls and a cable entry. Handles remain usable with closable engagements or cut-aways. For the 115 XA, 112 FA, and 115 FA mid/high units, this allows the rigging brackets to be installed even when the rain cover is on.  The subwoofer covers provide lockable access to the thread for the spacer rods.

Tilt brackets – perfect alignment and easy handling for rigging operations

TB-45N and TB-45NQ are tilt brackets made of high-strength steel for mounting speaker cabinets on truss spars, ceilings, wall brackets, beams, and on tripods. The TB-45NQ is equipped with quick-release pins for fast mounting. Both brackets have a maximum load capacity of 70 kg according to WLL and 35 kg according to DGUV-V 17. Simple and flexible vertical and horizontal alignment is possible.

LINEAR 5 MK II XA models

  • LINEAR 5 MK II 110 XA
  • LINEAR 5 MK II 112 XA
  • LINEAR 5 MK II 115 XA

The LINEAR 5 MK II XA models are compact, flexible, multifunctional mid/high units with impressive range and crystal clear, assertive sound. Due to the multifunctional enclosure shape with slanted monitor edge, they can be operated as low-feedback stage monitors or as powerful mid/high system units in conjunction with the subwoofers. The rotatable horns ensure optimal dispersion even when used on their side – although rotating the horn is not strictly necessary with the 110 XA and 112 XA due to the narrow dispersion angles. Even on small and narrow stages, precise sound coverage is possible without any problems.

LINEAR 5 MK II FA models

  • LINEAR 5 MK II 112 FA
  • LINEAR 5 MK II 115 FA

The LINEAR 5 MK II FA models are powerful full-range mid/high units with a transparent, full sound. Due to the longer horns, they achieve impressive throw distances. As a stereo system, the FA models provide the necessary extra low-end and punch. A special filter adapted to the characteristics of the LINEAR 5 MK II subwoofers, which can be selected via a preset, makes it possible to use the LINEAR 5 MK II FA models as system mid/high units with high usable output in various systems in no time at all. The horn dispersion facilitates horizontal and vertical clustering. With optional TB-45N or TB-45NQ tilt brackets attached to the MultiGrips, the FA models can be rigged easily and safely.

LINEAR 5 MK II Subwoofer

  • LINEAR 5 MK II 115 Sub A
  • LINEAR 5 MK II 118 Sub A

The standard bass-reflex subwoofers form the solid foundation of the new LINEAR 5 MK II systems with their uncompromising performance and dry, defined bass down to the lowest of the lows. Cardioid settings that can be simply selected via a preset give the user an enormously expanded range of options for system configuration and access to the professional class. 2.1 setups are simplified thanks to the stereo preamplifiers.



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