MAUI 44 G2 launches as LD Sytems new flagship column PA system. Aimed at solo musicians, small groups and DJ’s, is this a small system which delivers big?
Hot off the press comes news of the MAUI 44 G2, which sits at the top of LD’s MAUI range of line-array column systems. The MAUI series are active, self-powered column systems which couple a line-array tower with a compact subwoofer.
Reading the press release, LD Systems are keen to trumpet the cardioid polar pattern of the MAUI 44 G2; what does that mean? In plain terms, it means the sound is thrown forward (where you need it) and not backwards (where you don’t). In practice, this should lead to reduced feedback as well as ensuring your audience hears the same thing wherever they’re stood.
Impressive performance – but at a price?
The MAUI 44 G2 Utilises a total of twelve 3.5″ neodymium loudspeakers and four tweeters with a “BEM-optimized waveguide for an even sound dispersion”. LD Systems also employ DynX® DSP technology to deliver “distortion-free sound even at maximum volume”. Maximum volume is considerable for a system of this size: 1500w kicking out 130db is impressive for a compact system. Bluetooth audio playback with support for aptX™ and AAC coding also plays to the target audience of solo musician/DJ.
There’s no news yet on pricing, but an educated guess would suggest an RRP somewhere between €1800-2000, but it should be noted that’s just for a single, mono system. A second MAUI 44 G2 can be connected wirelessly to create a stereo system for those requiring more power, coverage and stereo reproduction.
The specifications for a compact system are impressive, but we wonder if the price point might push the system out of the hands of the intended target audience. We can, however, see these being bought by trendy coffee shops and retail stores as a stylish and compact “house system” for visiting musicians and DJ’s. There’s no info on the manufacturer’s website yet, but it’ll no doubt be updated soon in the run-up to NAMM.