JBL VerTec Line Array System Inducted Into NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame

Harman Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, today announced the JBL Professional VerTec line array system has been inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame at the 2019 NAMM show.

Founded in 2004 by George Petersen and presented since 2015 by the NAMM MUSEUM of Making Music, the TECnology Hall of Fame honors and recognizes audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology.

VerTec was selected by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers and other professionals for its groundbreaking acoustic technologies, lightweight yet powerful design and innovative rigging system. VerTec joins other groundbreaking audio products such as Harvard’s 1943 anechoic chamber, Bell Labs’ 1964 Electret Microphone, and the1964 Modular Moog Synthesizer. Past JBL inductees into the TECnology Hall of Fame have included the original D130 15” transducer, the classic JBL 4311 studio monitor, and the groundbreaking EON molded-enclosure powered portable sound system.

“JBL brought its all of its engineering prowess to bear on our first professional line array,” said Mark Gander, former JBL Professional Vice-President. “It embodied many unique and patented innovations, including Differential Drive dual-coil/gap lightweight high-power transducers, the Radiation Boundary Integrator for a seamless mid-high transition and directivity control, beryllium-diaphragm compression driver, composite enclosure, a flexible and elegant rigging system and more. The resulting loudspeaker was embraced by the industry and has stood the test of time. I share great pride in its success with all of the many JBL engineers and product developers that contributed to it.”

Unveiled in 2000, the JBL VerTec line array system introduced numerous innovative audio technologies that were designed to exceed the array physics of other commercially available systems on the market at that time. JBL’s RBI™ (Radiation Boundary Integrator) reduced unwanted diffraction and optimizes high frequency energy and coverage, while ensuring optimum radiation characteristics of VerTec’s high -powered midrange cones. Continue reading…

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The VTX A8 is a next-generation line array element that delivers JBL Professional’s flagship VTX A Series technology in a compact solution for small to mid-size rental and installed applications. The VTX A8 was designed to solve the diverse sound reinforcement needs of production companies, rental houses, theaters, houses of worship, as well as production applications requiring front fills, side arrays or other auxiliary support for larger-scale VTX systems. Proprietary JBL woofers and our latest-generation high-frequency transducer and waveguide technology, provides unmatched performance, efficiency, and a consistent 110-degrees of horizontal coverage. The A8 combines two 8” woofers, four 3.5” midrange drivers and two 2” high-frequency drivers in a single low-profile cabinet. Proprietary double-flared low-frequency ports, precisely calculated for greater low-frequency performance extend the usable operating range down to 49Hz. The VTX A8 shares the VTX A Series’ patented rigging mechanism and suspension system for streamlined deployment, while a comprehensive suite of accessories open up a world of configuration options.

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