Introducing ICONYX Gen5

Renkus-Heinz introduced the first ICONYX array nearly two decades ago. While other manufacturers have only recently discovered the power of beam steering, Renkus-Heinz continues to refine and perfect the technology. The de facto choice for the most demanding installations — from LAX International Airport to China’s Great Hall of the People — Renkus-Heinz is the recognized world leader in steerable sound.

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Iconyx Gen5

The new standard in digitally steered arrays.

ICONYX Gen5 represents the latest in beam steering technology, integrating the power of advanced beam steering algorithms with the intuitive control of our new RHAON II System Designer software.

Faster  With direct TCP/IP control using industry-standard communications protocols, ICONYX Gen5 delivers a more than 200% increase in speed of operations.

Higher Output  New UniBeam technology and algorithms provide an additional 3-6dB of output potential.

Cost Effective Gen5 ICONYX adds Master and Aux amplifier modules, reducing both cost and complexity, and also introduces a new hybrid column, the IC16-8-RN. This new module uses three fixed triple-tweeter full range devices, coupled with five spaced low and mid frequency 4″ woofers, to extend the length and LF Beam control frequency while utilizing a single 8 channel amplifier module to keep costs down.

DanteTM Connectivity Gen5 ICONYX -RD versions include Dual Redundant Dante connectivity with audio transport and RHAON II control over the same DanteTM network interface.


RHAON II System Manager has been completely redesigned from the ground up, using highly structured modular code for greater stability and expandability. The result is a new, more robust RHAON technology — faster, more reliable, with a streamlined, intuitive workflow. RHAON II is easy to program, easy to use, and fully compatible with both Gen5 and legacy Renkus-Heinz products.

RHAON II’s new, network agnostic interface has been designed to work with tomorrow’s networking protocols as well as today’s. Currently supporting AVDECC IEEE1722.1, CobraNet, and AVB, RHAON II has been structured to allow easy implementation of new and emerging protocols, including Dante and AES67. Support for multiple NICs, and wireless operation makes RHAON II easy to integrate into existing network infrastructure.

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Product FAQs

Iconyx has been a flagship product since 2006. Its latest fifth generation, which launched in 2013, features a coaxial 4-inch woofer with a triple tweeter for precise steering and high-fidelity sound, and it has been installed in thousands of prestigious places. However, Renkus-Heinz recognized a need for a smaller footprint with similar features for installations where the size of the product is a winning factor. Iconyx Compact was the answer. Utilizing 3-inch full-range drivers, it puts the flexibility and directivity of the original ICONYX series into a package with a nearly 40% smaller footprint. The Compact Series can now be applied to challenging spaces where even the ICONYX Series is too large. The main difference between the two would be the lowest frequency range and precision in steering. The Iconyx Compact is equally as good as the Iconyx for simple venues. When multi-layer audience or extremely challenging room acoustics are presented – the Iconyx Gen5 would still be a first choice. The broadband sound pressure level capabilities between the two are almost identical.

While all spaces are not created equal, and we’d want to work with you to find the right fit—the ICONYX, ICLive or ICLive X Series are likely your best options as they’re designed to put sound where you want it in larger spaces. The decision is always made based on a few factors, like the type of application (speech, video playback and live performance to name few) or possible position of loudspeakers within the space. Our detailed specification listed on our website helps you to make an informed decision on your own. Nevertheless, we love to be part of your projects. Altogether our team brings more than 100 years of experience—please fill out our loudspeaker recommendation form and we can meet with you to go over your unique space and needs to find the right loudspeaker for you.

Beam steering loudspeakers are capable of reaching more than 105 dBA SPL at the desired distance. For example, when using the ICLive X Series, it would just be a matter of the number of modules defining the array. It is always recommended to decide on the right size of the system using our propriety RHAON software or third-party EASE. Our application team will help you with any questions about the right system size to meet the requirements.

Beam steerable loudspeakers in principle should generate vertically narrow beams of sound. That helps to deliver direct sound to the audience without bouncing it around the room, ceiling, floor or upper parts of the side walls. The position of such a loudspeaker in relation to the listener is one of the most critical factors. The recommended mounting height from the finished floor to the bottom of the loudspeaker is between 1.6 m to 2.5 m. Higher mounting position will lead to wider vertical dispersion needed, and that can result in compromised energy distribution. Think of the light laser—it is impossible to put light on the entire audience when pointing down, there is going to be a hot-spot only. There are other technical aspects, such as acoustical side-lobes produced as a by-product to the main lobe, to consider. The higher the mounting, the more aggressive down-steering needed, the more vertical coverage needed–that will lead to less directional beams.

Digital beam steering allows integrators to focus the sound where it is needed––on the audience. Vertically, sound beams are narrow—almost like a laser—and when you direct them to where they need to be, the sound avoids unwanted reflections from the ceiling, floor, or upper parts of sidewalls. This drastically reduces long reverberation tail or eliminates echoes in spaces that might have architecturally challenging elements.

Short answer, absolutely! We can direct beams coming from the same loudspeaker to different sections of a multi-level audience due to the complex mathematical algorithms. It is possible to superimpose audience specific settings to generate a separated coverage beam which can be directed into different places in the room. There are some limitations to this approach, so fill out our loudspeaker recommendation form and our applications team will work with you to figure out if this approach is right for your space.

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