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JBL Professional Adds Input Modules to Venue Performance Series

Jul 19, 2007 8:00 AM

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Bringing further versatility to its Venue Performance (VP) series of premium powered loudspeakers, JBL Professional is now offering optional JBL DrivePack Input Processor (DPIP) analog input modules for its six original VP series models. Engineered with Dbx, these input modules now provide a plug-and-play approach for system users who do not require the added cost and complexity of networked control and monitoring or audio over Ethernet. These input modules provide sophisticated onboard digital signal processing with precision bandpass limiting, pre-equalization filters, and automatic self-test functions to ensure optimized performance.

Each JBL DrivePack used in the VP series is equipped with a modular input bay to accept one of several different input module options. These now include the DPIP for analog input; the DPAN, which offers analog input with complete digital network control; and the DPCN, which provides digital audio input with integral single-wire network control. The DPAN and DPCN input modules are HiQnet compatible using Harman Professional’s System Architect software.

Additionally, JBL is showcasing its two newest models to the VP series lineup: the VP7210/95DP compact utility speaker and the VP7212MDP stage monitor. These introductions effectively raise the standard for versatility and power in performance audio systems for either professional portable or fixed sound reinforcement applications. This brings the total number of models in the VP Series to eight.

The VP7210/95DP is a powered, 10in., two-way integrated loudspeaker system, perfect for spot-fill applications, featuring 1750W of peak output power and onboard digital signal processing. The VP7210/95DP transducers are JBL’s 2260FF 10in.-diameter Differential Drive woofer and the JBL 2452H-SL compression driver. The high-frequency driver is coupled to a JBL PT-D95HF Progressive Transition Waveguide for 90°x50° pattern control, smooth frequency response, and low distortion. The VP7210/95DP is also easily rotated for horizontal or vertical system orientation.

Designed specifically as a low-profile stage monitor, the VP7212MDP is a powered, 12in., two-way integrated loudspeaker system. It features 1750W of peak output power and onboard digital signal processing. The VP7212MDP transducers are JBL’s 2262FF 12in.-diameter Differential Drive woofer and the JBL 2452H-SL compression driver. Like the VP7210/95DP, the high-frequency driver is coupled to a JBL PT-D95HF Progressive Transition Waveguide. The VP7212MDP features a baffle, which can be reversed in the field and can be configured for left or right applications.

As with all VP series models, the VP7210/95DP and VP7212MDP were designed in cooperation with Crown International. The DPC-2 amplifier module features Crown’s Class D digital power amplification circuitry. DBT (Dual-Bridged Technology) directly links discrete amplifier channel outputs to each voice-coil in JBL’s Differential Drive loudspeakers, maximizing electrical power transfer to the transducers for optimum system performance. In addition, these new VP series models feature robust powder-coated, die-cast aluminum handles, designed for strength and comfort.

“Since its introduction in early 2006, the JBL Professional VP series loudspeaker systems have been used in a wide variety of applications, including AV rental companies, houses of worship, live performance spaces, themed entertainment venues, and corporate learning centers,” says Ted Leamy, vice president of installed sound, JBL Professional. “These analog input modules and new compact models further bolster the product line, allowing audio professionals a greater number of choices in loudspeaker system design formats.”

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