Technomad Loudspeakers Achieve IP56 Performance Rating

Associates, LLC, announced that its complete line of loudspeakers and subwoofers are
compliant with the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) IP56
rating under its IP Code. IP56 is a stringent standard for superior
protection against hazardous parts and water ingression, and is an extremely
rare rating for full-range outdoor loudspeakers. IEC provides
international standards and conformity assessments for government, business and
society for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.

The IP
Code defined in IEC’s international standard 60529 classifies the level of
protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, water and
accidental contact. All Technomad products ranging from its 60-watt
Vernal 15 loudspeaker to the 800-watt

15/12 subwoofer have an IP56 rating, reflecting the company’s philosophy for
manufacturing rugged, reliable outdoor loudspeakers that also offer exceptional
audio quality with clear voice intelligibility and outstanding musical

IP for “International Protection” or “Ingress Protection” rating, the first
digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against
access to hazardous parts and the ingress of solid foreign objects. The
second digit indicates equipment protection levels inside the enclosure against
harmful water ingression. Officially, a “5” rating for the first digit means
that dust ingression will not interfere with the operation of the equipment and
offers complete protection against contact; a “6” rating for the second digital
means that water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any
direction results in no harmful effects.

loudspeakers are installed around the world in cruise ships, theme parks,
sports stadiums, outdoor entertainment venues, and other harsh environment
fixed system and mobile applications in military, government and private
sectors. Many of these installations are reliant on Technomad’s
IP56 rating due to constant exposure to dust, water and other harsh elements in
booth indoor and outdoor environments. Recent examples include:

Tyco Fire
& Building Products: Technomad Vernal 15 loudspeakers are
consistently exposed to water and high humidity inside the new training and
test facility in

Rhode Island. Six loudspeakers are
installed on the perimeter of a concrete block spray distribution area
featuring various sprinkler systems, hydraulics and spray patterns.

Club Med
Cancun: Technomad loudspeakers are exposed year-round to sand, sea salt
and rain outside on the
Peninsula in



Center at

Irwin: Technomad Military PA
systems sit outside in the

desert all year, broadcasting Sunni and Shiite prayers in makeshift Iraqi
villages as they are continually exposed to wind-blown sand and dust.

loudspeakers feature true integrated weatherproofing as opposed to
‘weatherized’ or ‘weather-resistant’ speakers that compromise acoustic
performance and have a short shelf life in unprotected outdoor installations,”
said David Meyer, Commercial Sales Manager for Technomad. “We are pleased
to announce that our products meet the superior IP56 rating from IEC, a highly
respected international electrical standards organization.”

Technomad loudspeakers are available as part of the company’s popular Turnkey
PA Systems also featuring a six-channel audio mixer, two-channel power
amplifier, speaker cables, speaker mounting brackets, a dynamic microphone with
cable, and a 6RU rack enclosure.

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