HARMAN Professional Solutions has announced the latest addition to the JBL Professional VTX series, the new VTX A6 compact dual 6.5-inch passive line array element and the new B15 compact, arrayable 15-inch subwoofer.
The A6 passive two-way line array element is engineered as a stand-alone system or as a supplement to larger VTX systems. It houses two custom 6.5-inch woofers and a 3-inch annular-diaphragm compression driver along with technologies pioneered in the VTX line, including the patented Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) and Differential Drive dual-voice coil, dual-magnet woofer. Stated low-frequency extension is 67 Hz and max SPL is 134 dB.
The B15 subwoofer incorporates proprietary SlipStream double-flared exponential ports and Differential Drive dual voice coil design and is based on the new 2285H 15-inch woofer. Two B15 versions are available: the arrayable B15 and the B15G, which is designed without rigging hardware for ground-stacked applications.
“When you choose the JBL VTX A Series, you’re building a complete ecosystem, with common acoustic profiles and rigging systems, consistent voicing and standardized system design and operational tools,” says George Georgallis, director, product management–performance audio at HARMAN Professional Solutions. “And, by accessing VTX technologies in a new ultra-compact package, you’re able to maximize your system investment and deliver VTX quality and performance in any scale application.”
The A6 uses the VTX A Series’ patented rigging system for accurate deployment. Users can set splay angles while components are on the ground; once the system is suspended, a locking mechanism automatically secures cabinets in designated positions. The B15 has the same cabinet width and suspension hardware as the A6, allowing the two products to be used together in flown and ground-stacked configurations; the B15 supports cardioid array configurations.
System operation and performance can be streamlined and shared using JBL’s suite of software tools, including the LAC-3 design application, the Array Link deployment tool and the Performance Manager configuration and control application.
Enclosures are built from exterior-grade birch plywood with black Duraflex finish and have powder-coated, hex-perforated stainless steel grilles with acoustically transparent cloth backing. Units are IP55-rated and metal parts are made from high-grade steel with anti-corrosion coating.