Martin Audio W8LC Compact, High performance three-way line array enclosure

Line Array Systems

Martin Audio line array systems combine innovative horn-loading techniques with line array technology to produce extremely powerful systems with maximum dynamic impact.

Utilising proven and patentable driver-loading techniques, together with no-compromise vertically-coupled waveguides and true constant directivity horns, the Martin Audio line arrays achieve levels of efficiency and coverage consistency not usually found in this popular format.

More than ever, attention is focussed on how easy a system is to fly. The proprietary rigging systems of the Martin Audio line arrays are safe, quick to assemble and allow for a wide range of column curvatures to be achieved.

By hinging at the front rather than the rear, the rigging system minimises gaps between the acoustic elements which would otherwise interfere with the continuous column effect. All the flying hardware required is integral and captive.

The result of Martin Audio’s no compromise design, of all horn-loaded line arrays, is that music’s subtle nuances are reproduced with exceptional accuracy and unrivalled sonic performance.

Martin Audio line arrays – in a class of their own.

Martin Audio W8LC 3way tri-amp all-horn-loaded

* 12" compact line array

* 3-Way Tri-amp All-horn-loaded

The Martin Audio W8LC is a compact line array enclosure designed to bring superb next-generation line array performance to concert, theatre and commercial events. It meets the need for a high power, high bass impact system that is versatile and scalable for a very wide range of applications in the live sound, corporate and fixed installation fields. W8LC grids allow systems to be flown or ground stacked as required.

Though compact in size, the W8LC is a full-bandwidth system and may be used without subwoofers in many applications. Where additional low frequency extension is required, W8LCs may be complemented by the W8LS Line Array subwoofers, WLX horn and reflex loaded subwoofers or WSXa horn loaded subwoofers.


* Compact, high performance three-way line array enclosure

* High power - maximum SPL 129dB continuous, 135dB peak (single unit)

* Superior bass impact - all horn design

* Wide bandwidth - 60Hz-18KHz ± 3dB (single unit)

* True 90° (-6dB) horizontal mid and HF pattern control

* Very smooth off-axis response - useable out to 120° (-10dB)

* Compatible with the full-sized W8L Line Array

* Fast, integral rigging system with variable splay angles from 0° to 7.5°

* Common grid may be used for flying or ground stacking

* ViewPoint™ array optimisation software

* Loudspeaker management preset files for a wide variety of configurations


* Medium/large scale touring, theatre, stadia, club

* Compatible with W8L, W8LS and WSXa

Technical Specification

TYPE Three-way line array element


DRIVERS 12" (300mm)/3" (75mm) voice coil, Hybrid® bass horn loaded

2 x 6.5" (165mm)/1.5" (37.5mm) coil drivers, horn loaded

3 x 1" (25mm) exit HF compression drivers, horn loaded

RATED POWER (2) LF: 400W AES, 1600W peak

MF: 200W AES, 800W peak

HF: 100W AES, 400W peak



MF: 106dB

HF: 109dB


(calculated @ 1m) LF: 129dB continuous, 135dB peak

MF: 129dB continuous, 135dB peak

HF: 129dB continuous, 135dB peak


MF: 8 ohms

HF: 8 ohms

DISPERSION (-6dB) 90º horizontal, 7.5º vertical

120º horizontal @ -10dB

CROSSOVER 300Hz, 3kHz active via DX1.5 or DX2 controller

ENCLOSURE Vertical trapezoid with 3.75º wall angle, multi- laminate birch ply construction

FINISH Textured black paint

PROTECTIVE GRILLE Black perforated steel

CONNECTORS 2 x Neutrik NL8

FITTINGS Proprietary rigging system

2 x bar handles

2 x pocket handles


(inc. wheelboard) (W) 1000mm x (H) 367mm x (D) 550mm (706mm)

(W) 39.4ins x (H) 14.5ins x (D) 21.7ins (27.8ins)


(ex wheelboard) 58kg (128lbs)