June 08, 2012, by PSW Staff
Harman Professional’s Polish distributor, ESS Audio, has announced a major sale of a Harman JBL VTX line array system including Crown Audio VRacks to a consortium of PA companies in the Krakow region.
Between them, Audio-Tech and Music Cook Sound Design (MCSD) have purchased 64 of the VTX V25 line array elements and 44 G28/S28 arrayable subwoofers. To power its VTX system, the consortium has invested in 66 Crown I-Tech IT 12000HD amplifiers, divided into 22 VRack systems.
With an active roster of concerts, festivals and other events, the companies are now ready to fire up JBL’s impressive new large-format system that features the revolutionary new D2 dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression drivers mounted on a next generation waveguide.
Working with ESS Audio, the two rental companies took the opportunity to introduce the system to fellow industry professionals at a live event. Confirmed ESS Audio director, Witold Karalow, “The reaction couldn’t have been more positive. All sound engineers and event company representatives were stunned by the SPL and overall sound quality of the system.”
The event was supported by Gert Sanner, HARMAN Professional’s Tour Sound Market Manager (EMEA), who trained Audio-Tech and MCSD technicians before setting up the system for the show based around 15 of the V25’s on each main PA hang, with 10 of the G28 subs on each side.
The consortium had been close to investing in an alternative system when they learned that the new JBL VTX system was being launched at January’s NAMM Show in California. On the strength of the spec, the recommendation from ESS Audio and the reputation of JBL, they changed tack and placed an order—in fact, the first time they heard the system was in March, at the HARMAN/AED Rent VTX Listening Experience in Belgium.
“They were already confident the system would sound great because of the construction of the new driver and because of the many others innovations in VTX,” confirmed Karalow. “Besides, JBL is known as the leader in pro audio.”
Karalow’s own first experience of VTX was at the HARMAN Professional conference prior to NAMM. “I was very excited about the sound compared with the primary systems it was competing against—it was certainly a lot better in the high frequency,” he noted. “But when I heard the system complete with the G28’s in Poland, I was speechless. The subs sounded just amazing—fast and clear—while the power is huge.”