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JBL Professional Vertec® Line Array System Family Grows With New Improved Compact Models [ Winter NAMM 2007 ]

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, January 18, 2007 — Enhancing the dominant position of its industry-leading VERTEC® Series line array family, JBL Professional is now offering two upgraded compact models. The VT4887A full range high directivity line array element and the accompanying VT4881A single 18-inch arrayable subwoofer each offer improved acoustical performance and higher output capabilities when compared to their successful predecessors. Appropriate for concert touring firms, A/V rental companies, and live- performance venues alike, the new models are designed for deployment in theaters, auditoriums, houses of worship and performing arts centers, providing audio professionals with a broad, flexible range of sound reinforcement solutions.

The VT4887A has extended low frequency response to 55 Hz through use of JBL’s new 2268J-1 8-inch woofer. An additional 2 dB of output and one-third octave of low-frequency extension is available when compared to its predecessor, the VT4887. A unique new integrated port/handle assembly aids in low frequency extension. The model also incorporates a newly-optimized mid/high frequency network and new high frequency elements, JBL’s 2408H component transducer. Frequency range is 55 Hz-22 kHz (-10 dB).

At only 30.4 kg (67 pounds), the VT4887A is ideally suited for use in multi-box arrays, as down fill elements in main arrays made of larger VERTEC models, or as extended- range fill speakers in concert and special- event applications. Dual NL-8 and NL-4 input connectors provide connectivity options. Pre-configured to accept a JBL Drive-Pack® amplifier module, the VT4887A enclosure has standardized mechanical and electrical fittings to receive the DP-2 electronics package. A wheeled transport dolly and rugged soft cover is contained in the available VT4887-ACC Accessory Kit.

Like its companion full range VT4887A, the compact VT4881A arrayable subwoofer module has been designed with premium audio fidelity, high output power, lightweight system packaging and ease of use in mind. The VT4881A is fitted with JBL’s advanced Differential Drive® dual voice-coil loudspeaker technology and a neodymium magnet.

With 2000W (AES) power rating, the VT4881A has double the power handling capacity of its predecessor, the VT4881, and offers 6 dB more output capability. JBL’s new Ultra Long Excursion 2269H 18-inch woofer energizes the PlyMaxTM engineered-panel enclosure, which is finished with JBL’s rugged DuraFlexTM coating and fitted with both NL4 and NL8 connectors. Pre-configured to accept a JBL Drive-Pack® amplifier module, the VT4881A enclosure has standardized mechanical and electrical fittings to receive the DP-1 electronics package. A wheeled transport dolly and rugged soft cover is contained in the available VT4881-ACC Accessory Kit.

Both new system models include integral suspension hardware and are designed to complement other models in the VERTEC line, both mechanically and acoustically.

“JBL’s new compact VERTEC loudspeaker systems offer demonstrably superior performance than the previous models,” said Paul Bauman, Director, Tour Sound Product and Application Engineering, JBL Professional. “Now, in addition to the predictable coverage available with these compact VERTEC Series line array systems, we’re providing improved output power capabilities for the subwoofer and extended low frequency response for the compact line array element. And the flexibility of a future upgrade path for conversion to powered models if desired is an added benefit. JBL customers in the tour sound and fixed installation performing arts markets should realize significant benefits from these system improvements.”

The new JBL Professional VERTEC VT4887A full range high directivity line array element.
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