Bruce Howze, a creatively inclined loudspeaker designer working in Pennsylvania with influential bands such as Jefferson Airplane, was keenly aware that 2-way sound systems based on equipment from movie theaters were no longer viable. These had unacceptable limitations in coverage, clarity, and portability, largely due to their massive size, weight, and the lack of midrange output of their loudspeakers, a result of their limited 2-way design.
Determined to solve these problems, Howze came up with an original idea that would revolutionize the technology of live sound. To improve the clarity and coverage of loudspeakers and reduce their weight, he designed and engineered lightweight horns and enclosures from fiberglass, a radically different material for that application. This breakthrough eventually led to the foundation of Community Light & Sound in 1968 and landmark products such as the LMF, a round compression-loaded fiberglass horn driven by a 12″ cone that specifically addressed the lack of midrange output. The focus on the importance of the midrange frequencies and use of fiberglass immediately set Community apart from its competitors and became central to its ongoing legend.
After 40 years, Bruce Howze is still the Chief Engineer at Community and with his team, exciting and innovative products are still being designed and manufactured.
These days Community’s products are aimed squarely at the installed sound market. The product portfolio includes loudspeakers that can form the basis of a sound system in virtually and venue, be that a church, stadium, train station, nightclub or theatre.Visit Site
The Community R-Series is a comprehensive range of high performance full-range horn loaded loudspeakers, designed to provide high quality music and voice reproduction in applications requiring extreme weather resistance. All the products in the R Series use a blend of sophisticated technologies to ensure they will withstand long term exposure to severe environmental conditions.
The UV resistant, curva-linear enclosures, roto-moulded for the smaller products and multi layer glass composite for the larger systems, all carry a 15-year warranty on their structural integrity. Furthermore the curva-linear form reduces standing waves within the enclosures for enhanced LF performance. These sophisticated enclosures are also fitted with integral mounting points, allowing them to be installed using Community's comprehensive range of high quality stainless steel hardware.
Extreme weather resistance was also considered while selecting the driver complement that would be deployed in the R Series loudspeakers and resulted in the use of Weather treated LF sections and non metallic MF and HF devices. This extremely weather resistant driver complement is further protected by Community's Weather-StopTM grille. This grille structure consists of stainless 100 x 110 strand steel mesh, open cell foam, and perforated stainless steel, thereby providing maximum protection with minimal attenuation.
Extreme environmental conditions are even considered inside each enclosure, as all the crossovers used in the R Series are treated with Community's own Environ-TechTM coating to prevent moisture from affecting components and connections.
The R-Series starts with the compact R.25 and extends to the mighty R6-51 and has all of the same weather resistant properties - with the benefit of horn loading and an extensive range of horn patterns for applications with greater throw distances or requiring high sound pressure levels.
The larger models in the family, from the R1 up, are available as special EN54-24 versions for us in large scale voice alarm applications.
The Community WET Series II (Weather Environmental Technology) is a comprehensive range of high performance full-range loudspeakers and subwoofers, designed to provide high quality music and voice reproduction in applications requiring extreme weather resistance. All the products in the WET Series use a blend of sophisticated technologies to ensure they will withstand long term exposure to severe environmental conditions.
The new WET Series II boasts a number of significant enhancements over the original WET Series, including completely redesigned crossover networks for improved acoustic linearity, and restyled curvilinear 100% glass fibre composite enclosures that offer a more precise, tighter tolerance fit, and an even stronger, more weatherproof exterior.
The curva-linear multi layer glass composite enclosure carries a 15 year warranty on its structural integrity. Furthermore this curva-linear form reduces standing waves within the enclosure for enhanced LF performance. These sophisticated enclosures are also fitted with integral mounting points, allowing them to be installed using Community's comprehensive range of high quality stainless steel hardware.
WET II models now utilize Community's leading-edge Carbon Fiber Cone Technology for lower mass and improved weather resistance, plus Ferrofluid cooled voice coils that increase power handling, reduce distortion, and prevent internal corrosion and oxidization of the driver assembly. Non metallic MF and HF devices mean that the complete complement of drivers will withstand the worst of the elements. The extremely weather resistant driver complement is further protected by Community's Weather-StopTM grille. This grille structure consists of stainless 100 x 110 strand steel mesh, open cell foam, and perforated stainless steel. Thereby providing maximum protection with minimal attenuation.
Extreme environmental conditions are even considered inside each enclosure, as all the crossovers used in the WET Series are treated with Community's own Environ-TechTM coating to prevent moisture from affecting components and connections.
WET X is exclusive constructed of hand-laid fiberglass, internally lined with marine-grade plywood, and utilises innovative drivers to provide premium sound quality for both outdoor and indoor venues. The versatile 12-inch and 15-inch, two-way, full-range WET X loudspeakers offer six rotatable horn patterns, high output, and unmatched LF extension. WET X loudspeakers contain a large diaphragm 1.4-inch exit high frequency compression driver and can produce the same output levels as the largest WET II loudspeakers but in enclosures only half the size. The low frequency cone and internal circuitry have Community’s proprietary Envirotech™ coating for improved weather-resistance. The WX218SDF, a downfire dual 18-inch model, adds an ultra-high-performance subwoofer to the line.
WET X enclosures feature a modified trapezoidal silhouette that improves upon the uniquely curved shape of Community’s WET II enclosures, bringing a more traditional look and feel to the loudspeakers while still providing the same outdoor direct exposure resistance and streamlined shape to reduce wind load.
Internally, the flat surfaces are fully lined with 18mm (7-layer) marine grade plywood to provide the sonic benefits of wood inside of Community’s fiberglass enclosures. All of the wood is resin-sealed to reinforce the enclosure’s weather resistance. The outer shell is handcrafted of multi-layer fiberglass with a smooth glossy finish and is available in black or white, with custom paint colors optional. All models include a dual-layer powder-coated stainless steel mounting bracket.
WET X’s combination of multiple horn options, high output and extreme weather-resistance brings exceptional sound and speech quality to any outdoor or multi-purpose application. With the introduction of WET X, Community continues to provide stylish loudspeakers with theatrical quality sound in weather-resistant enclosures that will deliver high performance in all conditions for many years.