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Old 25th February 2019
Lives for gear

This market segment is fairly well established...high-end, relatively expensive, short-throw systems that sound and perform better than MI boxes, but just like the MI boxes, they cannot be arrayed and don't offer nearly as much flexibility as they should. Every pro manufacturer produce one or more (small) speaker on a stick, on a sub system, with limited flexibility. The UPA-2 would have been a great candidate but unfortunately it was never really marketed like that and then there was the cost.

Apart from better sound (performance in general) and build quality, these boxes don't offer much more over some MI boxes...the good fallout will probably be more and less expensive UPA-1/2 boxes on the used market as some companies get these new boxes. I see this more as a marketing shuffle than a serious technical revolution.