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JBL Readies VerTec V5 Presets

JBL Professional has launched the pilot program for its new VerTec V5 DSP presets.

Flag Systems has installed a JBL VerTec line array system using the new V5 DSP presets at the Hollywood Palladium.
London, UK (September 16, 2011)—JBL Professional has launched the pilot program for its new VerTec V5 DSP presets.

The presets are software plug-in upgrades for VerTec VT4889, VT4888, VT4880 and VT4880A models which the company says enhance VerTec system performance. The V5 DSP presets make use of the OmniDriveHD linear phase FIR processing capability found in Crown I-Tech HD Series power amplifiers and JBL DrivePack DPDA input modules.

According to JBL, the VerTec V5 DSP presets offer “significant improvements” in horizontal coverage due to using higher order, asymmetric filters, and improved sound quality via phase linearization. The presets are also said to offer improved system response to equalization, far-field summation and throw, and inter-array interaction/summation and stereo imaging.

As part of the VerTec V5 Pilot Program, upcoming VerTec V5 releases will progressively add support for additional Vertec models including VT4887A, VT4887, VT4886 and VT4881A, VT4882, VT4883 subwoofers along with presets for cardioid subwoofer configurations. The V5 presets will eventually be incorporated into the new JBL HiQnet Performance Manager sound reinforcement system configuration and control software.

The new V5 DSP presets are currently being employed in a sound system upgrade at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, where Sound Image (Escondido, CA) has installed VerTec VT4889 fullsize line array elements as the main PA system and VT4888 midsize line array elements as outfill arrays with the entire system powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplification running V5. In addition, Flag Systems (Santa Ana, CA) has installed five VT4888 loudspeakers as the center cluster at the Hollywood Palladium to supplement a house system consisting of 24 VT4889 loudspeakers (four arrays of six loudspeakers each).

Paul Bauman, Senior Market Manager – Tour Sound, JBL Professional, commented: “These two local showcase venues provided important test beds for V5, allowing for real-world testing and validation. We’ll be following up with VT4889ADP-DA V5 testing on the system that was recently installed at the Staples Center in the coming weeks as part of the V5 Pilot Program.”