Let’s get this out of the way right now: as a preview to what Numark was going to be revealing at NAMM this year, Mark and I had a Skype call with the top bods at the company (and Ray peaking in behind Chris Roman). As seasoned industry hacks, we like to take a guess at what will happen at these big events. Some things we’d called weeks ahead of time, others turn out to be an in-joke gone crazy (Hello, triple screens!) that actually look like they work pretty well.
Surprisingly, the item that got us both by far the most excited was this, the Lightwave DJ Loudspeaker, featuring lots of shiny dancing LEDs and its heart on its sleeve. We absolutely LOVE the idea. This isn’t a high end PA system you’ll see pulsing away in a club, but for getting a few mates round and rocking some beats, it’s perfect.
As you can see from the pictures, It’s a speaker stack with two sets of LEDs down the side that flash in time to the music played through them. There are five different settings to change the way the lights react, and you can daisy chain the speakers to have all of them flash in time.
There’s plenty of information in the accompanying press release:
NUMARK SHINES THE WAY WITH NEW LIGHTWAVE DJ LOUDSPEAKER AT NAMM Premier DJ equipment manufacturer’s compact powered speaker with dual LED arrays delivers great sound and brilliant light show to any moderately-sized venue
Ash Vale, UK (January 22, 2015) — Numark (numark.com), the world’s leading innovator of DJ solutions, today announced the introduction of their new Lightwave powered loudspeaker with dual LED arrays. The Lightwave is perfect for any festive situation where both terrific sound and brilliant, exciting party lighting is desired, but where space, budget and setup complexity are all major considerations. There are countless small- to medium-sized events where top-quality DJ/PA sound and celebratory lighting is needed: backyard weddings, graduation parties, karaoke contests, pool parties, coffee house performances, recitals, reunions, anniversary observations and more. In every one of these situations, large, expensive, complicated stacks of equipment and lighting are both inappropriate and unnecessary. Numark’s Lightwave speaker fulfils all the requirements with one easily- transportable, easy-to-set up unit.
Plus, it has a Demo Mode that automatically shows off its many lighting operations, right on the retail floor, so customers can experience Lightwave’s amazing capabilities on their own.
An overview of Lightwave’s thoughtful features and sophisticated performance characteristics gives an accurate indication of its suitability for a wide variety of uses:
Built-in dual LED arrays provide brilliant lightshow
Five customizable lighting modes: Mood, Meter, Mix, Pulse, Party
Brightness control lets you adjust or disable LEDs
Custom Color Control -easily adjust the desired mix of Red, Green, and Blue lighting
Adds powerful sound and visual flair to any DJ or other performance
Ultra-portable form factor for clean, uncluttered setups
Perfect for special events, house parties, karaoke where additional lighting would add clutter
(1) XLR + 1⁄4-inch combo, Stereo RCA and 1⁄8-inch inputs for DJ mixers, microphones or instruments
Dual volume controls for input level balancing
XLR Link Output for use with multiple speakers or subwoofers
Rubberized feet with standard 36mm pole socket for stand mounting
(3) 6 1⁄2-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeter
200 watts of peak power,100 watts continuous of Class D amplification
Durable speaker cabinet resists bumps, scratches, dust, and stains
Compact, lightweight cabinet is just 8.4×29.2×10.1” and 23lbs.
“There are so many situations where people need both great sound and great lighting. Lighting turns any situation into a party. It gets people excited and gets them in the celebration mood. When you add truly great sound to exciting lighting, you’ve got a memorable special occasion. That’s what Lightwave does—it turns ordinary events into special occasions, said Chris Roman, Senior Product manager for Numark. “There is nothing else that combines great sound, dramatic mood/ party lighting, easy setup and affordability like Lightwave.”
Lightwave will ship with an MSRP of £219.99.
Please visit Numark at NAMM, booth 6700.
About Numark Numark (www.numark.com) is the global leader in professional DJ and audio equipment, creating products that are unmatched in capability and design. Since 1971, Numark has delivered numerous music industry firsts and continues to develop and harness new technologies that enhance the DJ experience. Numark is a member of the premier family of brands known as inMusic.
When Numark spoke to us, they said they weren’t sure how the public would react to the Lightwave, but I have no doubt you’re as excited at the idea of these than I am. I’d absolutely love a pair of these to add to my setup, even without hearing them. They’re portable, impactful and fun. They don’t even need to be ear-piercingly loud, nor sound crystal clear. They just have to do the job. I’m really looking forward to us getting these things into the DJWORX studio.
The Numark Lightwave should retail at around £220 per speaker when they’re released.
What do you think of these speakers? Are you as excited as we are?