JBL's VTX A8 speaker and VTX B18 subwoofer are the new compact solutions for small and medium size rental and fixed installation applications.
Harman Professional Solutions presented the speaker line array 2×82 -VTX A8-, and subwoofer 1×18" -VTX B18-, that integrate the well-known VTX A series technology of JBL Professional for small and medium-sized rental applications and fixed facilities such as compact sound reinforcement solutions.
The VTX A8 speaker combines JBL's exclusive transducers with a high-frequency wave guide for optimal performance and efficiency, with a wide horizontal coverage of 110 Degrees. This system is complemented by VTX B18, a lightweight and compact subwoofer, designed to extend the bass response of JBL's full range VTX systems below the 30 hz.
"We have created the VTX A8 speaker and the B18 subwoofer to meet the different sound reinforcement needs of the producers, rental companies, theatres and places of worship, as well as anyone who needs front fills, side arrays and auxiliary equipment for large VTX systems", points out George Georgallis, Director of Solutions for Harman Professional Solutions' Tour Audio and Performing Arts division.
To design the VTX A8 speaker, JBL customized the latest transducers and introduced improvements in physical design to integrate more compression engines into a smaller, lighter box than, despite its compact size, maintains the high power and sonic coherence of the VTX A series.
The subwoofer (Lf) VTX A8's 8" neodymium is based on JBL's fourth generation Differential Drive technology; a configuration with two air gap and two voice coils that improves power and sensitivity.
Media engines have also been integrated into the patented RBI system (Radiation Boundary Integrator) manufacturer to achieve a smooth transition between each of the belts and the maximum density of transducers.
VTX A8 also incorporates two 2423K 2" compression engines from JBL ( the same ones found on the VTX A12, larger size), combining the phase corrector and the line array wave guide in one piece, allowing for greater accuracy and sensitivity, while reducing distortion and total weight.
With this speaker all the seats are a listening point: Its tight scatter pattern, of 110 Degrees, reaches up to 350 hz, making it ideal for installation in small and medium-sized premises, front fills and other applications that require uniform, controlled coverage in a wide listening area.
The speaker's three-way design employs a passive crossover filter, to attack both high and medium frequency sections with a single amplifier channel. Reducing the number of system amplifiers means that its design is easier, weigh less and take up less transport space, at a lower cost.
The VTX A8 shares its innovative flying mechanism with VTX A12, the suspension system, adapted dimensions to truck transport and Performance Manager software for quick and easy installation.
Eight optional accessories expand their mounting capacity, integration and installation. Like this, includes a motherboard to mount the A8 on top of subwoofers stacked on the ground, like the new B18, as well as a gag for truss and a mini-collector its location in a truss, ideal for professional fairs or small productions.
VTX B18 is equipped with the new subwoofer 2288 JBL's 18", designed to offer greater linearity and dynamic range. In addition, uses JBL's patented fourth-generation Differential Drive technology to deliver greater SPL, reduced distortion and very low power compression.
This subwoofer incorporates the slipStream low-frequency double exponential diffuser port, patented by JBL, to improve airflow and reduce audible turbulence, even to the maximum excursion.
It also shares the industrial design of the manufacturer's VTX A series products and has the same width and suspension components as the VTX A8 model, so that it is possible to use the two equipment in various mounting configurations blown up or stacked on the ground.
Both VTX B18 and VTX A8, that will be available on the Iberian market and in Andorra through Earpro, use the characteristic zinc wraparound grille and textured finish of the VTX A series, that protects components from extreme conditions and achieves a higher protection rate (IP55). In addition, you can apply to the grids the color that best suits the fixed installation.
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