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JBL Unveils Latest Additions To VERTEC Line Array Series

New VT4886 passive line array element and VT4883 cardioid-arrayable subwoofer are specifically designed for stand-alone use or integration with other existing VERTEC models

By PSW Staff September 13, 2009

The new JBL VERTEC VT4886 passive line array element

JBL Professional has just introduced the smallest system enclosures in the VERTEC line array product family – the VT4886 passive 3-way high-directivity line array element and its companion VT4883 cardioid-arrayable subwoofer.

Designed to be one of the most versatile tools in a portable sound rental company’s inventory, the new VT4886 and VT4883 subcompact models are suitable for use in a broad range of suspended-array, ground-based and fill speaker applications, with a comprehensive range of array and suspension accessories planned for the new system.

Application flexibility also ensures that the VT4886/VT4883 system will provide an effective sound design tool for performance audio facility system designers.

Given its very compact dimensions, the VT4886 is ideal for distributed front fill or under-balcony use. VT4886 line array elements can also be suspended in large multi-box arrays or ground-stacked, either standalone or with its companion VT4883 low-frequency extension for FOH, offstage fill, stereo in-fill, center cluster or delay cluster use.

Mixed VT4883/VT4886 arrays can be suspended and supplemented with additional, large-format groundstacked VERTEC subwoofers for extended-range FOH use.

U-bracket and pole mount fixtures also enable three to four VT4886 enclosures to be used with a tripod stand, or an extension rod in coordination with VT4883 subwoofers.

Integral suspension hardware enables the quick, secure assembly of variable-curvature vertical arrays with adjustable splay angles from 0 to 15 degrees, or modular, constant-curvature horizontal line arrays, following JBL’s mechanical design established with larger models in the VERTEC family.

VT4886 Subcompact Line Array Element
The VT4886 features 8 transducers with 10 separate voice coils. A proprietary mid/high-frequency waveguide assembly seamlessly integrates MF and HF section output in a next-generation implementation of JBL’s patented R.B.I. (Radiation Boundary Integrator) technology, providing precise wavefront control and allowing for proper inter-enclosure vertical coupling.

Twin 1-inch-exit high-frequency compression drivers, equipped with neodymium magnets for the reliable reproduction of very high frequencies with precise, detailed fidelity, are mounted on a precision dual-aperture assembly that includes geometric path-length compensation to ensure optimal twin-driver exit summation.

Each VT4886 also includes a total of four new 2103G 2.5-inch midrange transducers with neodymium magnets, combined with the high-frequency drivers in the new proprietary, integrated mid/high waveguide assembly.

The midrange transducers utilize JBL’s Thermomaster technology, paired in thermo-coupled back-cover heatsink structures for improved heat transfer, which results in reduced power compression.


A pair of new 2166H 6.5-inch low-frequency component transducers with dual neodymium magnets and dual voice coils, incorporating JBL’s patented Differential Drive technology, establishes a robust low-frequency foundation for the VT4886.

Each 2166H low-frequency transducer is matched to a low-frequency diffraction absorber with a tuned resonant-chamber cavity. This unique proprietary technology ensures optimal performance even at extremely high output levels while reducing cabinet edge diffraction effects for improved horizontal coverage stability.

A highly refined multi-band passive network is designed to minimize insertion loss and lower distortion while ensuring precise impedance matching between the low, mid-range and high-frequency component sets.

With a maximum SPL capability of 131 db continuous, 137 dB peak, the VT4886 has a nominal horizontal coverage of 110 degrees and a frequency range of 70 Hz – 20 kHz. It measures 577 mm x 197 mm x 260 mm (22.7-inches x 7.75-inches x 10.25-inches). The enclosure weighs 15.9 kg (35 pounds).

Go to next page (page 2) for information on the new VT4883 subwoofer.

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Brenton says

Is there an owners’ manual or a YouTube video out there that shows how to mount the Vertec 4886s to the hanging array frame and how to connect several together. I have searched the internet for such a thing and cannot seem to find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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