HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces JBL VTX A8 Compact Line Array Loudspeaker and B18 Subwoofer

HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, announced the JBL VTX A8 dual 8” line array loudspeaker and companion B18 single 18” subwoofer, which bring JBL Professional’s flagship VTX A Series technology to compact solutions for small- to mid-size rental and installed applications.

“We created the VTX A8 loudspeaker and B18 subwoofer to meet the diverse sound reinforcement needs of production companies, rental houses, theatres and houses of worship, and for anyone needing front fills, side arrays or other auxiliary support for large-scale VTX systems,” says George Georgallis, Solutions Manager, Tour Audio and Performing Arts, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Both the VTX A8 and the B18 were engineered from the ground up to provide big-system JBL sound in flexible, compact components.”

Dual 8" Compact Line Array Loudspeaker With 110º Dispersion

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, theatres, 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.

Used on its own or in conjunction with the VTX B18, A12 or A12W, the VTX A8 expands the JBL VTX A Series to offer audio professionals a complete tool-set for designing optimal sound systems for any application.

VTX A8 shares the VTX A12’s innovative rigging mechanism, suspension system, truck-friendly dimensions and Performance Manager software for streamlined, rapid deployment. Eight accessory options expand the VTX A8’s mounting, integration and installation capabilities. Highlights include a Base Plate that mounts the A8 on top of ground-stacked subwoofers such as the new B18, and a truss clamp and mini frame that enable the A8 to be mounted on a truss, making it ideal for trade shows or small productions.

B18 Single 18” Subwoofer
The VTX B18 features JBL’s new 2288 single 18” woofer engineered for improved linearity and a wider dynamic range. The new woofer takes advantage of JBL’s patented 4th-generation Differential Drive technology to deliver higher output, extra-long excursion, lower distortion and ultra-low power compression. In addition, the B18 incorporates JBL’s patented SlipStream™ double-flared exponential low-frequency port design to improve airflow and reduce audible turbulence even at maximum excursion.

The B18 shares the industrial design of the JBL’s VTX A-Series products and has the same width and suspension hardware as the VTX A8, allowing the two products to be used together in a variety of flown or ground-stacked configurations.

Both the VTX B18 and VTX A8 adopt the signature VTX A Series full-face powder- and zing-coated grille design, which protects components from extreme conditions and contributes to a high Ingress Protection rating (IP55); grilles can be finished in a variety of colours to suit fixed installations.

The VTX B18 and VTX A8, together with A12 and A12W loudspeakers, Crown i-Tech HD amplifiers and JBL Performance Manager Software, give audio professionals a complete toolset for designing the optimal sound system for any scale rental, performing arts or fixed install application.

The JBL A8 and B18 are now available from HARMAN through authorised NZ distributor JPRO. For product information and specifications, please visit the JBL VTX page

Should you wish to attend a demo or hear the JBL VTX A-Series in action in New Zealand, contact your JPRO representative using the link below.